Terry Kirby and Sharon Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries made the newspaper from Coshocton Dulcimer Days. Way to go Kirbys!!!!
If I didn't hear the lyrics I wouldn't believe it was the same song : )
Music video by Bob Dylan performing Pretty Saro. (C) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
HiJust bought a new instrument. A Romania made and being new I've had to tune it. Not only does it not sound anything like my old one. It's not got that lovely deep sound. But the bow of course is new. No matter how much I try to rub some…Continue
Fabio Vetro teaches tunes in English and Italian playing the same tune on Ocarina, keyboard, Recorder, and sometimes Penny Whistle slowly with notes showing and later up tempo with sheet music with notes lettered! He covers Renaissance, Irish,…Continue
Based on my vast experience of replacing ONE string ;)I recreated the steps I went thru replacing my broken string. It may not be how a professional does it but I tried to redo what I saw on the other non-broken strings.Hope this helps anyone else…Continue
Does anyone know how to rehair an early Kingslake bow? It has an adjustment much like the Song in the wood one, but the hairs are glued into the tip like a violin bow. I took it to a violin shop and they didn't know what kind of glue was used. It…Continue
Started by Richard Switzer in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 11. 31 Replies 0 Likes
Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Saturday of the month, they also give lessons and are willing to play other times they are there. Check out…Continue
Hi - I play in the UK for a West Gallery Quire who use music from the 1750's to 1850's appox. When they sing unaccompanied they use shape note music - mostly American - and I wonder if there is much use made of shape-notes in the USA. I would be…Continue
The preferred horse hair of professional violinists is said to be "White Siberian" horse hair. Adapted to the cold and harsh environment the horse's tail hairs grow sturdy and have the right grip. More on grip later. Next is other natural white…Continue
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/arts/music/jean-ritchie-who-revived-appalachian-folk-songs-dies-at-92.html?_r=0 If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…Continue
I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity. Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those! Like no rosin at all no sound. Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that. Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…Continue
First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…Continue
I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A. You can find details at www.Celticana.net. Hope we can make music together!
It is with a feeling of great loss I call the attention of the world wide Bowed Psaltery community to the passing of Pete Shutler of the English folk group the Yetties, September 23,2014. Pete was a multi-instrumentalist and singer but also the most famous Bowed Psaltery player of the 20th century. On the Yetties' albums he played "King of the Fairies",a medley of "Parson"s Farewell and Hundson House he called "Beau Psaltery", "Coventry Carol", and other tunes on the Bowed Psaltery. One…Continue
Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.
So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song.…Continue
If you try to play with a brand new bow with brand new horse hair on a brand new string nothing will happen. No sound whatsoever. Often a luthier will when the hair has been properly a fixed to the bow use prepowdered rosin and work it in thoroughly coating every hair, as besides supplying traction where it meets the string it also acts as weather proofing and preservative, it was part of the mummification process used by the Egyptians. For a normal getting ready to play rosining hold the…Continue
The new (to me) psaltery arrived yesterday so I had the pleasure of opening up the box and finally seeing it in the flesh (err... wood?) I was immediately struck by how beautiful it is, finely made. The low resolution photos on the Goodwill auction site do not do it justice. The soundhole design is more delicate than I expected. I could see a label inside but it was difficult to read through the soundhole's fretwork. The label appeared to be printed in a cursive font - I could make out…Continue