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Still on the Hill Music Collection



Red Curtain
"The LOVE CD"

"These fourteen songs remain true to the color that inspired them. From beginning to end, the CD is a portal into a lush interior, by turns sultry, incantatory, wistful, passionate. Virtually all the songs have an implied listener, an attentive lover who is called to, celebrated, courted, and instructed in the art of sensual love. A musical, lyrical spell is cast that hovers in the air long after that last note has faded and the final arrow of Eros has flown. This is music for people in love created by people who clearly know the terrain."

Alison Moore

Released: 2012

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Ozark: A Celebration in Song

The songs on this CD are about the amazing folks and places we've grown to know and love. For over a decade we have been exploring the Ozarks in an unusual way. During every concert we would ask our audience if there was anybody living in the hills nearby that were worthy of a song written about them. This method of excavation turned up more jewels than we could ever fit on this recording.

We are hoping that this project will contribute in some important way to the ongoing living tradition that is still alive and well but hidden throughout the region. Our modern society, fueled by television, has homogenized our culture, yet it seems the hills will always possess the power to create colorful characters that continue to find their own way through the maze of progress. It's the unsung heroes of the Ozarks that best reflect what makes these hills distinctive and we hope that by telling their stories in song, we will be nurturing an ongoing tradition.

This project was made possible by an Arkansas Heritage grant in conjunction with Jones Television. Sales of this CD and accompanying booklet (in Arkansas ) will help to provide banjos, fiddles and guitars for rural, underserved children though "Play it Again, Arkansas".

Hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Released: 2008

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Mouthpeace

No matter where we meander, songs about peace, justice or ecology always make it into our shows. We feel that it is part of our responsibility as folk musicians to use our voice as a vehicle to help make changes in our world, our community, our neighborhood, our home or in the heart of one other person.

This is a collection of eight of those songs on topics close to our heart from tolerance to optimism to finding courage to do what feels right.

 

Released: 2009

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Never Ending Conversation
Kelly Mulhollan

This is classic poetry sung to music. Blake, Auden, Stephens, Hughes, Cummings ... like the 'Art Song' of old, but in a beautiful folk setting. The poems are surrounded by a rich combination of acoustic instruments - guitar, mandolin, pump organ, violin, acoustic bass and a host of other odds and ends. The emphasis is on beauty and remaining true to the poet's intent.

Kelly Mulhollan, best known for his role in the folk duo Still on the Hill, stretches his creative, musical wings in new directions here, wrapping every detail and innuendo of the poet's words into songs that lift the words from the page and allow them to fly.

Released: 2005

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Folk Stage Live
Still on the Hill

Finally, a snapshot of Still on the Hill in the environment where they are most at home ... in front of an audience, playing acoustically and being recorded LIVE! This CD performance was recorded at the 'state of the art' sound facility of WFMT Chicago on Rich Warren's infamous FOLK STAGE show.

You could call this project a retrospective of favorite songs from the first two Still on the Hill CD's, but this time recorded LIVE in the duo form. It's exactly what you hear when you catch their show LIVE. It's raw and passionate and if you close your eyes you can imagine you are in the room experiencing their magic for yourself.

In addition to the time tested songs from the first two CD's, there are two new songs "Doors" and "Two Tone Town" along with a rousing rendition of the traditional blues/spiritual "In My Time Of Dying".

Released: 2002

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Chaos and Calm CD

Chaos & Calm
Still on the Hill

This CD established the duo of Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Henschell as innovators in the studio as well as on the stage. Chaos & Calm is a folk tapestry-colorful, acoustic threads of song are eloquently woven into a richly textured sound-scape. The traditional element is never bound and tethered, but rather, set free like a bard of old and allowed to wander.

Many of their concert favorites are included in this body of work - "Beautiful Butterfly" (for Julia Butterfly Hill) "Scarecrow", "Words on Birds", and "What I Believe".

You might want to investigate the European version of Chaos & Calm which has three extra songs and complete lyrics. Visit Brambus Records of Switzerland.

Released: 2002

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Still
Still on the Hill

Still was the last CD recorded by Still on the Hill as a quartet.

Is it Folk? Is it Bluegrass? This CD sums up the Folkgrass label that describes Still on the Hill better than any other, a perfect mix of the two genres. Mulhollan, Henschell and Lancaster are all prolific songwriters and skilled wordsmiths. Blend this with traditional bluegrass instrumentation and you've got Still on the Hill!

Released: 2000

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Redwings
Donna Henschell Stjerna

Donna's solo release Redwings (now out of print) is a beautiful collection of personal themed songs with a sweet light tone and traditional folk purity.

Song List

1. Run - listen
2. Mama Never Ran
3. Bright Angel
4. Spinning
5. Song for Moms
6. Woody listen
7. Martyr in My Mirror
8. Redwings listen
9. Woman Where's Your Voice
10. We the Songs Walk Here
11. Don't Pass It Down
12. Golden

Released: 2001

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OMNI Center's Peace Songbook & CD
Various Artists

This collection of peace songs is the culmination of two years of the "Open Mic for Peace" hosted by the Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is the cream of the crop - the finest acoustic/folk performers in NW Arkansas.

The project features several CD Baby touring artists who are well known beyond their region, artists such as Still on the Hill, Emily Kaitz, Susan Shore and Efron White, Nick Masullo and Geoff Oelsner.

Most importantly, it includes a songbook with chords and lyrics. This collection is about keeping the folk tradition alive. Buy it and learn a song!

Released: 2003

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Christmas Carols
on an Ozark Guitar

Kelly Mulhollan

This recording of traditional Christmas carols played on a rustic folk guitar started out as a simple gift for a friend but quickly took on a life of its own. Due to popular demand, Christmas Carols on an Ozark Guitar is finally available on CD.

The instrument used on this recording was built by one of the last homesteaders of the Ozark Mountains. Ed Stilley of Hogscald Hollar cut down trees from his land then nailed and glued them together. All of the metal fittings and springs inside the guitar create a mysterious reverb that Ed describes as the voice of God.

Kelly's simple and charming instrumental arrangements of these classic carols are a fit tribute to this precious piece of musical folk art.

Released: 2003

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