Friday, August 11, 2017

recent editions of the #HGWeekly newsletter

the paper was updated on August 3, but its a really small edition with nothing new! – if you would like to view the previous edition (of 27 July) it will be available for couple of weeks at

Thursday, July 27, 2017

UGEARS Hurdy-Gurdy: unique mechanical musical model by UGEARS — Kickstarter

"Engineered for self-assembly and play. Just build with your own hands and feel like Stradivari or a popular Hurdy-Gurdy star."

Ugears Hurdy-Gurdy and Mechanical Town Series

Ugears keeps expanding the creative world of hobbies and opening an assembly process as an exciting game. Inspired by the art of medieval craftsmen and enriched by smart engineering of the XXI century, this June, exclusively on Kickstarter, we are launching new models  with extraordinary functionality: a Hurdy-Gurdy, the genuine gem of the Ugears collection, a Date Navigator and a Secret Model - Treasure Box.

remember, folks: this is a mechanical model, not a real gurdy... 
wow. i am finding it hard to believe that they have raised $259,188!

UGEARS Hurdy-Gurdy: unique mechanical musical model by UGEARS — Kickstarter

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

▶ NEW CD :: LA BELLE VIELLEUSE – Virtuoso Hurdy Gurdy in the 18th c. France – Tobie Miller

Au temps de Madame de Pompadour, la vielle à roue (tout comme la musette) bénéficient d’un succès important. Elle se mesure aux autres instruments et, comme nous le montrent plusieurs tableaux, bénéficie de faveurs des dames de l’aristocratie.
Plusieurs méthodes sont éditées, dont celle de Michel Corrette (La belle vielleuse) et certains virtuoses comme Danguy ou Dupuits poussent les limites techniques dans leurs derniers retranchements. Son charme est célébré par les poètes dont les textes inspirent les cantates. C’est entre la Cour et les bergeries que nous conduit ce programme de découvertes...
In the time of Madame de Pompadour, the hurdy-gurdy, like the musette, enjoyed a great success. It was considered to be on a level with other instruments and, as can be seen in various paintings, was highly regarded by the ladies of the aristocracy. Several books of instruction for the instrument were published, one of which was Michel Corrette’s La belle vielleuse; virtuoso players such as Danguy and Dupuits extended its playing techniques to their limits. The instrument’s charm was sung by various poets whose words were then set as cantatas. The unknown works that constitute this recording place it firmly in the French court of the time with its stylised pastoral diversions.
PURCHASE: La Belle Vielleuse | Outhere Music

LA BELLE VIELLEUSE // Virtuoso Hurdy Gurdy in the 18th c. France - Ensemble Danguy & Tobie Miller - YouTube
Published on May 4, 2017 by Outhere Music

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ars Castle! Happy Times & Hurdy-Gurdies at Le Son Continu 2017 | photos by Scott Marshall

Château d’Ars

 Brian McCoy playing his new Weichselbaumer Gurdy with a special wheel...
Wolfgang Weichselbaumer stall

 The Philippe Mousnier stall

Seb Tourny's stall

 Eric Renard's Stall

 Joël Traunecker's stall

 Scott Gayman trying out a Midi-Gurdy with Marcus Weseloh

Chris Allen's Stall 

Vielles Kerboeuf stall

Boudet Luthiers stall

Albus Draco's stall
(the center one is a nice beginner instrument)

 Jean-Luc Bleton's Stall

special thanks to Scott Marshall for offering to share his photos with us – even before he went!

Scott Marshall, center (photo thanks to his friend Julie)

(MORE on facebook) Scott Marshall Hurdy Gurdy | all 115 Photos

Thursday, July 20, 2017

▶ Muddy-Gurdy Mississippi Project | Hypnotic Wheels / Gilles Chabenat

(1) Muddy-Gurdy Mississippi Project - YouTube
Published on Jun 19, 2017 by Hypnotic Wheels
gofundme Muddy-Gurdy :

Muddy-Gurdy Mississippi Project : unique musical project featuring the trio Hypnotic Wheels and Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough and Pat Thomas with the sound engineer Pierre Bianchi. Film : Yannick Demaison - Biscuit Productions - regisseur, web master : Françoise Digel - Chantilly Negra : Samantha Julien

(1) Hypnotic Wheels - About
• (english below*) Hypnotic Wheels est le fruit de la rencontre de trois univers singuliers que sont ceux de Tia (Tia and the patient Wolves) Gilles Chabenat (Vielle à roue) Marc Glomeau (percussions).
Puisant aux sources des musiques populaires issues du Mississippi, Centre France ou Africaines, Hypnotic Wheels fabrique une musique qui fait référence à ce que le blues a de plus organique.
Construit sur la base d'une instrumentation inédite, réunissant la calebasse (étonnant instrument Africain) la vielle à roue électro acoustique (qui pulvérise toutes les idées reçues sur cet instrument) la voix et la guitare de Tia sont le lien émotionnel entre ces univers si loin si proche.
Surprenant, innovant, Hypnotic Wheels fait référence à ce que les grandes musiques populaires ont de plus authentique et rudimentaire.

• (google translate) Hypnotic Wheels is the fruit of the encounter of three singular universes that are those of Tia (Tia and the patient Wolves) Gilles Chabenat (Vielle à roue) Marc Glomeau (percussions).
Hypnotic Wheels produces a music based on popular music from the Mississippi, Center France and Africaines, which makes reference to what is more organic in the blues.
Built on the basis of an unprecedented instrumentation, combining the calabash (amazing African instrument) the hurdy-gurdy electro acoustic (which pulverizes all the ideas received on this instrument) the voice and the guitar of Tia are the emotional link between these universes if Far so close.
Surprising, innovative, Hypnotic Wheels refers to what the great popular music has more authentic and rudimentary.

Muddy Gurdy Mississippi Project - Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough
Published on May 6, 2017 by Hypnotic Wheels
Original french project : the meeting of North Mississippi Hill country Blues with the rural french culture through the Hurdy-Gurdy featuring Hypnotic Wheels (Gilles Chabenat, Tia Gouttebel, Marc Glomeau) and Cedric Burnside, Sharde Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough, Pat Thomas. | HYPNOTIC WHEELS - Officiel | A guitar, a hurdy-gurdy, a calabash, a voice... - Une guitare, une vielle, une calebasse, une voix...

Fundraiser for JULIEN Samantha by ChantillyNegra Association : MUDDY GURDY MISSISSIPPI PROJECT

Friday, July 14, 2017


Published on Jul 14, 2017 by mandelrobert
The ENSEMBLE MANDEL, founded in Vienna in 2014, aims to introduce diverse periods of music history and musical instruments and compare them. It also aims to create a new, contemporary music. The group varies from 3 to 10 members. They combine electronic instruments with unique and rarely heard medieval instruments, such as the organistrum, viéle, clavisimbalum and recorders. 
The ENSEMBLE MANDEL is unique not only in sound but also in appearance. It juxtaposes magnificent old, original musical instruments on stage with exciting-sounding electronic musical instruments. They look at how to combine the spectrum of historical musical instruments with a range of electronic instruments. They want to square the circle by playing electronically with acoustic media and vice versa.
The performance of the ENSEMBLE MANDEL is exciting addition even to world-class music festivals and staged historical music events. In such environments a real contrast is created by performing contemporary music on original historical instruments in addition to authentic, historical music performances. 
The music of the ENSEMBLE MANDEL could also be a highlight of both traditional and contemporary chamber music events. They are happy to perform in concert halls, museums, and churches, in short, anywhere where an audience is open to experimental and creative music.

added to the Weekly's new playlist "interesting! #HGWeekly misc 02"
-- as well as to the Weekly's playlist "new releases & tour promos"

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Upcoming Events! – #HGWeekly on Facebook

New CD :: Hurdy Gurdy # Myst | Laurence Bourdin / Cie Grain de Son

Sortie officielle du CD Hurdy Gurdy # Myst
Lourouer Saint Laurent, France
FRI JULY 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

You can find the CD and the Book-CD for sale here:

Hurdy Gurdy # Myst

Concert-Vidéo pour vielle à roue électroacoustique solo

Showcase et dédicace sur le stand "Auvergne Diffusion"

Hurdy Gurdy #Myst - Teaser du spectacle

Published on Nov 28, 2016 by Cie Grain de Son
Création Multimédia pour Vielle à roue électroacoustique.
Inspiré du livre "Lieux Mystérieux en Auvergne".

Cinq pièces contemporaines sur le thème des lieux mystérieux....

Plus d'infos sur

Vielle à roue : Laurence Bourdin
Textes : Corinne Pradier
Création vidéo : Benoît Voarick
Mise en son : Bernard Gousset
Création lumière et Scénographie : Jasone Muñoz

Compositions :
Jean-Michel Bossini
Xavier Garcia
Christophe Havel
Pascale Jakubowski
Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou

concert dates at Laurence Bourdin Musicienne on Facebook!