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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Friday May 4 2018, 7:30 PM
@ Berkeley, CA
Attendees:  @Dusty Turtle@heartstrummer

The sixth annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held May 4-6, 2018 at the legendary Freight & Salvage Coffee House at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley, the venue of the non-profit Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music. A faculty concert will be held May 4 at 7:30 at The Back Room at 1984 Bonita Avenue.  The guest instructor this year will be Karen Mueller, who will join resident instructors Steve Eulberg, Holly Tannen, Deborah Hamouris, and Dusty Thorburn.  Workshops all day on Saturday, May 5 for all levels of players, and an additional workshop with Karen on May 6. 

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Dusty Turtle
03/09/18 03:46:37AM @dusty-turtle:

The workshop schedule for this year's event has just come out and I updated the links accordingly.  

Rob N Lackey
03/04/18 05:39:45PM @rob-n-lackey:

Well, that's ok, DT, you posted the link to video.  Yeah, I guess I could vacation out there.  I have a bunch of cousins in the the Sacramento area though I only know one of them.  He works for either the city, county or state; can't remember LOL.

Dusty Turtle
03/04/18 04:14:12PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Rob.  For the record, I had nothing to do with the video other than being in front of the camera a few times. I'll fix the link in the announcement above so that it goes to this year's event as soon as the site has been updated.

Maybe you should plan a vacation out to California and -- depending on the timing -- plan it around either the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in May or the Redwood Dulcimer Day in Santa Cruz in July.

Rob N Lackey
03/04/18 04:00:54PM @rob-n-lackey:

Nice video, DT.  Interesting that it started out with "Gray Cat;" that's one of our Wartz'n'All favorites, too.  Wish I could join y'all out there!


Val Hughes
03/04/18 11:16:17AM @val-hughes:

Sounds good Dusty, keep up the good work.

Dusty Turtle
03/04/18 10:54:05AM @dusty-turtle:

Val Hughes: A nice gathering of players Dusty. Berkeley where would that be now?

Hi Val. Berkeley, California is on the shores of San Francisco Bay, across the Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge and north of Oakland.  It was named after the English/Irish philosopher George Berkeley.  I went to graduate school there, but had not yet even heard of a dulcimer.  The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering was founded by Deborah "DJ" Hamouris six years ago.  The next year, after Steve Eulberg moved to the Bay Area, he became the artistic director.  This will be my third or fourth year teaching workshops there.

One fun part of the event is the "Afterglow Jam."  After the workshops we all gather for a fun jam.  For the second year in a row, the jam will be held in a public coffeehouse.  Last year it was a hoot to see the surprise and confusion on the faces of all those young college students staring at their laptop screens when 15-20 of us showed up with our strange-looking instruments and began singing and playing.  

Val Hughes
03/04/18 08:30:40AM @val-hughes:

A nice gathering of players Dusty. Berkeley where would that be now ?

Dusty Turtle
08/08/17 12:36:00AM @dusty-turtle:

Just for the record, here's a video collage of the 2017 event: https://vimeo.com/226691674.  There's a short clip of yours truly early on teaching the lullaby "Duermete mi niño." What's neat is the video editing, for they spliced together me demonstrating the song with the class playing it together, so it sounds like I start the melodic line and then everyone finishes it.  The highlight of the event is the dulcimer orchestra at the end.  You can see the spunky Elaine Conger conducting one section of the orchestra.