Barnaby Walters

I design and build modern hurdy gurdies in Brömsenberg, Germany. I aim to build instruments which are clean, compact, dynamic, expressive and musically flexible. My instruments are used by beginners and professionals alike.


The Vio is a soprano model which outperforms its compact size and offers enough musical possibilities to keep even demanding players happy for hours on end.

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Prices start from €2800. Feel welcome to get in contact if you’re interested in having an instrument built or have any questions.

Currently Available

Right now I have one instrument available for immediate sale, Vio #5 with 3 channel electronics, 4 capos and 4 sympathetic strings for €3150. More information here.


I offer hurdy gurdy tuition suitable for anyone from beginners needing a starting point to more experienced players wanting technical and expressive challenges. I’m based in northern Germany but often travel around Europe — check my calendar below or send me an email at to see if I’m headed your way soon.

Upcoming Dates

2017-04-19 - 2017-04-21 VII Targowisko Instrumentów - Plan Działań - Mazurki Świata 2017, Warszawa, Poland

I’ll be exhibiting two of my instruments at the musical instrument market at Mazurki festival this year — my new Vio with an experimental MIDI system, and Vio #5 which is available for sale.

2017-05-08 - 2017-05-17 in Toronto, Canada

I will be in/around Toronto for a week, performing several times (dates added here when I know them). I’m also available for instrument tryouts and gurdy lessons, send me an email if you’re interested.

2017-05-22 - 2017-05-27 Vaka Festival, Akureyri, Iceland

I’ll be in Akureyri for a week, performing and teaching at Vaka for the second time, and may have some spare time for private lessons or instrument tryouts.

Contact me

If you’re interested in trying out or ordering an instrument, having a lesson, booking a performance or just chatting about hurdy gurdies, you’re very welcome to contact me. I’m best reached via email at

I can also sometimes be reached by German landline phone: 00 49 38855 779831

Ich spreche auch Deutsch und bin am besten erreicht per Email ( oder per Festnetz: 00 49 38855 779831