by Henry Boucher, St Lambert, QUEBEC
During this time, in the United States :
Always in the beginning of 1970, in Mendocino in North California, Michael Hubbard built reproductions of historic hurdy-gurdies. He eventually created a hurdy-gurdy more simple to build : the oval shape of a hurdy-gurdy with body of lute but profoundly flat, without sculptured head or the other decorations, which he called "Volks-Gurdy", a wink to Volkswagen, then car the least expensive to the country (I know, times changed). This model was resumed in 1988 by Alden and Cali Hackmann ( http://www.hurdygurdy.com/hg/hghome.html ). Their studio names Olympic music, not by competitive spirit but simply because there is near the mountain Olympia in the state (and not the city) Washington, on the coast West. It is near there that holds festival "Over the water hurdy-gurdy festival" the most important meeting of hg's players in America.
On the coast is, players contents with "squatting" in various festivals folk song, as the NEFFA (http://www.neffa.org/~neffa/) in Boston (meeting in the kiosk of the stringed-instrument maker Matt Szostak (http://www.midcoast.com/~ beechhil/vielle/index.html for improvised concert) or still in "Northumbrian Pipers Convention ", meet players of Northumbrian Pipes to North Hero Vermont (meeting on the balcony of the village hall). I was going almost to forget "Hurdy-Gurdy Day" of Toronto (http://www.hurdygurdy.com/hg/ck/toronto.html) organized by Catherine Keenan, leader of the group "Vielle-a-Rousse ".
Here is a brief outline of the activities of hg's players in Quebec and in North America generally, I hope not to have forgotten too much world.
In the pleasure to see you there a day !
Photo taken by Aaron Garceau (up has the left) in March, 1999 during the second "Day of the Hurdy-gurdy" in the Vermont.
Left to right-hand side :
Behind with the hurdy-gurdy : Matt Szostak, stringed-instrument maker,
Arranged by the Aaron centre, me, Daniel Thonon, John Kmetz with the bagpipe. In the right Mc Harg, factor of bagpipes and organizer of the event.
In the first row : beard, lines blue hurdy-gurdy in lute : Brian McCandless, stringed-instrument maker and musician amator of high level with his wife Michèle, green jumper hurdy-gurdy guitar, they form a duet called "Trikkiwikit". And Gisèle Mc Harg on the right.