Many-Strings: Music and Music Education

Many-Strings is the musical collaboration of Chris and Jamie. We are vetted performers with the City of San Diego and San Diego County. We have three types of musical offerings:

  1. Many-Strings: Jamie on hammered dulcimer and Chris on guitar. Our instrumental music is a delightful mix of Renaissance, Celtic, American and classical melodies. The rich interaction between our instruments creates a sound that is simultaneously upbeat and melodic. Jamie is inspired by the traditions of folk and Irish music, including Turlough O'Carolan. Chris' contributions reflect the diversity of the classical world along with his love for instrumental music.
  2. Many-Strings: American and World Folk Music: Featuring the guitar, banjo, piano-flute, ethnic percussion, these shows have an authentic thematic focus. Titles include "Celtic Songs from Shannon's Pub," "The History of San Diego Through Music," "Music of the Wild West," "A Treasure Chest of Songs," and many more. See the "Music and History" tab for a complete list.
  3. Music Appreciation classes: Mozart, Copland, Jazz, Rock, American Folk, and much more. Educational, Musical, and very enjoyable. Customized for libraries, OASIS, Educators and retirement communities. See the "Music and History" tab for a complete list.
Special Offerings for Our Times: Sidewalk Tunes: The Gift of Music
  • You can "buy" a gift of socially distanced acoustic music. Hammered dulcimer and guitar "Celtic Notes" or Folk Music with vocals and percussion. 15-30-60 minute gifts, starting at $30-$50-$75. Contact Chris at 619-339-5171. Perfect for Father's Day or anytime upbeat melodies are desired.

For La Jolla Community Center and OASIS Winter-Spring 2020 events and classes please see the 'Music & History' tab.

 Many-Strings Hammered Dulcimer and Guitar Concerts:

  • The Roots of American Folk Music: Renaissance, Bach, English, Irish melodies, concluding with traditional and contemporary American folk tunes.
  • Water Music: Music from the sea, lakes, rivers, and the journey to America.
  • December Notes: Seasonal winter, Christmas, and other holiday-themed melodies.
  • Celtic Notes: Beautiful melodies from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic regions
  • Notes for an Exhibition: A delightful selection of music that features the beauty of the hammered dulcimer and guitar.
  • Romantic Melodies from the Classical World and Ireland: A wonderful sequence that includes Renaissance melodies, Bach, Beethoven, The New World Symphony, and much more.

We encourage you to contact us for any event where beautiful music is desired.

Our Performance history has included shows and events, such as.

1. Concerts: Mission Hills Library, Mission Trails Regional Park, OASIS, The Serra/Presidio, San Diego History Center, The Point Loma Library, Chateau La Jolla, and many other venues.

2. Music for Art Galleries and Special Events: The San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 Arts Venue, Art on Adams, Dan McGeorge Gallery, The Inn at La Jolla, and many other venues.
 
3. Music for Retail: 1906 Lodge Coronado, The Public Market at Liberty Station, Zilaro Cellars, Big Sur Lodge, The Upper Crust Bakery/ Cafe, Organic People's Market, and many other fine venues.
 
4. Music for Well-being and Health: The Braille Institute, University Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Scripps La Jolla, Prebys Cardio Vascular Institute, and many other similar venues.

August 2020 Events:
  • Aug. 2: 600 Years of Music in 60 Minutes, Atria La Jolla
  • Aug. 3: Music of the Wild West: live show at Belmont Cardiff
  • Aug. 4: St. Pauls: Celtic Creativity
  • Aug. 5: Love and Life in Am. Folk Music, OASIS Slow Jam via Zoom, 1:30-2:15.
  • Aug. 10: Catch the Wave: Hist. of Surf Music, Belmont Cardiff
  • Aug. 11: St. Pauls: The Harp
  • Aug. 12: Love and Life in Am. Folk Music, OASIS Slow Jam via Zoom, 1:30-2:15.
  • Aug. 14: Songs and Ballads of the Wild West: ZOOM OASIS Concert, 7-8pm.
  • Aug. 17: The Beatles, live show at Belmont Cardiff
  • Aug. 18: The Harp, Ancient and Modern, La Jolla Community Center, via ZOOM at 10 am.
  • Aug. 18: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture: Music and History, OASIS Everywhere, 12PST
  • Aug. 18: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, St. Pual's
  • Aug. 19: Love and Life in Am. Folk Music, OASIS Slow Jam via Zoom, 1:30-2:15.
  • Aug. 24: JAZZY Vibes and Organs, Belmont Cardiff
  • Aug. 25: Classical Notes for the Mountains, St. Paul's
  • Aug. 26: Many-Strings Concert: The Roots of American Folk Music, UCSD OSHER, 1-3pm
  • Aug. 28: A Treasure Chest of Songs: Maritime Adventure, love, and riches. ZOOM OASIS Concert, 7-8pm.
  • Aug. 31: Smetana and Dvorak: From Bohemia and the New World, Belmont, Cardiff

July 2020 Events:
  • July 1: America's First Songs, an OASIS ZOOM live show, 10-11am
  • July 1: OASIS Slow Jam: an OASIS ZOOM class at 1:30
  • July 3: America's First Songs: St. Pual's Manor. Private
  • July 3: Sidewalk Tunes for St. Paul's (West)
  • July 4: American Tunes for Lucille Dr.
  • July 6: Music for the 4th of July, Belmont Village Cardiff, Private
  • July 8: OASIS Slow Jam: an OASIS ZOOM class at 1:30
  • July 13: The Harp: Belmont Village Cardiff, Private
  • July 17: Vivaldi: The Seasons and the Sonnet, 12 noon, OASIS
  • July 20: Songs of the Seas: Belmont Village Cardiff Live Show, Private
  • July 21: West Side Story and Porgy and Bess, LJCC at 1pm (ZOOM)
  • July 22: West Side Story and Porgy and Bess, OASIS at 10 am (ZOOM)
  • July 24: The Creativity of Beethoven, OASIS Everywhere, ZOOM, at 12 noon
  • July 27: Native American Music Traditions: Belmont Village Cardiff, Private.
  • July 29: OASIS Slow Jam: an OASIS ZOOM class at 1:30 for 45 min.

June 2020 Events:
  • June 1: Music Inspired by Fairy Tales: BV Cardiff, private
  • June 2: Jazz: American Creativity: OASIS ZOOM class, 10-11 am
  • June 5: Sidewalk Tunes Social Distanced Music Gift (Del Cerro)
  • June 8: Many-Strings "The History of San Diego Through Music" private
  • June 13: Celtic Notes Concert: private
  • June 15: The American Musical ll, BV Cardiff, private
  • June 16: Love and Drama in the American Musical: LJCC, Zoom event
  • June 17: OASIS Slow Jam, via Zoom, 1:30-2:15
  • June 18: Many-Strings "The History of San Diego Through Music" Canyon Villas  private
  • June 22: Many-Strings: Irish and Scottish Ballads, BV Cardiff, private
  • June 24: OASIS Slow Jam, via Zoom, 1:30-2:15
  • June 29: The Gorgeous Music of Rimsky-Korsakov, BV Cardiff, private


May 2020 Events:
  • Many-Strings free musical notes from the garage, various times. Daily.
  • May 4th: Music with Chris, Celtic to Classical: An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 6th: Music with Chris: Celtic to Classical, An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 11: Music with Chris: Celtic to Classical, An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 11: Music Appreciation: A Garden of Delights, Cardiff Belmont Village
  • May 13: Music with Chris: Celtic to Classical, An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 14: A Garden of Delights: La Jolla Community Center, May 14th at 1pm. A ZOOM enabled class. Please register with LJCC.
  • May 18: Music with Chris: Celtic to Classical, An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 18: Music Appreciation at Cardiff Belmont Village, Evolution of Rock
  • May 20: Music with Chris: Celtic to Classical, An OASIS Free class, via ZOOM, 9-9:20 am.
  • May 25: Music Appreciation at Cardiff Belmont Village, Mozart's Concertos
  • May 26: The Genius of Beethoven, An OASIS class at 10 am.

April Events:
  • "Music with Chris:" Mondays and Wednesday, 9am -9:20am, A free OASIS class featuring music from the last 2,000 years. Visit OASIS San Diego for access to this free ZOOM enabled class.
  • The Classical Piano: Charming and Dramatic, April 7, 11 am, 1 hr. An OASIS class (#620). Offered through OASIS and the ZOOM video-conferencing program.
  • "La Jolla Community Center Musical Moments with Chris," a free class through the LJCC. Classical to Celtic. 20 Musical Minutes to start your day. Mondays.10 am. Contact the LJCC for additional information.
  • OASIS Folk Music Slow Jam: April 14th to May 5, 1pm. Please register for this ZOOM enabled musical experience through OASIS. Any folk friendly instrument is welcomed. Your voice is also welcomed, it's the original instrument.
  • Daily Supportive Notes Concert: Hammered Dulcimer, guitar and Pianica

March 2020: As of March 13 all events have been cancelled due to the virus. We are looking forward to an "all clear" and "open" from our valued venues. Thank you for your patience.
  • March 9: Celtic Creativity: Belmont Village Cardiff
  • March 10: Celtic Ballads Sing A-Long at Hooleys Grossmont Mall, a free OASIS-Hooleys Music Event, 12-1pm.
  • March 10: The Hammered Dulcimer: Enchanting and Mystical: La Jolla Community Center, 3-4pm.
  • March 11: Celtic Notes Concert: MMCVHCC
  • March 12: Celtic Notes Concert: Canyon Villas
  • March 12: Celtic Notes Concert: Chateau La Jolla
  • March 13: Celtic Notes Concert, Solana Beach Library, free! 3:30 pm.
  • March 16: Celtic Ballads, Belmont Village Cardiff
  • March 17: Celtic Creativity, Belmont Village Sabre Springs
  • March 17: Celtic Notes Concert: Oakmont PB
  • March 17: Celtic Notes Concert: Atria Rancho P.
  • March 18: Celtic Ballads for St. Paul's at Hooleys (private)
  • March 18: Folk Song Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15-2:15.
  • March 19: Celtic Ballads, PACE
  • March 19: Celtic Notes, Sunrise La Jolla
  • March 21: Celtic Notes Concert: Atria La Jolla
  • March 23: Celtic Notes Concert: Belmont Village Cardiff
  • March 25: Folk Song Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15-2:15.
  • March 26: Music Inspired by Fairytales, St. Pual's Villa
  • March 26: Celtic Notes Concert, Atria Talmadge
  • March 27: Celtic Ballads: Casa de las Companas
  • March 28: Celtic Creativity, 2-3pm Free, Lakeside Library
  • March 28: Celtic Notes Concert, 2:15-3:15 Free, Lakeside Library
  • March 29: Celtic Ballads, The Star of India, Maritime Museum, free with admission
  • March 30: A Musical Garden of Delights, Belmont Cardiff

February 2020
  • Feb. 1: Many-Strings on The Star of India, 11am-1pm Celtic Melodies
  • Feb. 5: Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15-2:15.
  • Feb. 10: The Lute, Mandolin and Guitar in Classical Music, OASIS Lecture Hall, Grossmont Mall, 10-11am.
  • Feb. 11: The Russian Master: Rimsky-Korsakov, Belmont Village Sabre Springs
  • Feb. 11: The Lute, Mandolin and Guitar in Classical Music, La Jolla Community Center, 2-3pm.
  • Feb. 12: Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15-2:15.
  • Feb. 13: Live Show: The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln: Canyon Villas
  • Feb. 13: Many-Strings Concert: Celtic Notes, Romona Library, 6-7pm
  • Feb. 14: Live Show: Love and Life in American Folk Music, Casa de las Companas
  • Feb. 16: Live Show: The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, The Cloisters
  • Feb. 17: Live Show: The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, Belmont Village Cardiff
  • Feb. 19: Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15-2:15.
  • Feb. 24: The Russian Master: Rimsky-Korsakov, Belmont Village Cardiff
  • Feb. 25: The Evolution of American Folk Music, UCSD, 10-12noon.
  • Feb. 25: The History of Jazz: Casa de las Companas
  • Feb. 26: The Music of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, Mt. Miguel Cov. Living
  • Feb. 27: Celtic Music: Diversity and Creativity, St. Paul's Villa
Jan. 2020
  • Jan. 1: Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, MMHC
  • Jan. 6: The Lute, Mandolin and Guitar in Classical Music, Belmont Cardiff
  • Jan. 9: Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, Canyon Villas
  • Jan. 9: Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, Grossmont Gardens
  • Jan. 11: Many-Strings on The Star of India, 11am-1pm
  • Jan. 13: Little Surfer Girl Meets Eleanor Gigby: Rocks Golden Era, Belmont Cardiff
  • Jan. 14: Country Music: America's Soul, Belmont Sabre Springs
  • Jan. 15: Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15
  • Jan. 17-19: The NAMM Show (Thank you Dusty Strings!)
  • Jan. 22: Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15
  • Jan. 23: Country Music: America's Soul, St. Paul's Villa
  • Jan. 24:  Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, Casa de las Companas
  • Jan. 24: Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, Atria La Jolla
  • Jan. 29:  Irish-Celtic Slow Jam, OASIS Wellness Center, Grossmont Mall, 1:15
  • Jan. 30: Music and Meditation, Cardiff Belmont Village
  • Jan.30: Live Show: The American Folk Renaissance, Chateau La Jolla
 

If you would like to book us for a house concert or show, or for outstanding background music for your venue, please contact us at chris@many-strings.com.Thank you very much.
 
Please enjoy samples of our performances in the Video section of this site.

The Video section also includes our music videos, including "La Mer", "Natural Harmony", and "Borrego Evolutions."

You can sample our new CD, Notes in the Village, in the "Our Music" section of this site.This beautiful CD was recorded in Logic Pro with a stereo Rode microphone.

Our Education Commitment:

Chris has over thirty years of experience teaching San Diego, California, and American history through music, dance, and drama.

  • He has led over 150 school assemblies focused on teaching children and adults historical music through vocal and instrument participation.
  • He has taught classes for teachers at UCSD and SDSU.
  • He also regularly teaches OASIS Adult Education classes

Please see the Music Ed. tab. for updated information related to his upcoming classes.

Samples of Our Music