East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Oct. 29 - Nov. 1  2015

Cove Lake State Park

Just off of I-75 Exit 134




























Plan to join us for the 2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering.
 
Have you been wondering why the dulcimer folks seem to have all the great festivals and gatherings, and events for the bowed psaltery are too few.  Well me too!  I think the bowed psaltery is well worthy of a gathering where players of all skill levels, and even wannabe players, can meet and enjoy some time spent focusing on these great little instruments.

I decided it is time to get something started that hopefully will be such an event, and one that will be held each year to quench our thirsts for some fellowship, jamming, sharing, and learning opportunities.
2015 East TN Bowed Psaltery Gathering
Schedule

Thursday Oct. 29

Building open at 10am today.

This is move in and set-up day for me.  The building will be open and available for jamming and getting acquainted.  Very informal day, but a good chance to kick off the Gathering.  When I have everything moved in and set up, I’ll be ready for jamming. 

Just remember, when you need help with anything, or have questions, there are lots of experienced players that can help.  I know there will be lots of beginners at this years Gathering. 

This year we are going to try something a little different from past years.  The smaller room will be where the “Anything Goes” jam will take place.  This is usually where the more experienced players will gravitate.  This does not mean, if you are not an experienced player, you won’t be welcome.  It just means that it can be a faster paced jam with folks playing whatever song anyone calls out.  These fast paced jams can leave the beginners behind and sitting there holding their psalteries, essentially becoming the audience.  Whether you want to join in, or just listen, that is entirely up to you.

The large main room will be dedicated to “Slow, Easy, and Learning”.  The workshops will be held in there.  There will only be two workshops each day, Friday and Saturday.  The remaining time I am asking a few folks to lead us through learning to play some easy songs.  We will take our time picking through those songs and helping you to get a nice song list started.  Songs that you will actually be learning to play and hopefully will continue to build on.  In between the workshops and song learning sessions, we will be doing some jamming, but very controlled.  Everyone will know the song title,  have a chance to find their music, and move through the song at a pace most will be able to keep up with, so even the jams will be a learning process.

I am hoping this will help everyone get what they want out of the Gathering.  I do want everyone to have a great time.  We will still have the open stage and concert sessions.  The schedule for the other three days is below.  Welcome to everyone and I hope you enjoy the gathering.

Rick Long 





Friday Oct. 30

9am  Building opens

The room off to the side of the large room is where the “All Out Jam” will be ongoing during the Gathering.  Just jump in and hang on.  No rules, other than be considerate of others and at least call out the tunes before you start to play.  Anyone is welcome in here and you are very welcome to move back and forth between here and the main room.

9:30am Workshop - Instructor TBA

11am Song Learning Session

Lunch Break Noon to 1pm

1pm Song Learning Session

2pm  Workshop - Instructor TBA

3:30pm Song Learning Session

5pm Open Stage - but you don’t have to get up on stage.  We will go around the room and give everyone a chance to play one to two songs for the rest of us.  It is great to see all the different techniques and playing styles.  Don’t be shy and don’t worry about making a mistake.  We are all rooting for you and want you to share.  I have been very surprised by what I have heard during these open stage sessions.  Everyone remember to be quiet and show respect for players.

6pm Dinner Break

7:30 Slow Jam in the big room.  Lets play some of the songs we have learned today and whatever slow tunes you want to try.   

10pm Building Closes.





Saturday Oct. 31

9am Building Opens for the Day

The room off to the side of the large room is where the “All Out Jam” will be ongoing during the Gathering.  Just jump in and hang on.  No rules, other than be considerate of others and at least call out the tunes before you start to play.  Anyone is welcome in here and you are very welcome to move back and forth between here and the main room.

9:30am  Workshop - Instructor TBA

11am Song Learning Session

Lunchbreak Noon to 1pm

1pm Song Learning Session

2pm workshop - Instructor - TBA

5pm Open Stage - but you don’t have to get up on stage.  We will go around the room and give everyone a chance to play one to two songs for the rest of us.  It is great to see all the different techniques and playing styles.  Don’t be shy and don’t worry about making a mistake.  We are all rooting for you and want you to share.  I have been very surprised by what I have heard during these open stage sessions.  Everyone remember to be quiet and show respect for players.

6pm Dinner Break

7:30 Concert

10pm Building Closes - Maybe Later if everyone is up to a late jam.



Sunday Nov. 1

Remember - Daylight savings time went into effect at 2am this morning

Building opens 10am

All Gather in the big room for a Hymn Jam.  Be prepared to call out your favorites.

Lunchbreak Noon to 1pm

1pm - Informal Jamming for the afternoon.  Put what you have learned to work.

Last year everyone had headed home by 4pm



Still around and have questions or need more help.  Please ask.


Notes for the Gathering -

This will be the largest attendance for any of the Gatherings to date.  Be considerate when arranging your space.  Instrument cases can be stored on and under the tables provided around the perimeter of the rooms.

Anytime you want specific help on anything related to the bowed psaltery, please ask.  Someone will surely know the answer and be glad to help.  There are lots of experienced players here at the Gathering.  Take advantage of that and pick some brains.

The folding chairs that are provided by the park don’t offer much padding.  You might want to bring a cushion.

The restaurant next door to the Gathering building has some great food.  They tend to get very busy at times, especially on the weekends.  Cathy and I found a great way to beat the rush last year.  Call your order in and bring it back to the Gathering Hall to eat.  I’ll be sure we have some menus available.  Lots of tables and chairs.  Time it just right and you won’t have a problem.  There are lots of other restaurants in Lafolette  and a Shoney’s at the Interstate.  There are also several pizza delivery places.

There is also a fridge and microwave in the building, if you decide to bring your own meals.  Just be sure to mark them with your name.
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Clinton, Tennessee
(865) 660-4026
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You can register now -

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psalteryman@gmail.com

865-660-4026

You can pay by credit card, Paypal, or send me a check.

Contact me first and I'll add you to the list.  I will need your full name, city, and state for your nametag.  The same info for anyone coming with you, even if they are a non-player, if they are going to be at the building, they are taking up some of the space.  We love listeners, but they have to pay their way too.
In order to help our jams be a little more organized, and also give folks a chance to prepare, we will use a songbook arranged by Donna Malus for the primary source of tunes we will be using at the slow jams.  This will be a great help to all jammers.  You will have a chance to practice and learn the tunes before the gathering each year.  I encourage everyone planning to attend go to this link and buy a copy. 

Psaltery Strings Music Book by Donna Malus


Here's a link to the sound clip page for the songbook - Psaltery Strings Music Book Vol. 1

Fifty songs in this first book and I think there will be more, Donna entitled this one Vol. 1

I'm not saying these will be the only songs played at the gathering, we can play whatever anyone wants, but this will be great to help us all be on the same page, so to speak, in our jams.  You will even see me using a music stand for once. 

The book can also serve as a source of material for workshops, helping beginners or even creating harmonies to play along with the melody parts in the book.

The gathering will be at Cove Lake State Park

It is located just off I-75 at Exit 134.  You can search Google for lodging there.  The other exits with lodging, that are close by are, Exit 129 Lake City and Exit 122 Clinton.  The 122 exit is about ten minutes from the park and has lots of lodging and restaurants.
11-11-14  The 2014 Gathering just ended and we are already looking forward to the 2015 edition.  The Dates are set and you can register at any time.  The cost is only $15.  That covers all four days and is actually just your share of the building rental at Cove Lake State Park.  Great acoustics in that building.

I have the schedule already posted below.  It worked so well this year, I will use the same one for next year.  The only thing I will be adding are the workshop instructors.

You can pre-register by contacting me and paying your $15.  The $15 needs to be paid for you and anyone else coming with you.  If they are in the building, they are taking up space.  This does include folks that don't play instruments.  When you register, I'll add your names to the list and will provide you a name tag and schedule when you arrive.  The name tag serves as your admission into the building.  Please wear it.  We want to know who you are and where you're from.

The registration fee can be paid by Paypal, just send your $15 to my email address -

psalteryman@gmail.com  

If you would prefer to pay by credit card or check, give me a call - 865-660-4026
 

Remember, if you want to get registered to attend, you have to contact me and pay the $15 registration fee now.  Don't wait and just show up, if the 65 person limit has been reached, you won't be admitted.  I am making name tags for all that have registered, if you don't have one, you will be asked to leave.  Sorry, I'll have to be strict about this.  I'm just not willing to overcrowd the building for the folks that have followed the rules and pre-registered and paid their share of the building rent ($15).

LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN -

Don't just show up at the door, you need to pre-register and pay your $15 fee like everyone else.
There's still time, you have no excuse.  I'd hate to see you travel a long way, only to find out there is no room for you.  There is still time, you just have to follow the rules like everyone else.



Here is this year's schedule.  It is subject to change, but I think it is pretty much how we will go with it.  I'll have copies printed up for you to collect along with your name tag, as you come in the building.