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

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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: