Rob Brereton is teaching at Dulcimer Week for the first time this year. Coming to us from Connecticut, he is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing – he was one of the first to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional celtic, Appalachian, old time, and other dulcimer repertoire. He has taught all levels of dulcimer at most major music festivals and folk schools across the country and won the Winfield National flatpicking award. Rob’s music is featured on his CD, Someone to Watch Over Me available for download on iTunes, CD Baby, and most other music download sites.
Sarah Kate Morgan
Bob Webb, from Joseph, OR, has played guitar and cello since childhood, and mandolin and mountain dulcimer for over 35 years. He has co-hosted Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas and taught its beginner class to rave reviews since 2011. Living previously in West Virginia, he was a member of National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage house band for its first nine years, where he accompanied artists such as Odetta, Tom Paxton, Shawn Colvin, Bill Staines, Peggy Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. He has taught at festivals including Kentucky Music Week, Colorado Dulcimer Festival, Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp, Ohio Valley Gathering, Gebhard Woods and Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash. Bob has published tune books for dulcimer, mandolin and fingerpicked guitar. He performs with Heidi Muller in a duo and they have recorded four CDs together. As a recording engineer with his own studio, Bob has recorded and co-produced dozens of CDs for old-time musicians, jazz players, songwriters and storytellers and helped create award-winning public radio documentaries.
Heidi Muller is the organizer of Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas. From Joseph, OR, she has been an instructor since its beginning in 2011, and is stepping down from teaching morning classes but may teach an elective or offer private lessons at camp. She has played dulcimer for over 30 years, and is a songwriter/guitarist with an extensive catalog of CDs and dulcimer songbooks.