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Altarwind Music
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Hurdy Gurdies by George & Anwyn Leverett
 541-596-2006
Altarwind Music - News
Find out the latest about our craft!  New features, options, or even where to hear/see these fascinating instruments in performance.
April 2008: See our Hurdy Gurdy in the movies!  The Canadian movie production The Sea Wolf' bought one of our hurdy gurdies for use in the film. (Apr. 2008)
Feb 27, 2011: Hurdy Gurdy at the Orchestra!  The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Northbrook, IL) performed pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument.  The soloist, Jim Kendros, played a La Priel for the occassion.  Click here for more information (links to a .pdf copy of the newspaper article) 
April 2011: CONGRATULATIONS to Ed Paloucek. Ed entered the National Irish Music Competetion (Fleadh) in Chicago with his 5 string  Gypsy Gurdy and won first place!   You can also hear Ed's band Atlantic Wave perform around the midwest.  more...
May 17 2012:  Anwyn and George will be on TakilmaFM radio on Thursday night. We (and our instruments) will be joining DJ Kelly & Wave's program 'soul washing sounds'. The program runs from 7-10 pm pacific; we'll be joining in around 7:30. You can hear the show live on the internet at http://www.takilmafm.com
Sept 30, 2012: Hurdy Gurdy at the Orchestra!  The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Northbrook, IL) will once more perform pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument.  The soloist, Jim Kendros, played a La Priel for the occassion. 
October 2012: We are very pleased to announce that Jimmy Herman (banjo player/fiddler for the Carrie Underwood band!) plays an Altarwind Hurdy Gurdy   Click here for more info!
January 2017: New Headstock designs!   You can now add an Owl or a Goat headstock to your hurdy gurdy, or choose from one of our other designs-Lady head, Dragon, Lion, or Horse. Add a bit of customization and personality to your instrument for only $200.00 (click here for more info)
lady headstock
vielle carved lady head
hurdy gurdy carved dragon head
dragon
June 2013: See our Hurdy Gurdy on television!  The Canadian production Klondike will be using one of our hurdy gurdies the miniseries
Owl
Oct 2013: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! -Yes, that was one of our hurdy gurdies shown on Saturday Night Live recently!  
Pictured are some stills from the show- shown is Regine Chassagne of the band Arcade Fire, using our 'Moncur' model for the skit.  (original airdate Sept 28, 2013)
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Hurdy Gurdy Lesson Book
Jan 2014: Lesson Book Now Available! After numerous requests, we have made our lesson book available to the public.  click here for more info
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Horse headstock
Dec 2015: Hurdy Gurdy at the Orchestra!  The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Northbrook, IL) will once more perform pieces featuring the Hurdy Gurdy as the solo instrument.  The soloist, Jim Kendros, will play a La Priel for the occassion on December 6, 2015.  More info coming soon!
Altarwind Music
George & Anwyn Leverett
P.O. Box 32, O'Brien, OR 97534
email:
music@aroundthehearth.com or call 541-596-2006
copywrite 2017
January 2009:  The documentary segment PBS filmed of our work making hurdy gurdies has aired! You can see us on Oregon Public Television on 'Art Beat'.  Click Here to watch it now...
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