They submitted this tune for the 'Tiny Desk' competition. Their energetic performance is infectious! We wish them luck with their submission.
We just received these pictures from the current production of 'Shakespeare In Love'. It's a hurdy gurdy world! The play, which features our 'Merry Wood' hurdy gurdy, is still running through October. More details at
We crafted the hurdy gurdy for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, featured in this year's production of 'Shakespeare In Love' . The show runs February through October. If you're in the Ashland, Oregon area, you can find the full performance schedule on their website by following this link:
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 occasion on December 6, 2015. More info coming soon!
Last Summer year we announced that we crafted a hurdy gurdy for the Canadian production Klondike. Here in the U.S. it aired on the Discovery Channel over several nights starting January 21st. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2761630/
-Yes, that was one of our hurdy gurdies shown on Saturday Night Live recently!
Pictured are some stills from the show- shown is Regine Chassagne of the band Arcade Fire. She used personal instrument for the skit! Once I get it back, I think I'll go spoon it for a while :)
The Canadian production Klondike will be using one of our hurdy gurdies the miniseries. We'll post again when we find out the release date!
The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Chicago area) will once more perform pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument. The soloist, Jim Kendros, played a custom built gurdy for the occasion.
We are very pleased to announce that Jimmy Herman (banjo player/fiddler for the Carrie Underwood band!) plays an Altarwind Hurdy Gurdy! We are super excited to announce that we just crafted a hurdy gurdy for Jimmy Herman. If you haven't heard his name, you've almost certainly heard his music, as he plays fiddle, banjo & cittern for Carrie Underwood.
We had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy at Ms. Underwood's recent concert in Portland Or, where we delivered the instrument.
We are very excited that these wonderfully unusual instruments are gaining a stronger presence in pop & country music.
We are thrilled that these wonderful & unusual isntruments are gaining a stronger presence in pop & country music.
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
by George Leverett, luthier at Altarwind Music