Wednesday, December 27, 2017

▶ Lusk :: Petit cadeau de fin d'année et de fin de répétition avec "Wednes" de Lusk !! Rendez vous en 2018 en live

"Little end of year and end of rehearsal with "Wednes" from Lusk!! See you in 2018 live!"

(Facebook) Lus -Petit cadeau de fin d'année et de fin de répétition avec "Wednes" de Lusk !! Rendez vous en 2018 en live

Petit cadeau de fin d'année et de fin de répétition avec "Wednes" de Lusk !! Rendez vous en 2018 en live !
Little end of year and end of rehearsal with "Wednes" from Lusk!! See you in 2018 live!

Lusk offre la fusion atypique d'un répertoire d'influence balkanique et d'instruments venus d'un tout autre horizon.

Alan Leteneur (trompette) 
Marguerite Lersteau (nyckelharpa, chant)
David Sévérac (vielle à roue)
Guillaume Valette (percussions)

Lusk - Facebook

waiting for more info on these guys!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hurdy-gurdy in the Noh theater | Tokyo, Japan

Dave Dogface Kawamura, Katsuhiko Makino, Masashi Kuno and Liu Suzuki.
We play hurdygurdys on Nou stage, which is Japanese historical and traditional acting stage. Last year, I played HG solo. But this time, we played with 4 Japanese HG players! The performace is the quite first time on Japanese history.On March in next year, we play again on this place.And at the time, we use my portatif organ on the stage with HGs.You feel some differance from our performance, but the time ,when Nou was established on Japan, is same time when it was on the mid of Renaissance in Europe.

Katsuhiko Makino (facebook)

This is a set of photos in the noh stage the other day.
I was only one last year, but this time it was a luxury of 4 Hurdy Gurdies.
It was a 20-minute performance, but it was very thick and received from customers.
There is a noh stage in March next year, but at this time I will take an organ pipe from home.
This is a noh stage.
We are very excited to collaborate with unprecedented history.
The Photo was Kenji Osugi.

see also: Hurdy Gurdy Weekly • #HGWeekly: #hurdygurdy in #Japan :: Katsuhiko Makino | 先日、人生初の能舞台での演奏を行ってきました。

Noh stage, Wikipedia
Noh ( )—derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent"—is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan'ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art that is still regularly performed today. Traditionally, a Noh program includes five Noh plays with comedic kyōgen plays in between; an abbreviated program of two Noh plays and one kyōgen piece has become common in Nohpresentations today. An okina (翁) play may be presented in the very beginning especially during New Years, holidays, and other special occasions.

 together with Kyōgen is part of Nōgaku theatre.

Noh is often based on tales from traditional literature with a supernatural being transformed into human form as a hero narrating a story. Noh integrates masks, costumes and various props in a dance-based performance, requiring highly trained actors and musicians. Emotions are primarily conveyed by stylized conventional gestures while the iconic masks represent the roles such as ghosts, women, children, and the elderly. Written in ancient Japanese language, the text "vividly describes the ordinary people of the twelfth to sixteenth centuries". Having a strong emphasis on tradition rather than innovation, Noh is extremely codified and regulated by the iemoto system.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Workshopweekend 15 April 2018 | Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak (NL)

Jaarlijks organiseert Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak een weekend voor beginners, halfgevorderden en gevorderde spelers. Bij de deelname aan de workshops zijn natuurlijk de kosten van overnachting (in 4-6 persoonskamers) en verblijf (lunch, warme maaltijd, ontbijt, en koffie en thee tussendoor) inbegrepen.
Overdag zijn er cursussen, 's avonds muziek en optredens. Op dit moment zijn we nog bezig met de voorbereidingen voor het weekend in 2018.  (ENGLISH BELOW*)

* google translate –
Every year, the Draailier and Doedelzak Foundation organizes a weekend for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. The participation in the workshops includes of course the costs of accommodation (in 4-6 persons) and accommodation (lunch, hot meal, breakfast, and coffee and tea in between).
During the day there are courses, evening music and performances. At this moment we are still preparing for the weekend in 2018.

Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak – Workshops

Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak
The Dutch Hurdy-gurdy and Bagpipes Foundation


#HGWeekly Events page on Facebook

T-shirt: "The Mysterious Function of the Hurdy-Gurdy Explained at Last with Diagrams and Illustrations | Dirty Linen: Designs & Collections on Zazzle

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

40th Spielkurs für Dudelsack und Drehleier – 27. April - 01. Mai 2018 in Germany

(German | English | French)

Dieser Spielkurs wird garantiert zu einem ganz besonderen Erlebnis, denn es ist der 40. Spielkurs (!), und dieses Jubiläum wollen wir mit Euch feiern. Euch erwarten spannende Kurse und natürlich ganz viel Musik und Tanz. Wir haben großartige Bands und tolle Musiker eingeladen, die Euch als erfahrene Referenten begleiten und ihre Erfahrungen mit Euch teilen. Es kommen:


Der Spielkurs bietet ein vielfältiges Kursangebot, das die unterschiedlichen Spielniveaus und Interessen berücksichtigen (ENGLISH BELOW*):
• Dudelsack Fortgeschrittene (Toon van Mierlo)
• Dudelsack Repertoirekurs (Olle Geris)
• Hümmelchen Repertoirekurs "Schwedische" (Richard Pohl)
• Dudelsack für Anfänger (Andrea Hotzko)
• Drehleier Fortgeschrittene (Thierry Nouat)
• Drehleier für Anfänger & leicht Fortgeschritttene (Stefan Straubinger)
• Diatonisches Akkordeon Fortgeschrittene (Aurélien Claranbau)
• Diatonisches Akkordeon Anfänger & leicht Fortgeschrittene (Pascale Rubens)
• Special: Gitarre (Jeroen Geerinck)
• Folk Ensemble (David Faulkner & Steve Turner)
• Ensemble für Kids und Teens, 9-15 Jahre (Jan Budweis)

* ENGLISH (google translate):
Spielkurs offers a varied range of courses that take into account the different levels of play and interests:
• bagpipes advanced (Toon van Mierlo)
• bagpipe repertoire course (Olle Geris)
• Hümmelchen (a type of small bagpipe) repertoire course "Swedish" (Richard Pohl)
• bagpipes for beginners (Andrea Hotzko)
• Hurdy-Gurdy Advanced (Thierry Nouat)
• hurdy-gurdy for beginners & slightly advanced (Stefan Straubinger)
• Diatonic Accordion Advanced (Aurélien Claranbau)
• Diatonic Accordion Beginner & Slightly Advanced (Pascale Rubens)
• Special: Guitar (Jeroen Geerinck)
• Folk Ensemble (David Faulkner & Steve Turner)
• Ensemble for kids and teens, 9-15 years (Jan Budweis)

This Anniversary Edition will be one of the highlights of the year 2018! We want to celebrate this 40th Spielkurs with you and we've invited great bands like: NOVAR, NARAGONIA, Duo FAULKNER-TURNER, JULI AND JAN, Olle GERIS, Stefan STRAUBINGER

You can choose from a wide range of different workshops for different levels. Don't miss the date!
Le Spielkurs fête son anniversaire! Nous vous invitons à cette 40eme édition de stage.
Il y a comme toujours des super ateliers pour cornemuses, vielle à roue, accordéon diatonique, ensemble et aussi pour guitare. Nous avons une équipe exceptionnelle avec des groupes:
A ne pas rater !

Spielkurs für Dudelsack und Drehleier - Facebook

Facebook event page

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


An accurately built, very loud and nice instrument for travellers, beginners and early music players!

"I was basically inspired by Gaudenzio Ferrari’s monumental fresco. Among the 116 angels he depicted there is one hurdy-gurdy player with a very rare form of the instrument. This “ghironda angelico” looks like a small organistrum with a renaissance keyboard. My aim was to make a perfect renaissance hurdy-gurdy ornamented with the authentic period patterns and build with the best playable components…"

Renaissance hurdy gurdy inspired by Jacques Callot’s drawing of the “Capitano di Baroni” (captain of the barony) from 1622.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

▶ Review of the Kerboeuf hurdy gurdy called 'Vielle Rouge' - Ilona Tychon

Photo courtesy Michael de Ronde

Review of the Kerboeuf hurdy gurdy called 'Vielle Rouge' - YouTube
Published on Nov 16, 2017
Hello everybody,
This is a quick homemade review of my luteback hurdy gurdy by Kerboeuf (France) called the Vielle Rouge. I hope this is usefull while deciding which builder, strings, tunings etc for your own hurdy gurdy. I can really recommend Bernard and Audren Kerboeuf.
If you have any questions, find me on Facebook Ilona Tychon Vielle Rouge or send me an email, and I'll get back to you.
Love Ilona

Saturday, October 28, 2017

▶ Soñj - Teaser Souvigny 2017 | new album

Soñj - Teaser Souvigny 2017 - YouTube
Published on Oct 26, 2017
Musique : Soñj - Nouvel Album 2017 "Oriental Express"
Prises de vues : Julie Siboni

Il s'est fait désirer , le voilà, tout frais , tout beau, le petit dernier de Soñj !
Bientôt en écoute sur Deezer et Bandcamp !!
Pour pouvoir vous offrir la galette, envoyez nous un mail dans un premier temps sur
Un formulaire de commande sera bientôt disponible sur le site internet.
He's been wanting, and there he is, fresh, handsome, the last of soñj!
Soon listening on deezer and bandcamp!!
To be able to offer you the cake, send us a first-time email on
An order form will soon be available on the website.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

▶ Vals de Xesús Espido | Oscar Fernández

Vals de Xesús Espido - YouTube
Published on Oct 5, 2017 by Oscar Fernandez
Aparece como Xota de Albite en varias recopilacións, aquí está tocada a tempo de Vals. Peza do Repertorio de Xesús Espido, gaiteiro de Albite, Vilasantar.
Esta peza aprendeuma Mateo Martinez unha tarde do inverno pasado.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

▶ How To Play: Gurdy's Green (Hurdy Gurdy Tutorial) | Patty Gurdy

How To Play: Gurdy's Green (Hurdy Gurdy Tutorial) - YouTube
Published on Sep 27, 2017 by Patty Gurdy
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This instrument is called "hurdy gurdy" and has its roots in the medieval times. It works like a mechanical violin with a wheel bow, that can play bass, melody and rhythm all at once. This song is recorded using ONLY the hurdy gurdy and we're playing the main melody part here!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Andrey Vinogradov​ in concert :: October 4, Moscow

MOSCOW – October 4 (Wednesday) at 20:00 in the book club-store "Hyperion" - a concert by Andrey Vinogradov​, a master of European wheel lyre hurdy-gurdy.

4 октября (среда) в 20:00 в книжном клубе-магазине "Гиперион" — концерт Андрея Виноградова, мастера европейской колёсной лиры hurdy-gurdy.

Концерт Андрея Виноградова (hurdy-gurdy) / События на

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Zaterdagcursus 2017-2018 :: 18 NOV – 26 MAY; Zeist, Nederland

Elk jaar biedt Stichting Draailier En Doedelzak een cursusreeks aan, zowel voor beginners als voor (half)gevorderden. Daarnaast zijn er samenspelgroepen waarbij alle instrumenten welkom zijn.
Op dit moment werken we aan het programma... maar de data zijn alvast bekend!

Geen instrument? Geen probleem!
Wij hebben een aantal huurinstrumenten.

*** Data en tijden ***
Cursisten hebben van november tot en mei één zaterdag per maand les in Zeist (naast Utrecht) . De cursusdagen starten om 13.00 en duren tot 17:00 en vinden plaats op de volgende zaterdagen:
• 18-nov
• 16-dec 
• 13-jan
• 10-feb 
• 24-mrt
• 21-apr
• 26-mei

*** Inschrijven ***
De inschrijving is nog gesloten... deze start in augustus of september via

(Facebook) Zaterdagcursus 2017-2018

20th Audlem Bagpipe and Hurdy-Gurdy Day :: 11 NOV, Audlem Wharf, Shropshire St, CW3 0 Audlem, UK

Curso AIZ Casavieja , Otoño 2017 :: 3 to 5 November, Casavieja, Spain

OTOÑO 2017 - 3, 4 Y 5 DE NOVIEMBRE

Impartido por Marc Egea 
Impartido por Peter Hedlund
Se puede asistir con violin.
Impartido por Paloma Guitierrez del Arroyo
Impartido por Efrén Lopez

Los cursos se impartirán en la Granja Escuela de Casavieja (Ávila).
La recepción de alumnos será el viernes 3 a partir de las 18:00 h.
En el precio está incluido el alojamiento y comidas en el mismo albergue.
El precio para acompañantes no asistentes a los cursos es de 80 Euros.
Para los interesados en hacer los cursos de zanfona que no dispongan de instrumento, podemos facilitarle uno para el curso.
Para hacer la reserva hay que ingresar 50 euros en la cuenta abajo citada.

Curso de zanfona ...............200 €
Curso de Nyckelharpa .........200 €
Curso de Canto....................200 €
Curso de musica modal...... 200€

Información y reserva de Plazas
Jesús Reolid 687 59 60 41,

Forma de Pago:
Ingreso en la cuenta La Caixa ES34 2100 4844 1822 0002 4567

Boletin de inscripción

(Facebook) Curso AIZ Casavieja , otoño 2017

Lissberger Leierkurse 19 SEPT - 1 OCT; Lißberg, Hessen, Germany

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5 Reasons NOT to buy a Hurdy Gurdy

5 Reasons NOT to buy a Hurdy Gurdy - YouTube

"The Captain tells you why you should not play a hurdy gurdy. If you still want one, well, be my guest."
DISCLAIMER: It may contain Piracy.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

mostly offline following surgery on infected finger

I was in the hospital for a few days for surgery on and treatment of an infected finger - amazingly bad stuff from a simple blister... and I still have all my fingers!
"I should be back in a few days"

>>> about 1/2 of the skin has been removed from my middle right-hand finger due to a serious infection. it started out as a simple blister, but in 2 days i was seeing a doctor; at 3 days i was at the ER with red streaks up onto to my bicep; transferred to hospital in Napa for assessment by hand surgeon; 18 hours of IV antibiotics then surgery (not sure how long since i was totally sedated). 2 more days of IV antibiotics; sent home yesterday; now just laying low…. one-handed typing! … anyway, i see the doc tomorrow and am supposed to get hooked up with local wound care clinic. 

i am curious to see how long to grow back skin. fortunately the bottom layer of skin was able to be saved so no grafts needed (so far) - hopefully smooth sailing.

i am home now, laying low

follow this link if you want to see pics of the damage –
what next: mostly offline following surgery on infected finger