Irish Fiddle Workshop with John Weed



Learn pure traditional Irish fiddle tunes with John Weed of Molly’s Revenge, Story Road, and Little Black Train. John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 20 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He also attended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.

The Deedees with Peter Yelda and Bob Liepman

The Deedees with Peter Yelda and Bob Liepman
Sat Aug. 19 at Don’s String Shop
7-9 PM Suggested donation: $15
Info: 805-528-4814

The Deedees are Elizabeth Etta and Owen Hunt, a father-and-daughter duo from Arkansas and Japan, featuring traditional American folk songs as well as original numbers with two guitars and refreshing two-part harmonies. Peter Yelda is a well known local singer songwriter and luthier who likes to “have fun” playing music for people. He has invited Bob Liepman to accompany him on cello and mandocello. Bob is 1/2 of the duo Bob & Wendy, 1/4 of the band Shadowlands, and 1/64 of the San Luis Chamber Orchestra.

Peter and Bob will open the concert and occasionally join Elizabeth and Owen during the second half. More information about Elizabeth Etta and her music:


Best New Business Award

Don’s String Shop is proud to have been voted BEST NEW BUSINESS OF SLO COUNTY RUNNER-UP. We thank the voters who participated in New Times Best Of and consider this quite an honor.


Started by the late Don Young, founder of National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Don’s String Shop was a labor of love for both Don and his wife, Hilary. We enjoy the continued support of our Central Coast communities and will continue to provide a great go-to spot for both musicians and music lovers. We are the ONLY String Shop open just one day a week: Saturdays from 12:00 to 6:00 PM with evening appointments available on Thursdays and Fridays after 5:30 PM.

Thank you again, New Times SLO and the voters of SLO County!

Welcome Spring with Teresa Tudury in Concert

Thursday May 11 2017, 7-9 PM
Don’s String Shop
1030 Los Osos Valley Rd
Los Osos, CA

Call Hilary at 805-528-4814
Suggested donation $20 at the door.

Hold on to your seats as Teresa Tudury takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene. Teresa creates a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs. Our world is richer with such a rare talent in our midst.

Teresa Tudury started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in San Francisco nightclubs by the time she was 15. She has played on and off in the Bay Area for years, and for almost two decades was based in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.

With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa’s voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.

Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material. She has just released Such Fine Things, her latest CD. Her earlier recordings (1992 Teresa Tudury, and the 2002 River Of Life). were recently rereleased. With these recordings and a steady stream of concert appearances, Teresa is a gifted artist in her prime.

“Part chanteuse, part comedian, part bona fide pop artist…and a voice that could stop a war.” — Buzz Weekly

“Picture a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt musically, and toss in the most side-splitting stage patter imaginable, and you have Ms. Tudury.” — Johnny Angel, LA Weekly

“I think ‘Cheering Your Little Ass On’ is the greatest song ever written.”– Charles Perry, Rolling Stone and LA Times

“Leonard Cohen meets Bessie Smith ” — Fan overheard at a “Teresa” concert


Don’s Big Music Event

image3Don Young died suddenly on June 15, 2016 after a brief but critical illness.

His passing leaves a void in the music realm, but his good words and music will live on. His wife and business partner, Hilary Young, will be keeping the shop open, as that would be Don’s wish. Right now Don’s String Shop will be open on Saturdays only from 12:00 to 6:00.  There will be an experienced repair person available to evaluate repairs and take in new work to continue to accommodate our local and out of town musicians. Eventually we will be open on weekdays.

Don always liked a good shindig. On July 31, 2016, Don’s Big Music Event is occurring at the Red Barn in Los Osos from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Lots of great music! Potluck food and BBQ. BYOB. Come and go as you wish, but do prepare to have a GOOD TIME!

Please join us in honoring and celebrating the life of Donald Young. This will be an evening filled with performances by local musicians and hopefully an impromptu jam (so bring your instruments.) Come share your best stories and memories of Don. We have friends manning the BBQ pit, so bring meat to grill and/or a potluck side to share. Attire is casual (you know Don would be in jeans and his engineer’s cap). Let us celebrate Don in a way he would approve…. through good food, great music, and lots of love between friends and family.

You can call the shop at 805-439-4017 with any questions, and Hilary will respond as quick as she can.

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Dobro Workshop at Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

Abe Perlstein Photo

Don Young will be leading a Dobro workshop at the upcoming Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. His workshop will be at 12:00 on May 7, 2016. At the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, live bands play all day on a cozy stage and at night fans enjoy late night sets in the Parkfield Cafe. Meanwhile back in the campgrounds there are jam sessions galore. The festival also offers several workshops on a variety of instruments, as well as a music camp for kids.

Irish Fiddle and Guitar Workshops 4/10/16

Bluegrass-roots trio Little Black Train, comprised of master musicians Kenny Blackwell (mandolin and guitar), John Weed (fiddle), and Stuart Mason (guitar, banjo, and mandola), will play for Red Barn Community Music Series in Los Osos. The concert will be on Saturday, April 9 and starts at 6:00 pm (doors open @ 4:30pm) at the Red Barn in the community park in Los Osos.

jack-herbigThe next day, two of the band members will be presenting Slow and Easy Workshops for Irish fiddle and guitar at Don’s String Shop. Stuart Mason will teach guitar at 11:30 AM, and John Weed will teach fiddle at 1:00 PM. An Irish jam session will follow the workshops, open to all. Contact number for the shop is 805-439-4017, or call Stuart at 805-215-0306. Web:

Box of Vintage Ukes Coming Soon!

burlA big old mystery box of vintage ukuleles will be arriving at Don’s String Shop next week.

What’s in the the box? Not one. Not two or three. But four ukuleles! All vintage, and all with a story to tell.

AND a very interesting round mandolin. Ever seen a Beltone? We’ve never ever seen anything like it.

These gems will be available for show and tell before you know it. Stay tuned!