This is Hard Times Kapelye's first EP release. VAT will be added to the download price automatically.
All tracks, with the exception of Reubenstein the Magnificent (written by Richard Fay), are re-interpretations of traditional Klezmer based tunes. The first track is a re-imagining of the way Klezmer may have sounded in the late 19th century and slowly changed its shape through the the 1920s until you hear the present interpretation. The final track is a reprise of the modern interpretation on the studio recording but is a live recording of the same - our own idiosyncratic realisation. To be enjoyed at least as much the audience appear to have done!
released March 5, 2016
The Hard Times Kapelye are a Manchester-based six piece Klezmer band playing a mixture of traditional Klezmer tunes and original numbers inspired by the music of the Balkans.
Hard Times Kapelye are:
Mike Beaumont: fiddle, cajón and other percussion
Derek Davies: tenor and soprano saxes
Richard Fay: horns
Simon Ingram: electric and acoustic fiddle
Bob Shaw: guitar
Colin Watson: clarinet and alto sax
All tracks arranged by HTK except 1,2, and 4 where the original arrangement was taken from Ilana Cravitz’s The Klezmer Fiddle (2008, OUP).
All tracks performed by HTK except 1 and 5 where HTK are joined by guests as follows: Susan Dawson (cello), Jackie Fay (viola), Jemima Kingsland (flute), and Lucie Phillips (5-string electric bass/wood blocks)
Recorded in the school hall at St. James' Primary School, Rusholme, Manchester. Recorded and mixed by Dave Milner. With thanks. Except track 6 recorded at St Werburgh’s Church, Manchester as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2014.
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