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"Joyce, did you ever find a good stand for your baritone, or did you end up selling i…"

julie stiles replied May 16, 2021 to Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

11 May 16, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

"well, still no luck! however i'm excited to be attending the 2021 Bowed Psaltery Spr…"

julie stiles replied Mar 8, 2021 to Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

7 Mar 8, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

"still no such luck. with the quarantining tho, i've made a few videos with my psalte…"

julie stiles replied Jul 14, 2020 to Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

7 Mar 8, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

"sigh. no psaltery gathering as of yet.  although i do get it out and play every now…"

julie stiles replied Feb 28, 2017 to Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

7 Mar 8, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

""Wandering minstrel." I want that job! :)"

julie stiles replied Dec 27, 2015 to Christmas playing

5 Dec 27, 2015
Reply by julie stiles

"oh this is very helpful!  last night i got to randomly jam with a folky guitarist an…"

julie stiles replied Nov 8, 2015 to Tips for Jamming?

3 Nov 8, 2015
Reply by julie stiles

"hi anne - i think shaped-note singing hit its heyday around 150 years ago in the US.…"

julie stiles replied Nov 7, 2015 to Shape note singing

2 Nov 8, 2015
Reply by hilary ANNE hughes

"well, it's been a couple of years, and even though i've actually given a psaltery to…"

julie stiles replied Oct 9, 2015 to Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

7 Mar 8, 2021
Reply by julie stiles

"the planting must be what makes it look so deliberate and firm.  i think it also add…"

julie stiles replied Apr 2, 2013 to ashokan farewell duet in japan

11 Feb 6, 2017
Reply by Celeste Howard

"you'll completely be able to learn on it - i think you'll actually be pleasantly sur…"

julie stiles replied Jan 8, 2013 to New BP Lover- Looking for First Purchase (and first build) -- Help ?

22 Jan 9, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main


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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

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From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

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Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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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
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Melbourne, FL

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