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New Hampshire Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing

Raymond Street Klezmer Band
Jewish Klezmer Music

The Raymond Street Klezmer Band plays the music of the Jewish culture often enjoyed at celebrations, social gatherings, and weddings. Since the Middle Ages, Jewish musicians, known as klezmorim, have traveled all over Europe. The music they played was a blend of many musical influences of Eastern Europe and circus music. The klezmorim acted as court musicians for sultans and caliphs, kings, and emperors. They also performed at both Jewish and Christian celebrations, in synagogues, as street musicians, for weddings, at pubs, fairs and community festivals. Jewish immigrants introduced Klezmer music to the United States. Once in the US, the music incorporated influences from jazz and vaudeville. The Raymond Street Klezmer Band is based in southern New Hampshire and has played at a variety of festivals and community gatherings. They represented New Hampshire in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., appeared at the Lowell Folk Festival and the state fairs of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The band members are: Sandy Dickens (vocalist), Alan Green (clarinet, saxophone, vocalist), Ruth Weiner Harris (accordion), Gordon Hegfield (keyboard), Jared Iverson (trumpet), Nick Noseworthy (percussion), Bruce Smith (bass, vocalist).

Preferred activities and age groups: Performances, demonstrations, and workshops at schools and community locations such as libraries, historic societies, fairs, festivals, and museums for all ages.

Availability: Primarily southern New Hampshire year round.


Contact Information:
Ruth Winer-Harris
PO Box 118
Hollis, NH 03049-
Phone: 603/465-2181


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