Klezmer Idol: And the winner is...

August 2, 2007

The votes have been cast and counted, and we can announce (drumroll, please) that JC readers have chosen Stewart Curtis's K-Groove as the winner of our Klemzer Idol competition.

In what turned out to be a close contest, the votes of hundreds of readers, cast via the JC's website at, put K-Groove just ahead of second-placed band Shir, with Klezmer Gourmet in third position. The seven other bands taking part were all well supported.


A very brief history of Klezmer

July 6, 2007

Klezmer as we now know it was originally just referred to as Jewish music and was played by Jewish musicians in Eastern Europe for several hundred years prior to the Second World War.

After the Russian pogroms, many klezmer musicians (or klezmorim) fled to America, and there, from about 1910, klezmer began to flourish.


Klezmer Idol - You decide who wins

July 5, 2007

Listen to klezmer music files here and vote in The JC's Klezmer Idol competition. We have been working with 10 of the best British klezmer bands, and want you to help choose which one will perform at KlezFest in the Park in London next month. To listen, click on the links below and tell us your favourite.

Ten groups are vying for the title of Britain's best klezmer band, and JC readers are invited to pick the winner. Listen to them here and vote for your favourite.

NOTE: Voting for Kelzmer Idol has now closed.