Hurdy-gurdy climbing rose
Photo by Judy Pineda, 1996
- Links - Web pages with hurdy-gurdy information and
- Players - Pages of hurdy-gurdy players and their
- Art - Hurdy-gurdy art and graphics available on the Web.
- Descriptions - Usually single pages or paragraphs describing
- Music Sources - Shops and companies that carry hurdy-gurdy
- Non-Hurdy-gurdy Links - Web pages that we like, but
may not be related to the hurdy-gurdy.
- Lost in cyberspace - Pages that went away, and we
mourn their passing
- The New Zealand Hurdy
Gurdy Page by Greg Whitcomb. There are some very nice pictures of several
instruments that Greg constructed and is working on. Greg also maintains a
builder's log of vielles
he is building, which is very cool.
- La Pagina Della Ghironda
by Marcello Bono. In Italian, and being updated with English. It's well worth
the trip even if you don't read the language - especially check the extensive
discography, and the pictures of Marcello's fine instruments. Marcello wrote
a book (see the bibliography) on the instrument, and is an excellent
baroque style player.
Sons et couleurs by Ruprecht Niepold. In French. The most extensive site
in French we've ever seen, with sound sample of Gilles Chabenet, clickable
map showing the parts of the vielle, an extensive photo gallery, art gallery,
bibliography, and a short directory of famous vielle makers.
- Olympic Musical Instruments by Alden and Cali
Hackmann (who sponsor this site). In English. Pictures and descriptions of
the instruments we make, and a profile of the company.
- St. Chartier Festival In French
and English. This is the hurdy-gurdy festival, held in July in France.
There are photos from previous years, and the program for the the upcoming
- The Over the Water Hurdy-gurdy Festival
- the source of information about the largest hurdy-gurdy festival and workshop
in North America.
- Fête de la Vielle et Cornemuse
by Aron Garceau. In English. As of 2005, this event is on hiatus. It was an
annual hurdy-gurdy event of French and Breton music, in May, in the state
of Vermont. This event was founded by pipemaker Michael Mac Harg and Giséle
Mac Harg. Giséle is a hurdy-gurdy player and French teacher.
- Stichting Draailier
& Doedelzak in Dutch. "Draailier" is the Dutch name for the
hurdy-gurdy, while "Doedelzak" is the word for bagpipe. There used
to be an English-language version, which may reappear when the site reconstruction
- Hurdy-gurdy Page
by Matt Szostak. There is an illustration showing the parts of the hurdy-gurdy,
some sound samples in various formats, and photos of Matt's instruments.
- Asociación Ibérica de la
Zanfona; in Spanish. There are links to the A.I.Z concert listings and
mission statement, and to the page of luthier Jésus Reolid, shown working
on a zanfona. Thanks to Wenceslao Martínez Calonge for recommending
- La vielle à
roue by Xavier Aimé. In French. This page concentrates on the French
hurdy-gurdy style seen in the Vendée region, which is also addressed
in a book by Laurent Tixier, who is credited
with assisting on this site. There are numerous pictures, many of which haven't
Dulcimer & Irish harp by Angelo Saroglia. In English. Angelo has a number
of photos and sound files.
- Jan Winter
is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist and author. In English and quite a bit
- A Hurdy-Gurdy Building
Diary by Nick Nourse. In English. This is Nick's excellent documentation
of the process of building a Bosch style instrument from Marcello Bono's plans.
- Balázs Nagy and Táltos Ensemble
pages have some nice photos of Balázs, his shop where he builds the
tekerõlant (Hungarian style hurdy-gurdy), and the instruments. The
ensemble page has several sound samples of Hungarian folk music.
- A Brief History of the Hurdy-Gurdy
by Astra Thor, maintained by Lark in the Morning.
- Hurdy-Gurdy Adjustment
by S.R. Kelley, maintained by Lark in the Morning. (Some of this information
is useful, some we strongly disagree with - never, absolutely never
use a fingernail to remove rosin from the wheel! You'll be really sorry
if you do!)
- The Gaita Makers
Page by Manuel Carro includes a zanfona maker, Xaime Rivas,
and some photos of his instruments. The zanfona is a Spanish
This is a sampling of pages of just a few hurdy-gurdy players and some of
the bands they play in, in alphabetical order by player or band name. A more
comprehensive listing of players and bands can be found in the discography
Marc Anthony of Tenárez, holding a black lacquered vielle by Denis
- Dragonsfly - the
home page for this British band with hurdy-gurdy by Duncan Moss, formerly
of Shave the Monkey.
with Anne Marie Summers and Steve Tyler, specializing in early and medieval
- Hieronymous Bosch's The Garden
of Earthly Delights, showing the panel of the triptych which portrays
A hurdy-gurdy is prominently featured; you can draw your own conclusions.
Thanks to the University of Athens for the image, and to the Prado for allowing
them to use it. I borrowed a portion of the WebMuseum's higher-quality image
listed below to make detail of the hurdy-gurdy (135K),
which also includes some commentary on the instrument and the context in which
it is shown. The Athens scan is brighter, I think. There are short biographies
of Bosch available from
Athens and 3D research.
There was also a print article about Bosch in the Smithsonian
several years ago (about 1990?), which explained some of the imagery. I misplaced
our copy - if you have this issue, we'd like to hear from you to arrange getting
The Fiddler and Hurdy-gurdy Boy print from 1660 by Adriaen
Van Ostade, from the University of Michigan Museum of Art. A
larger image of the print may help to see the little boy with the hurdy-gurdy.
- There was an exhibition of the art of George de la Tour,
who painted several pictures of hurdy-gurdy players. The exhibit was at the
National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort
Worth, Texas in 1997. The exhibit catalog
is very nice, showing a number of La Tour's paintings of hurdy-gurdy players.
There was also a feature on the exhibit in the December 1996 issue of the
These are organizations that carry hurdy-gurdy recordings.
MHN Instrument Encyclopedia listing, created by the CHICO Musical Heritage
Network. This is a nice short history.
Virtual Renaissance listing, which has some photos. They credit our site
(hurdygurdy.com) with providing the audio clips, but they're not ours.
If you know where any of these sites are now, please contact us.
- la vielle a roue In French. At first glance it appears to be a small
site, but each link has several levels of information underneath, all excellent.
There are extensive high-quality photos of a number of instruments, extensive
text about the history of the vielle, and reproductions of historical sources.
Sponsored by La Viellée Limousine, a non-profit folklore group supporting
folk music in the Limousine region of France. (Thanks to Pierre Mosnay for
pointing out this site to us.)
- La Ghironda by Riccardo Riccardi. In Italian. Graphically very interesting,
and fun to explore even without reading Italian. Don't miss the page of iconography
with the wallpaper of the organistrum players from the Portica de la Gloria.
- Hurdy-gurdy WWW Page by Mauro Ravera. In English. Mauro has a nice
collection of information, links to other pages, and a very nice listing of
many of the names of the hurdy-gurdy in different languages, complete with
the flags of the country.
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