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Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival, Melb 3 Sept - All-star artists revealed!

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 08-Aug-2017
SHIR MADNESS returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Jewish contribution to music with 10 hours of joyous, riveting, moving & challenging performances of every imaginable kind. 30 acts will play on multiple, concurrent stages and a single ticket covers all acts all day. With the iconic festival alternating annually with Sydney, it’s Melbourne’s turn to celebrate in 2017.
And festival director Deborah Conway and artistic director Willy Zygier have announced the appearances of Alma Zygier, Angie Hart, Clare Bowditch, Dave Graney, David Bridie, Deborah Cheetham, Deborah Conway, Emily Lubitz, Glenn Richards, Jessie Lloyd, Jess Ribeiro, Kram (from Spiderbait), Paul Dempsey, Pugsley Buzzard and Russell Morris. They’ll take part in the popular Song of Songs section which features the cream of Australia’s music community each singing one of their favourite songs by a Jewish composer.

Headlining the Shir Madness this year are the Australian debuts for both the incomparable New York trail-blazers The Klezmatics and world-renowned US clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove.

‘Australia's First Lady of Soul’ Renée Geyer brings her unique vocal power to this extraordinary line-up too. See the attached full release for the complete line-up. Plus preview images and a collage of Song of Songs stars... Artistic Director Willy Zygier says: “This year’s line-up confirms Shir Madness as the Southern Hemisphere’s pre-eminent Jewish music festival, it will be an incredible musical experience.”