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Mountain Dulcimer Mastery

Faculty Concert for the 7th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

Erin Mae Lewis, featured teaching artist

Erin Mae is a mountain dulcimer virtuosa who has taken an obscure American folk instrument, and with it has developed a high level of technical proficiency and musical expression. Erin has been playing for over twenty years and in that time has developed a unique and progressive style. She performs extensively as part of a duo, Scenic Roots. Carrying the rhythm section with her signature percussive chop and flat-picking fiddle tunes with impressive dexterity, audiences nationwide show amazement as they watch her fingers dance over her dulcimer strings. One guitar player quipped, “Erin can do more with three strings than I can do with six.” 

Steve Eulberg, Artistic Director

Steve is a versatile full-time folk musician who specializes in fretted and hammered dulcimers, but his first instrument was his mother’s ukulele. He later bought a kit and built his first mountain dulcimer. It’s been love ever since – through a career performing folk for kids to seniors, as a composer, and as an inner-city pastor, this award-winning touring musician brings joy to all who hear him. He’s been called an Appalachian Jimmy Buffett because of his personable stage presence and warm voice. Steve plays the dulci-bro, banjammer, electric dulcimer and baritone dulcimer, guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and hand percussion. He is a five-time Winfield, KS National Winner in Mountain Dulcimer and a three-time National Finalist for Hammered Dulcimer. He has produced 15 recordings. 

Neal Hellman

Neal Hellman, nationally-acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, has been active in performing, writing, teaching, and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years. His latest recording, Emma’s Waltz, is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles. He is the author of many books on the Appalachian dulcimer, including Celtic Songs & Slow Airs for Mountain DulcimerThe Dulcimer Chord BookThe Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method, and Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer. As founder, director and one of the primary artists of the Gourd Music record label, Neal has produced over forty albums, creating a uniquely distinctive sound and featuring a variety of acoustic instrumental ensembles, rich in texture and tonal color. 

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door on the night of the show. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. 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!

Earlier Event: May 16
Jenner Fox