Learn more. Behind The Song: "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan « American Songwriter "Songwriters tend to look for a world that will improve."

In Ukraine it is known as the lira or relia. The Hurdy Gurdy Man is a chronicler, The Hurdy Gurdy Man is like a bard, and the Hurdy Gurdy Man is any singer-songwriter in any age, whether they were in Ireland or whether they were in the streets of New York during the sixties.” Donovan’s version has a brief guitar solo, which may be the thing that caught Steve Hillage’s attention. The hurdy gurdy in Eastern Europe The hurdy-gurdy has a well developed tradition in Eastern Europe, in particular in Hungary, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

Donovan in the London Daily Mail Weekend magazine dated May 20, 2006 said, "I was intrigued by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's teachings of transcendental meditation, which were also followed by The Beatles.

A hurdy-gurdy is an odd instrument resembling an organ grinder.

Definition of hurdy-gurdy. musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds.

It is played by turning a crank and pressing buttons to play notes. hurdy-gurdy definition: 1. a musical instrument that is played by turning a handle, causing a small wheel to be rubbed…. In Ukraine it is known as the lira or relia. hurdy-gurdy - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs. 1 : a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys.

barrel organ, grind organ, hand organ, hurdy gurdy, street organ.