Monthly Archives: October 2013

Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:00 am – Dulcimer Workshop at Joe Beans

Would you like to try out the dulcimer? It’s one of the easiest instruments to learn even if you don’t have any musical background. Bob and Heidi will give a beginners’ workshop on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10:00-11:30 am at Joe Beans Coffee, 1009 Adams in downtown La Grande. Cost is $25 and pre-registration is recommended. If interested, please call (304) 382-9422 or email

If you don’t have your own dulcimer, please reserve a loaner instrument.

CD Release Concert November 1, Stage Door Theatre, La Grande

Bob and Heidi are giving a CD Release Concert on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 pm to celebrate their new CD, Dulcimer Moon, at the Stage Door Theater in La Grande. The Stage Door is located at 1010 Adams, off the alley behind the building. Seating is limited so come early – doors open at 6:30. Enjoy the concert after the Art Walk that starts at 5:00.

$10 donation at the door. For more information, please email

Beginning dulcimer workshop the next morning at Joe Beans!

Sunday, Oct. 20 – House Concert & Dulcimer Workshops, Kuna, ID

We’ll be teaching workshops and giving a house concert at our friend’s beautiful farm in rural Kuna!

Dulcimer workshops are planned for 1:30-3:00. People who’d like to learn are invited to sign up for the “String Side Up” Beginners’ workshop with Bob. Student dulcimers are available to borrow if you don’t have your own instrument. A “Smooth Out Your Playing” workshop with Heidi will be taught for advanced beginners to intermediate players. Cost for each workshop is $25.

Concert will be at 4:00 pm out on the deck. Please bring your lawn chairs. Admission is a $10 donation, and there will be a potluck following around 5:30.

For more information, location, and reservations, email:

Announcing Dulcimer Moon CD Release!

Bob and I took the month of August to record a brand new CD. After being asked many times, “which CD has the most dulcimer?” we made one that has dulcimer on every track. We used five different Appalachian dulcimers – two made by the late WV luthier Pete Belcher, one by the late Ray Epler also of WV, a Sunhearth 4-equidistant string dulcimer, a baritone dulcimer made by Rick Probst, and a wormy chestnut “moon & star” dulcimer by an unknown builder (initials MRB – know who this is?). The nine instrumentals and five songs with vocals are backed by mandolin, guitar, cello and bowed psaltery, plus our friends Rich Shirley and Caleb Samples added upright bass and electric bass. Titles include my originals, “Dulcimer Moon,” “Blue Mountain Lake Waltz,”  and a re-recording of “Cassiopeia”; “Calling Ellia” written by Bob; the old standard “Over the Rainbow”; old-timey medleys, and a cover of the Malvina Reynolds song, “Turn Around.”  I also sang one of my favorite old folk hymns, “How Can I Keep from Singing” and Bob and I sang one of his favorites, the Zulu children’s song, “Guabi Guabi.” And there’s more!

Please look for us to play in concert near you this fall – we have a number of Northwest concerts planned from October to December. Check our tour schedule for details!

Bill Staines in Concert, Enterprise, OR – Thurs., Oct. 10

Heidi is bringing the incredible folksinger/songwriter Bill Staines to give his first concert in Enterprise! Bill has about 25 CDs out – has toured steadily for over 25 years – and has been a major influence on Heidi’s own music. The concert is sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance.

Dan Maher of Inland Folk on Northwest Public Radio will open the show!

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:00 pm
Odd Fellows Hall, 1st St. (next door to Library, one block from Courthouse)
Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; $5 for children 12 and under
Ticket outlets: Book Loft, Joseph Hardware, M. Crow, Blonde Strawberry, & La Grande Stereo or order online at