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.
 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.

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, The Serra/Presidio, and similar venues.

2. Music for Art Galleries and Special Events, including  The San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 Arts Venue, Dan McGeorge Gallery, and similar venues.
3. Music for Retail: 1906 Lodge Coronado, The Star of India, Big Sur Lodge, and other fine venues.
4. Music for Well-being and Health: Scripps La Jolla, Prebys  Cardio Vascular Institute,The Braille Institute, and similar venues.

OASIS  2024 Public Events (register through OASIS San Diego)

  • Animals in Orchestral Music, Class #1375, Jan. 19th at 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • Woodwinds and Flutes: Notes from Within, Class #1376, Jan. 26, 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • The Blues: 100 Hundred Years of American Creativity, Class #1377, Feb. 9th, 3-4pm PST, (on-line)
  • Celtic Folk Traditions: Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, etc., Class 1378, Feb. 23rd, 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • Live Show: Songs and Ballads from Molly's Tavern. These are Celtic tunes you will love! March 15, 1-2pm, at the OASIS La Mesa Grossmont Campus. Register through OASIS or by calling OASIS at 619-881-6262
  • Exceptional Women in Music: Classical, Folk, Jazz, etc., Class #1379, March 22, 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • Ferde Grofe: A Very Special American Composer, Class #1380, March 29, 3-4pm PST, (on-line)
  • The Music of Aaron Copland: The Dean of Am. Classical Music, Class #1381, April 12th, 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • The Harp: An Ancient and Modern Beauty, Class #1382, April 26th, 3-4pm PST (on-line)
  • The Clarinet: An Historical Appreciation, Friday, May 10th at 3-4pm (on line).
  • Camille Saint-Saens: French Perfection, Friday, May 24th at 3-4pm  (on-line)
  • The Organ: History- Classic and Jazzy! Friday, June 7th at 3-4pm (on line).
  • Rachmaninoff: The Profound and Romantic Master, Friday, June 21 at at 3-4pm (on line).
  • Maurice Ravel: An Expressive French Master, Friday, July 19th at 3-4pm (on line).
  • Franz Schubert: A Poetic German Composer, Friday, July 26 at 3-4pm (on line).
  • The Music of Smetana: Bohemia and Czech Master in Music: Friday, Aug. 9th at 3-4pm (on line).
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Friday, Aug. 30, at 3-4pm (on line).

Other Public Events: 2024 
  • For the Borrego Springs Film Festival/ Library: Ennio Morricone: Italian Giant of Dramatic Film Music, Friday, Jan. 12 at 12noon-1pm, in the library.
  • Live Show: Songs and Ballads from Molly's Tavern, Saturday, March 2nd at the Lakeside County Library, 3-4pm. Wonderfull Celtic folk tunes!
  • The Music of Aaron Copland: Solana Beach Community Center, Wed. April 3rd at 11:30 am.

Other Music Events: 
  • Many-Strings on a weekly basis provides music and music education for San Diego's retirement communities, including Belmont Village Cardiff, St. Paul's Villa and similar venues.

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

Please enjoy samples of our performances in the Video sections of this site.

Our Education Commitment:

Chris has over 40 years of experience teaching San Diego, California, and American history through music.

  • 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