Hurdy Gurdy Man
|Peter Pringle. Singer-songwriter, composer, actor, thereminist.|
In the early 80’s, I managed a small music store on north Yonge Street in Toronto where I got to meet many musicians who bought and rented musical equipment from my shop. Jazz guitarist, Ed Bickert, pianist, John Arpin, among others, were customers. Another talented musician I met back then was singer/songwriter, composer, actor, Peter Pringle. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/peter-pringle-emc/
Peter Pringle enjoyed songwriting success and wide recognition as a recording artist and television performer in those years. I had recently stumbled upon a YouTube clip of his, while searching out some 80's pop content, so I thought I'd do a search on him. His website features several links related to the history and demonstration of an instrument known as the Theremin. www.peterpringle.com The website also features a video wherein Peter Pringle sings the ancient BeoWulf while playing another unusual and obscure instrument; the Hurdy Gurdy.
Many will remember Donovan's 60's hit Hurdy Gurdy Man which is most likely all that anyone might know about this haunting instrument. Hurdy Gurdy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurdy_gurdy
That which is oldest is most young and most new. Ancient tones. Fresh musical language. It speaks to us of earliest beginnings. Theremin Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin
And speaking of the Hurdy Gurdy Man, Donovan had some interesting session musicians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurdy_Gurdy_Man
The brand new Howard Stern interview with Donovan, taped just last week in New York City, reveals so much more on all of that stuff and indeed encompasses Donovan’s entire career. Well worth the listen.