• Dante Ferrara

    Be captivated by his hurdy-gurdy

Event description

The hurdy-gurdy is a European stringed instrument which stirs the greatest interest amongst audiences, who seem to be instantly captivated by its sound and form.

The hurdy-gurdy played by Dante Ferrara is an 1854 copy of an early baroque model and is most suited to provide bright and lively dance tunes. The right hand operates a handle which turns a rosined wheel acting as a bow touching drone and melody strings.

The melody strings pass through a rectangular box into which the left hand operates a series of keys to play the tune.

The characteristic sound of the hurdy-gurdy also includes a sophisticated rhythm section created when the player uses a certain muscular wrist action which results in a drone string with a loose bridge vibrating on the soundboard.

Dante will be heard as he strolls through the town and along the waterfront throughout the day.

(alternative arrangements will be posted here if the weather is wet)

Location

Wandering through town and Hanse House

Time

Sunday

11:00 – 16:00

Tickets

Free, no tickets required

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