I’ve never seen a live klezmer band before. So on Tuesday when the Trinity Jewish Society put North Strand on in Cassidy’s as some sort of e-mail getting event/opportunity for everybody to realise that Jewish culture sometimes comes in very intense, North Dublin-based, seven man packages. An appreciable effort, and a worthwhile one.
Downstairs in Cassidy’s was empty. This was a clever deception, because upstairs was absolutely jammed and sweaty as fuck. I can’t imagine how stubborn and dull someone would have to be to stay downstairs when they heard the klezmer vamp and and the manic dancing kick in. Absolute brilliance.
They played a variety of different Jewish songs with Yiddish names which I have no chance of being able to reproduce accurately, even if I remembered their sounds. They also played some songs with names in English, like Merchant’s Arch. And some gypsy songs.
They played vamping, incredibly Eastern European sounding brilliance on incredibly Eastern European sounding instruments, with no hint of irony at all. The place was packed to capacity and pumping. It was the best gig in a while. If you haven’t seen them, you have to. Really. Preferably in a very full upstairs bar.
Hit them up on MySpace. “Other/Ska/Other” doesn’t even begin to describe it.