QUOTES FROM MEDIA & VENUES
“One of the finest songwriters and performers in the contemporary folk field… a Northwest treasure.”
– Chris Lunn, Victory Music
“Heidi Muller sings the winter stars into the sky!” – Marilyn Rea Beyer, The Midnight Special, WFMT-Chicago
“A disarming and mature songwriter.” – Dirty Linen
“The best of Heidi is in public where her concerts are a living room gathering of friends, stories and songs that mix the joy, sorrow, humor and hope of life in a manner that entertains, involves and raises spirits.”
– Percy Hilo, Victory Review
“Heidi’s high, clear alto voice can be playful, powerful, or heartwarming… She fills her most powerful songs with compelling, vivid natural images expressing her love of the northwest.”
– Folkstuff, Cornell Folk Song Club
” Heidi has a voice that could melt the proverbial heart of stone… You simply must hear this singer!”
– Sandy Paton, Folk-Legacy Records
“Muller has the glowing talent of an artist who can connect her extraordinary heart with ordinary scenarios. Her phrases are poetic genius and her lyrics flow faultlessly… Muller’s mountain dulcimer and clear voice blend purely like the night sky and the stars.” – Heartsong Review
Heidi Muller is arguably Seattle’s most beloved folk singer/songwriter…In a culture simultaneously poisoned by cynicism and starving on empty new-age fluff, Muller’s songs offer a meaningful alternative that constitutes chicken soup, not cotton candy, for the soul. Muller’s warm, playful sense of humor is the common element that shines through them all.”
– Doug Bright, Heritage Music Review
“Heidi consistently writes moving, delicate songs, beautifully performed, in this case courtesy of a crystalline alto voice full of sensitivity, laughter and succinct phrasing… Here’s pure, natural, gloriously free music with remarkable consistency and vivid singer/songwriter skills. Proves that quiet acoustic music can find its own way of defining spectacular.”
– Tony May, FolkRoots Magazine (UK)
“Lark-voiced singer and talented songwriter.” – Charleston Gazette
“Always a crowd pleaser, Heidi is gentle, kind and full of spirit… one of the finest vocalists we have ever hosted.”
– Saturday Night in Marblehead
“One of the best concerts of the year! Heidi is a very warm, enjoyable person, easy to work with.” – Julie Donnelly, Ozark House Concert Series
Up Hurricane Creek – Ancient Victorys
“Muller continues her growth as a songwriter, music performer, and collaborator… This is superb folk material and right in Muller’s vocal wheelhouse… Muller continues to be one of this country’s top folk songwriters and interpreters.” – Chris Lunn
Light the Winter’s Dark – Ancient Victorys
Seeing Things – Roots Music Report (4 Stars)
Folk music fans are in for a real treat with Heidi Muller’s new CD Seeing Things. The CD may be entitled Seeing Things but you will also be hearing things, beautiful sounds. Teaming up with Bob Webb, the two extremely talented artists combine to take their folk music to new highs.
After listening to Heidi’s melodic renditions, you just feel good, deep down inside. She has a knack of using her lyrics and distinctive voice to engage the listener at the emotional level such that you are both entertained and entranced. Her crystal clear vocals will remind you of a cool, crisp winter’s morn, adding to that feel-good sensation. As an added bonus, her unique instrument of choice, the mountain dulcimer, provides the perfect accent to her lilting voice. That voice and the instrument seem to be made for each other.
She and Mr. Webb are skilled musicians that obviously put their heart and soul into their music and the listener is the ultimate beneficiary of that kind of commitment.”
– Brenda Barbee
Cassiopeia – FolkRoots Magazine (UK)
A singer unsung, that’s our Heidi – well, as far as these shores are concerned anyway – just one of an easily compiled FolkRoots pageful of great unknowns of the U.S.A. country/folk genre.
Like many of her ilk who find themselves consigned to the relative shadows, Heidi consistently writes moving, delicate songs, beautifully performed, in this case courtesy of a crystalline alto voice full of sensitivity, laughter and succinct phrasing. Guitar and instruments incorporating delicate fingerpicking and some pretty strenuous rhythmic accompaniment.
My current minor miracle awareness is the apparent failure of major attractions to form a queue around the block to snap up some of these major Muller masterpieces. Anyone within reach of the Nanci Griffithses or Kathy Matteases of this world should render the favour of turning informer on, for example, “Long Way to Another Friend,” a duet gem featuring Ms. Muller and Dan Maher on vocals/guitars with some fluid accordeon embellishment – lovely stuff. Such gems abound – the tranquility of “Palouse Lullaby,” the flittering, whispering echoes of Kate Wolf grandeur. The supporting musicians supply the choice cushioning of fiddle, dobro, bass, accordeon and guitars, all bowing reverently before the mesmerizing lead voice.
Ok, so there’s no explosive trailblazing here, no slavery to the dramatic or concession to compulsive searching for uniqueness for its own sake. Such ingredients have frequently destroyed art and played havoc with simple beauty. Here’s pure, natural, gloriously free music with remarkable consistency and vivid singer/songwriter skills. Proves that quiet acoustic music can find its own way of defining spectacular. – Tony May
Seeing Things – Sing Out! Magazine
It’s hard to imagine Heidi Muller in West Virginia. Her first five CDs were the heart and soul of the Pacific Northwest. Then she met multi-instrumentalist Bob Webb from West Virginia at a music conference and now they are a duo in all aspects of life.
Although Muller gives Webb equal billing, this is her CD on which Webb accompanies her on dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, and electric cello. Muller continues to play guitar or dulcimer on all of the baker’s dozen songs and instrumentals, except for the a cappella “Snowdrops.” That song is the history of one strong woman from birth to death in Sullivan County, symbolized by the snowdrop flowers that bloom there. Muller wrote all the songs with vocals, except for “I Will” by Lennon and McCartney. Instrumentals include compositions by Webb, Ernie Carpenter and J.S. Bach. Muller’s songs are delightful. They express down-to-earth sentiments in lovely poetry on a wide variety of topics, including the history of her new home starting 500 years earlier. She also expresses a great sense of humor in “My Barista” about trying to find a great cup of espresso in her new home, compared with Seattle. The good news is that she found one, which is probably how she managed to produce the CD.
The beauty of Muller is not merely the quality of her voice, which is a pleasure, but that she imbues her voice with a great smile that busts through the polycarbonate to reach your ears. She sounds like she truly loves singing and wants nothing more than to share that with you. Not to overlook Webb, a skilled picker who adds a great deal to this recording.
Seeing Things is the kind of CD you can program to repeat and it will continue to sound fresh and charming. – Rich Warren
Gypsy Wind – Sing Out! Magazine
Right from the first moments of the first song, the hot guitar licks of Rod Cook and the electric bass of Cary Black and Linda Severt’s congas give this album a different feel than Heidi’s previous, more traditional-sounding, three releases.
Will Reedy’s Spanish guitar seduces us even before we hear Heidi’s beckoning lyrics. The luring strength of her vocals portrays what would be the part of Juliette Binoce. What had logically been made as plans give way to the magical powers of the whimsical wind as it whispers with ancient voices for change. The musicians successfully capture the emotions of succumbing to the swirling trance-like forces of wind.
“This Much I Know” is a woman’s anthem for attaining the balance of ambition and freedom. Heidi’s pure vocals call for following passions and trusting in the grand design. She lights a fire under women beginning in the last half of their lives, going beyond the norm, and refusing to be defined by outside expectations but rather driven from within. The melody slide on Anne Dodson’s “Lie Easy” fits her range well and is exemplary of her melodic dulcimer style.
With each CD Heidi increases her original contributions. Along with the Dodson cover, Gypsy Wind offers nine Muller originals, a Lorraine Hammond cover and an original arrangement of “Acres of Clams/Rosin the Beau.”
Heidi’s unpretentious clear voice sings from a heart where alone is not lonely, where what has been doesn’t define what will be, and where freedom for creativity reigns. She gives voice to the freeing and passionate changes that aging and wisdom bring.” – Angela Page
Dulcimer Moon – Ancient Victorys
“With a focus on the superb artistry of Muller’s mountain lap dulcimer work, this collection is most satisfying. The mixture of original songs, old time fiddle tunes, folk ballads, classic pop flows well together… This is fun stuff, dancing right off the CD…. another solid production from these commensurate musicians.” – Chris Lunn