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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.

Musical duo to perform this weekend

  1. This unique musical group will play recorders, viola da gamba, vielle, krummhorns, cornamuse, cornetti, bowed psaltery, mandolin, gemshorns, rackett, and various percussion instruments as they perform music from the Renaissance and Medieval eras in
  2. Simple Gifts is a duo of Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon who perform traditional folk music on twelve instruments including fiddle, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, and recorder, plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, 
  3. The 15th Anniversary of the Down Home Psaltery Festival at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla, Ala., is shown on June 11, 2011. In the morning, there were psaltery workshops for both beginner and intermediate players. Players