Karen Palmer
  • Female
  • Madisonville, KY
  • United States
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Karen Palmer posted videos
Jun 18, 2018
Karen Palmer commented on Gail Van Amberg's event 2018 Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Gail, my friend, Lana Kington said she has already told you that we both plan to attend.  Just don’t want to be counted twice. Karen Palmer"
Jun 18, 2018
Karen Palmer replied to Sharon Fidler's discussion BP jewelry
"Go to the members tab then enter Terry’s name in the advanced search bar on the members page.  That will take you to Terry’s page where you can message her.  She is amazingly talented!"
Jun 18, 2018
Karen Palmer posted videos
Mar 21, 2018
Tamara Tufts left a comment for Karen Palmer
"Thank you.  I really like this site.  Just starting out with my bowed psaltery.  Having some difficulties with my cat, though....  She tries to attack and bite my bowing arm !!!  Let me rephrase that, she HAS bit my bowing…"
Mar 12, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a video

Minuet in G on Bowed Psaltery

Bach’s Minuet in G. My first attempt at a classical piece on this instrument. I loved the challenge!
Feb 19, 2018
Karen Palmer posted videos
Feb 17, 2018
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video

Hector the Hero - baritone bowed psaltery

"Played on a chromatic D psaltery made by Rick Long.  I LOVE this Psaltery!"
Feb 17, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a video

Southwind - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

A favorite song of our dulcimer group.
Feb 13, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a video

Ashokan Farewell on Bowed Psaltery

I really like playing this song...one of my favorites.
Feb 10, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a video

Bring Him Home - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

I’m trying to learn all types of music.
Feb 1, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a status
"i think using the second bow to play a drone note makes “Scotland the Brave” sound a little like bagpipes."
Jan 27, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a video

Scotland the Brave - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

A Celtic tune on baritone bowed psaltery. I like trying different kinds of music and really liked how the psaltery sounded somewhat “bagpipe like”. I love Ce...
Jan 27, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a status
"Tennessee Waltz. https://youtu.be/L6m2yCqX8CM"
Jan 27, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a status
"My Faith Has Found a Resting Place https://youtu.be/5L0NQwmbqbs"
Jan 23, 2018
Karen Palmer posted a status
"This Is My Father’s World https://youtu.be/HTW9EA2AIfI"
Jan 23, 2018

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Kentucky Music Week
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Rick Long and Folkcraft
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
6 months
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
internet search

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At 3:22pm on March 12, 2018, Tamara Tufts said…

Thank you.  I really like this site.  Just starting out with my bowed psaltery.  Having some difficulties with my cat, though....  She tries to attack and bite my bowing arm !!!  Let me rephrase that, she HAS bit my bowing arm....  I'm thinking maybe it hurts her ears ?  Ever hear of this happening with cats and bowed psalteries ?  This apartment is small, so looks like I'll have to practice elsewhere, lol.  Thanks again for the welcome !  Have a good day.

At 4:56pm on October 14, 2017, Karen Palmer said…
At 7:51pm on December 9, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 10:22pm on November 16, 2016, Janine Allen said…

Welcome, Karen!

At 5:25pm on November 14, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Karen!


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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



to see his work visit


Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms



Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata



Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall



New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels



Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  



Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at

or call him at



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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