I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2015 Y-Bridge Arts Festival In Zanesville Ohio! …Continue
Here are the basic melodies for three songs for the symphony, I have audio files for Barbara Allen and The Great Silkie too. I hope to get Mary Hamilton/Four Marys up in the next few days. Tish has…Continue
Up until now, if I was asked what my all-time favorite song was I would have said “Ode to Joy”. Now I’m not sure that’s the right answer!
This past weekend at the East TN BP Gathering the comment was made that a piece of sheet music titled “Ode to Joy” was really called "Joyful, Joyful". This raised my curiosity and I did a little research.
Beethoven wrote his 9th and final complete symphony over a 7 year period, 1818-1824. By that time he was considered totally deaf (some…Continue
If I was still in school and the teacher asked me what I did on my summer vacation, I'd have to tell her about Violet.
Violet is a doll I made. She is all crochet and has her own bowed psaltery. As time allows I'm planning on making her some friends. Some of her friends will play bowed psaltery and some will play other folk instruments.
I hope you like her. She was very fun to create.…Continue
A friend of mine loves to tease and poke fun at the bowed psaltery and my playing (maybe it's more about my skills then anything else ). It's not his type of music so I get it and ultimately he is supportive of my musical endeavors.
Recently he was at the airport and heard a familiar sound wafting through the air in an underground tunnel. He looked around and saw a woman playing a bowed psaltery with a jar out for donations. He approached her and asked if her…Continue
Our member, Jon Williams, made this comment and I think most, if not all, of us here feel this way. Jon, I hope you don't mind my quoting you.
" I am focusing on Bowed Psaltries because I can play them better, love the sound, the looks, the way it sounds like a violin in a cathedral. I have seen people shed a tear after playing Amazing Grace for the first time. I still love a well played mountain dulcimer but the bowed psaltry touches my heart. Also I can teach anyone able to breathe…Continue