19th Annual Down Home Psaltery Music Jam and Festival

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19th Annual Down Home Psaltery Music Jam and Festival

Time: June 12, 2015 to June 13, 2015
Location: Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
Street: 12632 Confederate Parkway
City/Town: McCalla, Alabama 35111
Website or Map: http://www.tannehill.org
Phone: 205-477-5711
Event Type: psaltery, festival
Organized By: Paulette and Dave Lucas
Latest Activity: May 23, 2015

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Event Description

Music Jam - Friday, June 12th,2015

Psaltery Classes, Music Showcase, and Psaltery          Contest - Saturday, June 13th, 2015

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Comment by Brenda Mangan on May 14, 2015 at 8:00pm

Thank you Dawn! My daughter is working in Anniston all summer, so I thought I could visit her and pop over there while I'm at it. :)

Comment by Dawn Wilson on May 14, 2015 at 5:14pm


There isn't much information out there, although you can find a little bit here and there.  Basically, for those that come on Friday night, there is a jam at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the state park (it has lights) although I don't know what time this starts.  On Saturday morning there are classes on psaltery for different levels, then at 1 there is an open stage and contest.  I think she takes orders for lunch as there is no longer a restaurant in the park, although the ice cream shop sometimes carries sandwiches and a few other things. I'm not sure who is teaching classes, but you can look at Paulette and Dave Lucas's website for their contact information and either e-mail or call them. Their website is: http://www.davespsaltery.com

I do know the festival is free and there is no registration, but you must pay to enter the state park, which is a per person fee, although entrance is included with camping fees.  There are some cabins at the park (from basic camping cabins with nothing but heat and A/C, to fully furnished cabins) and some  might be available for the event but you have to contact the state park during daytime hours to find out and reserve. There aren't any hotels/motels really close by (its a state park!), but there are several within about 10-12 miles. For a list of those hotels, you can go to the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer association website linked below and there is a link to a list of hotels in the area about 4-5 lines down the page.  https://sdulcimer.wordpress.com/42nd-annual-sada-festival-at-tanneh...

Comment by Brenda Mangan on May 14, 2015 at 2:44pm

Where does one get information on this, such as, how to register, is there a registration fee and how much, etc? Is there a web site with this information? Or do you just show up at the state park?

Comment by Dawn Wilson on May 11, 2015 at 4:32pm

I'll be providing the sound for the Psaltery festival, so should be easy to find. I'm trying to get a friend to come with me that wants to try the psaltery.

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