Nigel Eaton, a Stolen Hurdy Gurdy, Unledded, Muses and More – Season 1 Finale

This podcast was released at November 30, 2020 at 4:30 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly Full. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)
Our guest today is Nigel Eaton.



Featured Music – by Nigel –
1986 Synth Pop Experimentation Devil Dance
Kate at the Gate from the Album Panic at the Café
The Duelists Track #3 from the Album the Duelists
Laride – from the 1995 VH1 Interview
1. How does one recover a stolen Hurdy Gurdy?
2. How does the double keyboard work on a Hurdy Gurdy?
3. How did you get so good? 
4. How old were you when you started playing?
5. Were you self taught?
6. Did Nigel Eaton build his first Hurdy Gurdy?
7. And you started playing because your dad got tired from his job?
8. What projects were you involved in up until 1994? 
9. How did you get the gig playing hurdy gurdy with Page and Plant on Unledded?
10. Were you given free range in composing your parts for Unledded? How did you approach that?
11. How did it effect your career?
12. What project or work are you most proud of? 
13. Who were your most influential hurdy gurdy players growing up?
14. (From Scott Marshall) As a God of Hurdy Gurdy and the son of a legendary luthier, how do you see the current scene?
15. Any advice for new players?
16. Anything you’d like to see happen for the hurdy gurdy players and music of the future?  Anything you’d like to see go differently?

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 1 Episode 1 with Sergio Gonzalez

This podcast was chosen to launch on July 20th, 2020 around 1:35 PM Eastern Time Zone to coincide with the near perfect new Moon. (For show notes, scroll down down down…)

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The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 1 Episode 1- Show Notes

What does Sergio Gonzalez have to say about:
What is the Hurdy Gurdy all about? (Where’s the air?)
What is the Organistrum?
A very brief history of the Hurdy Gurdy.
What is Avant Garde Hurdy Gurdy?
What’s going on with “Coil – La Loco, Paris, France (2004-05-23)”?
Who is Marc Egea?
Who is Efren Lopez?
What does Jimmy Page have to do with the hurdy gurdy?
Does Nigel Eaton like being considered a rock star?
Why is the hurdy gurdy gaining so much popularity?
What is “Easy Listening Gurdy”?
What is the Cretan Lyra?

Featured Music

Tobie Miller – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, track #8 from the Bach Solo Album

Nigel Eaton – Three Sharks, Track #7 from the Pandaemonium Album
With Andy Cutting, Paul James, Mark Davies, Julie Murphy, and Becky Price

Cliff Stapleton – The Almond and the Olive – From the Bath Folk Festival in 2011.

Questions Answered

What is the best approach to learning the Hurdy Gurdy?
How do you make the most out of a mid to low range hurdy gurdy instrument?
What is an HGSO? (It’s not a hurdy gurdy.)
What is a Nerdy Gurdy? –
How about Gordiy Starukh or Robert Mandel as Hurdy Gurdy builders?
Do hurdy gurdy’s use air to make sounds, or is that just a lyra organizzata?
How does the hurdy gurdy actually make sounds?
Is a Hurdy Gurdy and a wheel fiddle the same thing?
What is an Infinite Violin Bow?!?!
Why doesn’t my hurdy gurdy sound very good?
What should one expect when ordering or buying a new hurdy gurdy?
What should I know about Marco Gammara or ELZ Guitars?

Thanks for being with us Sergio Gonzalez. Learn more about what Sergio is up to at: