Dulcimer concert, workshop set

Appalachian dulcimer player Heidi Muller will be in Enterprise Nov. 16 to perform in concert and conduct a dulcimer workshop the next day. Submitted photo

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and Appalachian dulcimer player Heidi Muller will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Enterprise Nov. 16. Tickets are $5 in advance, available at Joseph Bookstore or the Bookloft in Enterprise, or $6 at the door.

She will be accompanied on guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and electric cello by West Virginia musician Bob Webb.

Local songwriter and guitarist Janis Carper will also play a short set during the concert and accompany Muller on some songs.

Muller and Webb plan to conduct a mountain dulcimer workshop, "Beginning Dulcimer and Beyond," the following day at 4 p.m. at Fishtrap's Coffin House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise.

The concert and workshop are presented by Wallowa Valley Musical Alliance, which can be contacted at 426-3390 or by e-mail at info@wvmusicalliance.org to register for the workshop. The fee is $15 per participant.

According to information provided by WVMA, Muller is an award-winning singer-songwriter known for her crystalline alto voice, insightful lyrics and spirited dulcimer playing. In 25 years of performing she has played throughout America and produced five recordings.

Muller has headlined at events including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Sweet Pea Arts Festival, Northwest Folklife and Kentucky Music Week. She has shared stages with Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jean Ritchie and Bill Staines, among others.

Described by Dulcimer Players' News as "one of the dulcimer community's best songwriters and performers," Muller's music is featured on the new "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer" recording.

This past year, Muller received a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation to write songs in the Appalachian coalfields. Working with children and adults on Big Ugly Creek, West Virginia to interview community elders and gather local history, she used their words and stories to create a dozen songs about West Virginia life. She also helped them make two story quilts that depict scenes and symbols of their region. Muller will perform a few of these new songs at her concert.

Bob Webb is a lifelong musician, having played cello and guitar since childhood and dulcimer and mandolin for over 20 years.

As a founding member of the Mountain Stage band heard on West Virginia Public Radio's syndicated show of the same name, he has performed with musical stars including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Shawn Colvin, and Arlo Guthrie.

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