Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery? (11)

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Anyone close by Wilmington NC?

I live just outside of Wilmington NC, and would like to join in on a jam once and awhile if there were any close by.  Can someone advise me…

Started by Esther Moehrke

1 Mar 13
Reply by Kay Ezzell

Bowed psaltery jams in Southern Wisconsin

I'm curious,  are there any bowed psaltery players around? I'm new and play by ear. Thanks,  Patti 

Started by Patricia A. Friestad

2 Feb 28, 2022
Reply by Patricia A. Friestad

Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  

Started by julie stiles

7 Mar 8, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

0 Nov 6, 2017

Maine players

Looking for others in Maine who have a bowed psaltery. I just got one and would love to know if there are more like-minded individuals up h…

Started by Betsy Kopyc

2 Dec 9, 2016
Reply by Betsy Kopyc

Tips for Jamming?

I visited a lovely dulcimer jam this weekend, in Haslett, Mi. Though predominately hammer dulcimers and guitars, instruments also included…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

3 Nov 8, 2015
Reply by julie stiles

I'd like to play with friends in mid-Michigan!!

Are there any places to meet with other psaltery players in the Lansing, MI area?   After Tish's workshop in WV, I'm all enthused and ready…

Started by SUE C WHEELER

0 Oct 7, 2015

Psaltery Jams

Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Sa…

Started by Richard Switzer

31 May 11, 2015
Reply by Dawn Wilson

Anybody in Southern California

Besides Greg and me. We had quite a few players at Greg's workshop at the Harvest Festival. Doesn't have to be a BP just any kind of folk m…

Started by Darby Hartman

1 Oct 16, 2014
Reply by K.Keller

Looking for Psaltery players

Hi,  Is there any psaltery players living in Mid-Michigan?  I live between Flint and Saginaw.  Plan by ear, and would love to meet other th…

Started by Joyce Hibbard

0 May 15, 2014


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