The Viola da Gamba first appeared in Spain in the 15th Century.

They were very popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and are still played today. The Viola da Gamba has 6 gut strings and gut frets that are tied on, like a Lute.

 

There are several members of the Viola da Gamba family including the Treble, the Tenor and the Bass.

All Viol instruments are held between the legs like a modern Cello, hence the Italian name Viola da Gamba which means 

"viol for the leg"

Jay Michaels is currently playing the Tenor  & Bass Viola da Gamba with the Harper and The Minstrel.  Coming soon Abby will be performing with the Treble and Bass Gamba