October 27, 2008
Winfield native Karen Mueller to perform at Brown's on Jan. 15
Well-known for her performances at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival,
Karen Mueller will be the featured performer at Cowley College’s
Caffé Acoustic held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Brown’s in Arkansas
She is one of the top Autoharp and mountain dulcimer players today as she was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2006. Her exciting and innovative performing style, featuring Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary music, has been applauded by critics and audiences from LA to Boston.
Mueller won the 1986 International Autoharp Championship and was a National Dulcimer finalist in 1985. She has recorded three critically acclaimed solo CDs and has made her mark on the acoustic music scene as both an interpreter of tradition and an innovator.
In 2000, the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association awarded Karen its “Recognition of Excellence.” She has also been an official showcase artist at the North American Folk Alliance Conference.
The Winfield native is currently based in Minneapolis. She is in demand as a performer, studio musician, school residency artist and instructor. She gives private lessons in the Twin Cities to around 50 students of all ages and levels at West Bank School of Music and Homestead Pickin’ Parlor. Karen is also on the rosters of Young Audiences of Minnesota and the State Arts Board’s Folk Arts Directory.