sessionThe 5th Annual

UK Hurdy-gurdy Festival

Youlgrave, Derbyshire

5-8th May, 2011

Concerts, dances, sessions, workshops, makers

Downloadable Festival Poster


Last Festival?

tobieAn exciting mix of music, dancing, workshops, sessions, concerts, demonstrations and friendship.

This year's artists:

Tobie Miller

Clare Salaman & Jon Banks from

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments


Phil Martin

Paul Sherwood, Sian Phillips & Michael Beeke


Makers at the festival this year:

Neil Brook hurdy-gurdies

Chris Allen hurdy-gurdies

Mike Gilpin hurdy-gurdies

Chris and Mike will be exhibiting some of their collection of antique hurdy-gurdies.

Dominic Allan bagpipes/flutes

Programme Timetable

This year's workshops:

Workshop materials can be downloaded by clicking on the workshop here or within the timetable.
These are zip files containing several documents in various formats.
Please click Save in the little window that opens.
 There is a free software available to extract the files from
 If there is no link, there is no material necessary or available yet.

Beginners (tuning, cottoning, set up, trompette, fingering/left hand, instrument choice)
Baroque repertoire and ornamentation
French dance tunes
Masterclass with Tobie Miller
Scandinavian tunes
Hungarian tunes and the tekero
Playford Tunes

This timetable is provisional and subject to change.


Gathering and evening session in the Bull's Head 18:00 onwards


Breakfast from 8:30

Morning social (walk or session depending on the weather) 10:00-12:00

Lunch 12:30-13:30


An Illustrated History of the Hurdy-gurdy with Scott Marshall and Cecilia Kovacs
Includes demonstrations of different types of hurdy-gurdy
Afternoon workshops

incl. 15 mins break

French session tunes with Phil Martin

Beginners' class 1.
Set-up, cottoning, rosining, tuning with Scott Marshall

Scandinavian tunes
 with Paul Sherwood
Dinner 18:00-19:00
Evening concert and bal
             from 19:30 

Phil Martin aka Drohne

Paul Sherwood, Sian Phillips & Michael Beeke
Breakfast from 8:30
Morning workshops
 incl. 15 mins break
Dance with Bof!
Tobie Miller

French tunes workshop
Chris Allen
Phil Martin

Lunch 12:30-13:30
Afternoon workshops 
incl. 15 mins break
Dance with Bof!
incl. 30 mins break
Tobie Miller
Clare Salaman   
Playford tunes

Neil Brook's
HG Surgery
incl. 15 mins break

Hungarian tunes and the tekero with Cecilia Kovacs
Evening concert and bal from 19:30 
Clare Salaman & Jon Banks from the Society of Strange Instruments
Tobie Miller

Breakfast from 8:30
The Big Tune Swap

Lunch 12:00-13:00
Afternoon closing concert 13:30-15:30
Open stage



meal togetherTickets will be available from the Shop page of the website from March 2011. You can purchase online or by post. There is a small surcharge for online tickets to cover Paypal fees.

We are a small, specialist, indoor festival, run by enthusiasts, so please don't book a ticket expecting Glastonbury or Woodstock...having said that the surrounding countryside is stunning and it's worth getting out for a walk.

Meals and indoor camping will also available for a small extra charge.



Youlgrave panorama Youlgrave in Derbyshire is a beautiful village in the heart of the Peak District, a picturesque drive from the M1 or the M6.

Map here

The main venue where we will hold most of our concerts, workshops and dances is the Village Hall, Hollywell Lane, Youlgrave DE45 1US. It has very good facilities: a great stage and a nice, big hall for dancing.

Click here to see some pictures and a downloadable hall plan.

Indoor camping in limited numbers will be available in the village hall for a small extra charge. There are clean toilets and shower rooms. Please go to the Shop page.

Youlgrave street Youlgrave is very popular with tourists, so we strongly recommend to book your accommodation early. There are B&Bs, a youth hostel and campsites in the nearby villages.

Here are some links to websites where you can find accommodation and additional information.

Bradford Dale

Another great offer:

Mr and Mrs Shimwell
Church Farm
DE45 1WN

01629 636111

They will take tents, campervans, caravans. The facilities are basic - cold water and toilets. They charge 3 per person per night irrespective of what you sleep in.



By car:

From the M6

Depending where you come from, leave at any junctions between 15 and 19 towards Buxton, Bakewell or Matlock. Most routes are approximately 35-45 miles, 1:20 minutes long.

From the M1

Leave M1 at J29, then follow A617 and A619 towards Chesterfield, A6 towards Matlock then B5056 to Youlgrave. This route is approximately 23 miles, 45 minutes long.

Car sharing

Need a lift from a fellow gurdy player, or have space in your car? Join the Forum and post a message!

Public transport:

The following bus services arrive at Youlgrave:
171 from Bakewell and 172 from Matlock, both run by Hulleys.
There is one service per day from Sheffield, 181 by TM Travel.
All the relevant bus timetables for these services can be found here.

Images on this page are courtesy of

Eleanor Postlethwaite Creative Photography

(official photographer of Gurdyfest 2007 and 2008, photo CDs are still available from her)


Barry Samuels (


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