Melodye Whatley
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Southeastern Connecticut

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melodye Whatley Apr 14, 2012. 8 Replies

I help lead a bowed psaltery group in the southeastern section of Connecticut.  Our psaltery group as a whole is called the Bowed Psaltery Folksters.

 

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
at a historical reenactment
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Bruce Major
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes. We have a bowed psaltery group that meets in southeastern Connecticut, and perform at the DF#A Concert in W. Hartford every year, as well as local events.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
no
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
YES. Have co-written a bowed psaltery instruction book called The Psimple Psaltery Instruction Book. :) (Available on ebay).
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
an article had been written up about us in a local paper, and one of the comments was from Psaltery Strings. Glad to know about your network.

Psaltery Folksters concert

Wish us luck!  Our little psaltery group, the Psaltery Folksters,  from southeastern Connecticut is going to be a part of the Dulcimer Folk Association's yearly concert at the Soundingboard Cafe in West Hartford this Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. 

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At 3:46pm on May 27, 2011, Donna Malus said…
Hi Melodye, I love what I can see of the costume, do you have any pictures that show more of it?  Did you make it?
At 7:53pm on May 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

oh brother, I can't believe I called you Barb earlier, I was writing that from work and got interupted by someone....I'm so sorry. I know your name is Melodye because you have a great e-mail name!  

again, sorry, I really dislike when I do things like that

At 7:50pm on May 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hi Melodye!

Not that it matters, but I actually ran across the article myself and commented with the invite. I get so excited when I find ways to contact new psaltery players!

I couldn't find your book on e-bay though...

Yes, please send all your friends this way    and don't be a stranger here!

At 12:06pm on May 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Love your e-mail name   : )   perfect!

I found your book at this location also,

http://www.harpkit.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MK&Product_Code=psalbkcd01&Category_Code=psalbook

there isn't a lot of material out there for the bowed psaltery so please let the group know. My main goal in starting this site was (and remains) to grow the bowed psaltery community...the instrument is under appreciated, under exposed and under utilized and that needs to change!

Please extend an invitation to Psaltery Strings to any of your friends who play or are interested in the bowed psaltery.

Donna

At 11:58am on May 20, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hi Barb! Welcome!  We are so glad to have you join us. I hope you enjoy the site and find it useful and entertaining. Please feel free to post videos, comments, questions, blog, whatever!  Let people know about your book!

Here's a link to the forum section where you could post about your book, or you could open a new discussion under "general" to talk about it! People are looking for things like this!

http://psalterystrings.ning.com/forum/categories/bowed-psaltery-books-and/listForCategory

Donna

 
 
 

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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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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

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

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
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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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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