Karen Mueller
Karen won the 1986 International Autoharp Championship and was a National Mountain Dulcimer finalist in 1985, both times at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. In 2006 she was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame. Karen is a 2012-13 recipient of a prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians. She is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist; besides autoharp and dulcimer, she plays guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki and ukulele. 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.

While touring extensively as a soloist, Karen also performs in numerous ensembles, including with Katie McMahon, original lead singer of Riverdance. She gives private lessons in the Twin Cities to around 50 students of all ages and levels at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor and a studio in north Minneapolis. 

Enjoy this video as Karen tells us a little more about herself and how she came to play the mountain dulcimer.

Level 3 Hyfrydol (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus)
The tune Hyfrydol (meaning “tuneful” or “pleasant”) was composed by the Welsh composer Roland H. Pritchard when he was only 19. In 1744, Charles Wesley wrote words to go with this meldoy. You will recognize this as the beautiful Advent hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus." Karen teaches this tune two ways: strumming chords on all strings and fingerpicking.
Level 3 Johnny Don't Get Drunk
This is an old-time fiddle tune, and was listed as one of the "100 essential Missouri tunes." The title seems to imply that there is a message being sent to Johnny by his wife (or mother?): "Don't get drunk, and if you do, don't come bother to come home." But the lively melody surely tempted Johnny to imbibe and raise his glass to the others joining in with him.
Level 3 Julia Delaney
This Irish reel is played in D minor, and uses the 0+ and 1-1/2 frets. The tune was named after Julia Delaney, the sister-in-law of Francis O’Neill, Chicago’s police chief back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.



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