2016 Performers

Emily Kaitz & Drew Pierce Fayetteville AR

 


Emily Kaitz Emily Kaitz is a singer songwriter based in Fayetteville Arkansas. Known primarily for her quirky, lyric-driven songs, Emily's music is whimsical, irreverent, and extremely entertaining.  Emily has also written many songs which give her unique perspective on love & relationship, as well as thought provoking songs about her social concerns.  Emily is a regular performer at coffeehouses and other venues including the Art of Peace Festival (Belton) where she has emceed and performed for the past 7 years. She has 12 CDs under her own label, Pingleblobber, and her songs have been recorded by Trout Fishing in America, The Austin Lounge Lizards, the late Chet Atkins and folk icon Alice Gerrard, among others.

Drew Pierce is a banjo player/attorney/trout fisherman who lives in Cotter, Arkansas.  He often performs with Emily Kaitz, adding that distinctive pre-war banjo sound on his 1936 Gibson, as well as vocal harmonies.
  
Emily’s CDs are available at: 
  http://cdbaby.com/



Still on the Hill Fayetteville AR



Still on the Hill is a national and international touring group from Arkansas that has been described as “Ambassadors of the Ozarks” for the work they do to preserve a rich culture that is quickly disappearing.

Kelly & Donna of Still on the Hill are award winning ‘story telling-song writers’.  Different than most singer-songwriters, this dynamic duo embellishes their songs with a host of unique instruments from the hills they call home. Many of these were hand-made by old-timers and have amazing stories that go with them.

KELLY MULHOLLAN is a fifth generation native Arkansan who is a classically trained guitarist. At six years old he cut his teeth, playing ukulele and listening to Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. As a teen he embraced the progressive rock bands like Genesis and Yes and perfected that complex style of music. Now when he plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele or upright bass…you can hear all those influences- along with his strong Ozark roots- coming through to create a sound that is unique to Still on the Hill. Kelly’s masterful songwriting dips into the 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 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. His story haunted her for years and in her late 30’s she 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.


http://www.stillonthehill.com