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?
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?
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,

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.


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!



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