Dusty Thorburn

Lullabies from Around the World (Advanced Beginner)

Lullabies are all very melodic, so they fit on the diatonic fretboard, and they are also best played slowly and include a lot of repetition, so they are perfect for the beginning player.  Come learn some beautiful lullabies from around the world. But beware: you may be overcome with the desire to curl up on your mama’s lap!

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An Choineachan
Songs & Dances from Early America (Intermediate)

Ever wonder what Thomas Jefferson listened to when relaxing with a glass of wine at Monticello?  Curious about what they danced to at the pub after the Boston Tea Party? This workshop explores some of the music—much of it of English origin—that was popular in the colonies before and during the American Revolution.

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Banks of the Dee

Dusty grew up strumming guitar and singing “Kum Ba Ya” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” before it was a cliché. A professional historian, Dusty discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been doing his best to make up for lost time.  He founded River City Dulcimers, a group of musical friends that meets monthly in Sacramento and is also a Moderator at the popular website Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  Dusty has been a regular at folk music events around Northern California, currently offers private lessons both online and at The Strum Shop in Roseville, and has completed two books of mountain dulcimer tablature: Lullabies from Around the World for the beginning player and
 Songs of Old Albion & Erin: Ballads, Airs, and Dances from the 16th to the 18th Centuries with intermediate-level arrangements of tunes from the early modern British Isles.  His lessons, arrangements, and compositions combine a respect for traditional sounds with a modern, blues-influenced sensibility