I played guitar for years, starting when I bought an old Gibson when I was 14, but I've had surgery on both thumbs and won't be playing it again. I went years without music, looking for an instrument that I could play, almost bought a drum. Then one day at Tamarack in West Virginia, I heard a bowed psaltery being played and knew right then, on the spot, that I absolutely had to have one. Mine was built by Greg & Tish Westman and I'm in love with it. What an excellent instrument. If you're still shopping, check out www.westmaninstruments.com. Better yet, go see them if you have time. Their studio is in the Tamarack gallery in Beckley, WV.
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westmaninstruments.com
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 email@example.com http://upontheharp.com
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.