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Downey Folk Group to Play In Costa Mesa Oct. 1

DOWNEY— A local folk music group headed by Jim and Bea Romano will perform at a free noon concert during the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, open to all, 9 a. m. to 8 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covent, 2850 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

The couple leads a free folk music jam the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Downey Community/Senior Center, 7810 Quill Drive.

They will be part of a concert which will include dulcimer groups from Culver City, Fountain Valley, San Diego and the San Bernardino mountains.

The festival is an annual event sponsored by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage, a private, non-profit group with members in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange county, whose aim is to promote dulcimer and folk music play.

Workshops for players of all levels are offered from 9 to 4 p. m., including beginning and advanced hammer and fretted dulcimer, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, ukulele, drumming, bowed psaltry and apps for hammered dulcimer and accordion. Those attending may join in free jam sessions during the day for all stringed instrument players.

Non musicians are welcome to sit in on jam sessions and attend the free noon concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall, said Roberta Adler, Garden Grove, SCDH presdent.

An 8 p. m. concert in the church sanctuary will feature Robert Force, a fretted dulcimer player for forty years from Washington state; and multi-instruments Cathy Barton and Dave Para, who have performed world wide.

Force, Barton and Para will join local teachers/musicians Patti Amolotte, Joellen Lapidus, Michael Eskin, Bill Dempsy, Karen Harvey, Doug Tomson, Jim Romano, Jim Hayes, and Terry Gucwa, in conducting the workshops. Kathryn LaMar will lead a drum circle. Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase in the fellowship hall. Force, and Barton and Para, will each offer four-hour Focus Groups in private homes Sunday, Oct, 2. For more information call Adler at (714) 534-2855 evenings or visit www.scdh.org