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Concerts, Workshops, Whatnot

2024 plans are... in planning.   Maybe I'll move to Portugal, learn the Cavaquinho and play songs by The Clash... 

“One must still have chaos within in order to give birth to a dancing star.”  Nietzsche


Fri - Sat, Sept 28-29: QUARANTUNES 11
I'll be teaching three workshops I'm excited about: 

On Friday the 29th, for more beginning players ('level 2') I'll be teaching Getting Confident with Rhythms: The most common strumming patterns for songs and tunes, especially 2/4 and 3/4 time. Songs will be Water Bound, Streets of Laredo, and Southwind.

On Saturday the 30th, for advanced intermediates (level 4) we have So Many Cool Tunes in A-minor! DGD + capo 1. How this tuning works! We’ll work on an old-time tune from fiddler Emmet Lundy, Highlander’s Farewell, and a haunting Irish jig, The Mist-Covered Mountains.


Also on Saturday the 30th, for intermediates (level 3) I’ll teach Playing in Chord-Melody Style D-A-D. We will find the melody notes within and around the chords, as well as ‘chording’ each note of a scale. We’ll apply this to 2 beautiful British Isles tunes: The Boys of Wexford and Prince William.


You should come out of any of these sessions with increased dexterity and musical chops!

CLICK HERE FOR TOTAL INFO AND TICKETS.  Concerts, too! See the Q-tunes site! 


Saturday, October 7: Open Acoustic Jam, Noon-3
Shelton Park, Harvard & 3rd, Claremont Around corner from Cmont Folk Center
All instruments welcomed! Led by Leo, Doug Thomson, Gregg Schneeman & others.
Bring a chair, a friend, and a tune! See you there! 

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Friday the 13th of October - 11 AM - 3 PM -  Old Time Tunes & Songs
Old Grey Cats will be haunting the Cal State Poly Pomona
30th Annual  PUMPKIN PATCH!! 
4102 S University Drive, Pomona. 909-869-6722
Take the 10 to Kellogg Dr, or the 57 to Temple and Follow the Signs!!

Saturday, October 21 - Mountain Dulcimer Day!

Fretted Dulcimer Workshops 9-Noon & 1:30-4:30 (Pacific) 

With: Nina Zanetti, Holly Tannen, Pam Setser, Kevin Roth,

     Grant Olson, Joellen Lapidus, Leo Kretzner, and Bill Dempsey.
-> Eight workshops for only $30! All via Zoom - students need only the free account.

 Click -> HERE <- for complete info and to register!

This is a part of Southern California Dulcimer Heritage's 29th Annual Fall Festival - A Month of Music.   

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Thurs - Sunday, June 1 - 4, QUARANTUNES 10, Virtual Dulcimer Festival, Dozens of teachers and classes!! $10.75/1 hr. lesson. I'LL BE TEACHING and PLAYING:
        Thursday, June 1, 5:28 PM Pacific Daylight, Mini-Concert!

        Friday, June 2, Basic D-A-D Chords. (Novice) Session 4, 9:45 am PDT. 
               "           "        Intro to D-G-D Tuning (Intermediate) Session 5, Noon, PDT
        Sat, June 3, Playing Jigs Across the Strings [DAD] (Upper Intermediate), Session 3, 8:30 am PDT
          "        "         Backing Up Jigs, Rhythm & Chords [DAD] (Intermediate), Session 5, Noon PDT

Miniconcerts by all teachers, Thursday - Sunday. 

Fri - Sun, May 12 - 14, Lone Star Dulcimer Festival, Glen Rose TX  Workshops & Concerts, Dancing, Jams.  ALL FREE!  Also featuring Jim Miller, with Debbie Porter, Sue Carpenter, Dana Hamilton and more. Info:   AND:
Thursday, April 27: House Concert, Pomfret CT !!
7 pm, for info and directions:  
First full concert (2 sets) I've done in a few years! Looking forward to it!

Saturday, April 29: Acoustic jam at Shelton Park, Claremont, noon - 3. Our delayed National Mountain Dulcimer Day. Open to all instruments.
Led by Leo and Doug Thomson. 3rd & Harvard in Claremont Village. BYO chair! 
Sunday, April 30, 6 - 9, Claremont Folk Music Center Open Mic  Leo will be featured and do three songs. $1. Great Institution! 220 Yale, 909-624-2928

Saturday, March 11: All-day virtual event*. “Four-String Mountain Dulcimer Day”
Devoted to dulcimers with four equidistant strings – how to get the most out of a new string.  Full instruction plus concerts.

Featuring: Aubrey Atwater, Sue Carpenter, Bradley Ellis, Thomasina Levy, Grant Olson, and Leo.

Hosted by Dulcimer Crossing. *[9 am to 7:45 pm CST]   Click here to register

Friday, March 17: Leo with Alan Davis, fiddle & mandolin. Irish songs and tunes.

Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, CA 91786 (909) 579-0032

Friday, March 24: Old Grey Cats in Concert!! At Ophelia’s Jump Productions Music Lounge

A rare full-concert performance by the Cats will feature lots of fun songs and toe-tapping tunes. Check out this great new theater and music venue! 2009 Porterfield Way STE H, Upland, CA 91786  (909) 734-6565

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