Redwood Dulcimer Day, now in its twelfth year, is moving out of its traditional Bonny Doon home in favor of a more urban, accessible setting. This year's full day of dulcimer instruction, performances and general celebration of America's only truly native fretted folk instrument includes a full day of fun workshops with five distinguished masters of the mountain dulcimer.
This year's guest artist, Aaron O'Rourke, discovered the dulcimer when he was 16 years old, playing bass in a high school punk rock band. He is now a popular performer at Newgrass festivals, known for his progressive old-time arrangements as well as classically influenced original compositions. His many awards include the Florida Old-Time Dulcimer Championship, Southeast Regional Dulcimer Championship and 2010 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship. According to the St, Petersburg Times, "Aaron O'Rourke makes a mountain dulcimer do things is shouldn't be able to do." http://www.aaronorourke.com
Redwood Dulcimer Day is sponsored by Community Music School of Santa Cruz.