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Yiddish Twist Orchestra

NCEM, York
Tuesday 26 February 7:30pm

Adults £12.00 | Concessions £10.00 | Students £5.00

The Yiddish Twist Orchestra is an all-star East End band featuring Europe's retro king Natty Bo on vocals (Ska Cubano). In the late 50s and early 60s, London was home to 'der shvitz', the most deliriously danceable music of all – a hallucinating mix of surf rock guitar, West Indian calypso, mambo, skiffle and Jewish folk melodies. When it crossed the Atlantic in diluted form as the twist, the music's roots remained largely forgotten. This one-off cultural collision, paying homage to its beatnik founder Willy Bergman, lost hero of the sex 'n' drugs British music revolution, got the slums – and salons – on both sides of the water dancing to the pounding Yiddish beat.

'â€Ĥa band with a mission, and their own quirky mythology'  The Guardian

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