The National Park Service is funding a free concert celebrating the Buffalo National River, featuring the folk duo, Still on the Hill at Pine Bluff.
The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in the auditorium on the ground floor of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Branch Library at the civic center, 200 E. Eighth Ave.
Still on the Hill will conduct their Buffalo River show, “Still a River,” celebrating the nation’s first historic river in song, according to a news release.
Admission is free and the first 100 people will receive a CD of the new Still on the Hill, “Still a River” story songs of the Buffalo River. A NPS grant also funded the CD distribution, according to the release.
The duo is made up of husband and wife, Kelly and Donna Mulhollan, recipients of the Arkansas Governor’s Folk Life Award who have become modern-day bards, carrying on the ancient tradition of storytelling in song, according to the release.
“This duo has often been called Ambassadors of the Ozarks for their decades of work preserving the stories of people and places in the hills they call home for over 20 years,” according to the release.
The Mulhollans play a plethora of instruments, many of which were created by Ozark instrument makers.
“Along with their core instruments such as banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin, you will hear oddities such as toy bells, a Hardanger fiddle built by Elliot Smith (who is 93 years old), a dulcimer built from a fiddle case, and even a musical saw,” according to the release.
“The songs that make up ‘Still a River’ document little known stories of well-known landmarks along the Buffalo River. Bee Bluff, Sam’s Throne, Tyler Bend, Granny Henderson’s cabin, the zinc mine at Rush Creek- these and more come to life in original songs written by Still on the Hill,” according to the release.
The couple unveiled this project a year ago and performed 15 concerts in the Northwest Arkansas region.
“The National Park Service is providing funds to extend the project with an additional 10 Still a River concerts (and CD giveaways) in areas of the state not yet served by this project,” according to the release.