“East European Jewish wedding music…as played by Yiddish speaking people!” This is how Klezmer is described in a recent BBC documentary on Klezmer. The word comes from the Hebrew “Kley zemer” referring to the musical instruments themselves, which later became a term to describe the musicians and now the genre. It originated in villages and ghettos where travelling musicians would perform at weddings and other functions. It was popular in America in the early 20th century; foremost musicians were Harry Kandel, Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein. Along with traditional music generally, Klezmer became less common with the increasing popularity of Rock’n’Roll. In keeping with folk music revivals around the world in the 1960s and 70s there was a Klezmer revival and its popularity has been increasing ever since.
Yiddlesticks are one of the leading traditional Klezmer groups in the Northwest of England. The band performs Eastern European Jewish Music and the musicians have backgrounds in Irish Traditional, Bluegrass, Classical, and Folk. Yiddlesticks were formed in 2011 to become one of the foremost Klezmer bands in the area.
Featuring fiddle, accordion and guitar, the band have studied Klezmer styles and history at KlezFest, Yiddish Summer Weimar and have performed at many functions and festivals in the Northwest area.
Folk to Folk
Folk to Folk are a group of around 12 musicians who meet weekly under the guidance of Sian Phillips. Featuring fiddles, flutes, recorders, whistles, clarinet, accordions, cello and guitars, they will play a selection of upbeat tunes from the Klezmer Repertoire, and a number of other eastern European folk traditions. Expect music from Romania, Greece and closer to home, a couple tunes from France.
Dancing will be led caller Fiona Frank – lots of easy dances, no partner needed, a chance to learn some of the dances that the Jews of Eastern Europe used to dance at weddings and other celebrations – and have fun!
After Yiddlesticks have played we’ll have a music session of balkan and klezmer tunes, if you plan an instrument you are welcome to bring it along and join in.
For more information, please phone the number on the poster (see above) or use the Contact Form on this website.
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