Hurdy Gurdy Innovations, Sound and Fire – w/Wolfgang Weichselbaumer – HGC Season 2 Finale

This podcast was released on July 9th, 2021 at 9:16 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly new.


The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 2 Episode 10 Podcast
Season Finale

Wolfgang Weichselbaumer
Featured Music

  1. Uzh Kak Po Mostu, Mostochiku. Hurdy-Gurdy Solo – Andrey Vinogradov
  2. Germán Díaz – Nimboestrato
  3. Valentin Clastrier, Et la Roue de la Vie by Duo Clastrier-Kamperman (PAN 2015)
  4. F. J. Haydn – Concerto for 2 lire organizzate in C [Hob.VII h:1]
  5. Tobie Miller, Matthias Loibner and Thierry Nouat

When, why and how did Wolfgang start building hurdy gurdies?
What was the first instrument Wolfgang built?
Where did Wolfgang’s instrument’s sound come from?
Did Wolfgang study anything before building instruments?
How did people react to the sound the sound of Wolfgang’s first instruments?
Did Wolfgang know he was going to have the impact he has on the instrument?
What hurdy gurdy related inventions is Wolfgang responsible for?
What is the material of Wolfgang’s synthetic wheel?
Are instruments by Wolfgang Weichselbaumer good for beginners?
What is the most difficult aspect of building a hurdy gurdy?
How did Valentin Clastrier feel about Wolfgang’s instruments?
What hobbies does Wolfgang have?
What is the relationship of the player to the instrument?
Does Wolfgang have hurdy gurdy apprentices?
How many instruments has Wolfgang built over the years?
Does the number of strings on a hurdy gurdy effect the sound?
Do 3 strings on the hurdy gurdy give the perfect sound?
What musicians or luthiers inspires Wolfgang?

Special thanks to Sergio Gonzalez, for all of his support through these two seasons!

An Operatic Wine Cellar Darling HGCS2E8 with Anna Murphy

This podcast was released on June 24th, 2021 at 2:40 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly full.



Questions we likely asked Anna:

What is it likely getting lessons with Efren Lopez?

How did Anna Murphy discover the hurdy gurdy?

Does Anna Murphy enjoy being on stage?

What was the best/worst moments playing live?

When do mechanics work in Belgium?

Which hurdy gurdies does Anna Murphy play?

Is superglue good for a hurdy gurdy?

What does opera have to do with Anna’s music?

What are Anna’s hobbies?

What are some tips on recording a hurdy gurdy?

Featured Music

[EAR] Efrén López / Adrián Perales / Raül Bonell. Baiduska

Hurdy Gurdy – Tok jöns


Special thanks to Sergio Gonzalez, the Hurdy Gurdy Player:

Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast S2E8 – Guitar Pedals and Middle Eastern Influences

This podcast was released on June 10th, 2021 at 6:50 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly new (and there is an eclipse). (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)



Ruben Monteiro

Featured Music

Albaluna | Palimpsestus…

KUKERI | Starceska Râčenica…

Ruben Monteiro | Lauranitza…


How did Vikings influence Ruben’s playing?

Can you play heavy metal on a bouzouki?

What does Fate have to do with Sergio and Ruben?

Who is the Hurdy Gurdy Geek?

How important is the brother and sisterhood of the Hurdy Gurdy?

What are the best guitar pedals for hurdy gurdy?

How does a Wah Pedal work on the hurdy gurdy?

What is the best phaser for a hurdy gurdy?

What is the best boost pedal for the hurdy gurdy?

Should you use a vocal processor on a hurdy gurdy?

What is the best octaver for a hurdy gurdy?

Is it hard to play with another hurdy gurdy player?

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast S2E7 – German Diaz – Método Cardiofónico and Robots

This podcast was released on May 26th, 2021 at 7:14 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly full. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

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Featured Music
Valentin Clastrier – Comme Dans un Train pour une Etoile
Matthias Loibner – Mooreiche | Po prostu… Filharmonia!
Romance De Don Gaiferos · Faustino Santalices
El suéter de Claudia. Germán Díaz.


How did Sergio and German meet?
What was the inspiration from Método Cardiofónico?
When did German start playing Hurdy Gurdy?
Do you remember the first time you heard the Hurdy Gurdy?
Why is Galicia so important for the hurdy gurdy?
Where can you go to make a hurdy gurdy?
What hobbies does German Diaz?
Who are German Diaz favorite players?
What about children learning the hurdy gurdy?
What was German Diaz’s favorite project to participate in?
How are robots and hurdy gurdies related?
What is advice for people just starting the hurdy gurdy?

Who was Faustino Santalices?

Tobie Miller – Early Music, Who is the Goddess of Hurdy Gurdy, and Metronomes

This podcast was released at May 11th, 2021 at 2:59 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly new. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)



Tobie Miller

One of the only hurdy gurdy players to come to the instrument through early music, she is recognized as a virtuoso of the baroque hurdy gurdy, and performs in various formations, including in duo with the Austrian hurdy gurdy player, Matthias Loibner, as well as with well- known conductors such as Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin, and Wieland Kuijken.

Featured Music –

La dupuits: Première partie (Prélude) Ensemble Danguy (Don Gee) · Tobie Miller

Le Printems ou Les Saisons amusantes, Op. 8: III. La Moisson (Allegro) · Ensemble Danguy · Tobie Miller

Redstorm – Gregory Jolivet

Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau – Tobie Miller

Questions we likely asked Tobie Miller:

How did you discover the Hurdy Gurdy?

Why is it important to start in the French Classical style on the gurdy?

Tell us about your projects. What kind of music projects are you engaged in for those who don’t know.

Which goddess invented the hurdy gurdy?

What kinds of gurdies do you play?

Can we get funding for studying “Your brain on the Hurdy Gurdy”?

How does one go about learning and playing “early music” as you do?

What are some good historical methods of learning and playing the hurdy gurdy?

What was your favorite project you’ve been involved in and why?

Who are your top 3-5 players that you admire and that inspire you?

How can a metronome make us happier and healthier?

Which early music instruments were too provocative for women to play?

If someone wants to play and get that same sound like you, how would you advise they do it?

Claire Dugue on Hurdy Gurdy Building and Exoskeletons – HGCS2E5

This podcast was released at April 26th, 2021 at 11:31 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly Full. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

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Podcast Audio –

Claire Dugue on Hurdy Gurdy Building and Exoskeletons – HGCS2E5

Featured Music

“Folhas Cintilantes” from Matthias Loibner

“Ouvrez la Porte “ F.Paris & G.Chabenat

“Longa Farhafsa” played by German Diaz and Pascal Lefeuvre.

Topics Covered

How did you first learn about Hurdy Gurdy?

How did you learn to build Hurdy Gurdies?

What made you decided to start building?

How long have you been building?

How do you approach building?

Were you inspired by any particular builders?

Do all the hurdy gurdy makers in the UK hang out?

Who needs more trompettes?

What model hurdy gurdy does Claire Dugue offer?

What’s the deal with the exoskeleton on the Gurdies?

What special electronics can go into a Dugue Hurdy Gurdy?

What’s the best part of being a Hurdy Gurdy builder?

What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn to build a hurdy gurdy?

What was the hardest part about learning to build a hurdy gurdy?

What are some general maintenance tips and strategies you recommend for keeping gurdies sounding good.

What machinery is needed to build a good hurdy gurdy?

What is the best kind of luthier to take your hurdy gurdy to for repairs, if you don’t have access to a hurdy gurdy luthier?

How much does humidity effect a hurdy gurdy?

For more information about Claire’s work please visit:

Hurdy Gurdy Salvage, Effect Pedals, and Trompette Mastery – HGCS2E4 – with Brian McCoy

This podcast was released at April 11th, 2021 at 10:30 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly New. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

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Podcast Audio –

Hurdy Gurdy Café Season 2 Episode 4 – Notes
Brian McCoy
Featured Music – 
#1 – Tears No More – Matthias Loibner 
#2 – Cosmic Drone – Califat 
#3 – Seaphone –  Little Boy also

1) What’s the source of Brian McCoy’s right hand trompette skill?
2) Are Altarwind Hurdy Gurdy’s scary?
3) What is a good beginner’s hurdy gurdy?
4) What is hurdy gurdy shaming?  19:14 Sergio video
5) Is a Gallopin Gurdy salvageable?
6) How do hurdy gurdies and Legos relate?
7) What does a Gallopin Gurdy sound like with reverb, phaser, bass boost and a compressor (not in that order)?
8) What is the importance of setting up your hurdy gurdy well?
9) Can you use too many effects on the Hurdy Gurdy?
10) Are guitar pedals better than computer processing for a hurdy gurdy?
11) What is hurdy gurdy tapping?
12) What are the best pickups or amplification devices on a hurdy gurdy to use guitar pedals or other effects?
13) How do you shape and contour the sounds that come out of your gurdy?
14) How does developing muscle memory impact one’s ability to play the hurdy gurdy?
15) How does meditation and anger impact one’s ability to trompette well?
16) What secrets are there to practicing the trompette?
17) How do drums relate to the trompet/chien?
18) How does wheel size affect playing the hurdy gurdy?

Thanks again Sergio, for being with us.

Ancient Hurdy Gurdy Broke Hurdy Gurdy – Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 2 Episode 3

This podcast was released at March 28th, 2021 at 2:48 PM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly Full. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

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Featured Music

Le Viellieux – Trigo Migo

Germán Díaz – La topolino amaranto

Sonate VI: Allegro en rondeau · Ensemble Danguy · Tobie Miller

  • Tell us about baroque hurdy gurdies.
  • What instruments have been converted to hurdy gurdies in the olden days?
  • What are the oldest playable hurdy gurdies?
  • What are the hurdy gurdies of the 18th century like?
  • In what century were the best Hurdy Gurdies built?
  • What do ice ages have to do with hurdy gurdies?
  • Guitar shaped or a lute back hurdy gurdy?
  • When were hurdy gurdy capos invented?
  • What is required to restore an ancient hurdy gurdy?
  • How many hurdy gurdies is too many hurdy gurdies?
  • What is a good schedule for maintaining a hurdy gurdy?
  • What are ways to determine the age of an ancient hurdy gurdy?
  • How often should strings be changed on a hurdy gurdy?
  • What can cause problems related to hurdy gurdy intonation?
  • What about 19th century hurdy gurdies?
  • When should a hurdy gurdy be destroyed?
  • How does one distress or relic a hurdy gurdy?
  • What is the best way to learn Baroque hurdy gurdy?
  • What are good Sonatas to learn on the hurdy gurdy?

Thanks again Sergio, for being with us.

Gurdy Mania II – Review

One Simple Man’s Review of Scott Marshall’s Gurdy Mania II

Scott Marshall’s technique on the Hurdy Gurdy is amazingly dexterous, his fingers, hands and arms nimble to the point of flawless performance of the most demanding music written for the instrument. These compositions performed on nine “slightly effected Hurdy Gurdies” by Mr. Marshall could be thought of as poetic pictures portraying the nature of life. All are presented in minor keys, indicating perhaps a preference for a solemn grasp that touches the depths of creation. Aliveness and alertness are clearly shown, but without a silly gaiety that glosses over life’s predominant vulnerability.

The first of the 15 recordings, “Country Dark,” written in half-time, is a drawn-out series of modulating chords with an underlying dominant base possibly capturing the mood of warily walking in pitch-black darkness through a meadow wondering what lies in wait. Yet, it’s as if the music itself surrounds the walker with an all-embracing zone that is safe. The remainder of the pieces feature sounds that seem impossible for a Hurdy Gurdy to make. Indeed, at times I imagined hearing an oboe or other reeds and even a muted brass instead of the instrument’s strings. These fleeting arpeggios of unusual sounds from their source dance around while continuo and chords maintain the rhythm.

One selection begins with the sound of a horse’s gait, which is maintained throughout providing a glimpse of a horse-drawn carriage rolling along at a steady pace. Several of the pieces repeat the same intricate arpeggio pattern, likely a favorite or most adroit of Mr. Marshall’s skill. Another complicated maneuver of Hurdy Gurdy playing that Mr. Marshall has mastered involves quick intermittent reversals of the flywheel to generate a different sound, something akin to breathing in instead of out when playing a harmonica. Even more astounding are the songs in which one melody is playing at the same time as a counter melody. I would love to witness that technique.

The final selection, “Spell of the Space Witch,” easily transports one into the vastness of pulsars, quarks, blackholes, and the other mysteries of space. How the composer/performer manages to eke those sounds out of the Hurdy Gurdy is another technique I want to see. Mr. Marshall’s mastery of Hurdy Gurdy performance ranges from notes sounding alone in utter simplicity to sounds of a church pipe organ with the sforzando toe stud switched on. The artist’s rendering on the album cover may capture something of the music’s wonder. There stands a tree (of life?) in the middle and other trees in the distance, and emerging out of the ground are various forms of vegetation, having worked through the black earth to offer sustenance and beauty to the rest of creation. Asleep in a cocoon of intertwined roots under the tree appears a rodent-type creature. Life’s essence is experienced as it is NOW without any need of hope for anything to be different. All we need is already given, and good or bad, it is of heaven.

j.e. norton – March 8th, 2021

To order Gurdy Mania:

Johannes Geworkian Hellman, the Hurdy Gurdy, Symbio – HGCS2E2

This podcast was released at March 13th, 2021 at 5:21 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly New. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)
Our guest today is: Johannes Geworkian Hellman

Podcast Audio to Download:

Podcast Video:

Featured Music: Symbio – 100 Years of Joy and Sorrow

How does Symbio approach composing music?

What’s the difference between modal or tonal music?

Where did Johannes’ musical journey start?

Is Symbio “Easy Listening” Hurdy Gurdy Music?

Featured Music: A Song for Valentin- Live – Johannes Geworkian Hellman

Is Valentin easy listening?

How did Valentin Clastrier’s hurdy gurdy playing influence Johannes?

Who are Johannes primary hurdy gurdy influences?

What kind of instruments does Johannes play and what are the differences?

What’s the scene like with Symbio?

Is there new music on the way?

When will we hear a Rush hurdy gurdy cover?

Featured Music: Hive – David Lombardi, Johannes Geworkian Hellman, Tad Sargent

Any advice for beginning players?

What are the disadvantages of the hurdy gurdy?

Are there any insights on recording the hurdy gurdy properly?

Featured Music: Symbio “Rising” Live at Manifestgalan, Stockholm – Hurdy-gurdy & accordion

Special thanks to Sergio! Always a pleasure.