SCDH Calendar

Updates, Concerts, Gigs & Happenings

November/December 2019

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CD Sample:
"Toss the Feathers and Jenny' Picking Cockles"
Performed by Looney’s Fortune from their EP
'Bird in the Bush'  
www.looneysfortune.com



President's Message

Happy November, Dulcimer Lovers
This month we observe Thanksgiving. It's a good time to take a quick break from early preparations for the season ahead. All holidays will, of course, be filled with music, and we all welcome music into our lives. Why? How? What are the benefits? Let's take a look.
• When we are exposed to music, a neurological chain reaction is activated. Our Central Nervous System is now on duty. Revilee! Attention!!
• Our brain begins processing this new stimulation in three ways: Controlling the stimulation; decoding all the structural elements of the music, such as rhythm, tempo, melody, and harmony; and how we actually feel about what we are hearing.
• We then experience: Activation (energy, becoming receptive (or not!) to the music, and possibly excitement ("Oh! I just LOVE this song!!")
• Now we mix in our personal tastes (Celtic music? Folk? Country? Traditional?), and this is when our brains evaluate the musical stimulus we are receiving.
• All of this leads to affect, or mood, modification.
• What's next? Behavioral change, such as a reduction in anxiety, or recognizing feelings about the music.
• FINALLY, we get to what we can actually see: An overt, observable response.
All of this happens like lightening. The experience then stimulates other areas of the brain, such as the motor cortex, and bam -- there goes that foot tapping the rhythm, and I didn't even realize I was doing it. I could go on and on, but this neurological map designed by brilliant researcher Professor Dr. Michael H. Thaut, MT-BC, is too detailed for this column. As you play, or make any kind of music, know that your amazing brain is receiving a fantastic workout up there in your neurological gym. Happy music making!!!

AUTOHARP IN FOSTER CARE
An autoharp was left behind at Riviera UMC after our Festival ended. Its foster mother, Bobbi Adler, will be glad to return it to its rightful home. Please call 714/534-2855, or visit http://www.scdh.org

It is with pleasure that I welcome BOB PALMER back to the SCDH Board. Bob's ingenuity and generosity were a major factor in the success of our 25th SCDH Festival. Bob, we are grateful for your presence on the Board, and we need you so much. Thank you.
Best musical wishes,

Bobbi Adler, SCDH President

714-534-2855
ArnMiraAdler@sbcglobal.net

NOTES & SPECIAL THANKS TO SPECIAL FOLKS - from Barbara Gershman, SCDH VP

*Thanks to ALL the Dulcimer and music groups who are sharing music through community outreach programs.

- San Diego’s North County Mountain Dulcimer Practice Group has several events planned, including the Bonsall Christmas Tree Lighting, the
Fallbrook Library Holiday Party, and the
Willow School Winter Spiral. Barbara Hayden shared that the Spiral is a ceremony where children walk the spiral path and introspectively commit to goals of kindness and self improvement for the next year while their families watch by candlelight in silence except for the music played on mountain dulcimers. The Fallbrook Library hosts the monthly mountain dulcimer group.

- West Side Hammered Dulcimers (Culver City) will be playing at the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church service Dec. 1. The hammered dulcimer group meets monthly at this church, our former festival site.

- Fountain Valley Senior Singers & Strummers have an ambitious holiday performance schedule at 7 locations, focused on sharing music at healthcare facilities.

*Thanks again to all of you who were adventurous in making the trek to a new, wonderful festival site in Redondo Beach - Riviera United Methodist Church!!
*Thanks for any constructive comments - to help us plan the next festival. Stay tuned for info. on the 2020 festival.

Best wishes to all,
Barbara Gershman




Musical Events/Performances/Workshops
November/December 2019



MUSIC in the MOUNTAINS 2019
Nov. 1-3, 2019
Acoustic folk music weekend
Play, sing or listen
Camp de Benneville Pines
41750 Jenks Lake Road West
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
909-794-2928 / 794-1252
www.uucamp.org - Register for camp /
Music in the Mountains
registrar@uucamp.org / uucamp@aol.com

UCLA ETHNOMUSICOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, half-day
Time and Location to be announced
Keynote speaker: Anthony Seeger, Prof. Emeritus, UCLA
UCLA Ethnomusicology - symposium & evening concert
in honor of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and the
publication of “Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings.”
The UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive is a world-renowned
research archive dedicated to the study of musical traditions
from around the globe. The collection includes 150,000+ audio,
video, print, and photographic items plus field recordings and
rare commercial recordings. Over 50 years of recordings -
from Mantle Hood to Ravi Shankar to Dizzy Gillespie.

KATTYWOMPUS STRING BAND
Every Friday, Year ‘Round, Ongoing
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019 - 8:15pm
412 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016
www.SoKattywompus.com
Live sidewalk concert/jam
Live webcast

SAN DIEGO DULCIMER MEETUP
Nov. 2, 2019 - First Saturday, usually
Future - Dec. 7?
11:00am - 2:00pm
Hammered and fretted dulcimers welcome,
as well as any acoustic instruments!
Bring a chair, and food to share if you’re inclined
No cost for this jam at Jim’s house in Mira Mesa
For location and directions: Contact/ RSVP to Jim Przywara
jimprzy@san.rr.com
858-586-0472 - leave a message
Mostly Irish music - but anything is fair game to play

LOS ANGELES URBAN / MOUNTAIN DULCIMER CLUB
Led by Joellen Lapidus
Nov. 3, 2019
Sunday - 12:30-3pm
12:30-1:30pm Absolute Beginners Session $30
Please pre-register for the Beginners Class
1:30-3pm Everybody plays together $35
McCabes Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Between Bundy and 28th St.
To pre-register call 310-828-4497
For more info: call Joellen Lapidus 310-474-1123

SAN DIEGO’S NORTH COUNTY MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PRACTICE GROUP
1st Thursdays: Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2020
1:00-3:00pm
San Diego County Library Community Room
124 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA
Free. Beginners through advanced
Our basic text and tab is “First Lessons” DAD tuning by Joyce Ochs
Info: ncmountaindulcimers@gmail.com
Instructor: Ellen Hahn at 760-644-5660
Save the dates for holiday performances, times to be announced:
Bonsall Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 30
Willow School Winter Spiral, Dec. 6
Fallbrook Library Holiday Party, Dec. 12

WEST SIDE HAMMERED DULCIMERS
Led by Barbara Gershman
Tues., Nov. 12, 2019, usually 2nd Tuesdays
6:30-8:30pm
Future: Dec. 10
Performance - Dec. 1 - CPUMC, Service
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Room 7-
4464 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
RSVP to Barbara Gershman - bgershman@socal.rr.com
Sharing tunes & playing for fun!

OC HAMMERED DULCIMERS
Led by Barbara Gershman
?Wed., Nov. 13, 2019
6:30-9:00pm
Meets Wed. night monthly - Fountain Valley
RSVP to Barbara Gershman - bgershman@socal.rr.com
Sharing tunes & playing for fun!

BILL DEMPSEY
Nov. 15 & 16, 2019 - 3:30pm
Carlsbad by the Sea
2855 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Contact Bill for info. on his gigs.
949-357-7333
www.billdempseymusic.net

TLT MONTHLY OPEN JAM
Nov. 23, 2019 - 4th Saturday
5:00-6:45pm
All acoustic instruments (not amplified)
Anaheim Community Center
250 E. Center St., Anaheim, CA
Sponsored by The Living Tradition
$2 donation requested / jammer
Info: 714-267-4567

PATTI AMELOTTE, SOLO HAMMERED DULCIMER
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
Free
November 23 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn 11AM TO 3PM
November 30 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn– 11AM TO 3PM
December 6 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 2 near big Poinsettia tree – 4PM TO 8PM
December 8 – JEWEL COURT near gigantic Christmas Tree/Nordstrom’s – 4PM TO 8PM
December 15 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn– 6PM-10PM
December 20 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 1 near Pottery Barn– 1PM TO 5PM
December 24 – BEAR ST., LEVEL 2 near big Poinsettia tree – 2PM TO 6PM

SANS FRONTIERES (Without Borders) - International Dance Band
Dance - Laguna International Dancers
Nov. 24, 2019 - Sunday
3:00-6:00pm
Live dance music by:
1) Madison Avenue Folk &
2) SANS FRONTIERES

Barbara Gershman-accordion, hammered dulcimer, keyboard
Brian Cwik-saxophone
Lance Gucwa-bass
Lee Otterholt-vocals, violin, percussion, mandolin
Marcella Lawson-vocals, percussion
Mindy Belli-recorders, percussion
Sebastian Otterholt-violin
Terry Gucwa-guitar, fretted dulcimer, cello, trombone, vocals
Clubhouse 2, 24112 Moulton Pkwy,
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Information and gate access: Terry Gucwa 714-283-2052 or Miriam Kahn 949-770-7026

DOWNEY COMMUNITY FOLK MUSIC JAM
Nov. 26, 2019 - 6:00-8:45pm
Always 4th Tuesday (except dark in Dec.)
Barbara J. Riley Senior and Community Center
7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90242
Bring acoustic instruments, voices, guests & join in.
All levels welcome. No charge. All genres enjoyed.
Info: 562-861-7049

FOUNTAIN VALLEY SENIOR SINGERS & STRUMMERS
Outreach Program to Healthcare Residents & the Community
Led by Donna Ewing/ Asst. Barbara Gershman
November/December Performances:
Times/ locations - TBA
Tues. Nov. 26
Tues. Dec. 3
Wed. Dec. 4
Thurs. Dec. 5
Sat. Dec. 14 (Gazebo - Fountain Valley)
Tues. Dec. 17
Wed. Dec. 18
Meet 1:30-2:30pm Wednesdays - Group singalong &
2:45-4pm - for scheduled rehearsals at:
Fountain Valley Senior Center
17967 Bushard St., Fountain Valley, CA
Sharing tunes & playing for fun!
Info: Barbara Gershman - bgershman@socal.rr.com

LOOKING AHEAD

BETTER THAN ONE
Patti Amelotte & Barbara Gershman
Holiday Music on Two Hammered Dulcimers
Dec. 7, 2019 - Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm
56th Annual CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY WASSAIL GALA
Performing during the Wassail hour and through dinner in Fish Interfaith Center
Many college musicians will be performing as well and later for the Concert following in Musco Center for the Arts
Info. or tickets: College of Performing Arts
714-997-6624 /copatickets@chapman.edu

TWO BANDS PLAYING HOLIDAY MUSIC at
34th ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT WALK / HERITAGE HILL


1) WHEN PIGS FLY!
Marianne Scanlon-hammered & fretted dulcimers, guitar
Jim Romano-guitar, bodhran, snare drum, banjolele, small percussion
Terry Gucwa-cello
Dec. 13 & 15, 2019 - Friday & Sunday - 5:30-8:30pm
St. George’s Episcopal Mission

2) ON A LARK - CELTIC TRIO
Jill Cassidy-Irish whistle
Barbara Gershman-hammered dulcimer, accordion
Terry Gucwa-cello, singing leader
Dec. 14, 2019 - Saturday
5:30-8:30pm
St. George’s Episcopal Mission

INFO. FOR BOTH BANDS:
Festive holiday music in each decorated historic building.
More than 1,000 luminaries lighting the park’s pathways.
Traditional refreshments. And Santa!
Family-friendly. Admission - $5 cash only. Free-if under age 3.
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Info: 949-923-2230
http://www.ocgov.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=101443

PATTI AMELOTTE, Accompanying the USC Thornton School of Music
4 Christmas Carols arranged by Shawn Kirchner
Dec. 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
See website for more information, ticket price, parking and reservations
https://music.usc.edu/wintergala/

LOONEY’S FORTUNE and PATTI AMELOTTE SOLO
Southern California Dickens Faire inside of “Winter Fest”
OC Fairgrounds
https://winterfestoc.com/
Daily - Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 (with a few exceptions)
2:30-5:30pm and 7:00-10:00pm
Email Patti for exact days/times
patti@pattiamelotte.com

Check www.scdh.org for Calendar Updates

Stay tuned for more dulcimer-related events!!