Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah

Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah

by The Klezmatics


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Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah

From a trove of unpublished songs by folk icon Woody Guthrie, New York's klezmer stars have rescued a stack of tunes celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights. Written while Woody was happily nesting in Coney Island with his second wife, Marjorie Mazia, the songs are family listening in the best sense. Sensing immediately the dearth of sing-along material for Jewish youngsters at holiday time, Woody penned tunes for his kids and their friends that salute the festival with the joy of a convert. "The Many and the Few," a haunting duet with Irish singer Susan McKeown, links ancient history with the Hanukkah story for a memorable, radiant tale of rededication lit only by a solo accordion. Elsewhere, the Klezmatics do what they do best -- rousing dance music that will surely animate kids (and adults). Instrumentals like the Meters-styled "(Do the) Latke Flip-Flop" keep the mood musically fun and varied. Guthrie's songs educate about the holiday, sure, but they also ask questions and suggest some deeper truths about holidays, family, neighborhoods, and music. What Jewish parent would counsel kids, "Hanuka time is a time for us all / To tell things that troubled our minds / To untie old knots of bad feelings we've had / And try not to look sad anymore." So left-field, and yet so right -- just like this collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Jmg / Jewish Music
UPC: 0857764001503
catalogNumber: 18050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klezmatics   Primary Artist
Danny Blume   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Matt Darriau   Reeds,Jew's Harp,Group Member
Lisa Gutkin   Violin,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Tine Kindermann   Choir, Chorus
David Licht   Drums,Group Member
Frank London   Trumpet,Harmonium,Alto Horn,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Susan McKeown   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Paul Morrissett   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Cymbals,Baritone Horn,Group Member
Lorin Sklamberg   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Group Member
Boo Reiners   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Matt Darriau   Composer
Lisa Gutkin   Composer
Frank London   Composer
Susan McKeown   Duet
Paul Morrissett   Composer
Lorin Sklamberg   Composer
Nora Guthrie   Executive Producer
Randy Crafton   Engineer

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