Music Makes Me‘Music Makes Me’ – Hurdy-Gurdy

Craig FerryOctober 23, 2021

Last week’s “Music Makes Me” article was about discovering new artists in the music scene. This week’s Music Makes Me article fits perfectly into the theme of that article. I am going off the mainstream and down a road into the distant past, at least in some ways. Those of you that are music connoisseurs and love to discover new musical delicacies will appreciate today’s journey. This week’s spotlight is on Patty Gurdy, singer and player of the hurdy-gurdy.

Gurdy has been performing since 2014. Gurdy calls her genre “dark folk pop”. The cover of the Eurythmics’ song “Sweet Dreams” that is this week’s video certainly has that feel. But she plays some other music that has the Celtic sound I would expect from the hurdy-gurdy. I have seen some people say that the genre is “hurdy-gurdy”, but I don’t agree. To me that would be like saying a guitar player’s genre is “guitar”.  Do I have you scratching your head saying what the heck is a hurdy-gurdy?

I would have been there myself. So for inquiring minds like myself I looked it up. It is a mechanical stringed instrument with a crank. It is actually pretty cool if I say so myself. It has been around since at least the 11th century. They think it came from either Europe or the Middle East. If you really want to know more than that, check out this article. The hurdy-gurdy sound reminds me personally of bagpipes.  Now that you have a little background on the instrument, back to Gurdy, the singer.

Gurdy, born Patricia Buchler, is from Germany. I have to say I am not surprised that Gurdy was from Europe, as the hurdy-gurdy doesn’t seem to be very well known in the US. Gurdy graduated in 2019 and has released 3 albums and multiple EPs since 2016. Gurdy has toured mainly in Europe and has been a member of a couple bands that included Harpyie and Storm Seeker. I will be featuring these bands in my “Music Makes Me” group in the upcoming weeks. In 2019 Gurdy went on tour with the band Scardust. According to her website it doesn’t look like Gurdy is touring currently, but there is still new music being released.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s introduction to the hurdy-gurdy, an ancient instrument being brought to life with a fresh sound. I personally loved this week’s discovery not only for Gurdy’s music but also because of the three other bands I discovered researching this week’s article.  Until next week, if you’re a music lover, you can hear, see or learn about something new every day on my Facebook group, Spotify playlist or YouTube playlist. And as always, feel free to reach out and let me know about your favorite new musical discovery.