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Melanie Williams.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Holeton Mar 1, 2022. 5 Replies

Hello.  I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit.  It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I retired and I've slowed down on keeping up with all of the sites…Continue

MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started Feb 19, 2018 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for…Continue

East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering in Cove Lake Park, Tennessee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Holeton Dec 30, 2016. 5 Replies

    I had a great time at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering.  One of my highlights for the event was using Donna's version of Auld Lang Syne (from Donna Malus's Psaltery Strings Music Book) in a…Continue

Tags: Harmony, Syne, Lang, Auld

Christmas Songs On The Right Side

Started Dec 10, 2013 0 Replies

We had a discussion about modes at the East Tennessee Psaltery Gathering in November.  During that discussion we demonstrated that if a song was in a given mode, the song could be played entirely on…Continue

Tags: List, Song, Modal, Christmas


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Dave Holeton replied to Dave Holeton's discussion Melanie Williams.
"I think with the number of telephone calls I receive each day that are spam, I think the internet provides a wonderful place for ne'er do wells to try to encourage us into their scam (I get a lot of spam on the internet, too).  I…"
Mar 1, 2022
Charlotte Turner replied to Dave Holeton's discussion Melanie Williams.
"Yes, I too received this message from Melanie Williams.  She sent me two messages, both of which appeared to be bogus.  I also received another bogus-sounding email last week through this site, from a person with a man’s name.…"
Mar 1, 2022
Charlotte Davis replied to Dave Holeton's discussion Melanie Williams.
"Thank you.  I wondered but wasn’t positive."
Feb 28, 2022
Dave Holeton replied to Dave Holeton's discussion Melanie Williams.
"Donna Malus is the administrator here.  I'll send a message to her. Thanks Dave"
Feb 28, 2022
Charlotte Davis replied to Dave Holeton's discussion Melanie Williams.
"I got an email with the same message that you did, only from a different name.  I’m new to this site and thought, mistakenly, that it was a question from someone in admin.  It wasn’t.  I learned this by writing to the…"
Feb 28, 2022
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Melanie Williams.

Hello.  I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit.  It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I retired and I've slowed down on keeping up with all of the sites where I used to participate.I received the email below and I'm wondering if anyone else received a similar email.  It might be from Melanie Williams but the reply to address shows BenjaminDuke.  The nature of the message seems to indicate something besides an interest in bowed…See More
Feb 28, 2022
Dave Holeton commented on Gail Van Amberg's event 2019 10th Annual Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Also, some pdf and mp3 files for some of the songs I hope to share at the Gathering are in the Bowed Psaltery folder on OneDrive.  Here is the link: Dave's OneDrive Folder"
Sep 25, 2019
Dave Holeton commented on Gail Van Amberg's event 2019 10th Annual Bowed Psaltery Gathering
"Here is the long awaited 2019 Bowed Psaltery Gathering agenda: 2019 BOWED PSALTERY GATHERING Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN Thursday – October 24, 2019 7:00pm - Meet and Greet – introductions, learn a song, jamming and…"
Sep 25, 2019

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At 7:56am on July 16, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…

I just listened to Phrygian Free Baritone Psaltery.  I hear two psalteries playing together.  Did you record this song with someone?  It's very nice!  Nozomi

At 8:04am on May 12, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Beautiful recording Dave!  Is this your arrangement/composition? Just lovely. How do you find time? We want MORE!!!


At 9:37pm on May 10, 2013, Nozomi Nose said…


I just listened to the song you posted.  It is just beautiful.  Thank you very much for sharing it.  Is this song your composition? 


At 9:19pm on March 2, 2010, John Henry Charles Crocker said…
A clue Donna, "Charlie is me darlin, me darlin..........
At 10:21pm on February 21, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Dave,
I haven't forgotten about the music player issue, just haven't had time to look at it. If I can't figure it out, I'll ask the ning help people about it.
Hope all is well!
At 9:02pm on February 8, 2010, Donna Malus said…
argghhhhh (I guess I was a pirate, not a sailor) it's so familiar....I'm working on it...
If I get it I'll PM you.......
At 7:26am on February 1, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Dave, I had been wondering what your work schedule had you doing these days. Sounds like it still has you very busy.

I'd welcome a jam anytime you want. I've been working on some new songs lately, one is Arran Boat song I first heard from you. That is a tune that just sticks in your brain and I love it. Let me know when you would like to jam, I've got a few new things I've been working on in the workshop to show you.
At 11:45pm on January 31, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Dave, Good to see you here on Psaltery Strings. Good folks here! Had enough snow?
At 8:39pm on January 31, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Dave! Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you enjoy visiting. By the way, I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS : ) You make beautiful music.

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