Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Band

Website of “the Hurdy-Gurdy Band” - a hurdy-gurdy duo.  Features a lot of nice historical images of the hurdy-gurdy - but beware the homepage of the site launches into some unrequested hurdy-gurdy playing, so you may want to turn the volume down on your computer!

The Hurdy-Gurdy Player with a Dog.  Georges de la Tour.  
1622-1625.  Oil on Canvas.  Musee Municipal, Bergues, France.

The Hurdy-Gurdy Player with a Dog.  
Georges de la Tour.  

1622-1625.  Oil on Canvas.  Musee Municipal, Bergues, France.

Another recording of Gregory Jolivet playing Scottisch Urbaine.  Fine example of contemporary hurdy-gurdy playing.

Gregory Jolivet plays “Scottisch Urbaine” in front of Msr. Mousnier’s stall at Chateaux d’Ars in 2009.

Patrick Bouffard, Nigel Eaton and Paul James playing three time bourrées.  At the Great Hurdy-Gurdy Weekend at Halsway Manor, UK, 10-12 February 2012.

Nigel Eaton and Cliff Stapleton playing a tune by Cliff called “Kicksy-Wicksy” at the Halsway Manor Hurdy-Gurdy Weekend, 10-12 February 2012.

Nigel Eaton plays “Goldcrest” at the Great Hurdy-Gurdy Weekend, Halsway Manor, UK.  10-12 February 2012.

bruno-caplier-musicien:

Gros plan sur un des sept arts libéraux de ce manuscrit: la musique …
Septem Artem Liberales - Hortus Deliciarum - Herrade de Landsberg
Harpe, Lira, Organistrum
Manuscrit réalisé entre 1159 et 1175 - Détruit en 1870.

bruno-caplier-musicien:

Gros plan sur un des sept arts libéraux de ce manuscrit: la musique …

Septem Artem Liberales - Hortus Deliciarum - Herrade de Landsberg

Harpe, Lira, Organistrum

Manuscrit réalisé entre 1159 et 1175 - Détruit en 1870.

Enter the Ukuwheele
Bored of your hurdy-gurdy?  Try the latest in musical instruments - the Ukuwheele - a surprisingly pleasant sounding ukulele, modified with a wheel and manivelle.

Le Chateau d’Ars

Festival of traditional musics and folk dances, 13-15 July 2012
La Châtre, France

Instrument-makers, concerts, folk dances and a unique atmosphere, the festival has become THE meeting place of traditional music in Europe.  A unique show of instrument makers which welcomes 130 instrument makers from the whole world presenting and selling their instruments: bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, accordions, wind instruments, percussion and many more…
30 concerts and folk dances are scheduled, providing an opportunity to hear the variety and the wealth of traditional music.  Various activities are scheduled during the day, including : dance workshops, presentation of instruments, competitions, folk dances for children, Apérosol, meetings with the musicians.
More here.

Over the Water - 2010 Dance Tunes

Over the Water Hurdy-gurdy festival is an annual week-long gathering of hurdy-gurdy players in September of each year in Washington state.  As well as offering a fantastic event, they also publish the music for a standard set of bourrees, schottisches, valses and other tunes used as the basis for their jam sessions.  You can download PDF or ABC versions of the tunes here.