“”The songs she picked were perfect for what we are depicting at our historical site. ..the [homespun instruments] display was a wonderful curiosity that sparked the imagination of everyone and kids were thrilled to get to play and be part of her “band”… The very unique interactive element of her program fit perfectly with the living history we do at our historical site…” ”
— ~ Dawn B. – Sommers Ranch Homestead
Origins of HSI
Origins of Homespun Instruments
Ever since she played her first washtub bass on the streets of New Orleans over two decades ago, “V” has been committed to sharing the joys of making music on homemade instruments with hundreds of friends, students, strangers and fans who have passed her way. Knowing no boundaries of age, class or creed, the universal language of music continues to inspire even the most unlikely participants discover the artist within themselves. Proving the theory that nearly anything can be used to make music, The Gypsy Cowbelle has employed her creative spirit and resourceful techniques to construct a diverse quiver of Homespun Instruments which continue to elicit intrigue and enthusiasm for audiences of all walks of life. Wherever she may roam, you can be sure Miss “V” is packing her Plank Banjo and a few other noisemakers for anyone she meets to Join The Band!
Inside Out” Keynote Address
“….her unique style, flexibility and downhome fun ensure a romping good time and leave the people she meets with a positive message…. And I can tell you, if you have not heard 300 people fully engaged in a sing-a-long, you missed a wonderful opportunity! ”
— ~S. Buller / Executive Director of the Wyoming Governors’ Council on Developmental Disabilities
Bring HSI to your event!
Bring Homespun Instruments to your event!
Miss V’s “Homespun Instruments worksop is an interactive workshop which stimulates music making, creative expression and positive group dynamics through the use of a wide array of simple and homemade instruments. Historic origins and construction of selected folk instruments sets the stage, after which participants ‘join the band’, as Miss “V” leads traditional folk, cowboy and classic country tunes. Homespun Instruments is popular for family entertainment, and offers an excellent means for adults to connect with children on a musical platform. It will also give parents ideas of how to incorporate handmade instruments at home. The program is extremely popular at community events, living history demonstrations and folk festivals and may be adapted to include simple instrument construction upon special request.