The Hurdy-Gurdy


You might have noticed this peculiar instrument feature on a Denez Prigent performance which I linked on my last blog .It was about about Breton music. This instrument is no other than the hurdy-gurdy. A lot will be said about this instrument if you click on the name link. It dates back to the 12th century and has been associated with medieval music. It has however become ‘fashionable ‘among musicians who make World Music. A Loreena McKennit video called The Mummer’s Dance also features the hurdy-gurdy.Now just in case you want to know how it really sounds like as a solo instrument, then check this out.


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