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Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2…

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How can I ..... ?

Reach out for help or advice from other members.

127 May 19, 2022
Reply by Brenda Mangan

Bowed Psaltery MP3 Recordings

Announcements about or links to bowed psaltery audio recordings.

17 Feb 6, 2017
Reply by Celeste Howard

Bowed Psaltery for Hire

Are you or do you know of any BP performers for hire?

8 Apr 29, 2015
Reply by Philippa Anne Reed

Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles

Announcements about or links to bowed psaltery info in print.

13 Sep 7, 2019
Reply by Robert Myers

Sheet Music to Share

Please, please, no copyright infringement! Upload your favorite public domain sheet music.

23 Jul 21, 2022
Bunessan for two bows
by Kite Giedraitis

Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?

11 Feb 28, 2022
Reply by Patricia A. Friestad

Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows

Anything about building and maintaining the bowed psaltery.

23 Dec 12, 2021
Tuning Issue
by Gay Kang

History and Traditions of the Bowed Psaltery

Any light to shed on the early years of the bowed psaltery?

13 Jun 29, 2014
Reply by robert schuler

Psaltery Builders and Merchants

Please add any you don't see listed!

8 Dec 2, 2022
Reply by Robin Boyd

Psaltery Teachers

Please add any you don't see listed!

9 Feb 23, 2022
Portlnd Oregon
by Kite Giedraitis

For Sale

New and used items available for purchase.

24 Jun 4, 2022
Bowed psalteries for sale
by John Hill

General BP Forum

Please share your BP accomplishments, small and large. Have you performed? Written any music? Overcome a particular difficulty? Learned a new song? Built a bowed psaltery or purchased a new one? Thoughts you want to share?

150 Mar 1, 2022
Reply by Dave Holeton

The Bow

Is it important or are we just "splitting hairs"?

17 Jan 30, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

Sheet Music of the Month

Every month a new piece of music will be posted with supporting audio files to aid in the learning process.

23 Sep 7, 2019
Reply by Robert Myers


Featured Video

Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

Featured Song

Click on the title for the current
featured sheet music!

Clergy's Lamentation




What is Psaltery Strings worth to you?
A dollar a month?
Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

Thank you.



Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



to see his work visit


Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms



Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata



Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall



New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels



Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  



Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at

or call him at



Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
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.

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

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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