Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

Spaghetti Panic (composed by Andy Cutting) and played by Nigel Eaton.   Nigel says, “The A music is 7/8 time and the b is a mix of 7/8 and 8/8, it’s coup de quatre all the way with the bar emphasis moving backwards through all positions in the 4, count 7 playing coup de 4, bar 1 starts on 1, bar 2 starts on 4, bar 3 starts on 3 and bar 4 starts on 2 etc, then the pattern repeats.”

Famous Wolf, bourree in 2/4 time.  Nigel Eaton.

Starters, Bourree in 2/4 time.  Nigel Eaton.

Blowzabella, traditional English jig, by Nigel Eaton.

The Ice House Schottisches in B flat, by Nigel Eaton.

La Gloire de Mon Pere after a french film, composed and played by Nigel Eaton.

Raine Holtz from Through Waves performing “Hixa Mía”, a traditional Sephardi song on his hurdy-gurdy, made by Mel Dorries.

Hurdy-gurdy workshop, Lissberg, Germany, 9-12 May 2013

From Thursday, 9th May until Sunday 12th May 2013 hurdy gurdy workshops will be taking place in Lissberg / Ortenberg, Germany (approx. 50km north-east of Frankfurt am Main). As the workshops start Thursday morning, it’s best to arrive Wednesday (8th May) in the evening.

Tutors: Ina Lemm, Hendrik Ardner, Gerhard Ganz, Ron Winkler, Peter Streng and Cliff Stapleton.

In the eveningsthere will also be some talks and presentations as well as live music. Cliff Stapleton will be performing a solo programme on Saturday evening.

More details at:

Contact: bridget . halpin @ web . de

Lyvet played by Nigel Eaton

Doctor Fegg played by Nigel Eaton - in F.

Nigel Eaton plays Lisa, a 3/8 bourree by Nigel Eaton and Stukka Gruppa by Ian Luff both ex of Blowzabella

Sur la Rance/Honouress, played by Nigel Eaton

On the River, played by Nigel Eaton.

Hurdy-gurdy workshop weekend, 6-7 April, Holland

Always wanted to learn to play bagpipes or hurdy gurdy? Whether you are advanced player and want to deepen your love? This may be during Spring Weekend.  During the weekend of 6-7 April in Sint-Michielsgestel there hurdy gurdy and bagpipe workshops for beginners and advanced. Daytime courses, evening music and performances. 

No instrument? No problem! Participants in the beginner groups can borrow an instrument.

The weekend starts Saturday, April 6 at 10.00 and lasts until Sunday, April 7 at 17:00.  Saturday is from 20:00 and balfolk music for and by students and teachers, including the Flemish group Cecilia . Non-participants in the workshops also welcome!

The courses

Combined Workshop - Greet Wuyts 
This workshop is open to all instruments. Greet Wuyts is renowned teacher of accordion and plays in the Flemish group Cecilia. In this workshop the focus is on teamwork, harmony and the danceability of the music.

- Hurdy-gurdy advanced : Matthias Loibner (full)
Participants take a look behind the scenes at the virtuoso Matthias Loibner. This great player from Austria with his unique playing style is a challenge for the experienced players.

- Hurdy-gurdy intermediate : Thomas Hoste 
Thomas is an experienced teacher hurdy gurdy. Previously he taught at our Saturday courses and he also plays in the group Cecilia. In this workshop, students immerse themselves in techniques and embellishments.

hurdy beginners : Cor Westbroek (full)
Always wanted to play hurdy gurdy? This is your chance! This workshop is designed for beginners, those that the instrument may still discover. With this discovery is the fun comes first. Start playing with simple but beautiful melodies with the hurdy-gurdy. No instrument? A loan instrument is included in the course.

Bagpipe courses also on offer.

Overnight and subscribe 
For participation in the workshops are of course the cost of overnight stays (in 4-person rooms) and accommodation (lunch, dinner, breakfast, coffee and tea in between) included.

Special offer beginners: Preparing Morning March 16

In order to extract more value from the beginners group, we offer the participants an additional preparation morning: The preparation morning on March 16 in Zeist from 10:00 to 12:00.

More details on the website here (in Dutch).

Baroque Hurdy Gurdy Course, 27-28 April 2013

with Tobie Miller (Canada / France)

in Basel, Switzerland

For professional and advanced amateur hurdy gurdy players wishing to explore the 18th century repertoire and technique for the instrument. Classes will focus on style, ornamentation and Baroque forms. A harpsichordist will be present, allowing some course time to be spent working on the solo repertoire with basso continuo.

Registration is limited to 10 participants, and will be confirmed by email, upon payment of the course fees (250 CHF).

Tuning is c/g, at A=415.

Course will be taught in English, French and German.

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