Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

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)

Short documentary from Belgian TV channel Ring TV, broadcast on 7 March 2010, showing the making of a hurdy-gurdy by the luthier Jacques De Vuyst.  In Dutch.

Two nice new hurdy-gurdies have appeared for sale on Philippe Mousnier’s site.  A beautifully decorated alto (see photo above) for Euro 4300 and a simpler student instrument for Euro 1700.  I doubt they’ll be available for long!

Two nice new hurdy-gurdies have appeared for sale on Philippe Mousnier’s site.  A beautifully decorated alto (see photo above) for Euro 4300 and a simpler student instrument for Euro 1700.  I doubt they’ll be available for long!

Chateau d’Ars Programme Out

The line-up for this year’s festival of traditional music and folk dance at Chateau d’Ars has been released:

Jeudi 12 Juillet
Groupe en déambulation La Bande Ménétrière (La Chavannée)
21h15 Concert d’ouverture avec Goran Bregovic et l’orchestre des mariages et enterrements
23h15 Fublène / Centre France (Bal)
0h45 Bâton de Quartier / Centre France (Bal)
Vendredi 13 Juillet
16h Bourdin Trad « Jhâze » / Poitou (Bal)
16h30 Xarnège / Folk basco-gascon (Concert)
18h30 Bal O Gadjo / Folk ethnico-tziganoriental (Bal)
20h La Fontaine Troublée / Chansons traditionnelles en belle compagnie (Concert)
21h15 Cillian & Niall Vallely / Irlande (Concert)
21h45 Krenijenn / Abstract trad (Bal)
23h Susana Seivane / Galice, Espagne (Concert)
23h30 BA’AL / Gascogne (Bal)
1h30 La Clèda / Auvergne, Limousin, Béarn (Bal)

Samedi 14 Juillet
16h30 Le Petit Bal Ratamouche / Musiques traditionnelles… ou presque (Bal pour enfants)
16h30 Abnoba / Italie (Concert)
18h30 Le Tour de la Gaspésie / Gaspésie (Concert bal)
20h Duplessy et les 3 violons du Monde / Chine, Inde, Mongolie (Concert)
21h15 Vent de Galarne / Chansons populaires Centre France, La Chavannée (Concert)
23h Nahas Project / France, Liban (Concert)
23h30 Moussaka suivi de Moussakintet / Musique bretonne, folk néo trad (Bal)
1h30 Mister Klof / Folk (Bal)

Dimanche 15 Juillet
Groupe en déambulation La Bande Ménétrière (La Chavannée)
16h Les Gâs du Berry et aultres lieux du Centre / Répertoire traditionnel du Centre revisité (Concert)
16h30 Le Petit Bal Ratamouche / Musiques traditionnelles… ou presque (Bal pour enfants)
17h30 Samuraï / Nouvelles Musiques Traditionnelles d’Europe (Concert)
19h Chris Wood and Andy Cutting / Musiques et Chansons Traditionnelles anglaises (Concert)
21h Naragonia Quartet / Belgique (Bal)

(Source: rencontresdeluthiers.org)

Museum of Hurdy-Gurdy Luthiers

Website of “La Maison du Luthier, Jenzat”, a museum in Pajot’s house in Jenzat, Bournonnais devoted to the tradition of hurdy-gurdy making.  In their own words:

The Maison du Luthier at Jenzat is devoted to ethnologic heritage, its purpose being to present a very specific tradition in musical instrument-making, shown in its original setting.

The Museum is housed in the former home of the instrument-maker J.-A. Pajot (1845-1920), in the neighbourhood where the hurdy-gurdy makers lived in Jenzat (“Aymard”, “Decante et Cailhe”, “Nigout”, “Pimpard Cousin”, “Pimpard Cousin fils”, “Pajot  fils”, “Pajot jeune”, “Tixier”) Europe’s main centre for the making of hurdy-gurdies in the l9th and 20th centuries.

It includes a collection of hurdy-gurdies and other musical instruments ; a collection of tools used by instrument-makers ; the hurdy-gurdy workshop ; the brass instruments workshop (1934) ; a room for studying and viewing video films about making and playing the hurdy-gurdy ; an interactive terminal.

Hurdy-gurdies have been made in Jenzat since 1795.

More here.

Marco Polo
Loreena McKennitt

Canadian musician Loreena McKennitt performs Marco Polo, featuring Nigel Eaton on hurdy-gurdy. 

Sons et couleurs

Nice Belgian website by Ruprecht Niepold focused mainly on the hurdy-gurdy.  Particularly nice photo-essay on the construction of a hurdy-gurdy here, a gallery of instruments from different makers here and a frequently maintained list of lost and stolen instruments to keep an eye out for here.

Interesting performance by Pep Massana and Carles Viarnes of an organistrum and octaved violin.  Piece is a free improvisation about Los Set Gotxs of Libre Vermell, at Sant Pau Vell, Montserrat.

The organistrum is polyphonic and fully chromatic and based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketch, built by Ramon Elias in Altet, a small village neat Tarrega.   More details on the instrument itself in this YouTube clip.

The Mummers Dance
Loreena McKennitt

Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt performs “The Mummers Dance” live, featuring Nigel Eaton on hurdy-gurdy. 

Caravanserai
Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt performs Caravanserai from the DVD “Nights from the Alhambra” (2007) and the album “An Ancient Muse” (2006).  Featuring Nigel Eaton on hurdy-gurdy.