New World String Project Releases Cabin 22

Our new album Cabin 22 was released on May 21, 2021! Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic, Celtic, and American folk traditions. A mix of lively tunes and a few gentle pieces. 14 tunes in total: 12 are instrumental, two with vocals.  LISTEN/BUY HERE.

Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.

“(New World String Project) literally pranced through their hour-long program at St. Mary’s in Pacific Grove, displaying both calculated structure and unbridled abandon.” –Monterey County Weekly (CA)

“Our audience certainly enjoyed your performance, and they have been telling us about it everywhere we go. You exceeded everyone’s expectations and introduced many of them to a completely new style and sound, which is a rare gift.” –Tim Bray, Oak & Thorn Productions

“Their show was fabulous, well attended, and full of peaceful, humorous, positive, enlivening energy. They took us all somewhere sublime!” — anonymous fan

Winter Weekend: A Virtual Redwood Music Camp

Are you experiencing a twinge of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)? If you haven’t yet registered for our Winter Weekend workshops, there’s a simple remedy:  sign up for a workshop or two!

This Saturday 11/14
10:00-11:15 Tipsy Slipjigs, Part 1 (Jesse Autumn, int/adv harp)
11:00-12:15 Flatpicking Tunes for DADGAD Guitar (Adam Hendey, int/adv guitar)
12:00-1:15 High-Level Irish Fiddling (John Weed, int/adv fiddle)
1:30-2:45 Tune Writing (David Brewer, all instruments)
3:00-4:15 Irish-Style Bouzouki/Octave Mandolin (Stuart Mason, beg/int)
4:30-5:45 Happy Hour and Pub Quiz (Rebecca Lomnicky, all)

This Sunday 11/15
10:00-11:15 Tipsy Slipjigs, Part 2 (Jesse Autumn, int/adv harp)
11:00-12:15 Polska Insanity (John Weed, int/adv fiddle) 
12:30-1:45 Set Craft (Adam Hendey, all instruments)
2:00-3:15 Intermediate Pennywhistle (David Brewer)
3:00-4:15 DADGAD Guitar for the Irish Session (Stuart Mason, beg/int)
4:00-5:15 Scottish Fiddle Tunes and Technique (Rebecca Lomnicky, int/adv fiddle)

Classes are filling up, so don’t miss out! Each workshop is only $10. Workshop descriptions and registration is online at

Hope to see you in the Zoom room soon!

Susan Willats
Executive Director
Community Music School of Santa Cruz

Bandcamp Friday Is Back!

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact all of us, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are canceled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it.

On Friday March 20, 2020, Bandcamp waived their usual revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and so much more. Based on this success, Bandcamp extended the monthly fundraiser, and in just four days, fans put more than $20 million directly into the pockets of artists and labels.

But the pandemic and its impact on the music community aren’t over, so on August 7, they will again waive their revenue share for ALL sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT. This Friday will be a perfect time to purchase the new album from SLO County Stumblers! Now available on compact disc, limited edition 12″ vinyl, and digital download.