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June 12, 2013

Jiří Wehle is a famous czech street musician from Prague known for playing the Hurdy Gurdy and singing french poems. 

Jiří Wehle the hurdy gurdy old man

If you go to Prague someday you may have the chance to meet the awesome street musician Jiří Wehle.
What impressed me at the moment I noticed him was his curious instrument, the hurdy gurdy (or Niněra in czech) wich has a really particular sound.  The hurdy gurdy is a string musical instrument that produces sound by a crank-turned rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboad that presses small wedges made of wood against one or more of the strings to change their pitch.

Jiří Wehle sings french poems traduced in czech

Unless you heard about Jiří Wehle before going to Prague, you may think he’s a vagabond playing in the street because he seems to be really old and isn’t really what we could call fashion dressed … but it would be a huge mistake! 

Actually Jiří Wehle is a street musician who has recorded 2 albums and has his own website. Also he’s singing french poems that he has traduced in czech.

It was a touching scene listening at this old and talented czech street musician playing his hurdy gurdy and singing…

If you meet him too please let us know !

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