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Paperless Jam

BFUU, 1st Floor, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

PAPERLESS JAM!!monthly, usually 2nd SaturdayBring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you lead.Everyone plays the tune til we all get it!Calling chords is super!Donation of $5-$20, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.I'll have copies of Dave Hass' Dulcimer Jam book available for $40 (my price) if you want to take one home to study up.



Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra Rehearsal

BFUU, 1st Floor, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA

The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra is the brainchild of Deborah Hamouris, who teaches and performs from her home base in Berkeley, California.Conducted by Steve Eulberg and Deborah, this ensemble began in the Fall of 2014 and held it’s first rehearsals and performance at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. Learning sessions/rehearsals for the 2020 season begin 1/25/20 with performances in May & June.See the website for videos of previous performances, our 2020 schedule, and to sign up for this fun and exciting ensemble. We have parts for advanced beginner to experienced players. sign-up form is at the bottom of the link given in the ticket url.

$150-$230 + materials & CD fees


Intro to Mountain Dulcimer

Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Allston Street, Berkeley, CA

6 Sundays, 1/12-20-2/16/20, 5-6:15pm

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen. In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers. NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, I have 3 loaners which must be reserved prior to the first class. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwoods, Folkcraft, Folk Roots, Capritaurus, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $139.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write me at for more info on this important choice. DJ Hamouris Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to it's 8th annual events in May, 2020. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 , currently in it's 7th season. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer. DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox -- “1 in 8,” songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient’s perspective. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer. DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits. Learn more about DJ at