Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

The Maker of Things (Mazurka, Andy Letcher) and Fingles (Polka, Cliff Stapleton) performed by Letcher and Stapleton at the Bagpipe Society Blowout concert in 2009.

Video of Nigel Eaton’s hurdy-gurdy solo followed by Gallow’s Pole, with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Philadelphia.  24 October 1995.

Robert Mandel and the Mandel Quartet play Tylman Susato's Danserye, 1551 Antwerp.

Altarwind introduces harmony keys

 

Altarwind Music, Oregon-based maker of hurdy-gurdies, has announced that it is now offering a third-row of keys on many of its instruments to allow the playing of harmonies.  This is a feature that was pioneered by British maker Chris Eaton and which appears to have inspired Altarwind’s design.

A more recent video of Robert Mandel and the Mandel Quartet performing a number of French renaissance dances by Claude Gervaise (c.1550) on the hurdy-gurdy and other period instruments.

Matthias Loibner, Ireland, 6 May 2012

Renowned Austrian hurdy-gurdy player Matthias Loibner is set to perform at the Bray Jazz Festival 2012 in Co Wicklow, Ireland.  The performance takes place at 1830 on Sunday 6th May 2012 in the Bray Town Hall.  More information and tickets here.

Hungarian hurdy-gurdy virtuoso, Robert Mandel, gives a lecture and performance on the tekerőlant at Concordia University, Chicago in February 1982.

David and his musicians from the Khloudouski Psalter in Novgorod, late 13th Century.  Posted on Facebook here.

David and his musicians from the Khloudouski Psalter in Novgorod, late 13th Century.  Posted on Facebook here.

Henry III gurdy plans

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Graeme McCormack of Antiquated Strings has uploaded another of his fabulous hurdy-gurdy construction plans.  Ideal for the home builder, or simply as a beautiful poster for your wall.  He writes:

I have just finished Drawing up the Henri 111 Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy. I have modelled it on an existing instrument from Paris circa 1750. The main deviation from the original is that it can play a chromatic 2 octaves, has adjustable bridges and string lifting mechanisms. I have also changed the internal frame to use smaller wood stock. The original has solid end blocks that needed large wood stock to cut them from. There are 9 x A1 size sheets to this plan. I will add more written information as I make this gurdy.


Full size PDF versions of the plans in 9 parts available on his website here.

Seriously funky.  Dziurus by Macko Korba on Stanislaw Nogaj’s cello model of hurdy-gurdy.

Maćko Korba live in concert, Noc Muzeów, Sandomierz, 15 May 2010.

Polish player, Macko Korba in concert, playing a cello hurdy-gurdy from Stanisław Nogaj.  May 2010.

Polish player, Macko Korba in concert, playing a cello hurdy-gurdy from Stanisław Nogaj.  May 2010.

Magic FlightRemedios Varo, 1956
Oil on mother of pearl encrusted masonite

Magic Flight
Remedios Varo, 1956

Oil on mother of pearl encrusted masonite

The Hurdy-Gurdy Player Jan Steen (1626-1679)

The Hurdy-Gurdy Player
 Jan Steen (1626-1679)