We will try to list any major dulcimer-related events in Northern California on this page.If you know of an event that should be listed, please Contact Us._______________________________________________________________________________
RIVER CITY DULCIMERS: RCD meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 4:30 at The Strum Shop in Roseville. All are welcome, even if you've never played an instrument before! (Contact me beforehand for a loaner instrument.) There is plenty of free parking around the Strum Shop; click here for a map. Our gatherings are divided into three parts. The first is a free beginner workshop, the second involves group play of our common songs found on the RCD Song List page, and the third is a song circle where we take turns playing a song solo, calling out a tune for group play, or simply listening to others. And, of course, we'll end with friendly chatter and finger food. Our group play has been wonderful recently; let's keep it up! Due to conflicts with holidays, we will not meet at our regular times in November and December. Instead, we will have a special dulcimer gathering at Mary's house in Carmichael on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 1:00. Look for an email with more information. And please contact me if you need Mary's address or have other questions.
BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Fifth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the world renowned Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, with the faculty concert the evening before at The Back Room. The guest artist this year will be Larry Conger, who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Deborah Hamouris, Holly Tannen, Mark Ungar, and Dusty Thorburn. An informal "afterglow jam" will follow the workshops on Saturday and Larry will offer a special workshop on Sunday. Two partial scholarships are still available; please contact Deborah directly.
REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 15th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley. This year's guest instructor will be the incomparable Aaron O'Rourke. Aaron will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Rob Beardslee, and Laura Devine Burnett. For more information or to register in advance please visit The Community Music School of Santa Cruz.
Stephen Seifert 3-day intensive in Santa Cruz: The incomparable performer and teacher Stephen Seifert will be returning to Northern California for another 3-day intensive dulcimer workshop in Santa Cruz on September 27, 2018. More details to follow.
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb: Heidi and Bob will be in the Sacramento area for a house concert and dulcimer workshop on Wednesday, November 8. The workshop will center on West Virginia fiddle tunes and will be aimed at the advanced beginner/intermediate level. The workshop will run from 4:30 to 6:00 and the concert from 7:00 to 8:00. Costs are $25 for the workshop, $15 for the concert, and $35 for both, and you can preregister by sending the registration fees to Heidi's PayPal account: [email protected]. Mary has offered to host these events at her home. If you need her address or have any other questions, please contact me. Those of you who met Heidi and Bob at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering a few years ago know what a treat their concerts are.
HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS: Organized by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage Society, the Twenty-third Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 -12, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa. The guest instructor for mountain dulcimer this year will be Heidi Muller, who will of course be accompanied by her multi-instrumentalist partner, Bob Webb. Please find the official flyer as well as a workshop schedule, and of particular interest to RCD members, since we are using Heidi's book of duets, is a special 40hour extended "focus workshop" Heidi and Bob are offering on Sunday entitled "Playing Together in Parts."