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Sklamberg & The Shepherds (USA/UK/Russia)

Klezmer royalty in transcontinental exploration of common roots


Three renowned performers of Eastern European Jewish music come together in this exceptional new trio: Lorin Sklamberg, co-founder of the legendary Klezmatics; uniquely innovative clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, and the remarkable vocalist/pianist Polina Shepherd, originally from Siberia. 

Each performer represents a different nation, yet their backgrounds are closely related, their ancestors emigrating from the Ukraine to find a better world elsewhere. This fresh collaboration blends traditional and contemporary Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer styles and Southern Mediterranean music. Influenced by several cultures and maintaining individual styles, the trio plays original and traditional material with freedom and spontaneity. With mournful solo clarinet, bouncy village songs, and some fiery vocals, their performance takes us on a breathtaking musical journey that is full of spirited joy and deep emotion.

Wed   22 Mar       York | NCEM
Thu    23 Mar       Gateshead | The Sage Gateshead
Fri      24 Mar       Birmingham | mac Birmingham
Sat     25 Mar       Cambridge | Junction
Sun    26 Mar       Milton Keynes | The Stables
Tue     28 Mar       Bristol | Colston Hall /Lantern
Wed   29 Mar       Sheffield | University of Sheffield
Fri      31 Mar       Bangor | Pontio
Sun     02 Apr       Bury St Edmunds | The Apex
Tue     04 Apr       London | Rich Mix London

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