Johanna M Bolton
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  • Brooksville, FL
  • United States
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Johanna M Bolton commented on Donna Malus's video

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: I would love feedback ..."
Sep 24, 2021

Profile Information

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?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

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…


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

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Johanna!


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