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GIG: Hurdy Gurdy and Bagpipes – Concert and Dance

Saturday 19 Feb 8pm–11pm, 2022


Please book in the new year.

  • £12 - Adults
  • £6 - Concessions

This gig is likely to sell out. So you will need to buy your ticket in advance.

Ticket sales for this gig are currently suspended and more tickets will be available in the new year.

Join us for one of the loudest and most popular nights of the Halsway Calendar. An evening of pipes and gurdy performances from the tutors on our pipes and gurdies weekend.  With music and dance.


Andrea Hotzko has been teaching bagpipes for 20 years and is highly experienced in all levels of playing.  She has founded her own piping school in Berlin and is also the founder and director of the German workshop festival “Spielkurs”.

At the age of 8 she started her career in the world of music with a classical clarinet education. Andrea has an MA in musicology with a focus on French baroque opera and is still researching about the music landscape in the time of Michael Praetorius.

In 2016 Andrea received the RUTH Award (German folk music award) for her work in the German folk scene, her commitment to promoting young talent and networking with international artists. In 2019 she was the first German bagpipe player who was invited to be a member of the jury of the renowned “Maîtres Sonneures” competition at the Le Son Continu Festival. Andrea has been playing at the Societé Fraternelle des Cornemuses du Center for many years, currently in duo with melodeon player Benoît Vignaud, in the Berlin trio Juli And Jan, and she has been a studio and guest musician with various bands, including: Blowzabella, Naragonia, Carlos Nunez, German indie-rock band Madsen.

David Faulkner has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus, and performs regularly as a duet with accordionist Steve Turner. He has toured in Europe, Canada and America. He has led many pipe courses in the UK and abroad and has worked as a community musician for nearly 20 years.

Gurdy Players

Johannes Geworkian Hellman (SE) With the hurdy-gurdy as his voice, Johannes has become known as a passionate musician and artist who loves to share his music with the audience. He is known for his emotional and captivating live performances whether playing solo or together with his ensembles Symbio and Garizim, among others. Johannes studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (SE) and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (FI). He studied the hurdy-gurdy together with Matthias Loibner, Valentin Clastrier and Romain Baudoin among others. More about Johannes at: www.johannesgeworkianhellman.com

Cecile Delrue-Birot (France) began playing Hurdy Gurdy in 1998 with Patrice Gilbert in Cric Crac Compagnie. She also learned in many workshops with Gilles Chabenat, Grégory Jolivet, Anne-Lise Foy, Marc Anthony… In 2015 she was awarded a degree in musics from auvergne and limousin in the Conservatoire of Limoges, where she also studied violin with Philippe Ancelin. She continued her studies at the CEFEDEM of Lyon to qualify as a music teacher. She now plays in Maralha (violin and songs from auvergne-limousin), Bresièr (music from auvergne and brionnais), Torgnole (noise music), Les Sœurs Michel (« et Trululu voilà l’beau temps »), Tazon (chabrette and violin).

Scott Marshall (England) has been playing hurdy-gurdy since 2005. He has been a regular festival and workshop tutor for the last decade. In 2017 he recorded his first solo album Gurdymania, followed in 2018 by Gurdymania 2, using multiple hurdy-gurdies and effects units. He is currently recording the third and final Gurdymania album before moving onto new folk and metal projects. He will be teaching the beginners class at Halsway focusing on good habits, solid playing skills and creating musical exercises for practice.