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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Last Klezmer Rebs gig at Bent Horseshoe

The Klezmer Rebs ethnic music band return for the fourth (and sadly, the last as Bent Horseshoe will be closing soon) time to the wonderful Tokomaru venue the Bent Horseshoe on Saturday 30 May.

Urs Signer our wild Swiss/Kiwi clarinet player will join us when we  play a range of slice-of-life Yiddish klezmer story songs about the ‘old country’. You will also enjoy partisan songs from Italy, Russian folk tunes, French chansons, Latin cowboy love songs, Roma / gypsy jams, and English language jazz and 1940s swing vocal songs. Their own quirky, politically charged multi-lingual originals are some of the most popular crowd tunes.

The Klezmer Rebs have been shaking ‘tuchases’ in Wellington and places north since 2002, recently wowing crowds in Whanganui and Palmerston North’s Culture Festivals.

Tickets are $20 for two sets of music and enjoy the wonderful intimate ambiance of the ‘Shoe café before Steve gets put out to pasture with the local bovines.

book your tickets at 06-329 8808

The Jews Brothers Band rides again with one handed saxophonist Neill Duncan

Jews Brothers Band Live In Concert with the Klezmer Rebs on 7 May at Newtown Community Centre

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After a 7 year absence from Wellington the fabulous and wacky Jews Brothers Band will be finally performing in Wellington again, with Yiddish cousins the Klezmer Rebs in support.

The Jews Brothers will close their 20th anniversary national tour on Thursday 7 May at Newtown Community and Cultural Centre playing a batch of new songs from their just-recorded CD Up in the Borscht Belt.

The Jews Brothers Band

The Jews Brothers Band (JBB) are an all-star band featuring founder and leader, Hershal Hersher on accordion, ace picker Nigel Gavin on mandolin and guitar, Peter Scott on double bass, one-armed saxophonist and percussionist Neill Duncan (ex Six Volts and the Spines) and chanteuse extraordinaire Linn Lorkin on lead vocals and melodica (Linn’s song Family at the Beach was voted Best Kiwi Summer Song in a recent New Zealand Radio Listeners’ Poll).

JBB created a sensation when it first hit the local scene in early 1995.  What was this sound? And what was this ‘klezmer’ they were playing? For Brooklyn raised founder and bandleader Hershal, this music was a return to his roots, to the music brought to New York by the Eastern European Jews.

JBB’s wild, toe-tapping, hand-clapping repertoire soon had audiences circle-dancing or bopping to the grooves of the ‘best swing band in the land’. Expect also gypsy ‘hot-club’, schmaltzy waltzes and daring vocal harmonies on this 20th anniversary tour of a very special band.

For more on Neill’s courageous story of coming back from losing an arm to cancer, see below. Neill is keen to be back on home turf to show his old Wellington mates his chops on his custom made one-handed sax.

Concert details

Who      Jews Brothers Band with Klezmer Rebs

When    7.30pm Thursday 7 May

Where   Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, corner Colombo & Rintoul St. Newtown

Tickets  $30 / $20 unwaged Door sales if seats available.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Just 40 seats left. For bookings email This concert is sure to sell out in the intimate Newtown Community Centre Theatre so book early to avoid disappointment.

Timing  Doors open 6.45pm to pay for bookings and door sales; 7.30pm Klezmer Rebs; 8.00 pm Jews Brothers Band