Johanna M Bolton
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  • Brooksville, FL
  • United States
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RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"I recognize that second song. It's from the movie Tammy ... I'm old enough to have seen it when I was a kid. Sweet melody. "I hear the nightingale sing to the dove, Ta-m-my, Ta-m-my, Tam-my's in love ..." Gorgeous instrument."
Sep 24, 2021
Johanna M Bolton posted a status
"Just finished ... 46 Folk Tunes for the Bowed Psaltery. It's up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1575501368 I would love feedback ..."
Sep 24, 2021

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes, I have 4 of them.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I heard one at a festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
1) Unicorn Strings
2) Song of the Woods
3) Inspired Instruments
4) Me
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
A couple of years ... 4? Maybe more.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
On occasion
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No, but I arrange music for the instrument
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Yes
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Google

Adapting a psaltery

I'm working on adding some.22 strings to my big psaltery so I can tune it an octave lower than middle C. Has anyone else ever done that? The instrument is really enormous and it seems a shame to waste all that length.

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At 4:22am on August 28, 2015, SUE C WHEELER said…

I used the last of my budget for the Early Music book. Eager to get my hands on the Celtic Tunes! I was trying to pick things out of regular music books but it is SO much nicer and easier to have the format specific for BS! Wonderful to have detailed harmony! I echo Brenda's thanks!

At 7:21pm on August 27, 2015, Brenda Mangan said…

Oh, I was just made aware that you are the JM Bolton of  "20 Celtic Tunes For The Bowed Psaltery". I have this book! And I LOVE it!!! Thank you for putting this book together.

At 9:58am on May 25, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Oh please be pushy,we need more content and we are one place that would get excited hearing about your efforts. Bowed Psaltery players are still a persecuted minority that needs all the encouragement they can get. Just the other day someone told me the BP was "insipid". There are a lot of poorly built Bowed Psalteries and bad players out there but many of us have been working to raise the bars and Psaltery Strings is the place to get the word out.

At 8:40pm on May 24, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Hello Johanna, would you happen to be the J. M. Bolton who recently published "20 Celtic Tunes For The Bowed Psaltery" ? If so Congratulations! Don't be shy, tell us all about it here on Psaltery Strings!

At 9:07am on August 3, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Thank you for joining us here on Psaltery Strings, Johanna, we love hearing people's Bowed Psaltery adventures and questions.

At 8:49am on August 3, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 8:05am on August 3, 2014, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Johanna!

 
 
 

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

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http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

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http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

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http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

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http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

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.
1-304-575-0998
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

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
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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