We Like


Happy Lucky Combo
Happy Lucky Combo performs original music inspired by tango, klezmer, zydeco, oriental...., the blues. This group includes two members of the Gourd Orchestra.
They have a new CD available.

Hearts of Sound
Hearts of Sound is the musical duo of Hayat Donna Bain and John Bari Ramsey. Donna and John met as members of the First UU Singers, in Richmond, VA, and later performed together in a recorder quartet in 1993. John is a member of the Gourd Orchestra.

Harry Partch
Harry Partch (1901-1974), was a composer, an innovative theorist and a music instrument inventor who created dozens of incredible instruments for the performance of his music -- mostly all performed on the instruments he built himself.

Minnie Black
The queen of crafting gourd sculptures and musical instruments. Minnie was an inspiration to the forming of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra.


Growing gourds in molds.
Jim Widess (from The Caning Shop) gives some instructions using molds to shape growing gourds..

Gourd Molds from China - link

Training Gourds - Jim Story - the master knot maker.