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Katsha’nes Debut CD Launch!

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Katsha'nes is launching their debut CD!

Yiddish was the language of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in England from the 1880s and created a vibrant Yiddish culture in London’s East End. In the height of the music-hall era, immigrant songwriters described their experiences of immigration in humorous, moving, feisty and irreverent Yiddish songs. From the ‘York Minster’ and ‘Wonderland’ theatres of Whitechapel and Stepney, London Yiddish theatre troupes toured immigrant communities across the country with their witty and poignant Cockney-Yiddish entertainment. These songs give us glimpses of an impoverished, energetic and conflicted community in a state of flux, trying to acculturate to their new home with a new culture without losing their identity.

Katshan’es perform this material rescued from songsheets and songbooks lying in dusty archives. Some songs have known melodies, others have original music composed by the band. For two years Katsha’nes’ multimedia performance of songs and sketches has been entertaining audiences in the UK. Now their songs have been produced on an exuberant debut CD Don’t Ask Silly Questions, for which this event is the launch.

Come and laugh, cry, sing and heckle. No Yiddish knowledge necessary.

WHEN? Wednesday 22nd November 2017

WHERE? At Balabam: 58-60 High Rd, Stamford Hill, N15 6JU,

7 min walk from Seven Sisters tube and buses 149, 67, 243


THE DETAILS

  • Doors open at 8pm, music from 8.30. Music from the band + a competition with prizes on the night

  • There will be food and drink for sale

  • No age restrictions at the venue

  • Tickets are £8/5 (+booking fee) from Eventbrite or £10/6 on the door

  • CDs are for sale for £12, £1 off with your ticket to the launch - just in time for Hanukkah and Christmas!

For more info, visit www.katsha'nes.com

WHAT THE FANS SAY

Katsha’nes is like being transported back to the Whitechapel Music Halls of my Grandparents stomping grounds. Sparkling with all the flare of that heady era when the London throb met tradition featuring some great playing and fine production. Just in time for Christmas” Sam Lee (folk singer, song collector)


"‘East Stepney, east StepNEY!’ is the favourite childrens’ bath song in our house… It’s a risqué song that goes over their heads, but it’s so irrepressibly catchy to sing along ‘every Sadie is a lady and every Sam a gent.’ We loved the new material and presentation." Nadia Valman (Reader in East-End literature, Queen Mary University)


"vibrant, full of energy and wit - beautifully performed and infectiously enthusiastic; we left, back into a world that suddenly felt a lot less bleak." Davina Cooper (law professor, University of Kent)

"katsh'nes take you on a genuinely fascinating and extremely accessible journey through the dark, dirty, satirical world of the London Yiddish music hall of the turn of the 20th century. A highly recommended evening out” Rachel Weston (Yiddish folk singer)


"A fun, funk & fabulous performance!" Lloica Czackis (Yiddish tango singer)

"Katshanes are four brilliantly talented women who bring the Edwardian Jewish Music Hall triumphantly into the 21st Century. Music, theatre, history, fly with elan into a contemporary show bringing the Jewish immigrant experience into the multi ethnic present, Music Hall travesti to 21st century gender bending. It’s an unclassifiable delight!" Nico Pollen (audience)




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