02 September 2009

Fête XVIIIth Century - the Hurdy-Gurdy

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There was a great group at the festival - called Manoar. They played ancient music on old instruments or replicas of old instruments.

This is a vielle à roue, which my dictionary translates as a 'hurdy-gurdy or viol.' The player straps it to herself and then turns the wheel at one end whilst she has notes to play with her other hand.

In the smaller photo you see, behind her, a sort of old fashioned xylophone.

The people in the background are laughing at another part of this music group - a dragon. We'll see him tomorrow.


Halcyon said...

Cool! It's neat to see how they made music in the olde days.

Can't wait to see the dragon.

Mo said...

What a great festival. Love the close up photo of the instrument

Sharon said...

That looks very complicated!!

Unknown said...

Amazing! I believe playing this vielle à roue it's not an easy task...

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