Karen Palmer
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  • Madisonville, KY
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Karen Palmer posted a video

Double bowed psaltery - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Still trying to learn to play with two bows. Making a video is a great way to see my mistakes!
Sep 6
Karen Palmer posted a video

Look At Us - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

My parents had 66 wonderful years together. They were not only husband and wife, but best friends. I never heard them utter a cross word to one another. Anyt...
Aug 26
Karen Palmer posted a video

Simple Gifts - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

One of my favorite folk songs
Jul 22
Bubba Jordan commented on Karen Palmer's video

The River Shannon

"Thank You for sharing this song karen. Such a beautiful and relaxing tune"
Jul 20
Karen Palmer posted videos
Jul 19
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video

Da Slockit Light - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

"Actually playing dulcimer is what led me to the psaltery."
Jul 16
SUE C WHEELER commented on Karen Palmer's video

Da Slockit Light - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

"You are so musical. Do you also play dulcimer?"
Jul 16
Karen Palmer posted a video

Da Slockit Light - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

This is a Scottish Aire that I learned in a dulcimer class taught by Susan Trump. Thought it might sound nice on the bowed psaltery. The psaltery was made by...
Jul 15
Karen Palmer commented on Karen Palmer's video

Suo Gan - baritone bowed psaltery

"Sue, thank you for your kind words. I want to encourage you by letting you know that I have only been playing psaltery since last fall and other than a short class at Kentucky Music Week and one lesson from Rick Long who made my baritone, everything…"
Jul 12
SUE C WHEELER commented on Karen Palmer's video

Suo Gan - baritone bowed psaltery

"That's gorgeous, Karen. I wish I had your arrangement. What I really wish is that I had your skill. What you do seems simple, but it is so effective!!"
Jul 12
Karen Palmer updated their profile
Jul 10
Karen Palmer posted a video

Suo Gan - baritone bowed psaltery

A Welsh lullaby played with double bows on a baritone bowed psaltery made by Rick Long.
Jul 10
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Karen Palmer's video

Battle Cry of Freedom - Baritone Bowed Psaltery

" Nicely played Karen, your new Rick Long Bowed Psaltery sounds great on that tune!"
Jun 21
Karen Palmer posted a video
Jun 20
SUE C WHEELER commented on Karen Palmer's video
Apr 29
Karen Palmer posted a video

Were You There - Bowed Psaltery

I wanted to post a song on Good Friday and thought there couldn't be a better choice. So thankful for Easter!
Apr 14

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 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!


Featured Video

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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Clergy's Lamentation




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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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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