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Hello from the Gurdy Girl

Postby Gurdy Girl » Sat May 02, 2009 1:55 am

My name is Jane Ruckert and I perform as Gurdy Girl. I live on a farm at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. I started teaching myself and playing Hurdy Gurdy in 2001 on my Tim Guster luteback called Isobel. Barb Dwyer (now resident in Canada) came to Adelaide and ran workshops and a gurdy gathering in 2005 which took my playing to a "better" level.
In January 2008 I had the opportunity to attend Baroque Hurdy Gurdy workshop in Switzerland with Matthias Loibner and Toby Miller. I returned to Europe in April 2008 for a fortnight of intensive lessons with Matthias, finishing up at the Lancaster festival with my new Wolfgang Weichselbaumer Alto. On this trip I also picked up a Nyckelharpa and Hardanger.
My love of European and particularly Scaninavian music has grown and I am currently enrolled in the European Nyckelharpa Training at Castle BURG FÜRSTENECK in Germany.
In June 2008 I released my first CD and I took delivery of my second one last week. The goal with both cds is to demonstrate the versatility of my instruments so they cover a range from medieval inspired through classical to absolute contemporary. I felt very honoured when Nigel Eaton gave me permission to record my own version of his classic "Captains Courageous". I tied that together with a version of "Yea ho little fish" with the help of Australian Folk legend Danny Spooner who helps out on a number of other tracks.
I return to Germany shortly for my next workshop at the Castle then dash over to Youlgrave where I hope to renew many old friendships from last year.
Cheers for now,
Jane Ruckert, the Gurdy Girl
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Re: Hello from the Gurdy Girl

Postby CeciliaKM » Sat May 02, 2009 10:15 am

Hi Jane,

Welcome here too, I look forward to seeing you again at Youlgrave. Hope you join the Baroque "crowd" too.
You are a very lucky girl to have started it so early and being able to travel and learn from such prestigious people. Obviously you have high ambitions and I am curious and excited to see where you get to in the coming years.


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"if only you had kept quiet you would have remained wise"
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Re: Hello from the Gurdy Girl

Postby Scott Marshall » Sat May 02, 2009 10:19 am

Hi Jane, it will be good to see you again in a fortnight :)
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