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?

Pagans, Metal and the Hurdy Gurdy – Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 1 Episode 5

This podcast was released at Sept. 17, 2020 at 7:00 am Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly new. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)

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Introducing Sam Riffle, moderator of the Hurdy Gurdy Community on Facebook. If you really want to make a good decision about buying and playing the Hurdy Gurdy, join this group first.  (

Featured Music
Mike Smith – Tea in the Morning –
Bube Dame König – Heideförsterlied –
Zirp – La Toupie

Sam’s background
-Mittelalterrock (medieval rock) scene in Germany – bands like Subway to Sally, In Extremo, Schandmaul
-Pagan metal bands (Arkona, Eluveitie) 
-Sam’s hurdy-gurdy teachers – Silke Reichmann de Salas (daugher of Frankfurt-based luthier Kurt Reichmann), Simon Wascher (Austria)
-Renting a hurdy gurdy
-Repetitive stress injuries (don’t play for 8 hours a day!)
-Eluveitie forum, forum meetup, meeting Anna Murphy 
-Advice on buying a gurdy from Anna Murphy, Stephan Groth, Alexis Vacher
-Helpful hurdy-gurdy players

-Visit to LSC in 2012 – Gotschy (Alexandra Betz), Neil Brook, Sebastian Hilsmann
-Beginner instruments, how many melody strings, pressure on the fingers
-Swapping out melody strings, experimenting

-Mike Smith – YouTube tune collection, good player, good gurdies, paintings

Hurdy Gurdy Community – origins, documentation, limitations
-The hurdy gurdy & patience
-Situation in the US
-HCG website in the works – articles, FAQs, profiles/info from experts, make info public and visible
-Spanish podcast?

Hurdy gurdy & metal
-Eluveitie & Anna Murphy, Cellar Darling
-Apocalypse Orchestra
-Corvus Corax & medieval rock
-Sangre de Muerdago & Antlers
-Afsky – Danish black metal with hurdy gurdy track
-Shredding on the gurdy, why a fully-loaded gurdy might make sense
-Michalina’s tutorials for the latest Eluveitie tracks
-Lack of dynamics in most metal bands using gurdy – lost in the mix
-Build metal around a gurdy, don’t just add gurdy

Zirp, Liederlicher Unfug – Stephan Groth
5-4-O Video (new track):