New Klezmer Session at The Ducie

Hosted by L’chaim Kapelye. Monday 28 September 2015 at 8pm.

Calling all klezmer enthusiasts! Whether you are an experienced klezmorim, a beginner klezmorim, a dabbler in folk/gypsy/balkan music, or simply intrigued as to what is klezmer, then this session at The Ducie Arms is for you.

This is the first klezmer session ever to be held at this location, and our aim is to get a monthly jam going so that more people can enjoy the Eastern European Yiddish tradition. It will be a very informal session and anyone is welcome. All you need to do is bring your selves, your voice and/or instrument, and a bit of ££ to buy some drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to keep you going.

The session will begin around 8pm, but if you need to arrive later, then that is not a problem. If you are a UoM muso are worried about instruments we can also let you back into the MHC with our powers of 24hr postgrad access!

Spread the word by passing this on to anyone who you think may enjoy exploring the klezmer tradition! Any questions, please do not hesitate to message L’chaim Kapelye!


KlezNorth 2016

A weekend of Klezmer in the Peak District.

11th-13th March 2016

KlezNorth 2015 was another resounding success with Deborah Strauss as Musical Director sharing her wisdom and vast experience. We were also delighted to have the wonderful French band Freylekhs Brider who led instrumental, dance and Yiddish song workshops. Photographs from the weekend are in the Gallery.


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