Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett
Altarwind Music - News
Find out the latest about our craft! New features, options, or even where to hear/see these fascinating
instruments in performance.
April 2008: See our Hurdy Gurdy in the movies! The Canadian movie production The Sea Wolf' bought one of our
hurdy gurdies for use in the film. (Apr. 2008)
April 2011: CONGRATULATIONS to Ed Paloucek. Ed entered the National Irish Music Competetion (Fleadh) in Chicago with his 5 string
Gypsy Gurdy and won first place! You can also hear Ed's band Atlantic Wave perform around the midwest. more...
May 17 2012: Anwyn and George will be on TakilmaFM radio on Thursday night. We (and our instruments) will be joining DJ
Kelly & Wave's program 'soul washing sounds'. The program runs from 7-10 pm pacific; we'll be joining in around 7:30. You can
hear the show live on the internet at http://www.takilmafm.com
Sept 30, 2012: Hurdy Gurdy at the Orchestra! The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Northbrook, IL) will once more
perform pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument. The soloist, Jim Kendros, played a La Priel for the
October 2012: We are very pleased to announce that Jimmy Herman (banjo player/fiddler for the Carrie Underwood band!)
plays an Altarwind Hurdy Gurdy Click here for more info!
January 2017: New Headstock designs! You can now add an Owl or a Goat headstock to your hurdy gurdy, or
choose from one of our other designs-Lady head, Dragon, Lion, or Horse. Add a bit of customization and personality to your
instrument for only $200.00 (click here for more info)
June 2013: See our Hurdy Gurdy on television! The Canadian production Klondike will be using one of our hurdy
gurdies the miniseries
Oct 2013: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! -Yes, that was one of our hurdy gurdies shown on Saturday Night Live recently!
are some stills from the show- shown is Regine Chassagne of the band Arcade Fire, using our 'Moncur' model for the skit.
(original airdate Sept 28, 2013)
Jan 2014: Lesson Book Now Available! After numerous requests, we have made our lesson book available to the public. click
here for more info
Dec 2015: Hurdy Gurdy at the Orchestra! The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Northbrook, IL) will once more perform
pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument. The soloist, Jim Kendros, will play a La Priel for the occassion
on December 6, 2015. More info coming soon!
January 2009: The documentary segment PBS filmed of our work making hurdy gurdies has aired! You can see us on Oregon Public
Television on 'Art Beat'. Click Here to watch it now...