Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

Bagpipes and hurdy-gurdies

Oliver Seeler has written a superb and detailed discussion of the hurdy-gurdy on his bagpipes-focused website (hotpipes).  The hurdy-gurdy section starts here. Beyond discussing the long historical relationship between the pipes and the gurdy, he has three detailed sections dedicated the Lisberg Museum (of pipes and gurdies in Germany), a detailed explanation of the hurdy-gurdy and how it works, plus an essay on the “Hurdy Gurdy Girls” (poor women from the 1800’s who played the hurdy-gurdy for a living but rapidly became synonymous with prostitution).