Following the success, a few years ago, of our Kosher Ceilidh tour, SCoJeC invited Klezmatize to join us for the latest in our ongoing series of Being Jewish in Scotland events. Everywhere we’ve been, every time SCoJeC has put on an event anywhere in Scotland, we’ve been joined by local Jewish people we hadn’t met before, and these events have proved no exception. A year ago, at our Celebration of Jewish Writing in Inverness, Kathy Hagler was very surprised to discover that she wasn’t the only Jewish person in the area – and she's now happily teaching Hebrew to a group of four people she met at another of our events!
Klezmatize consists of two musicians, clarinetist Emma Stiman, and accordion player John Sikorski. Emma originally trained as an orchestral musician but her Jewish roots inspired her to investigate klezmer music, and she's never looked back! John, who has been involved in international music and dance traditions for over twenty years, now focuses on playing klezmer music too. SCoJeC's Projects and Outreach Worker, Fiona Frank, is no stranger to klezmer either. She started her musical life as a morris dancer, melodeon player, and ceilidh caller, but has recently abandoned the melodeon for a klezmer concertina, and has been calling the dances on the Klezmatize tour.
Click on the links above to see pictures, and find out more about each event on the tour.