River City Dulcimers
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. UPDATE: Our in-person gatherings at the Strum Shop are temporarily replaced with the River City Dulcimers Virtual Picking Porch when I will host online gatherings in Zoom. The next one is Saturday, October 23 from 11:00 to 12:30 PST. You are invited, so please Contact Dusty to find out more.
HARVEST FESTIVAL OF DULCIMERS: Organized by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage Society, the twenty-sixth annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 and is online this year. The featured artist for mountain dulcimer this year will be Aubrey Atwater who will join "resident" artists Joellen Lapidus, Leo Kretzner, and more. The festival also offers workshops for other instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, ukulele penny whistle, and more. There are also several jams for different levels of players. It's a fun time all around!
North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association will be having its annual festival (known colloquially as "Unicoi" after the in-person location) November 18-20. This festival is nearly as large as Quarantune and is organized in much the same way. Literally dozens of instructors will be involved, including Dusty Thorburn, who will be teaching 8 workshops for all levels from beginners to upper intermediate players. Registration is now open! Click here for more details.
BERKELEY DULCIMER GATHERING: The Ninth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held May 14- 16, 2021 and will be online again as we welcome players from near and far. The guest artists this year will be Aubrey Atwater on mountain dulcimer and Ilace Mears on hammered dulcimer. The resident instructors include Steve Eulberg, Erin Mae, Heidi Muller, Deborah Hamouris, Kay Bolin, and Dusty Thorburn. More details forthcoming.
REDWOOD DULCIMER DAY: The 20th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day will be held on Saturday, August 21 and will be entirely online this year for obvious reasons. This year's showcases a stellar lineup, including Stephen Seifert, Jessica Comeau, Deborah "DJ" Hamouris, Neal Hellman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, Kevin Roth, Janet Herman, Ron Beardslee, Laura Devine, and Dusty Thorburn. There will also be an instructor concert the evening of August 20.
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.