Robert Green has performed concerts of eighteenth-century music for hurdy-gurdy throughout the US, France and Israel. His book The Hurdy-Gurdy in Eighteenth-Century France was published by Indiana Unversity Press. He co-authored the article on the hurdy-gurdy for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has released two CDs of eighteenth-century music for hurdy-gurdy on the FOCUS label. He is Professor emeritus, Northern Illinois University.
Michael Opp, from Southeast-Central North Dakota had his first encounter with the Hurdy Gurdy in the spring of 2008. He began playing an instrument of his own that fall and attended his first workshop with Mike Gilpin and with Chris Allen in 2009, both at Over the Water. Then he traveled in 2010 to Polesworth, UK to study with Cliff Stapleton. Last year studied with Juan Wijngaard. He continues to build his repertoire with American and French traditional while playing in his bluegrass band, The Cass County Criminals. Michael will be introducing beginners to the beguiling and beloved world of the ancient instrument referred to as the Hurdy-Gurdy. He will guide beginners on technique and beginners’ repertoire.