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 Dusty._______________________________________________________________________________
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.) Our gatherings are divided into three parts: a free beginner workshop, group play of our common songs found on the RCD Song List page, and 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 regular meeting will be Saturday, August 24 from 12:30 to 4:00 at the Strum Shop.
REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 19th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Aptos United Methodist Church in Aptos, CA. This year's guest instructor will be Tull Glazener , who will be joined by resident instructors Neal Hellman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Janet Herman, and Laura Devine, Ron Beardslee, Dusty Thorburn, and Kevin Roth. This year there will also be a workshop circuit for the hammered dulcimer, so please help spread the word! In addition to a full day of workshops, there will be a "Faculty Happy Hour" in which each instructor will play a bit and highlight a technique or two, and a matinee concert by Tull.
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-fifth Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Riviera United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. The guest instructor for mountain dulcimer this year will be David Haas. More information forthcoming.
BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Seventh Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held May 17 through May 19, 2019 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. The guest artist this year will be Erin Mae Lewis who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Neal Hellman, Deborah Hamouris, and Dusty Thorburn. Friday evening, May 17 will entail a faculty concert at The Back Room at 7:30. Workshops will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 to 4:00 followed by an Afterglow Jam at a nearby venue. On Sunday, May 19, Erin Mae will offer a special workshop from 12:30 to 3:30.