Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this popular Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance. This course runs alongside the Bagpipes Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Early booking advised.
The weekend is hosted by Claire Dugué, hurdy-gurdy maker and repairer, and she’ll be available to help people get the most out of their instruments with tips for maintenance. She is joined by an elite tutor team of Efren Lopez (Spain), Isabelle Pignol (France) and Scott Marshall (UK).
Efren will work with advanced level students; Isabelle will work with Intermediate gurdy players; and Scott will work with beginners learning to play hurdy gurdy. It is important that when you book you will need to decide which level group you are booking for.
For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire when booking.
Who’s it For?
This course will be for players of the hurdy-gurdy of all ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult) and abilities! You’ll join a tutor for music classes and workshops based on your level of musicianship – advanced, intermediate or beginner. There will be plenty of time to socialise with other participants on the Gurdy and Bagpipe weekend during breaks and in the evenings.
Claire Dugué, a native of France, encountered the hurdy-gurdy in London during her college training as an instrument maker. She was captivated by the instrument and has been making hurdy-gurdies ever since, producing quality instrument for amateur and professionals alike. Claire has now taken over the organisation of the weekend from Paul James and will be hosting the event and be also at hand to help with the technical aspects of setup and maintenance.
Efren Lopez (Spain) is an exceptional multi-instrumentalist and composer specialising in folk and early music from around the world. He has been a part of artistic productions for a myriad of bands as well as singer-songwriters.
Isabelle Pignol (France)
“always in search of the most surprising, massive and turbulent sounds, from the wildest to the wisest“
Scott Marshall (England) has been playing hurdy gurdy since 2005. Soon after he helped to create the UK Gurdy forum and subsequent festivals. In 2017 he recorded his first album Gurdymania, followed in 2018 by Gurdymania 2, using multiple Hurdy-Gurdies and effects units. He will be teaching the beginners class at Halsway focusing on solid playing skills and core repertoire.Book now