Hello!  Thank you for visiting Celticana!

This site is dedicated to the promotion of the hammered dulcimer, autoharp, and bowed psaltary, as well as Celtic, Americana and World music.  There’s no better way to learn more about these folk instruments than to hear them live in concert or experience a musical enrichment program where we introduce you to the zither family: the plucked (or hog-nose) psaltary, the hammered dulcimer, and the autoharp.  The new kid on the block is the bowed psaltary, and we’ll demonstrate that for you, too. Along the way, we meet these instruments in a variety of cultures and settings.

Dance music, you say?   Sure!  Let’s go for the contradance and English Country dance music and perhaps some other ‘barn dance’ and ceili jigs and reels.  Let’s sneak in some Renaissance and American Shaker tunes, too.

This site is updated frequently, so please check back often for the latest info from our little corner of this world. 

Hope to see you soon – maybe at a jam, a concert, a dance, or just playing out somewhere!


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Music Activates the Brain

Posted by on Feb 11th, 2012 in Music Education, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A recent study by Finnish scientists shows that listening to music doesn’t just activate the auditory areas of your brain, it also activates the motor areas, showing the strong link between movement and music, and activates the limbic system (our emotional center.)
Gleaned from Vi Wickham’s music website:
We know that music makes us want to dance, and we know that music can make us smile or cry, and now we have substantiated scientific demonstration of this on a physical neurological basis.

Read the Article on Science Daily:


Abstract of the Study: