Thursday, September 26, 2013

Henri 3 Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy - Graeme McCormack's Hurdy Gurdy Plans


Free  downloadable Henri 3 Renaissance Hurdy gurdy plans can now be found at:

I have also put together a construction booklet for free download. This will be updated as I find more photos of my build." I'm sure I put them somewhere"
I hope this of some help to prospective gurdy builders.


Graeme Mccormack
"AntiQuated Strings"


Here are [my] drawings for "the Henri 3 Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy". I have modelled it on an existing instrument from Paris circa 1750. The main deviation from the original is that it can play a chromatic 2 octaves, has adjustable bridges and string lifting mechanisms. I have also changed the internal frame to use smaller wood stock. The original has solid end blocks that needed large wood stock to cut them from. There are 10 x A1 size (841mm x 594mm) sheets to this plan. I have written up the making of the Henri 3 Renaissance hurdy gurdy in a pdf booklet. This booklet combined with my plans "blueprints" will allow the construction of a period looking, modern playing hurdy gurdy."

Henri 3 Renaissance Hurdy Gurdy - Graeme McCormack's Hurdy Gurdy Plans

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Paraszta Pé - Brazilian music played on a hurdy gurdy

Pablo (hurdy gurdy) and Danny (percussion) play traditional music from northeastern Brazil, but with a Hungarian twist.

Using a hurdy gurdy to imitate a Brazilian rabeca (fiddle), Paraszta Pé presents a somewhat medieval take on traditional songs and rhythms from Northeastern Brazil. Recorded in Hungary in the summer of 2013, their eponymous debut CD includes a variety of styles, including maracatu, cavalo marinho, and, of course, forró and baião.


released 18 September 2013
Pablo Lerner - hurdy gurdy
Danny Bain - percussion

Recording, Mastering: Leonardo Perez
Mixing: Allan Cuevas
Cover Art: Danny Bain and Melinda Kiss

▶ Paraszta Pé