In The Atrium
Still on the Hill: Words on Birds
DATE: Saturday, May 1, 7pm
LOCATION: Walker Atrium at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: FREE with reservation
While attending this event, please follow these protocols for your safety and the safety of others:
- Do not move tables or chairs. Stay seated at your designated table during the concert unless you are visiting concessions or the restroom.
- Wear your mask when moving through the venue and while seated at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
- Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the venue.
Now, more than ever, we need to celebrate and appreciate our feathered friends, and Still on the Hill helps us do that with a sneak preview of their latest offering, Words on Birds. Originally planned to be unveiled just as the pandemic hit, the show has been shelved for a year and the artists are excited to bring it out into the light. This brand-new show is a collection of Still on the Hill's original songs about birds and features a host of unusual instruments, and a series of large hand-made, collaged images.
Still on the Hill is a national and international touring group from Arkansas. Know for their story-telling songwriting, the band members Kelly & Donna Mulhollan have been described as “Ambassadors of the Ozarks” for the work they do to preserve a rich culture that is quickly disappearing. Different than most singer-songwriters, Still on the Hill embellishes their songs with a host of unique instruments from the hills they call home – many hand-made by old-timers with their own amazing origin stories.
Still on the Hill has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues locally and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas and countless others. They’ve been added to the hall of fame for the Ozarks’ Best Folk Band and the mayor of Fayetteville proclaimed December 20 “Still on the Hill Day” for the amazing work they do for our community.
Kelly Mulhollan is a fifth generation native Arkansan. At 6 years old he cut his teeth playing ukulele and listening to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Now when he plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele or upright bass, you can hear those influences – alongside his strong Ozark roots – coming together to create a sound that is unique to Still on the Hill. Kelly’s masterful songwriting dips into a deep well of history, and his love for the Ozarks is alive in every word and note that he plays.
Donna Mulhollan learned the fiddle in the kitchen with her dad, who played the guitar and regularly sang old Hank Williams and Bob Wills songs. For 35 years, she toured the country playing with various country-western bands and even did a stint with a large Las Vegas show. At 18, she had met an old fiddle maker named Denton Boze who lived in a tarpaper shack in the Arkansas backwoods. Donna wrote her first song about him, opening a floodgate of songs – many about people and places in the Ozarks. Her instrumental palette includes several one of a kind Ozark-made fiddles, mandolin, musical saw, scrub-board, ukelin, guitar, mule-jawbone and Ozark pickin’ bow.