Tickhill Music Society

by | 2 December 2022 | Music, Worksop

Join the Tickhill Music Society on Friday 9th December at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Primary School, St Mary’s Road, Tickhill to hear the Rosie Hood Folk Band perform traditional and contemporary folk songs and, as this is the Christmas concert, folk carols from South Yorkshire.

Non-members are welcome at a charge of £12.00, payable on the door. Accompanied children and students (aged 16 to 19) are admitted free of charge.

London Klezmer Quartet

It is 10 years since Tickhill Music Society last welcomed a klezmer band to one of its concerts. Judging by the applause which greeted the London Klezmer Quartet at its appearance at Tickhill, they have been sorely missed.

Klezmer, for the uninitiated, is a form of traditional music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. The line-up of the LKQ consists of clarinet, fiddle, accordion and double bass (which is both plucked and bowed).

For the Tickhill audience the band went through its repertoire of dance tunes, songs and improvisations, contrasting love songs, dances, laments and drinking songs, and drawing inspiration from all parts of Europe, from Ukraine to Latvia and points in between. The humour was of a wry nature, including a sardonic tribute to the humble potato, the staple diet of the poor peasant. The audience was encouraged to join in with foot-stamping and singing refrains in Yiddish.

It was an evening which not only entertained in spades, but now and again gave a gentle reminder of the hardship suffered by Jews over the ages.

Review by Adrian Hattrell