Hello and welcome! My name is Quentin Budworth I’m a Hurdy-gurdy player and composer creating magic with sound, transforming ancient tunes into global dance grooves.
I was born in Gibraltar between two continents: Europe and Africa. Listening to the radio as a child, I absorbed the North African, English and Spanish musical influences that seep into my playing today.
Here’s some examples of my playing as a soloist:
In the mid 1990’s played the legendary Suns of Arqa, recording sessions with them for Radio 1’s John Peel and Andy Kershaw, tracks which were later being picked up by Mix Mag as their track of the month. I’ve collaborated with Muslim Gauze and Dub producer the Rootsman.
Now I play Hurdy Gurdy and write for world music band Celtarabia who’s shows are renowned for the their incredible vibe and fantastic atmosphere –the band takes the audience to a magical place where amazing things can happen – part ritual, part party, the sound of the Hurdy-Gurdy urging people to move – touching hearts, exciting minds and making feet dance.
Here’s a clip of me playing ‘The Ride’ with Celtarabia at the Springboard Festival in may 2018:
This is a tune I wrote called ‘The Last Camel’
Shabda – Suns of Arka Arka Sound – ARKA 2109 CD
The Lost Music of Celtarabia GRINCD942
Ancient Forces OSMOCD011
Union of Souls Celtarabia Meets the Rootsman TEMCD013
Cult of audio GRINCD943
Afro-Celt Sound System ‘Release’ Real World Records (session player)
Echoes of The Silk Road GRINCD944
What the music press say:
“Celtarabia’s initiative in generating dance music from archaic and medieval acoustic instruments is audacious in the extreme.” THE MIX. “Remarkably ego free music.” Q. “live they are intense- expect to dance!” Rock’n’Reel
Here are some recordings from different albums that I’ve worked on over the years:
‘This remarkable band use medieval and African instruments to give a mesmerising mix of trancy dancy music, with world-wide influences………. Quentin Budworth playing hurdy-gurdy as never heard before…… Amanda Lowe’s soaring vocals and dazzlingly diverse Hammer Dulcimer playing were spell-binding and up-lifting……… The joy of dance and unity of culture comes through as threads of different musical styles weave together to form a new entity, an almost spiritual experience that seems to stretch back forever and tugs at the memory.’
‘ THE SHEFFIELD DAILY STAR’
‘East/West fusion has often been attempted but never so exciting so compelling. Celtarabia compel you to dance, their insistent layers of sound trance inducing.’
‘Using a range of strange musical instruments including hurdy-gurdy, Hammer Dulcimer, Didgeridoo and Djembes, they drew from primitive African, Asian and Celtic music creating beautifully inspired global trance-dance eco-grooves, instantly likeable and danceable.’
‘It gives me no small amount of pleasure to report that Dr.Q’s hurdy-gurdy led global dance engine does indeed deliver the goods, and more. What we have here boys and girls, is a hot happening collision of sweaty syncopated rhythms and an ethnic tonal pallet that extends way beyond any limitations the bands name might imply……. this is TRUE eclecticism in action, frequently stunning in its vision and audacity.’
‘ROCK ‘N’ REEL’