In the Blues Foundation newsletter after the Folk Alliance Conference

The Blues Foundation sponsored the Official Blues Showcase, sharing the music of Doug MacLeod, Janiva Magness, Muddy Gurdy, Ray Bonneville, and Shakura S’aida.

The Blues Foundation mentioned Muddy Gurdy in their February, 2020, newsletter. Muddy Gurdy performed during an official showcase on Thursday, January 30, on the Grand Chenier stage, sponsored by the Blues Foundation, for the Folk Alliance Internation Conference which was held in New Orleans this year.

Live on WWOZ’ Blues Eclectic

Muddy Gurdy went live on Blues Eclectic, on WWOZ, New Orleans’s world-famous radio station, before performing at Chickie Wah Wah.

Elmore Magazine: “North Mississippi blues as if they were born there”

France’s Muddy Gurdy, with a left-of-center lineup, turned out to be a pleasant surprise. With a lissome lead singer playing muscular guitar, this group plays North Mississippi blues as if they were born there—though the French accent on the lyrics is a giveaway—and they’ve brought back a vintage hurdy gurdy, something we don’t hear every day, even at Folk Alliance, where odd instruments aren’t odd. The room was in almost total darkness, but we’ll get a better look at another showcase, that’s one of the many advantages of Folk Alliance’s setup.

In Elmore Magazine‘s “Folk Alliance International, Day 1” report.


Muddy-Gurdy selected to be part of the Folk Alliance International Conference in 2020 in NOLA

Muddy-Gurdy is among the 180 bands selected to participate to the Folk Alliance International International Conference, among over 1,000 bands listened to by the commission.

Hurdy-gurdy player Gilles Chabenat, guitarist and singer Tia Gouttebel and percussionnist Marc Glomeau will fly to New Orleans in January, 2020 for a series of official showcases in front of professionals from all over the world (booking agents, bookers, record labels…), from January 22 to 26 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

What a symbol that Muddy-Gurdy travels to New Orleans with its hurdy-gurdy…

“French new sensations Muddy Gurdy”

French new sensations Muddy Gurdy also feature on the main stage.

By the East Anglian Daily Times, before Muddy Gurdy’s performance at the Red Rooster Festival, in Euston, Suffolk (U.K.) on Saturday, June 1st.

Muddy Gurdy to perform at the Red Rooster festival (UK)

Super excited to announce the next wave of artists for Red Rooster Festival […] Main stage additions [include] first ever UK festival performances from Muddy Gurdy.

– By PRB Presents, “promoters of twisted roots & punked up blues across Europe”

The Muddy Gurdy trio will perform at the Red Rooster festival in Euston Hall, Suffolk, on Saturday, June 1st.

“Offbeat project a great addition to hill-country blues canon”

This is a terrific, offbeat project. A young French blues group featuring a female singer/guitarist and a hurdy-gurdy filling in chords like a Farsifa organ travelled to the North Mississippi hill country outside Memphis and recorded live in-studio (and sometimes on-porch) with grandchildren of former local blues legends Otha Turner, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside. Everything works sensationally well. The hurdy-gurdy with its bagpipe-like drone turns out to be a great instrument for one-chord hill-country blues. The French players are high-quality. The young American blues players give superlative performances. This is similar to some of the North Mississippi Allstars projects — some of the same artists, lots of the same feel. If you like the North Mississippi Allstars, or for that matter Turner, Kimbrough, Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, this is a record you will enjoy.

– John, an Amazon customer. Get your copy of Muddy Gurdy on Amazon as well. 

Muddy Gurdy in Nevada City’s KVMR best of 2018 album

KVMR 89.5 FM’s Steve Cagle, whose show, Blues Spectrum, airs every other Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm put Muddy Gurdy in his best albums of 2018 list, according to Nevada County, California, newspaper The Union

Six times in Soul Bag Mag’s best of 2018!

French magazine Soul Bag Mag released its “Best of 2018” lists.

In the list curated by Stéphane Colin, Muddy Gurdy is represented in three categories! In the Albums of the year, in the Songs of the year with “Glory”, and in the Revelations.

Eric Doidy also put Muddy Gurdy, Hypnotic Wheels’ second album, in two lists: Albums of the year and Concerts of the year, for Hypnotic Wheels’ show at the Blues Rules Festival in Switzerland.

Three is supposed to be a charm. That is what Jacques Perin does by adding Muddy Gurdy in his Revelations of the year, for both the album and the live shows!

Find all the lists in the news (Actu) section of Soul Bag

“Muddy Gurdy – The Movie” is out!

When the hurdy-gurdy meets the North Mississippi Hill Country blues…

The movie made by Yannick Demaison / Biscuit Production chronicles the amazing journey of a dedicated trio of French musicians (hurdy-gurdy player Gilles Chabenat, guitarist and vocalist Tia Gouttebel, percussionnist Marc Glomeau) and French sound engineer Pierre Bianchi. Their dream was to marry the haunting sound of the French hurdy-gurdy with the Hill Country blues of North Mississippi, which they did with guitarists and singers Cedric Burnside, Cameron Kimbrough, and Pat Thomas and fife player and singer Shardé Thomas, yielding the brilliant album “Muddy Gurdy,”

Released internationally through the VizzTone Label Group, Muddy Gurdy received critical acclaim and won the coveted Academie Charles Cros “Cri De Coeur” award.