Trio of Klezmer Rebs gigs in Gisborne

The Klezmer Rebs are rehearsing for 3 gigs in Gisborne 30 September, 1 & 2 October. We’ve got some new songs we are working on and a new-ish lineup with Saar Cohen on accordion and piano, Emma Wollum accordion, vocals and oboe!, Rose O’Hara on vocals and piano, Rob Edgecombe on bass, Amanda Maclean on drums trombone and helicon, Ana Henderson on violin and David Weinstein guitar, mandolin and vocals.

We will be performing Friday nite 30th September at the fabulous Smash Palace

Then we play 2 shows at the on Saturday 1 October.

Finally we play a sedate concert (after church services!) Sunday 2 October at St Andrew’s Church around 1pm.

It will be our first foray to Gisborne and we hope to make it memorable for all!

Klezmer Rebs at Green Party agm social

This Friday evening 6 August the Klezmer Rebs will shake tuchases at the Greens social event at Level 2/57 Willis Street in central Wellington.

Doors will open at 6pm (Rebs on stage at 9pm) for Green members and friends. There will be dinner and music performance from Finn Johansson, Klezmer Rebs, and Bek Coogan. Door sales only, eftpos & cash payments accepted.

Entry: waged $15, unwaged $5. Includes dinner and entertainment. Vegan and gluten free options provided. All funds raised through the bar go to Wellington province.

Rebs big weekend in wellington

It was a big weekend for the Klezmer Rebs. Welcoming Urs from Taranaki, Emma from Auckland and Amanda from Gisborne we navigated CubaDupa’s thousands and played a lively set Saturday at Hannah’s Courtyard, followed by a 45 minute roam through the Cuba district spreading klezmer joy! What a wonderful reception on the streets! Then Sunday we performed a special one off concert at Futuna Chapel where we were able to play some delicate and beautiful melodies in a resonant space. Here are some fotos from the gigs.

Its wellington’s turn

After 10 days on the road in the South Island, Wellingtonians get their chance to see the Rebs perform live.

First up is CubaDupa on Saturday 27 March. The Rebs do a mid afternoon set at Hannah’s Courtyard Stage, and then becoming roaming klezmorim bringing klezmer tunes up, down and around Cuba Street.

Then, for those who want a more intimate and less raucous time, the Rebs perform a (mostly) acoustic concert at the Futuna Chapel in Karori at 2pm. $10 at the door or through

Missing your klezmer dose?

Guaranteed to cure lockdown blues, the Klezmer Rebs are back on stage in Wellington on Saturday 14 November at the Polish Xmas Market in Newtown.

Eager to get those tuchases shaking, the Rebs bring their Eastern European vibe in a return to live performance at the annual Polish market with their first set of the year (since playing the Taupo Jazz Festival in January).

Catch the Rebs set Saturday afternoon (time to be confirmed) the 14th of November at Dom Polski 257 Riddiford Street (corner Rhodes), Newtown, Wellington.

Enjoy Klezmer Rebs music while in your own home

Hello Klezmer Reb fans/supporters/friends/groupies

If CubaDupa hadn’t been cancelled the Klezmer Rebs would be on stage today and roaming on Cuba Street spreading our klezmer nachas (joy).

But Oy Vey there’s this thing out there.  So, Nu? The antidote is here!

Get a dose of something positive –  enjoy some down home New Zealand klezmer comfort listening to Klezmer Rebs recordings and videos

on our website at Klezmer Rebs website

on YouTube

Klezmer Rebs 2017 compilation

Anarchia Total 2009 at Magic Gardens

Klezmer Rebs play Russian Sher at Plimmerton 2018

Leibedek un Freilekh

Klezmer Rebs at Newtown Festival 2013

Klezmer Rebs 2019 tour compilation

Klezmer Rebs play Sympatique 2009

Klezmer Rebs at Auckland Folk Festival 2018

Yishama Orama – a remix of Klezmer Rebs playing Od Yishama by DJ Cut Loose

or on Facebook  Klezmer Rebs Facebook videos

And if you decide you must own your very own Rebs recording, and want to support our wonderful musicians who can help you feel good amidst the michegas (craziness), you can

download all four of our CDs for US$22.50 (or buy by the song) on Bandcamp at 


order a physical copy of our CDs (thoroughly disinfected!) at

And to you all a big  Zay Gezunt – be in good health!

From your favourite New Zealand klezmer band!

David Weinstein

Klezmer Rebs band  Cell 021 077 6069

Rebs at taupo jazz fest 18 january

Montreux at the bottom of the world?

Taupo is hosting the first ever Taupo Jazz Festival on 18 January (Wellington Anniversary weekend) featuring the River City Jazzmen, Reuben Bradley and the Great Lake Big Band. The Rebs will be 8 strong featuring Urs on clarinet, Alex on violin, Rob bass, Amanda helicon/drums, Emma accordian and vocals, Rose piano and vocals and David guitar and mandolin and vocals.

Catch us at 6.30 pm at the Great Lake Centre Hall on a bill with the River City Jazzmen. Tickets are $60 at