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hurdy-gurdy,

musical instrument with three strings, caused to vibrate by a wooden wheel turned by a crank. Stopping was accomplished by keys that usually affected only one string that played the melody, the others acting as drones. Usually two players were required. First described in the 10th cent., it was widely used in the Middle Ages, and survived in the works of Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart.

hurdy-gurdy

1. any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
2. a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings
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Caption: Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris painted Hurdy Gurdy (right), owned by Vancouver art collector Tony Ma and valued at more than $1 million.
Miller-Lopez actually plays the hurdy gurdy, a stringed musical instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings, and he may do so during the concert.
The band comprised Bellowhead's Jon Boden and Sam Sweeney playing guitar and fiddles, Roger Wilson, also on fiddle, Rob Harbron on concertina and Martin Keates on hurdy gurdy.
Just look at the soloists: they include electric hurdy gurdy, theremin, electric zither, live electronic processing and African e-bow.
And his music is still enjoyed four decades after he found fame thanks to a brilliant back catalogue that includes hits such as Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man.
They will bring along an array of instruments played in Tudor times - bagpipes, crumhorns, curtal, fiddle, gittern, harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, percussion, pipes, rebec, recorders, renaissance violin, sackbut, shawms, tabors and trumpets.
Today it sounds more like an old hurdy gurdy, with sticking notes, and wind leaks galore hissing very audibly, the latter despite recent restoration work having been carried out on the winding.
Donovan, 61, whose 60s hits included Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, announced plans last year to open an "Invincible Donovan University" in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
The toys didn't amount to an awful lot but some things stick inmy mind; a tin kitchen sink with tiny opening cupboards; a musical box - hurdy gurdy - as my dad called it, complete with a monkey on the top that went up and down to the tune of Carnival of Venice and every year, a cork work doll with four pins in the top which, by winding wool around the pins, made a long rope that was stitched together to make a kettle holder.
The band takes the shape of father and son combo Dr Q and Zeb Budworth playing Hurdy Gurdy and drums/percussion respectively.
La Bande Europa, a group of 35 folk musicians from Europe, gave their first performance, and folk artists, including the hurdy gurdy performer Pascal Lefeuvre, trombonist John Kenny, bass clarinetist Dick Lea, and Scottish composer Jim Sutherland entertained crowds.
Sword fighting displays and comical jugglers greet the public as they arrive while, inside the hall itself, actors recreate a typical meal in the dining hall and musicians perform on reproduced instruments from the period, including bagpipes and a hurdy gurdy.