About Heidi Muller
Heidi Muller is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist and mountain dulcimer player. In over 25 years of performing, she has played in concert halls, festivals, and livingrooms throughout America and produced eight CDs that have established her firmly in the national folk community. Heidi has headlined at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Tumbleweed Music Festival, South Florida Folk Festival, Northwest Folklife and Great River Road Festival, among others. She has performed on the nationally-syndicated radio shows Mountain Stage and River City Folk, and has shared stages with Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Robin and Linda Williams, Bill Staines, Richie Havens, David Bromberg, Jean Ritchie and many others.
Heidi tours both as a solo artist and with her partner, Bob Webb, from their home in Enterprise, Oregon. They have released three CDs together: Dulcimer Moon, Light the Winter’s Dark, and Seeing Things. Bob is a talented accompanist on guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and cello and was a member of the original Mountain Stage house band. He is also a recording engineer and producer of radio documentaries.
Described by Dulcimer Players’ News as “one of the dulcimer community’s best songwriters and performers” and by the Charleston Gazette as a “lark-voiced singer and talented songwriter,” Heidi sings with a distinctively clear alto voice that has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Kate Wolf. She taught herself to play guitar at age 11 and discovered the four-string Appalachian dulcimer soon after she began writing songs in the early ‘80’s. She became one of the mountain dulcimer’s best-known proponents and teachers in the Pacific Northwest. Upon moving from Seattle back to her home state of New Jersey in 2000, and later to West Virginia, she was invited to teach at dulcimer festivals, Road Scholar programs and camps throughout the Midwest, the South, and New England, including Augusta Heritage, Kentucky Music Week, Allegheny Echoes and the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium. She has become widely known for her dulcimer compositions and arrangements and has published eight songbooks.
Heidi’s song “Good Road” has been the theme song for Northwest Public Radio’s Inland Folk show for over two decades, heard weekly across Washington State, northern Oregon and the Idaho panhandle. Heidi was a finalist in the Kerrville, TX New Folk song competition in 1989. She went on to perform several times at the festival over the next ten years. Her song “Gypsy Wind” won second place honors in the 1998 Northwest Songwriters Contest. Her songs have been recorded by Small Potatoes, Maria Gillard, Marsha Webb, Hank Cramer, Gail Finnie and others, and have been included on the compilation CDs Songs from the End of the Road (northeast Oregon songwriters) and Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Vol. II, and collections by the Seattle Folklore Society, Three Rivers Folklife Society, Northwest Folklife, Victory Music, and Fast Folk.
In addition to performing, Heidi has worked in schools and community settings as an artist-in-residence, teaching songwriting, dulcimer, and guitar. She taught for Clay Community Arts in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, and co-founded and taught for the Music Mentors program that served at-risk, inner-city children in Charleston, WV from 2005 to 2010. Receiving an Artists in Communities grant from the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation in 2004 through the Step by Step organization, she conducted a six-month intergenerational project in the communities of Big Ugly Creek and Harts Creek, WV, working with children and elders to record oral histories, write songs, and produce a heritage festival. In 2006-2007, she gathered those materials and more into a 200-page book named Patchwork Dreams that was published by Step by Step with support from West Virginia Humanities and the West Virginia Arts Commission.
“Muller’s songs express down-to-earth sentiments in lovely poetry. She sounds like she truly loves singing and wants nothing more than to share that with you.” - Rich Warren, Sing Out!
“Her songs are as straightforward, uncomplicated, and compelling as an Appalachian ballad.” - Doug Bright, Heritage Music Review
“Heidi’s songs are created from true heart... sweeter, deeper and more meaningful than ever.” - Brad Warren, Victory Review
Artists & Communities, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is made possible by major funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.