The 6th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert features:
The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra.
Karen Mueller bridges many mountain dulcimer traditions to formulate her own dynamic style. She started playing the dulcimer in 1979 by learning the innovative tunes on the Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project record, featuring Neal Hellman, Force & d’Ossche, and Bonnie Carol. From there she began adding traditional Appalachian and Celtic music to her repertoire, and developed her own arrangements of these styles as well as pop, jazz, and original material.
Karen grew up in Winfield, KS, home of the Walnut Valley Festival, and was introduced to the dulcimer and autoharp there.
She has been a finalist in the National Mountain Dulcimer competition, and first place winner in autoharp, both at Winfield in the mid-1980s. Today she is a full-time performer and instructor, and has travelled throughout the US and England teaching at major workshops and festivals. She has also performed the challenging Blackberry Winter dulcimer concerto twice with Minnesota orchestras.
Steve Eulberg & Deborah Hamouris are Co-Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, as well as the Artistic & Executive Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, respectively. Steve travels nationally to perform & teach, and is an active member in the Musician’s Union Local #1000. Deborah teaches dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage and directs community singing groups.
Holly Tannen is a well-known folk musician and humorist, offering traditional and original takes on familiar songs, accompanied by dulcimer.
Dusty Thorburn, founder of River City Dulcimers in Sacramento, is a long-time guitarist and occasional mandolin player who discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been obsessed ever since.
All will be teaching at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering on May 5th at the Freight & Salvage.
Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!