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

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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

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"