We will try to list any major dulcimer-related events in Northern California on this page.
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RIVER CITY DULCIMERS:  RCD meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 12:30 to 4:00 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.)   A public parking garage with over 300 free spaces has opened up just behind the Strum Shop and can be accessed from either Vernon Street or Oak Street; please make use of it!  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 next meeting will be Saturday, July 28 from 12:30 to 4:00 at the Strum Shop.


STEVE & ERIN :  The acoustic duo of Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis will be offering a workshop and house concert at Mary's home in Carmichael on Thursday, August 9.  The workshop will begin at 3:30 and the concert at 7:00, with a break in  between for some food and conversation.  Suggested donations are $15-20 for the concert alone and $25-$35 for the workshop & concert.  To RSVP and to get the exact address, contact Mary at [email protected] or Dusty at [email protected]  Please help round up attendees and make liberal use of this flyer.


REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 15th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos, CA.   This year's guest instructor will be Jessica Comeau of Pensacola, FL.  Jessica will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman,  Peter Tommerup, Janet Herman, Deborah Hamouris, Laura Devine, Ron Beardslee, and Dusty Thorburn More details will be forthcoming.


Play Music on the Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August and challenges us to strengthen communities through shared music.  All you have to do participate is play music.  Play by yourself or gather the neighbors, but play in public.  And if you wish, record yourself playing and post the recording on social media with the hashtag #playmusicontheporchday.  Our regular RCD monthly gathering will usually fall on this day, so we should make an effort to play outside and share the joy of music with our neighbors.


HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS: Organized by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage Society, the Twenty-fourth Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Costa Mesa.  The guest instructor for mountain dulcimer this year will be Sarah Morgan.   For more details, please view the Festival Flyer  as well as a preliminary workshop schedule.  In addition to workshops, the event includes jam sessions during the day and a concert in the evening.  Sarah will also be offerning a special Focus Workshop the following day on "Right & Left Hand Mastery."


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.  Attendance is limited, so please register here to reserve your place.

BAY AREA DULCIMER CIRCLE: Ron Beardslee is organizing the first of what will hopefully be regular opportunities for people to share their music in an informal, relaxed and non-judgmental environment.  Some of you will recall with a bit of nostalgia the many years when we ended each Redwood Dulcimer Day with a playing circle in the woods in the early evening.  To this end, Ron is arranging  an afternoon playing circle where each participant will have an opportunity to perform a few pieces of their choice in the presence of other dulcimer players.  The music of the newest beginner will receive the same attention and respect as that of the most advanced player.  If you have any questions or simply want to confirm your attendance, please contact Ron at [email protected].


LocationConnie Barbour Room, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,  1606 Bonita Ave. Berkeley
Date/Time:  Saturday July 21, 1-4 PM
Registration:  None.  Just show up.  A note to me in advance would be appreciated so that I can do some logistics planning.
Cost:  Nothing.  Donations not accepted.

BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Sixth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held  May 4 through  May 6, 2018 at the world renowned Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse.  The guest artist this year will be the multi-instrumentalist Karen Mueller who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Deborah Hamouris, Holly Tannen, and Dusty Thorburn.  Friday evening, May 4 will entail a faculty concert at The Back Room at 7:30.  Workshops will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, followed by the Afterglow Jam at the People's Cafe.  On Sunday, Karen Mueller will offer a special workshop at the Freight from 12:30 to 3:30.