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Mid-America Arts Alliance Still on the Hill 2013-14
Seemingly oblivious to the limitations of what two musicians can create, Still on the Hill has set new boundaries of originality. This duo uses traditional instruments from their home in the Ozarks (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and scrub board) and other oddities such as the musical saw, ukelin and tenor uke to create a kaleidoscope of musical color and texture:
“These musicians have grafted the wild climbing vines of bluegrass, folk, classical and mountain music onto the hardiest of Ozark rootstock. The result is a yet-to-be-named hybrid music that simply compels people to stop and listen, to pause in their hectic lives and pay attention to something they’ve never heard before. It’s magic, and there’s simply not enough magic in the world today.
Visually, Still on the Hill is full of color and motion; instrumentally, they command their instruments with power and grace, producing a sound that is both fresh and ancient at the same time; lyrically, their original material is packed with new ideas, social awareness and a level of intellect and consciousness that’s seldom found in contemporary tunes.
This project is supported in part by an award from Mid- America Arts Alliance, The National Endowment for the Arts , Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Still on the Hill are the consummate professionals, whether they’re performing for an audience of one or for thousands. Their high-energy show seems to emerge from somewhere deep inside their souls. They play music for one reason: it’s a spark, or maybe a raging bonfire, inside each of them that has to come out, something that’s shared just as easily with a large festival audience as it would be with a quiet Ozark forest.”
Julie Koehler, Bluegrass Now
Still on the Hill has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas (in 2005, the duo took over the role of organizing and hosting Walnut Valley’s NewSongs Showcase, an event that has been popular at the festival for almost two decades) and countless others. Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them the “Best Folk Band” for several years running, and the mayor of their town, Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20 th Still on the Hill Day for all the work the duo does in community service. They have produced seven widely acclaimed CD’s (two as a foursome) and three years ago they signed with Swiss record label Brambus Records for the European release of their CD “Chaos & Calm”.
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