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I remember when there was just one record shop down the
the Heart", SHIR, UK
guitar/vocals, bass, violin
was the CD that won the highest praise ("I’d go and hear them if I
could") in terms of authenticity, innovation, virtuosity (especially
the clarinetist – lovely tone) and versatility of sound. The arrangement
of "Der Heyser Bulgar" was technically interesting and full of
tuneful energy, and we particularly liked the string bass. Good for
dancing, too. "My Yiddishe Mama" was performed in a rumba
rhythm, and again felt like a dance tune.
Review in Jewish Chronicle by Gaby Wine
Shir are in
foot-tapping form with their uplifting collection of traditional Jewish,
Klezmer, Yiddish and Israeli music.
The London based band (a talented bunch) plays with plenty of soul
and, as the album title suggests, lots of heart.
They are already making a name for themselves, having played more recently
in front of Tony Blair when he was hosting the Israeli ambassador.
There's a bit of everything here, from "My Yiddishe Mama" and "Bei Mir
Bist Du Shein" to "Erev Ba" and "Shalom Aleichem".
What makes the band a rarity on the UK Jewish music scene is that they
retain the sound and spirit of the original klezmorim.
My only reservation is that there isn't more singing, since besides being
accomplished instrumentalists, these guys aren't bad in the vocal
– USA Folk/Roots magazine
Israeli Songs (ARC EUCD 1840 )
is a very soothing and satisfying album of Jewish standards from a little known
quartet based in England.
Shir (which means “song” in Hebrew) offers faithful interpretations of such
cultural chestnuts as “Hava Nagilah” as well as several traditional prayers,
including “Ose Shalom” and Leha Dodi”.
And while countless albums before this have featured similar selections, Shir
does so with passion and meticulous craft. By using instruments associated with both Europe and the
, the group creates a timeless bridge between the diverse musical backgrounds
Jews developed and incorporated over the centuries.
And by mixing both prayer and worldly songs, Shir offer a fuller picture of the
Jewish musical experience. Topping it off is Maurice Chernick’s serene vocals, which strike a nice
balance between the sacred and the secular.
Recommended for anyone looking for an easy access point into Jewish music and
others who simply want a pleasing listen.
Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine,
Songs ARC Music 1840
Credit this England-based vocal and instrumental quartet
with actually coming up with an original arrangement for "Hava Nagila"
which is somewhat true to its origins as a Hasidic melody. Otherwise, the
16 songs included here--about half of them drawing from the cosmopolitan
Jewish liturgy--reflect a certain Israeli folk aesthetic partial to
clarinet and violin and heavy on acoustic guitars.
There is a penchant for finding the sinuous grooves and winding melodic
lines in European songs that predate modern Israel as well as in
contemporary Israeli folk songs. The group's versions of traditional
material like "Kol Dodi" and "Dror Yikra" are
workmanlike but not without feeling, whereas the four selections by
contemporary songwriter Naomi Shemer are lighthearted.
Well-worn chestnuts like "Erev Shel Shoshanim" have a faint
whiff of "A Mighty Wind" about them, but with a few Shlomo
Carlebach numbers and contemporary folk classics like "HaFinjan"
and "Bashana Haba'a," this makes a pleasant sampler of or
introduction to 20th Century Hebrew folk music for the uninitiated.--SR
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