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.

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.

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

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.

Marco Polo
Loreena McKennitt

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

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. 

Santiago
Loreena McKennitt

Renowned Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt performs Santiago, featuring Nigel Eaton on hurdy-gurdy.

The Quarter Brawles
Neil Brook

Luthier Neil Brook plays the Quarter Brawles, popular in England as early as 1565, and demonstrates his “St Thomas Altar” hurdy-gurdy.

Vergers
Nigel Eaton

A 2/2 time Breton Andro style schottische written & played by Nigel Eaton in G on a Chris Eaton double keyboard Hurdy-Gurdy.

Goldcrest
Nigel Eaton

A 2/2 time tune in d on a Chris Eaton gurdy (g melody), written & played by Nigel Eaton.