2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Event Details

2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Time: October 29, 2015 to November 1, 2015
Location: Cove Lake State Park Recreation Building
City/Town: Caryville, TN
Phone: 865-660-4026
Event Type: bowed, psaltery, gathering
Organized By: Rick Long
Latest Activity: Oct 25, 2015

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Event Description

A great bowed psaltery event presented by, and for, bowed psaltery players of all skill levels. Beginner and expert players come together for a four day event to share and learn from each other.
Details will be at http://www.ringingstrings.com/Gathering.html as they become available. So far, only the dates are set. Oct. 29 - Nov. 2.

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Comment by Rick Long on October 25, 2015 at 5:22am

Here's a link to the schedule for the 2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering, for those that are coming.  Schedule for the 2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

You all be safe traveling to East Tennessee next week.  It will be great to see all of our old friends, and also to meet the news ones.

Comment by Rick Long on May 13, 2015 at 1:27pm

Registration is closed for this event.  The limit of sixty-five has been reached.  There may be a few cancelations, so some spots may open up before Oct.  Hope you plan to join us next year.

Comment by Rick Long on March 25, 2015 at 5:58pm

As of today, I have fifty-one registered for the Gathering.  Fourteen spaces left to the limit and registration will be closed.

Comment by Rick Long on February 12, 2015 at 4:19am

Thirty-two folks are already registered for the Gathering, almost halfway to the limit of sixty-five.  Plan to join us, there's very few of these bowed psaltery events.  There is also the Westman's Bowed Psaltery Symphony and the Lucas's Down Home Psaltery Festival.

Comment by Rick Long on November 7, 2014 at 5:41pm

Comment by Rick Long on November 7, 2014 at 5:39pm

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Phone: 630.393.1247

Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.

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Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

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(717) 632-8099

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