Having friends to play music with is a gift.
Some of us are lucky enough to live in an area rich with music, some of us may be in such an area and not know it and of course some of us might just be out of…Continue
Added by Donna Malus on October 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Good to be back home, but I sure have enjoyed the last few weeks. Several craft demos and dulcimer festivals later, I am tired, but happy.
The festivals are great fun with loads of music and meeting old and new friends. I learned a lot of new tunes that I can add to my list. I gave a short workshop at the last festival on bowing technique. This seems to be where most folks struggle. I think most that attended went away with some idea of how to improve on that. I notice that…Continue
Added by Rick Long on May 11, 2010 at 8:47am — No Comments
I'm here in beautiful West VIriginia at Tamarack. The practice began this morning and we've taken a break for lunch. What a fun morning trying on a few of the songs we're scheduled to perform on Sunday. It's wonderful to be surrounded by people who love music and the bowed psaltery, very good energy in the group!
We have beginners to advanced players and we're working well together, it's comfortable and there are lots and lots of smiling faces.
Tamarack itself is a beautiful…Continue
Just a reminder about the Symphony:
April 16 - 18, 2010
FREE, FREE, FREE.
Information and free sheet music for songs to be played available on our website, download free even if not participating. www.westmaninstruments.com
All workshops and events at Tamarack are free to attend and to…Continue
Here is a link to a video of my music teacher and Psaltery Strings member, Dona Benkert, at the Folk-Lore Center run by Dona and her husband Dan.
Please take note of the adorable American Eskimo, Biscuit the Wonder Dog! She is a music critic for sure!
Thanks for all your patience and laughter during lessons Dona !!!…Continue
Added by Sonja Richards on March 9, 2010 at 11:20am — No Comments
First for me that is. Just returned home last night from the Southern Strings dulcimer festival in Hattiesburg, MS, over a thousand miles on that old bus we travel in. First time for me to visit Mississippi, even though I have lived in the South all my life. I guess I just don't get out much.
This festival is a great one. I had a wonderful time and felt right at home. Everyone very friendly and helpful. They even had a member of their club stationed at the campground…Continue
There are a lot of wonderful festivals and folk music events in this country (except where I live) but from my perspective, never enough and there will probably never be too many. Tish and Greg Westman are adding another one this year and hoping to make it an annual event.
The 1st Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony will take place at Tamarack in Beckley, West Va. on April 16,17 and 18. If you're not familiar with Tamarack, here's a blurb from their web site and a link for more info:…Continue
Hi y'all, and greetings from not so sunny Florida.I just purchased a very nice BP and I'm trying to identify the maker. I tried the google approach to no avail. Perhapes someone in our BP community has heard, or is familiar with the company or builder(s) The information inside the sound hole is as follows:
The psaltery is 24 string and in excellent (but…Continue
Added by Ed Tillman on February 18, 2010 at 7:19pm — No Comments
Well, we woke up to another snowy morning. Canceled a doctor appointment and settled in for a work day. I have been busy getting things ready to travel on our first music related trip for the year. I'll be headed to Hattiesburg, MS next week for the Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival. I've never been before, but have heard good things about the festival and the folks that run it. Looking forward to a great time and itching to join in on lots of…Continue
I was sending Richard a message today and I used the term psaltrist. At that point it dawned on me that I had no idea how a psaltery player would be referred to other than as a "psaltery player".
Dictionary.com and other searches found nothing for psaltrist, psalterist, psalterer or psaltress. There were a couple casual references using psaltrist and psalterer, but nothing that leads me to believe there is a specific suffix used for…Continue