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California Dulcimer Performers

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Andy Robinson  -  Mountain dulcimer, harmonica. I also play drums or percussion with two inferential musical improv teams.

Andy Robinson

Tinkersmith. We do rootsy/folky stuff - old Bob Dylan, Emylou Harris, Etc., of my originals.

Personable, engaging singer/songwriter. Highly original approach to lyrics. Some fun, unexpected cover tunes. Mountain dulcimer with a rock pop sensibility. I also play harmonica an occasionally will comp,Evelyn improvise a song, based on a suggestion from the audience.

Website: http://www.andyrobinsonmusic.com

Getting in touch

San Diego, CA
United States
Primary: 619-997-3787
Secondary: 619-582-7237
Email: Robinsong55 [at] gmail [dot] com

Performer information

Travel radius: Open, depending on pay and schedule.

Preferred venue: House concerts to large venues. Generally an intimate venue is best because I like to develop a throng audience connection, but I've played and loved all kinds of venues, up to 2,000-seaters.

Instruments I perform with: Mountain dulcimer, harmonica. I also play drums or percussion with two inferential musical improv teams.

Barbara Gershman  -  Hammered Dulcimer and small piano accordion

Barbara Gershman

Dulcimania, Better Than One, Legacy, TBPJ Quartet, String Picnic

Enjoy playing solo background music for events. Celtic music is a favorite. Enjoy playing with small bands at a variety of venues.

Website: http://www.dulcimernotes.com

Getting in touch

Huntington Beach, CA
United States
Primary: 714-963-4665
Secondary: 714-488-3166
Email: bgershman [at] socal [dot] rr [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://www.dulcimernotes.com

Link to my schedule: http://www.dulcimernotes.com

Performance-specific website: http://www.dulcimernotes.com

Travel radius: Depends. Prefer Southern California.

Preferred venue: Have played solo at L.A. Arboretum, Tall Ships Festival (Dana Point), AAUW luncheons, school Renaissance Faires, Artistic License Craft Fair, special Teas. Enjoy both community and private events.

Instruments I perform with: Hammered Dulcimer and small piano accordion

Dan Daniels  -  Appalachian Dulcimer, Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar

Dan Daniels

Dan Daniels

Dan loves living in the past! If you attend a concert or a festival performance of Dan's you'll be taken down a path built upon memories. Dan's love of Old Time Americana music truly comes through in each of his performances.

Website: http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com

Getting in touch

320 W Miner St
Yreka, CA 96097
United States
Primary: 530-340-0194
Email: dan [at] newtraditionsdulcimers [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com

Link to my schedule: http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com

Performance-specific website: http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com

Travel radius: Varies

Preferred venue: Festivals, Churches, Special Events

Instruments I perform with: Appalachian Dulcimer, Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar

Deborah "DJ" Hamouris  -  Mtn. Dulcimer, Voice

Deborah "DJ" Hamouris

The DulciMates

Contemporary & traditional folk, original songs & tunes, popular songs of the 20th century, blues, jazz

Website: http://www.djhamouris.com

Getting in touch

Oakland, CA 94609
United States
Primary: 510/910-2574
Email: deborahj [at] djhamouris [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://reverbnation.com/DeborahDJHamouris

Link to my schedule: http://www.djhamouris.com

Performance-specific website: http://www.djhamouris.com

Travel radius: West Coast, or further with travel expenses covered

Preferred venue: house concerts, cafes, festivals

Instruments I perform with: Mtn. Dulcimer, Voice

Ian Robert Gallagher  -  dulcimer, guitar

Ian Robert Gallagher

Parlour Regiment

Member of Parlour Regiment, billed as Ian Robert Gallagher when performing as a solo artist.

Website: http://parlourregiment.com

Getting in touch

4863 Bancroft St.
San Diego, CA 92116
United States
Email: iangalleghar [at] gmail [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://parlourregiment.com

Performance-specific website: http://parlourregiment.com

Travel radius: Food, flight and a place to stay.

Preferred venue: As a band, large and loud. As a solo act, small and intimate.

Instruments I perform with: dulcimer, guitar

Jason  -  percussion, wood flutes, modular analog synthesizer, objects, HD eventually

Jason

Getting in touch

San Francisco, CA
United States
Email: jvasche [at] gmail [dot] com
Joellen Lapidus  -  mountain dulcimer, clarinet, accordion, guitar, arabic drum

Joellen Lapidus

Extreme Klezmer Makeover and Joellen Lapidus and the Ballona Gypsy Boys

I perform on dulcimer, accordion, clarinet, guitar and arabic drum. I sometimes play solo, sometimes with my klezmer band: EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER and sometimes with my dulcimer band: JOELLEN LAPIDUS AND THE BALLONA GYPSY BOYS.

Website: http://www.lapidusmusic.com

Getting in touch

1923 1/2 Westwood Blvd. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90025
United States
Primary: 310-391-8246
Secondary: 310-474-1123
Email: lapidusmusic [at] aol [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://www.lapidusmusic.com

Link to my schedule: http://www.lapidusmusic.com

Performance-specific website: http://www.lapidusmusic.com

Travel radius: I'll go anywhere but a limit of 2-3 hours if its by car.

Preferred venue: I love house concerts, clubs, bars, parties, celebrations.

Instruments I perform with: mountain dulcimer, clarinet, accordion, guitar, arabic drum

Julie Horner  -  Hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, Irish banjo

Julie Horner

Crooked Road

Trad Irish sessions, weddings, Celtic festivals, private events.

Website: http://www.leap2three.com

Getting in touch

P.O. Box 4
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
United States
Email: leap2three [at] yahoo [dot] com

Performer information

Performance-specific website: http://www.leap2three.com

Travel radius: 200 miles

Preferred venue: Pubs.

Instruments I perform with: Hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, Irish banjo

Kali

Kali

Getting in touch

Topanga, CA 90290
United States
Email: bushk869 [at] newschool [dot] edu
Leo Kretzner  -  mountain dulcimers and guitar, vocals

Leo Kretzner

Wired, communicative, variety in styles and songs, more trenchant than treacly.

Getting in touch

250 ALDER WAY
LYTLE CREEK, CA 92358-9785
United States
Primary: 909-896-2483
Email: leokretz [at] gmail [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvFztldKQ2U

Travel radius: Well, there's a lot more land to the east of me than to the west...

Preferred venue: listening environment

Instruments I perform with: mountain dulcimers and guitar, vocals

Mark Richardson  -  Mt Dulcimer, guitar, uke, drums, fretless-single string bass

Mark Richardson

Ecliptic Mountain Dulcimer, with a touch of the 60's. From traditional to jazz...

Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/markthedulcimerguy

Getting in touch

415 Church St, PO BOX 1
Scotia, CA 95565
United States
Primary: 707-506-5225
Secondary: 707-845-4474
Email: markdulci [at] live [dot] com

Performer information

Performance-specific website: http://www.reverbnation.com/markthedulcimerguy

Travel radius: open

Preferred venue: Cafe's, house concerts

Instruments I perform with: Mt Dulcimer, guitar, uke, drums, fretless-single string bass

Patti Amelotte  -  Hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, mandola, vocals

Patti Amelotte

Looney's Fortune

Getting in touch

Pomona, CA 91767
USA
Email: patti [at] pattiamelotte [dot] com

Performer information

Performance-specific website: http://www.looneysfortune.com

Instruments I perform with: Hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, mandola, vocals

Peter Tommerup  -  mountain and hammered dulcimer, bodhran, Irish rhythm bones

Peter Tommerup

"Peter Tommerup & Friends," "Peak Nouveau" and "Les Campagnards"

I perform on mountain and hammered dulcimer solo, in duets or trios (with fiddle &/or guitar), in a contra dance string band ("Peak Nouveau"), and in a traditional French folkdance band ("Les Campagnards." I also lead multi-instrument Irish music sessions a couple of times a month.

Getting in touch

CA 95070
United States
Primary: 408-867-4324
Email: ptommerup [at] juno [dot] com

Performer information

Travel radius: mostly within the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley in CA

Preferred venue: concerts, weddings & private parties, playing for contra dances, school and senior center programs

Instruments I perform with: mountain and hammered dulcimer, bodhran, Irish rhythm bones

Regiberry  -  dulcimer, guitar, autoharp, banjo, percussion

Regiberry

Almost Famous, Common Cents

I perform at many Bluegrass Festivals in California: Strawberry Music, Grass Valley, Good Old Fashioned, Plymouth, Big Sur, Brown Barn. I play guitar and dulcimer and sing original songs as well as cover tunes. I have performed for over 30 years

Getting in touch

Watsonville/Santa Cruz, CA 95076
United States
Email: regiberry [at] aol [dot] com

Performer information

Travel radius: 30 miles locally - 250 if a major festival

Preferred venue: house concerts, restaurants, coffee shops

Instruments I perform with: dulcimer, guitar, autoharp, banjo, percussion

Regina Bartlett  -  Dulcimer, guitar, banjo, ukelele

Regina Bartlett

I play a progressive dulcimer and am a member of the California Bluegrass Association. I often use a keyboard stand when I perform standing.

Getting in touch

658 Bronte Ave
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States
Primary: 8317225704
Secondary: 8317246811
Email: regiberry [at] aol [dot] com

Performer information

Travel radius: 200 miles; West Coast

Preferred venue: Coffee Houses, House Concerts

Instruments I perform with: Dulcimer, guitar, banjo, ukelele

Robert Scott  -  Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar

Robert Scott

With roots in Appalachia and ancestral heritage in the Celtic Isles, Robert sings the songs of the mountains, Ireland and Scotland with a soulful stirring of tradition and personal interpretation. He accompanies himself on guitar and his own redesign of the Appalachian Dulcimer.

Website: http://www.whereravensfly.com

Getting in touch

3208 Rebecca Way
Sacramento, CA 95821
United States
Primary: 9166222467
Secondary: 9163499032

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5nr440FFlS_LgzXj4FpSgQ

Performance-specific website: http://www.whereravensfly.com

Travel radius: US

Preferred venue: No preference

Instruments I perform with: Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar

Ruth Barrett  -  voice, fretted dulcimer, bodran

Ruth Barrett

Ruth Barrett is an internationally known fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter and award winning recording artist. Her numerous recordings beginning in 1980 have featured Ruth’s classical finger picking style of dulcimer playing, combined with a powerful and beautiful voice, has enchanted audiences for over three decades. She is known for her original folk music inspired by folklore, mythology, the celebration of nature, and her arrangements of traditional Celtic and English folk music.
Ruth’s musical collaboration with dulcimer player Cyntia Smith produced six critically acclaimed recordings beginning in 1981. Ruth’s 1990 solo release, Parthenogenesis, won an INDIE award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in the category of Women’s Music. In 2002, Ruth’s original composition, Romp of the Canyon Kitties, was released as the opening track on Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume II (2003). Ruth’s latest CD, Songs of the Otherworld was released in early 2011. Ruth was the 2011 recipient of the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women’s music from Women in the Arts.

For over forty years, Ruth’s accessible and supportive teaching style, plus her enthusiasm, has successfully taught thousands of people to play the fretted dulcimer, from private instruction to national folk festivals and music retreats including String A-Long, the Swannanoa Gathering, the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, and the Winter Festival of Acoustic Music. She taught private and group dulcimer lessons for over a decade at the famous McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California before relocating to the Midwest where she has taught through University of Wisconsin’s Continuing Education. With dulcimer builder and player, Joellen Lapidus. Ruth transcribed Joni Mitchell’s dulcimer arrangements for the songbooks, Hits and Misses (Warner Bros. Pub.).

Website: http://www.dancingtreemusic.com

Getting in touch

CA
United States
Primary: 608-220-0196
Email: dancingtreemuse [at] yahoo [dot] com

Performer information

Performance-specific website: http://www.dancingtreemusic.com

Travel radius: internationally

Preferred venue: house concerts or any more intimate setting where music is the focus

Instruments I perform with: voice, fretted dulcimer, bodran

Scott Arany  -  Mountain Dulcimers, Banjo

Scott Arany

Hymns and folk songs, original worship songs, chants, folk covers

Website: http://www.scottarany.com

Getting in touch

Riverside, CA 92503
United States
Email: scottarany [at] gmail [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: https://vimeo.com/72718382

Travel radius: All over Southern California

Preferred venue: Churches, Cafes

Instruments I perform with: Mountain Dulcimers, Banjo

Steve Eulberg  -  mountain and hammered dulcimer, guitar, dulci-bro, banjammer, didjeridoo

Steve Eulberg

Fiddle Whamdiddle, S.E.A

smile-inducing, toe-tapping, thought-provoking folkgrass

Website: http://www.owlmountainmusic.com

Getting in touch

63 Bovet RD #142
San Mateo, CA 94402
United States
Email: steve [at] owlmountainmusic [dot] com

Performer information

Link to hear or watch samples: http://www.reverbnation.com/steveeulberg

Link to my schedule: http://www.reverbnation.com/steveeulberg

Performance-specific website: http://steveeulberg.com

Travel radius: North America, coast to coast


"...what a tasty little masterpiece. Eulberg's musicianship is matched by his songwriting. Long after you've forgotten other people's songs

Preferred venue: house concerts, festivals, listening rooms

Instruments I perform with: mountain and hammered dulcimer, guitar, dulci-bro, banjammer, didjeridoo