Musicians and music lovers of all ages around West Virginia know and love Bob Webb. A 1970s transplant to the state, he was a member of the popular Putnam County Pickers, and later of the rock band Stark Raven. He sometimes plays now with Julie Adams (of Mountain Stage fame) and The Rhino Boys, and he is famous far and wide for giving youngsters their first lessons in how to play the mountain dulcimer. A master of guitar and dulcimer, he is proficient on many stringed instruments, and is a fine arranger of music. He operates a recording studio in Charleston, West Virginia.

Mike Seeger plays Autoharp accompanying Peggy Seeger on one of her original songs, with help from Arlo Guthrie on vocals and Bob Webb on cello ... photo by Jeff Seager
Mike Seeger plays Autoharp accompanying Peggy Seeger on one of her original songs, with help from Arlo Guthrie on vocals and Bob Webb on cello.

When Dr. Dave Haas performs with Bob, Dave takes over on the dulcimer and Bob plays guitar. Dave lives in Charleston, WV and has been playing the mountain dulcimer for 10 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, worked for twenty years in the chemical industry and is now enjoying a second career as professor of chemistry at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV. He teaches dulcimer in both private and group settings, and was the founder of the Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club. Dave loves to share the mountain dulcimer and its history with schools, churches, and civic organizations, and has even brought dulcimer music to those in prison! Dave also plays the guitar, sings, and leads music on Christian retreat experiences such as Kairos Prison Ministry, The Walk To Emmaus, and Teens Encounter Christ.

Dave and Bob have released a CD entitled “Here Comes The Sun,” featuring dulcimer/guitar instrumentals, and a second CD is in the works. In 2002, the duo won the dulcimer duet contest at the Eastern Dulcimer Championship in Coshocton, OH. Dave has published a Beginnerís Workbook/CD set entitled, “You Can Play The Mountain Dulcimer: Easy As 1-2-3” (DAD Tuning) and a popular dulcimer chord chart for DAD tuning.

They do a wide variety of tunes, combining a repertoire of old time, Celtic and contemporary favorites, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “Black Mountain Rag,” “How Can I Keep from Singing,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “Over the Waterfall,” and a medley of Scottish tunes.