Wednesday, November 6, 2013

9 & 10 NOV: OTLEY GURDY GATHERING – Otley, Yorkshire

Welcome to the Otley Gurdy Gathering.

An informal weekend of Gurdy playing, technique learning and tune sharing based at Otley, near Leeds, back for a second year.

Starting on Saturday morning at 11am, the gathering will be at Clifton Village Hall, a mile out of Otley town centre. There is space for indoor sleeping on Saturday night, a full kitchen, mens and ladies toilets and a pub next door. There is a reasonable sized car park for 10 cars / camper vans and a small field if folks are inclined to camp!
Sleeping will be communally in the hall which will sleep 10-12. Otley also has a couple of B&Bs if that is more to your liking.
Cost will be £25 for the weekend, which is just to cover hall hire. This is from 11am Saturday until 11am Sunday, 24 hours and includes 2 workshops.
Spaces are limited due to the hall size. Please make all bookings using the payment page.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch at:

Otley Gurdy Gathering 2012. Paul's beginners works - YouTube

The weekend kicks off from 10.30 Saturday morning with tea and coffee before the first workshop of the day.There will be two workshops on Saturday, before a music session in the Roebuck pub, next door.

Workshops are to be run by well known Ockbrook and Leeds player, Jerry Oakes who will be looking at Trompette techniques for French dance – Jerry has been an inspiration to me for many years and I am greatly looking forward to tightening up my skills.

We are also pleased to announce a workshop with Swedish Hurdy Gurdy master, Harald Pettersson. Harald is well known in his native Sweden for his mastery of the Gurdy, and his innovative and progressive playing. We are extremely lucky to be able to offer this rare opportunity for a workshop with Harald at Otley.

Several videos of Harald are available at

We should get another chance to have a play in the hall on Sunday morning before vacating at 11am.

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