Dave Holeton
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MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started Feb 19, 2018 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for…Continue

East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Holeton Dec 30, 2016. 5 Replies

    I had a great time at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering.  One of my highlights for the event was using Donna's version of Auld Lang Syne (from Donna Malus's Psaltery Strings Music Book) in a…Continue

Tags: Harmony, Syne, Lang, Auld

Christmas Songs On The Right Side

Started Dec 10, 2013 0 Replies

We had a discussion about modes at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering in November.  During that discussion we demonstrated that if a song was in a given mode, the song could be played entirely on…Continue

Tags: List, Song, Modal, Christmas

East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering Follow Up - Los Bilbilicos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Main Nov 18, 2013. 14 Replies

EveryoneI had a great time at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering.  According to the pictures that have been posted it looks like everyone else was having a good time too.  There were lots of…Continue

Tags: Psaltery, Guitar, Chords, Bowed, Version


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Dave Holeton commented on Gail Van Amberg's event 2019 10th Annual Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Also, some pdf and mp3 files for some of the songs I hope to share at the Gathering are in the Bowed Psaltery folder on OneDrive.  Here is the link: Dave's OneDrive Folder"
Sep 25, 2019
Dave Holeton commented on Gail Van Amberg's event 2019 10th Annual Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Here is the long awaited 2019 Bowed Psaltery Gathering agenda: 2019 BOWED PSALTERY GATHERING Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN Thursday – October 24, 2019 7:00pm - Meet and Greet – introductions, learn a song, jamming and…"
Sep 25, 2019

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Renaissance Fair, Larkspur, Colorado, maybe around 1994
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Unicorn Strings
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I play monthly at a local nursing home and have played at various church and community events.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
I have provided classes at the regular Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club meetings.

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At 7:56am on July 16, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

I just listened to Phrygian Free Baritone Psaltery.  I hear two psalteries playing together.  Did you record this song with someone?  It's very nice!  Nozomi

At 8:04am on May 12, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Beautiful recording Dave!  Is this your arrangement/composition? Just lovely. How do you find time? We want MORE!!!


At 9:37pm on May 10, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…


I just listened to the song you posted.  It is just beautiful.  Thank you very much for sharing it.  Is this song your composition? 


At 9:19pm on March 2, 2010, John Henry Charles Crocker said…
A clue Donna, "Charlie is me darlin, me darlin..........
At 10:21pm on February 21, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Dave,
I haven't forgotten about the music player issue, just haven't had time to look at it. If I can't figure it out, I'll ask the ning help people about it.
Hope all is well!
At 9:02pm on February 8, 2010, Donna Malus said…
argghhhhh (I guess I was a pirate, not a sailor) it's so familiar....I'm working on it...
If I get it I'll PM you.......
At 7:26am on February 1, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Dave, I had been wondering what your work schedule had you doing these days. Sounds like it still has you very busy.

I'd welcome a jam anytime you want. I've been working on some new songs lately, one is Arran Boat song I first heard from you. That is a tune that just sticks in your brain and I love it. Let me know when you would like to jam, I've got a few new things I've been working on in the workshop to show you.
At 11:45pm on January 31, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Dave, Good to see you here on Psaltery Strings. Good folks here! Had enough snow?
At 8:39pm on January 31, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Dave! Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you enjoy visiting. By the way, I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS : ) You make beautiful music.

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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

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