Agent Starling

Welcome to Agent Starling, Lou Loudhailer and Quentin Budworth’s new musical collaborative adventure.

Agent Starling are purveyors of catchy hurdy gurdy tunes, new songs, hypnotic drones, live bass grooves & strings, all accessible sounds with an experimental edge.

Loudhailer Electric Company captain Lou has teamed up with Celtarabia chief Quentin who spent the year before lockdown touring Europe meeting with other top hurdy-gurdy players exchanging tunes, techniques and experiences.

Hurdy-gurdy by Quentin Budworth, other instruments by Lou Loudhailer. Expect lots of new tunes and experiments for release later in the year.

For starters, this is our first album preview track, Drive the Cold Winter Away also featuring Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin & cello. Immerse yourself in the snow scenes of Quentin’s captivating video to illustrate the tune from Playford’s Dancing Master.

Our composition, inspired by Greek tales of old …

And for when you feel like dancing, our arrangement of the French folk tune Il N’est Plus Temps composed by Michel Pichon. The video photography is by Richard Duffy-Howard:

“This is wonderful. It has a feeling of antiquity and a feeling of something new. The music is a blast and the images are a constant wow.” Dan Kellaway (Luthier)

“Great video and what a wonderful, unusual sound.” Aine Kennedy

“Beautiful in every way. The music, the playing and the photography are all amazing.” Richard Harries

“Love this stuff soul-moving.” Kelvin Richmond

“This is wonderful. Love the fluid bass figures.” Landi Michaels