Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Saturday of the month, they also give lessons and are willing to play other times they are there. Check out their web-site for a new schedule. Other acoustic instruments are welcome to play along.


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Where to start!  Fran, I'm so glad you'll be returning to the symphony!!!  Ann, I'm thrilled that  you're considering attending, it's a WONDERFUL experience and the Tamarack is a beautiful place to be and those Westmans are kind of nice people : )

I'd like to take the Jam class again and the class on Techniques would be a must for me if you offered it TIsh!!

I have fallen in love with Eleanor Plunkett (the song, not the woman : P ). I don't know how appropriate the range is in G, which is what I pulled off the web. I wrote a VERY simple drone for it. I'm posting it here in a pdf and also a midi file. Tish let me know if you think it could work in G. I would be happy to write a harmony for it as well.  

Tish how would you like to receive arrangements for consideration, separate sheets for each part, or can they be on one like I've posted? What program do you use to write out your arrangements?

Ann, the old music site has O'Carolan music in the ABC format that you like! Here's the link


the midi kind of stinks, but it will give you an idea.......

We are on the same wave length, this one is on the list but I feel it needs to be in the key of D because  the

high B is above the range of most BP's.  I have been working it up in the key of D which seems to fit.  I like your bass version.  Can you transpose it to the Key of D?    Your standard notation with multiple parts is fine as long as it is in

pdf format.  We use our own program that Greg wrote to do our Noted Note music and I will gladly put whatever

anyone submits into that format and post it on our website with the rest of the parts. 

Some others I am working on are:  Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady in G,  Planxty Burke in Am, Charles O'Conor

in C.  Many others also...

D is actually my favorite key overall....I did wonder about that peksy B, but it sounded pretty in G. So, I'll transpose all to D and in an effort to save you a little time I'll work on a harmony as well. You can take whatever I do and make it how you prefer, I just know you are going to be overwhelmed with music to write....TWELVE TO SIXTEEN OF THEM YIKES!!!!

I also am fond of the Quarrel with the landlady.....

Is there anything you haven't started working on that I could maybe get started for you?  I fully uderstand you will change whatever doesn't work.

Another opportunity to play the psaltery in Birmingham, AL is monthly with the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Association, http://www.southernappalachiandulcimerassociation.org/. And there are local groups listed on their web site that meet more frequently.  They welcome acoustic instruments in general, and I enjoy playing my bowed psaltery with them.

Another opportunity to play the psaltery in Birmingham, AL is monthly with the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Association, http://www.southernappalachiandulcimerassociation.org/. And there are local groups listed on their web site that meet more frequently.  They welcome acoustic instruments in general, and I enjoy playing my bowed psaltery with them.

The web site for the Southern Appalachian Dulclimer association has changed, it is now: sdulcimer.wordpress.com 

There are usually several psaltery players at our festival in May of each year.


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