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Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started this discussion. Last reply by julie stiles Mar 8. 7 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

Tags: texas, austin

figured it out!

Started Dec 27, 2012 0 Replies

here's me on my new bp from Unicorn Strings (second-hand at least, 2003 model):http://youtu.be/18CLuRPzbbo…Continue

Tags: ashokan, farewell, strings, unicorn, faire

ashokan farewell duet in japan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Celeste Howard Feb 6, 2017. 11 Replies

i love this!  too good not to share.  what psize psaltery is that?  Baritone?  listen to the cello-like tones when the guitar takes the lead.  just gorgeous! …Continue

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julie stiles replied to Joyce Hibbard's discussion Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery
"Joyce, did you ever find a good stand for your baritone, or did you end up selling it?"
May 16
julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"well, still no luck! however i'm excited to be attending the 2021 Bowed Psaltery Spring Gathering which will be virtual this year, so i can actually go! hooray!"
Mar 8
julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"still no such luck. with the quarantining tho, i've made a few videos with my psaltery, that's been fun...would love to have co-conspirators, tho! anyone use the acapella app?"
Jul 14, 2020
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Alto bowed psaltery, Merlin Seagull, tenor Outdoor Uke. Arr 2020 jbs.
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At 10:30pm on December 19, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Here's the link again in case you didn't get it in chat!


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At 10:18pm on December 19, 2012, Donna Malus said…

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