Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

The Big Hurdy-Gurdy Workshop Weekend

A workshop weekend for hurdy-gurdy players of all ages and abilities with Gregory Jolivet (France), Steve Tyler, Claire Dugue giving workshops on technique and repertoire.

8-10th February 2013 Halsway Manor, Somerset

For more info and booking, see here.

Hurdy-gurdy Saturday courses - Netherlands

Saturday Courses - November 2012 to May 2013

The Dutch association for hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes has announced the next series of Saturday courses for the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, running from November through to next May.  Courses are available for beginners and advanced players of both instruments, as well as joint sessions.  Beginner’s instruments are available to hire.

Summary:

  • Hurdy-gurdy beginners: Joop Aalbers. Discover the possibilities of the instrument and experience the fun.
  • Hurdy-gurdy advanced: Roald Keuning. Elaboration and refinement of melodic and rhythmic techniques.
  • Drone Music in bandstands: Ine Blom. Development of a joint repertoire to be played at the end of the course at a number of bandstands.
  • Bourbonnais Revival: drone with a capital D: Jonneke Jorissen and Cor Westbroek. Joint course for D-tuned hurdy gurdies and bagpipes.

Information and registration

See http://draailier-doedelzak.nl/zaterdagcursus.htm for more information.

Hurdy-Gurdy music show

On 31 August, Dutch streaming music site, Concertzender, had an hour-long show devoted to hurdy-gurdy music.  An archived recording of the show is available on their site here (click the small speaker link towards the top of the page).

They say “This episode of Metamorphoses about unusual instruments is an hour long focus on the hurdy-gurdy. Often the instrument has been maligned as a simple melody instrument that was merely suitable to accompany dancing. However, the instrument was in the distant past used by the troubadours to accompany their songs and classical works were composed for it. The hurdy largely disappeared from the stage, afterwards remaining only in some countries like France. In recent decades there has been a revival, in which the construction of the instrument, the playing technique and repertoire went through a revolution.

The show features the following set:

  1. Malicorne - Le Branle des Chevaux (trad)
    Le Bestiaire - Ballon Noir  082303
  2. Blowzabella - The New Hornpipes (D Shepherd)
    A richer dust - Osmosys  OSMOCD010
  3. Emilio Cao - Estreaba o horizonte (Coa)
    Cartas Marinas - BOA Do FolDF005
  4. La Ciapa Rusa - Suite di Monferrine (trad, Martinotti)
    Antologia - Robi Droli RDC015
  5. Vizöntö - Springdance (Kiss)
    Best - Pan Records 145 CD
  6. Hölderlin Express -  Jumping Eggs (Olav Krauss)
    Hölderlin express - Akku Disc ADCD 3025
  7. Garmana - Varulven (The Werewolf)  (Gotte Rinqvist)
    Guds spelemän - Xource XOUcd 113
  8. Wolverlei - Malbroek/Wilhelmusdans/Swart laat ‘m scheren (trad)
    Wolverlei - Munich 7445
  9. Appellation controlee - Basso Pomade (Blaine L Reiniger, Steven Brown)/Marchand de Féraille (Blaine L. Reiniger)
    Tiz - Dig it 567914-2
  10. Gilbert Isbin & Iep Fourier - Avoid a Void (Isbin, Fourier)
    Avoid a void - Tern006
  11. Gilles Chabenat - Carmin (Chabenat)
    Je vois venir - Roseau ROS101.02
  12. Trame trio - Awin Awin (Nass el Ghawin)
    Changer d’air - Buda Musique 3017907
  13. Valentin Clastrier - El Castel (Bernard de Ventadorn, Clastrier)
    Hérésie - Silex Y225402
  14. Trio Patrick Bouffard - Mazerier/Chevreulis (trad, Bouffard)
    Revenant de Paris - Boucherie Production 49502.2

The Duellists.  A tune written and played by Nigel Eaton, performed here on a double keyboard Hurdy Gurdy in G by Chris Eaton.

Another view of the Large Guitar Gurdy

Another view of the Large Guitar Gurdy

FOR SALE…….A LARGE GUITAR GURDY TUNED IN C/G …(Made by Claire Dugué). Capo on trompette.  Pick-ups with volume and eq controls. PRICE … £3400.SOLD

FOR SALE…….A LARGE GUITAR GURDY TUNED IN C/G …(Made by Claire Dugué). Capo on trompette.  Pick-ups with volume and eq controls. PRICE … £3400.

SOLD

Hurdy-gurdy gets modern…

Part 5 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made according as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  This part focuses on the repetoir, range and available accidentals.

Part 4 of a series demonstrating this unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This part looks at the string layout for modal music.  This instrument has been developed and made as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  

Part 3 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in the style of a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Part 1 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in a medieval style by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Nigel Eaton plays “Swan at Upton”.  Great tune.  Great pub.  Great news that it’s on a forthcoming album - “Eminent Victorians”.

Gilles Chabenat solo at Zona da Zanfona 2012, VIII international hurdy-gurdy meeting organized by aCentral Folque in Rianxo, Galiza.  Gilles plays solo with effect pedals and loop station his own composition “Carmin” and a traditional mazurka “L’enternaire” for a Tour à tour concert on 20th April 2012.

Old hurdy-gurdy on ebay

The seller says,

We have had this Hurdy Gurdy in a cupboard gathering dust for 20 years. We are having a clear out and decided to offer it and see if anyone is interested in acquiring it. It looks nice, but doesn’t work, and is in need of total restoration, if indeed it is restorable. “Ludovicus Guersan propè Comoediam Gallicam Lutetiae Anno 1761” Ludovicus Guersan was a musical instrument maker from Paris whose instruments are now quite valuable. Anyway, it is broken, but looks nice.  If anyone likes the look of it, happy bidding.

Item is here.