Woody Guthrie, father of American folk music, writer of “This Land Is Your Land,” also wrote Hanukkah songs! Deftly intermingling Klezmer with American folk and bluegrass,Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah is destined to become a holiday classic for generations to come. This delightful collection of songs, including ‘Hanuka’s Flame”, “Hanuka Gelt”, “Spin Dreydl Spin”, “(Do the) Latke Flip-Flip” and others, is among the best of Guthrie’s work, and the Klezmatics playful renditions cast a new light on the Hanukkah tradition. Since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. Dec 1 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
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