Jim Yates
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  • Port Hope, Ontario
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May 18, 2017
Jim Yates replied to Mary Barden's discussion BP Duet Books?
"This is a duet that a fellow mandolin player and I used to play.  I see no reason why it wouldn't work for psaltery as well.  An old Welsh folk tune."
Jan 27, 2017
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Maggie's psaltery

I bought this at a second hand store, knowing that Maggie had an interest in psalteries. Since it didn't have a working bow, she used a fiddle bow until we played at a Strange Strings workshop at Mariposa and another psaltery player showed us his…
Jan 18, 2014
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Jan 18, 2014
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Jan 18, 2014
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Jan 18, 2014

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
My wife, Maggie, does.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
The playing of Lorraine Duisit of Trapezoid and Maggie visited a builder in Scotland in the early eighties.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
No indication on the instrument. I bought it for Maggie at a second hand store about 25 years ago.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Magie has been playing for about 25 years.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
My wife has played it in performance a few places, including the Mariposa Folk Festival, but mainly at family gatherings and at home. Her main instruments are guitar, hammered dulcimer and voice.
My sister-in-law, Linda Yates, also plays the psaltery and sings and she and Maggie have played psaltery together.
I have played with it, but don't consider myself a psaltery player, just a fan.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Mudcat Cafe

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


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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