60 Minutes (+/-) of Relaxing Nyckelharpa and Hurdy Gurdy Music

I was joined by Nyckelharpa player Claire Sweeney, of Morgantown, WV, a week and a half ago. She volunteered to help me play some tunes as a special event for a retreat I was leading.

A few members of the Hurdy Gurdy Community have asked for sheet music for the tunes we played. Many of these tunes are traditional Irish tunes. Some of the others are compositions from other hurdy gurdy players, as well as myself and Claire.

Below is a list of the available sheet music for these tunes. The others, we either never wrote out after we composed them, or we learned them by ear.

Inisheer – https://thesession.org/tunes/211
Attfield’s Lament – https://ashevillemandolin.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/attfields-lament.pdf
Farewell to Glasgow – https://thesession.org/tunes/1415
Return from Fingal – https://thesession.org/tunes/851
Monaghan Jig – https://thesession.org/tunes/67
Muireann’s – https://thesession.org/tunes/1902
Midnight on the Sea –
Deep Time –

Trip to Pakistan – https://thesession.org/tunes/112

Enjoy, and send us your performances of the tunes. We’d love to hear them.

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. https://www.zanfoneando.com/hurdy-gurdy-online-lessons/

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…)

Video –

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.  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2038441566425103/2154206864848572/)

Featured Music
Mike Smith – Tea in the Morning – https://www.youtube.com/user/gurdymike/videos
Bube Dame König – Heideförsterlied – https://www.youtube.com/c/neuevolkslieder/videos
Zirp – La Toupie https://www.facebook.com/zirpmusic/

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): https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=253636805535079