Klezmer Around the World

Upcoming festivals and workshops around the world.

KlezKanada is now taking bookings. The week long festival of workshops, concerts and events takes place 17-23 August 2015 out in the sticks near Montreal.

Yiddish Summer Weimar is a series of concerts, workshops, sessions and events taking place in Germany from 18 July until 16 August.

In London, KlezFest is back after a hiatus. Taking place at SOAS from 18-21 August.

Manchester Community Choir and Friends

The choir are performing as part of Chorlton Arts Festival with special guests Hard Times Kapelye on Friday 15 May at 7.30pm at St Ninian’s Church, Egerton Road South, Manchester, M21 0XJ. Admission £5/3.


A night of Balkan Revelry with Baksheesh and the Stonybank Duo

Baksheesh are a Balkan gypsy wedding band who bring the party wherever they play, from fast swinging Eastern dance tunes to unique takes on classic pop and rock songs, slow waltzes and even a bellydancer to set the pulses racing. The Stonybank Duo are Olly Baldwin on Bulgarian tambura and Jo Powell on accordion and voice. Their music is a mix of original East European and French Folk. It all takes place at Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, Lancaster, LA2 6ND.

Yiddlesticks at Mono


Paul and Frances from Yiddlesticks Klezmer Band will be performing at Mono in Chorlton as part of Chorlton Arts Festival on Saturday 23 May. Mono is opposite Morrison’s and the address is 535 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, South Manchester, M21 0UE.

The Rubber Duck Orchestra

The Rubber Ducks are a 7-piece Balkan stomp band and as part of Chorlton Arts Festival they’re playing at Chorlton Irish Club on 16 May 2015 at 8pm.

Tickets are available from http://www.musicglue.com


Balkan Music and Dance in Lancaster

Folk to Folk presents a Balkan music concert and dance, featuring Susi Evans, Zivorad Nikolic and Oliver Baldwin from She’Koyokh at the Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY on 16 May 2015.

During the day there will be instrumental workshops on clarinet and accordion (other instruments welcome), upstairs in The Gregson, from 11am until 1pm and an ensemble music workshop from 2-5.30pm. The workshops cost £5 each.

In the evening there will be an introductory Balkan dance workshop at 7pm, with a concert/dance starting at 8pm. Price £8/6 including workshop.


Klezmer Lunchtime Concert

The Michael Kahan Kapelye (aka The Manchester University Klezmer Ensemble) assessed lunchtime concert takes place on Thursday 30 April at 13.10 until 13.50. This concert is free and open to the public so come along and support the students. It’s at the Martin Harris Centre, which is behind the Manchester Museum. The address is Bridgeford Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.