Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

Interesting short video on an organistrum by Pep Massana and Ramon Elias.  It shows a new organistrum system can plays 20 strings with 44 notes.

Dante Ferrara plays Purcell Minuets, from ‘Musick’s Hand-maid’ printed in 1689.

The Duellists.  A tune written and played by Nigel Eaton, performed here on a double keyboard Hurdy Gurdy in G by Chris Eaton.

Hurdy-gurdy gets modern…

Part 5 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made according as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  This part focuses on the repetoir, range and available accidentals.

Part 4 of a series demonstrating this unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This part looks at the string layout for modal music.  This instrument has been developed and made as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  

Part 3 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in the style of a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Part 1 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in a medieval style by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Nigel Eaton plays “Swan at Upton”.  Great tune.  Great pub.  Great news that it’s on a forthcoming album - “Eminent Victorians”.

Gilles Chabenat solo at Zona da Zanfona 2012, VIII international hurdy-gurdy meeting organized by aCentral Folque in Rianxo, Galiza.  Gilles plays solo with effect pedals and loop station his own composition “Carmin” and a traditional mazurka “L’enternaire” for a Tour à tour concert on 20th April 2012.

Documentary piece on Donald Heller - the hurdy-gurdy man of Boston.

First movement of “Le Printems” (sic)
Tobie Miller (baroque hurdy-gurdy) and Ensemble Ysis 


Excerpt from “Le Printems ou Les Saisons Amusantes” (1739)
Nicolas Chedeville (1705-1782) / Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Marcello Bono plays adagio from “la Simianne” by Delavigne.  OTW Festival, Fort Flagler WA - 1997.

Sonata “la d’Acut” (Philibert Deleavigne, 1700-1750)
Marcello Bono

Marcello Bono plays Sonata la d’Acut at the Over the Water Festival in 1997.  Wonderful baroque playing.

Interview with French hurdy-gurdy player, Alexis Vacher for French channel BIP TV.  From the Printemps de Bourges festival, April 2012.