Latest Tune: Galopede
…or at least, I think it is! Regardless, there’s plenty on here. And not just the trad French we all love, but some trad English, Medieval/Renaissance Spanish and French, Swedish, Hungarian, as well as Ukrainian music. Heck, there’s even some Classical on here!
So get stuck in! There’s enough to keep any gurdy player happy for a few hours at least.
With any large body of tunes it’s hard to know where to start. Thankfully, the good folks at the UK Hurdy Gurdy Forum suggest these tunes as some nice starters:
ABC is a simple format for quickly recording tunes on computers, paper, or other mediums.
It is a common format for folk music on the web — notable sources include Jeremy Keith’s The Session. There are multiple free and simple ways of converting it into ‘real’ music. If you have a decent browser (e.g. anything apart from Internet Explorer) you can use my ABCPig tool to quickly view and edit ABC tunes — there’s a link from each tune page, and you can paste your own in.
If you are using Internet Explorer, or you want to deal with multi-page tunes, I recommend Concertina.net’s ABC to PDF tool.
My aim for this collection is for all of the tunes to be completely public domain, i.e. copyright/royalty free. This means that you are free to:
Unfortunately, some legalese is required to protect myself. So, here goes:
By using this website (waterpigs.co.uk), you (the user) assume all legal responsibility and liabilities for your actions, and will not hold me (Barnaby Walters) responsible for any litigation challenging your use of media gathered from waterpigs.co.uk
In other words — If you’re going to sell this stuff, make double-triple sure it’s copyright free, and don’t blame me if it isn’t ;)
If you’re interested in my instruments, the best thing to do is to arrange to drop by and meet me.
I’m based in the rural town of Buckfastleigh, Devon, in the south-west of England.
Buckfastleigh is easy to find, just off the A38 in between Newton Abbot and Totnes, and about 30 minutes drive away from Exeter or Plymouth.
To order an instrument/repair, arrange a visit or just have a chat, here’s how to contact me:Barnaby John Walters, Luthier
I’m more likely to be able to answer the ‘phone if you ring between 5pm and 8pm GMT.
I usually respond to emails within a day.