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Tannehill State Park to host annual Down Home Psaltery Festival on Friday and ...

TANNEHILL, Alabama  – The Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park  will play host to the 18th annual Down Home Psaltery Festival on Friday and Saturday, according to a news release today from the park. 

The event honors the psaltery, a prized traditional stringed instrument  in use in one form or the other since the time of the ancient Greeks.

The psaltery is a triangular wooden box with pegs and wire, and a bow is pushed or pulled on the wire to produce sound, according to the news release. 

The photo gallery with this post shows activities at the 15th annual festival held at Tannehill in 2011.

80 Psaltery & Lyre: Deja Earley, “And I Remember He's My Father”

She has received honors in several writing contests, including the 2008 Joan Johnson Award in poetry,and the 2004-2005 Parley A. and Ruth J. Christensen Award. She was awarded first place in the 2011 Eugene England Memorial Personal Essay Contest, and she had several poems included in Fire in the Pasture. Deja Earley’s poems, fiction, and essays have previously appeared or are forthcoming in journals like  Arts and Letters ,  Borderlands , and  Utne Reader. She completed a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and she now lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Bowed Psaltery makes sweet sounds under practiced hands

  1. Emily Svendsen, of Burnsville, has a collection of folk instruments, including a pennywhistle and a bowed psaltery. She built a dulcimer from a kit 35 years ago. She played it for awhile, but gave it up when she couldn't find a local group to play with
  2. Rick grew up in Wartburg and played trombone and sang in the choir, so learning to play a bowed psaltery wasn't that much of a leap. He explained it's not played like a guitar or violin where a musician uses his fingers on the strings. "Your finger is
  3. including Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.