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Mountain Dulcimer Resources in Northern California. 

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Mountain Dulcimer Instructors and Performers

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Mountain Dulcimer Instructors and Performers

Santa Cruz County:        

Neal Hellman
Availability: Performances; Event Workshops
Contact:  neal@gourd.com

Neal has been active in performing, writing, teaching and recording acoustic music for the past twenty years throughout the United States, Europe, and New Zealand.  He is the author of many dulcimer books, including It's A Dulcimer Life, The Dulcimer Chord Book, The Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method, Beatles Dulcimer Book and The Music of the Shakers For Mountain Dulcimer on Mel Bay Publications.


Janet Herman
Availability: Performances; Event Workshops; Private Lessons
Contact: fasola@cruzio.com

Janet is a multi-instrumentalist instructor with Community Music School of Santa Cruz and co-founder of Redwood Dulcimer Day.   She is also a vocalist and is featured on Neal Hellman's Celtic Songs and Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer and other recordings. She holds a doctorate in folklore/ethnomusicology, and her playing reflects interest in American roots music and various world music traditions.  She often performs with harmony vocalist/percussionist Laura Reeve and in the Celtic trio Dance Around Molly. www.folkplanet.com/dam


Dulcimer Girls
Availability: Performances
Contact: l@eyeqsantacruz.com

Dulcimer Girls, aka Jayme Kelly Curtis and Laura Devine, both play dulcimer and perform originals, folk ballads, and old time spirituals in vocal harmony—their approach reflects the rhythmic influence of Laura’s first dulcimer teacher, Joellen Lapidus.  Jayme is also a singer-songwriter with two solo recordings under her belt.http://www.purrgirl.com/Dulcimer.html
For lessons contact Laura at dulcimergirlrocks@gmail.com
or cell 831-818-0118




Saratoga/Palo Alto:       


Peter Tommerup

Availability: Performances; Event Workshops; Private Lessons; Public Classes
Contact: ptommerup@juno.com

Dr. Peter (he holds a Ph.D. in Folklore Studies) has been teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer since 1977. He specializes in Celtic, Western European, and Old Time American instrumental tunes. He currently teaches at Gryphon Stringed Instruments (Palo Alto, CA), and previously wrote Teach Yourself to Play the Dulcimer (Kicking Mule). He has taught at several major festivals in California and North Carolina, and is co-founder of Redwood Dulcimer Day.  Peter often performs with multi-instrumentalist Karl Franzen in the instrumental duo Slainte and with his wife, fiddler Lee Anne Welch. http://www.harmonspeak.com/sfslainte/


East Bay:           

Deborah Hamouris
Availability: Performances; Event Workshops; Private Lessons
Contact: ninshibar@ninshibar.com
Deborah provides three-week classes or private lessons that include everything you need to get going on your dulcimer.  She has taught music for 20 years and holds a BA in music with an emphasis in vocal studies.  Her influences include choral music, classical, opera, folk, world music, musical theater, circle-singing, and jazz. http://ninshibar.com/Dulcimer.htm#schedule





Paul Furnas
Availability: Event Workshops; Private Lessons
Contact: paul.furnas@sbcglobal.net

Paul’s doctoral work on the Lyra Viol (a 17th-century English style of viola da gamba that uses tablature notation and variant tunings) segued well into writing finger-picking music for the mountain dulcimer. Since the 1970s he has contributed numerous articles to the Dulcimer Players News, and he currently teaches composing and theory for mountain dulcimer. 

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Mountain Dulcimer Products:

Blue Lion

Beautifully crafted mountain dulcimers from Janita Baker, of Santa Margarita, CA. She has also produced several fine dulcimer books and recordings.

Bear Meadow Dulcimers

Appalachian dulcimers of superb beauty, projection, voice and action.

Gourd Music

An independent label specializing in acoustic music owned by the nationally renowned dulcimer artist, Neal Hellman, of Santa Cruz, CA.   Scads of great dulcimer recordings and books.


Coog Instruments

Santa Cruz County craftsman Ronald Cook creates Early American folk instrument art based on historic originals.  Check out his unique dulcimer noters with hand-carved figures.


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Things to do

The Bigfoot Discovery Project

Owned by dulcimer builder and recording artist Michael Rugg, of Felton, CA, this Bigfoot museum also includes mountain dulcimer paraphernalia.  An exceptional combination!


Kindred Gathering

Annual roving hippy summer campout started by mountain dulcimer folks that sometimes lands in northern California.


Lark Camp

Huge summer folk music camp in Mendocino includes a mountain dulcimer workshop.


San Francisco Folk Music Club

Campouts, monthly gatherings, and annual free folk music festival with mountain dulcimer workshops and MD-friendly jamming.Retail stores that carry mountain dulcimers


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Retail stores that carry mountain dulcimers

Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto


Lark In The Morning, San Francisco & Mendocino

 Sylvan Music, Santa Cruz