New video of Klezmer Rebs, Wellington Anniversary Day 2018

Thanks to Steve Hogg for this video of the Klezmer Rebs (Jonathan Dunn trombone, Emma Wollon accordian, Rose O’Hara Piano, Rob Edgecombe bass, and David Weinstein guitar/mandolin) at the Wellington Waterfront, 22 January 2018, featuring 1) Yoskhe Yoskhe 2) Ba Mir Bistu Sheyn and 3) Zvezda (featuring Dave Moskovitz vocals and trumpet).

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Wellington Anniversary Day 22 January 2018

Posted by Steve Hogg on Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Rebs live on Wellington Anniversary Day – 12-2pm on the waterfront

The Klezmer Rebs perform live and for free -Oy Vey! – as part of Wellington Anniversary Day’s World Music and Food event.

Klezmer Rebs do two sets from 12 – 2pm, with a special guest during the second set. And its FREE!

Come along for family fun on the waterfront from 11am-5pm at Frank Kitts Park and Odlins Plaza on Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday 22 January 2018.

From 12pm the Klezmer Rebs play our first live gig of 2018 in the World Food and Music zone at Odlins Plaza (outside Circa and the Brewery) with two sets from12 – 2pm.


Klezmer Rebs gigs this Summer – Wellington, Auckland, Newtown

Hi Klezmer Rebs fans

There are 2 chances to see the band perform live in Wellington this summer:

22 January Monday (Wellington Anniversary Day) at the waterfront World Music and Food – 2 sets, time to be confirmed

4 March Sunday Newtown Festival 10.50 a.m.

Plus Aucklanders

can see the Rebs perform twice on one day at the Auckland Folk Festival (Kumeu showgrounds) – 28 January Sunday at 6.00p.m – 7.00pm then 8pm at the feature concert

Rebs World Famous on Forward website!

Wow we’ve made the big time. An old foto from about 4 years ago. Dave Moskovitz, Sue Esterman, and Rainer Thiel – you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave from Hotel Klezmer Rebs. Now how did a little ‘ol amateur klezmer band from little ole Wellington New Zealand get to have our foto used for an article about how klezmer music is live and well? The lord moves in mysterious ways! Thanks Forward! Honoured to be in your legendary publication!

Road to Recovery fundraiser with Wellington City Shake ‘Em on Downers 4 March at Aro Valley Hall

Join the Klezmer Rebs and the Wellington City Shake ‘Em on Downers for a concert to benefit the Israeli volunteers who meet and transport Palestinians for urgent medical treatment.

When: Saturday 4 March, from 7.30pm

Where: Aro Valley Community Hall

How much: $25 / $18 concession – All funds to to Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery fundraiser concert – what is Road to Recovery?

In a special, musical gesture to unity, two local bands, the Wellington City Shake ‘Em On Downers and the Klezmer Rebs, will perform at a benefit concert for the Road to Recovery.

The Road to Recovery is a voluntary, non-profit, NGO that joins Israelis and Palestinians.  Its 700 Israeli volunteers met 3600 Palestinians last year at the crossings between the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Israel.  Volunteers drive each Palestinian to an Israeli hospital for urgent medical treatment.  The Road to Recovery believes that “the way to peace and trust between Israelis and Palestinians must encompass face-to-face meetings between people who put their humanity before any considerations of religious faith or politics.”

Wellingtonian Marilyn Garson worked and lived in the Gaza Strip for four years, 2011 – 2015.  She now speaks about her experience.  One group of listeners wanted to contribution to solutions, and they wanted the fundraising itself to bring together Kiwis from different backgrounds and politics.

Marilyn proposed the Road to Recovery.  Three of her colleagues’ families have needed humanitarian diagnosis or treatment in Israel.

“Hospitality is one of Gaza’s defining qualities.  In my experience, Gazans were grateful and relieved to be welcomed in Israel, arriving at a vulnerable moment of serious family illness.  The Road to Recovery makes a gesture, not a fix – but it’s a fine, dignified gesture.  When the conflict is resolved, as it must be, gestures like theirs will have sown some trust for people to live together.”

The Road to Recovery ( is funded entirely by donations.  Costs vary between $36 and $54 for each patient transfer.  For a couple of tickets, you can dance in the knowledge that you’ve helped one Palestinian to get to medical help.”


The bands are donating their time, and the concert organizers hope to find sponsorship for the costs, so that they can donate the full ticket price to the Road to Recovery.

The concert will be held at the Aro Community Hall, Saturday March 4.  Tickets cost $25 or $18 for unwaged, and they can be bought online at—Wellington-Helps-The-Helpers.utr

Cash sales only at the door.  The doors open at 7:30 for an 8:00 start.





Klezmania! London Klezmer Quartet and Klezmer Rebs concerts & workshop in Wellington 27/28/29 January 2017

Wellingtonians, are you ready for some klezmania?


Come see the Klezmer Rebs with overseas guests the London Klezmer Quartet in concert together.

27 January at  St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekakariki  Doors open 7.30pm   $20/$15 concession

28 January – Café Meow 9 Edward Street Wellington 8pm  $20 door

29 January  A special Klezmer Workshop and Dance – Temple Sinai 147 Ghuznee St, Wellington 2 – 5pm $30/$20 concession

NOTE: the 29 January date is not a concert (to see us in concert, come to one of the gigs on 27 or 28 January) but a workshop featuring demonstrations of the variety of the klezmer repertoire, an opportunity to play klezmer (bring your instrument!), a chance to learn dances the music was written for, and some background about Yiddishkeit and klezmer culture. Learn and enjoy, while shaking your tuchas!

For further details/bookings contact or tel 021 077 6069 or book at

Listen before you buy – 2 songs from the new Rebs CD – Moonlight & Josh’s Song

Before you decide to buy (of course you will!) the new Klezmer Rebs CD Always a Pleasure, have a listen to two featured tracks:

Moonlight (Ladino song) is a stunning 7/8 time signature Ladino/English song – Ladino being the Spanish-sounding language of Sephardi Jews who come from the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa and Arabic countries.  Reb Rose sings it beautifully and it features an outstanding solo by our activist/anarchist clarinet player Urs Signer.

Also here’s a snippet from the opening track. Josh’s Song for the Rebs is an original written for us by our friend Wellington jazz musician Josh Simon and played with a bit of swing. It forms the first part of a medley, but you’ll have to get the CD to hear it all.

To order and buy Always a Pleasure, or any of our other Klezmer Rebs CDs, go to CD Order

You can also purchase tracks from our Bandcamp site




Rebs working on new CD – finally!

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Its a long time since the Klezmer Rebs recorded and released our most recent CD Anarchia Total (2010/11). But finally, in September 2015 the Rebs spent  2 days in Matt Hudson’s home studio in Featherston and put down the basic tracks for 10 songs. If they all make it to the final cut, we will have recordings of new originals – Rhubarb (by Heather Elder) and Josh’s Song (by Josh Simon); some new songs in our recent repetoire Ladino Song (Moonlight), La Rose Enfloresce, Di Goldene Pave and Flatbush Waltz, and some old faves/classics: Minor Swing, Der Heyser Bulgar, Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen, Odessa Bulgar.  Still lots more to do but a fun project for the summer!

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