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, 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.

OASIS Winter/Spring Semester ZOOM Classes (join through OASIS San Diego)
  • Songs from the Era of Peter, Paul and Mary: Concert and Sing A-Long: Jan. 22nd, 3-4 pm PST (lyrics provided)
  • Your Computer: Sound Great and Get Great Sound: Jan. 28th at 10am PST
  • Slow Jam: Celtic Music for the Folk Musician: Sing or play. 6 weeks, once a week beginning Feb. 3rd-March 10th at 1:30 pm PST
  • The Harp: Ancient and Modern Beauty: Feb. 5th at 3pm PST
  • The Violin and the Fiddle: From Classical to Folk, Feb. 19th at 3pm PST
  • Celtic Notes Concert: Hammered Dulcimer and guitar. March 5th at 3pm PST
  • Debussy: Impressions, March 12th at 3pm PST
  • Music for St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, 1-2pm PST (lyrics provided)
  • Live Many-Strings concert: Water Music with our hammered dulcimer and guitar, April 2nd at 3pm PST
  • Orchestral Music for the Movies, April 16th at 3pm PST
  • Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, the Music and History, April 30th at 3pm PST

La Jolla Community Center Winter/ Spring Events (ZOOM enabled)
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach: Jan. 26th at 3pm.
  • Live Show: Love and Life with The Beatles: Feb. 11th at 4pm. Listen or Sing A-Long
  • Camille Saint-Seans: Lucious French Perfection: Feb. 23rd at 1pm
  • Live Show: Musical Celebration of Irish, Scottish and Celtic Ballads, St. Patrick's Day, March 17th at 4:30 pm.
  • The Blues: 100 Years of Perseverance and Creativity, March 23rd at 1pm
  • Bluegrass: From The Grand Ole Opry to Southern California, April 27th at 1pm

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 you very much.

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

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