The Dynamic Folkgrass Duo of the Ozarks
Genre: Acoustic Contemporary Folk ~ roots-based, next generation, original folkgrass
Kelly Mulhollan - Vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, tenor ukulele, songwriter
Donna Stjerna - Vocals, fiddle, cello, mandolin, washboard, mbira, songwriter
Festivals: Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield), Summerfolk, many others
Awards: Member of the Hall of Fame at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards; several Ozark Music Awards for "Best Folk Group of the Ozarks" and "Best Guitarist" (Kelly). December 20th has been officially proclaimed Still on the Hill Day by their community in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
About the Band: Since 2001, the Ozarkian duo of Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna have toured steadily and produced six CDs. Both Kelly and Donna are accomplished songwriters and play a plethora of acoustic instruments including acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica. The group's repertoire is primarily their own original, roots-based compositions (a genre hybrid they term "folkgrass") interspersed with new arrangements of traditional songs. The twosome has also created several very popular children's shows and educational workshops which they perform under the name Toucan Jam.
About the Artists:
Kelly Mulhollan was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his passion for stringed instruments began at the age of 9 with a gift of a ukulele. Within two years he had added the guitar and banjo to his credits. The '70's and '80's found Kelly in countless bands playing rock & roll, bluegrass, jazz, progressive rock, and folk music while studying contemporary classical music, and still always composing and performing his original work as well. He was a founding member of the original Still on the Hill quartet in 1994. He has been voted "Best Guitarist" several times by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards and also contributes mandolin, banjo, harmonica, lead vocals and songwriting to the group. Kelly has also recorded and produced all of the Still on the Hill CDs as well as performing on and producing many other artists' CDs.
Donna Stjerna grew up in New York and California and began playing the fiddle at the age of 12 after being taken to see the "lady fiddler" in the Eddie Arnold show. As a teenager, she played and toured the country with her father, a professional country musician, playing fiddle at night and helping him to paint signs during the day. Before helping to form the original Still on the Hill quartet in 1994, Donna worked steadily playing and singing in a number of nationally touring country bands. She is a highly prolific songwriter with over 400 songs to her credit and has been the band's principal songwriter since they became a duo in 2001. In addition to playing the fiddle, Donna contributes lead vocals, mandolin, cello, and a variety of traditional roots-based instruments to the sound that is Still on the Hill. She is the mother of a teenage son Taylor.
Still on the Hill is distributed in Europe by Brambus Records