Lively eth­nic band is back

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

Eclec­tic klezmer - wild and spir­ited mu­sic from the Jewish and Yid­dish folk tra­di­tion via Europe and the USA - re­turns to Palmer­ston North this week.

Vet­eran Welling­ton eth­nic group the Klezmer Rebs are back.

The band were a hit when they head­lined the 2013 Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures Lan­tern Pa­rade in The Square, and will also be re­mem­bered for their 2015 fi­nal fling ‘tuchas’-shak­ing gig at Toko­maru’s Bent Horse­shoe Cafe be­fore the venue closed down.

Pump­ing out Euro­pean and Rus­sian folk tunes, lively dance num­bers, mu­sic that flirts with jazz and swing, poignant story songs, and their own quirky orig­i­nals, this Satur­day’s Klezmer Reb con­cert will be in­fused with songs from the band’s fourth CD Al­ways a Plea­sure, recorded in Feather­ston.

Gui­tarist, man­dolin player and vo­cal­ist David We­in­stein said the Al­ways A Plea­sure line-up has clar­inet player Urs Signer, orig­i­nally from Switzer­land, who spent time study­ing the in­stru­ment while do­ing a year’s high school in Palmer­ston North.

Rose­mary O’Hara plays pi­ano and vo­cals, with Rob Edge­combe on bass and Amanda McLean on trom­bone, ac­cor­dion and per­cus­sion.

The Klezmer Rebs play the Hokowhitu Bowling Club on De­cem­ber 3 at 8.30pm.

Tick­ets are $20 with book­ings on 329 8808.

The Klezmer Rebs eth­nic mu­sic band play The Square dur­ing the 2013 Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures.

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