Celeste Howard
  • Female
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • United States
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Love Songs of the Celts at First Congregational Church

February 18, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Celtic Voices with Celeste Ray presents "Love Songs of the Celts" in Santa Rosa!Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 3PM2000 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa, CA707-843-7948 for Love%20Songs%20of%20Celts%20jpeg.jpgSee More
Feb 7
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"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
Feb 7

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
on a folk recording
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Sydney Martin of Luthier's Staff
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes, and I enjoy raising the awareness of the BP and preserving the Celtic and Folk traditions via songs, BP and storytelling.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes via Google Chats

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At 6:51pm on June 13, 2017, Nozomi Nose said…

Thank you very much for your friend request.  I am honnored to accept it!  Nozomi

At 5:04pm on June 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

I searched Fields of Athenry as well, beautiful song, just the kind of song I love!!

So many songs, so litle time.....

At 5:03pm on June 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

We're doing our best for the bowed psaltery here : )   Don't be a stranger here then! Networking is good....I wish I could see your August performance. I never rule anythhing out, but it is a bit of a hike from here near Chicago!   Love the picture of the four of you ladies. Very nice, elegant, but not stuffy.....perfect

At 3:44pm on June 20, 2011, Terry Butler said…
I'd never heard of "Fields of Athenry" even though we'd lived in England for 3 yrs.  I checked amazon.com mp3 downloads and loved #11 and #155 versions and bought those downloads.  Liked #167 too.  Didn't listen past 250 versions.  :)  Lovely tune.
At 4:51pm on March 26, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Celeste!
Welcome to Psaltery Strings, I hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Your experience and insights are valuable to all of us bowed psaltery fans!

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Celeste Howard Ray
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Skype name celesteray88


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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.

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

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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.
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