Rebs fotos from Greytown Arts Festival

The sun shined for the Rebs at Greytown Arts Festival on Sunday 24 January

Rebs at Greytown

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Here are a few snaps from our 2 sets.

At the end we enjoyed an old fashioned jam session with the other musos on the bill.

Dompost’s Simon Sweetman reviews Just Add Shmaltz

Simon Sweetman published a short review of  the Klezmer Reb’s CD Just Add Shmaltz in The Dominion Post, Friday 2 October 2009, in the Entertainment section, page B6.  From the review:

If you have enjoyed The Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band or The Jews Brothers, then The Klezmer Rebs will be to your taste…. It’s thigh-slapping music that is likely to be returning to a Botanic Garden concert near you.


Just Add Shmaltz reviewed in The Listener

In the Listener (26 September – 2 October 2009, page 43) Ian Dando gives a great review of  the Reb’s latest CD Just Add Shmaltz:

This Wellington octet can let their hair down and swing Jewish wedding music with energetic solos just where it matters on clarinet, violin and trumpet, with spontaneous lead singing to match.  Clarinet solos are wildly creative in their Russian-flavoured Ochi Chorniye. There are some crackers when they leave traditional klezmer and write their own, especially the opening Kumt Kumt Chaverim, with its catchy refrains gyrating tonally between E minor and B flat major. The Rebs offer genuine in-style klezmer sonority, played with bubbling festivity.

Just add shmaltz CD now available through Ode Records

The Rebs new CD Just add shmaltz can now be obtained through Ode Records – we are featured on their site here (or you can order it on the cheap direct from us at

So ring up Ode chief honcho Roger Marbeck on 09 630 117 and tell him thanks for supporting NZ music. Oh yes, and order a hundred or so for your music shop!

Rebs shower the crowds with klezmer at Organic River Festival

The Klezmer Rebs played a 75 minute set to the Organic River Festival crowd on Sunday (18 January) amidst the mud, wind, rain, and yes, even sunshine!

Around about the 3rd or 4th Rebs song the heavens opened up and deluged the crowd, driving the listeners for cover and the sound team (who were excellent!)  scurrying to keep us from being electrocuted. 

Thanks for the remaining audience who stuck around to listen to the rest of our set.  The sun came back out, and we finished with Urs’s anthemic Anarchia Total.

Klutz of the day and a big Homer Simpson ‘Doh’ to Reb David who fluffed his cue on Ochi Chornya.