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Hurdy Gurdy in Ireland?

GUEST,Wireharp 23 Jul 14 - 12:25 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Jul 14 - 02:28 PM
zozimus 23 Jul 14 - 03:11 PM
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Subject: Hurdy Gurdy in Ireland?
From: GUEST,Wireharp
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 12:25 PM


My shiny new hurdy-gurdy arrived yesterday from Altarwinds (George Leverett). It is gorgeous! Now.. I was wondering if anyone out there might have any information regarding hurdies in Ireland. Not playing Irish music on them per se (I know that lots of folks do that), but more along the lines of their use. Were they ever used at fairs, festivals etc. Is there any history of the instrument in Ireland? England's use is documented, if for nothing other than Hogarth's 1734 "Southwark Fair".
I was hoping to be pointed towards similar evidence in the Irish tradition, if there is any. Thanks in advance for any help.

Robert Mouland

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Subject: RE: Hurdy Gurdy in Ireland?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 02:28 PM

A simple Google search on "Hurdy Gurdy in Ireland -museum" comes up with a fair number of hits. The radio museum comes up in the results but has no bearing on that question so I selected it out.


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Subject: RE: Hurdy Gurdy in Ireland?
From: zozimus
Date: 23 Jul 14 - 03:11 PM

Andy Irvine played one,held together with sellotape, in the early days of Planxty. Some say it was to get even with Johnny Moynihan for introducing the Bouzouki.

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