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Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The Monkey House

1 in 8 Preview Concert - 4pm

1638 University Ave.
Berkeley California
Price: $20.00; $30 includes a Snapshots

1 in 8
reflections on cancer treatment

Deborah Hamouris, singer/songwriter, mountain dulcimer
with Mimi Fox, guitar
Cindy Browne, bass
Beth Baugh, vocals


Cancer changes people. From diagnosis thru treatment my perspectives came through in songs: healing, loving, deep, encouraging, bewildering, funny. 

Our collaboration on these songs brings power to those emotions & perspectives. We are excited to bring the first performance of this theatrical music piece to the public.

This event will be the kickoff for our CD fundraising campaign. We welcome your support.

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Mountain Dulcimer Tunes - 1-2pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: free

"Mountain Dulcimer Tunes" (other instruments welcome)
For those who play mountain dulcimer or want to play with us. We'll focus
on some traditional fiddle tunes in the Old Time tradition. Mostly in DAD
tuning, maybe a couple in DAC (Shady Grove comes to mind). I'll bring a
couple of loaner instruments in case you forgot yours.

Deborah "DJ" Hamouris has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and has been
teaching music since 1970, both privately & in classes at the Freight.
Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The
DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley
Dulcimer Gathering, which is on June 10th at the Freight & Salvage this

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The Back Room

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert - 7:30-10pm

1984 Bonita Ave.
Berkeley California 94704
US (510) 381-1997
Price: $10 advance/$15 at the door

The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering presents our Annual
Faculty Concert


Larry Conger

Steve Eulberg

Deborah "DJ Hamouris

Holly Tannen

Dusty Thorburn

Ticket link to come. Watch this space!

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering - 9AM-6PM

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $85/$75

The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

Larry Conger
Steve Eulberg
Holly Tannen
Deborah Hamouris
Dusty Thorburn
Mark Ungar

Saturday, 6/10, 9-4: workshops at the Freight & Salvage
Friday, 6/9, 7:30pm: faculty concert at The Back Room (downtown Berkeley)

Registration opens March 2017. Watch this space for more details.

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Post-Gathering Workshop with Larry Conger - 1-4pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US 510/644-2020
Price: $40

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Post-Gathering Workshop w/ Larry Conger

Sunday, June 11, 1:00-4:00 pm


Register Online


Advancing beginner and beyond. Limit 20 students.


This workshop will present various arrangements that will focus on economy of movement and consistency of fingering while addressing various embellishments that should make your playing smoother and more comfortable. Come prepared to learn major and minor chords in DAD tuning and discuss their most efficient fingering. Several tunes will be used to reinforce these concepts.


All instructional materials will be provided, including tab for the visual learner and MP3 audio tracks for the auditory learner. Some tunes will be challenging for the advancing beginner but should help to facilitate your advancement to the intermediate level and beyond.


Handy items to bring include a music stand, pencil, eraser, highlighter, capo, picks and extra strings.


Larry Conger is a full time, professional musician. He operates a private music studio, along with his wife Elaine, teaching piano, guitar and drums as well as the mountain dulcimer at their home in Paris, Tennessee. Some of Larrys instruction includes numerous dulcimer festivals, long distance learning via Skype and his Tune of the Month.


A graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for almost 40 years. Besides being a popular instructor at various dulcimer workshops around the country, Larry also served as a church music director for several churches during the late 1970s through the 1990s. He has been a participating artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts in Education program as well as the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, bringing dulcimer music into the public schools.


In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Mountain View, Arkansas. Three years later in 1998, he won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Larry has authored fifteen dulcimer books and has three recordings to his credit.

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