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Heidi Muller & Bob Webb


Heidi Muller is an award-winning songwriter, guitarist and mountain dulcimer player. In 25 years of performing she has played venues from concert halls and festivals to livingrooms throughout America, taught dulcimer to hundreds of aspiring players and produced five recordings which have given her a firm and respected place in the national folk community. Heidi has headlined at events including the Kerrville Folk Festival, South Florida Folk Festival, Northwest Folklife, Kentucky Music Week and the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium and has shared stages with Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jean Ritchie, Bill Staines, the MacArthur Family and many others. Heidi is known for her crystalline alto voice, insightful lyrics, spirited dulcimer playing and her natural ability to connect warmly with her audiences.

Described by Dulcimer Players’ News as “one of the dulcimer community’s best songwriters and performers”, Heidi’s music appears on the Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume Two recording. She has published three books of music for the mountain dulcimer, So Sang the River, Songs of Bill Staines, Vol. I, Spirit Song, Songs of Bill Staines Vol. II, and Dance with Orion, a collection of original songs and instrumentals. Her latest CD Gypsy Wind has received critical acclaim and radio airplay throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

In 2004, Heidi was the recipient of an Artists and Communities grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, working with the children and elders of Big Ugly Creek, WV to write a song cycle based on local history and regional life.

Bob Webb is a lifelong musician, playing cello and guitar since childhood and dulcimer and mandolin for over 20 years. A founding member of the band Stark Raven, he performed with the Mountain Stage band for several years, during which he accompanied musical stars Odetta, Tom Paxton, Shawn Colvin, and Arlo Guthrie, among others. During the 1990's, he owned Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Charleston. He taught music at St. Anthony’s Catholic School and Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston, where he produced two children’s albums. He has taught over 650 children and adults how to make and play his “boximer” dulcimers at schools and camps, and is currently the director of Charleston's Creative Capers Children's Camp. Bob is a recording engineer and producer who collaborated on the 2002 radio series “In Their Own Country” which was nominated for a Peabody Award. In addition, he has published a beginners’ dulcimer book and recorded the CD "Here Comes the Sun" with dulcimer player Dave Haas.

Heidi's interview with Michael Hughes
Bob's interview with Michael Hughes

 

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