Shir Madness 2016

January 25, 2016 by Geoff Sirmai
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Registrations are now open for all singers, musicians and bands for this year’s Shir Madness which will take place in Sydney on multiple stages again at Bondi Beach Pavilion  on  Sunday 18 September.

Kate, Lynda, Kylie and Deb Shir Madness 2015 Photo: David Erdstein

Kate, Lynda, Kylie and Deb Shir Madness 2015 Photo: David Erdstein

Following the sparkling success of the festival’s first Melbourne event last year, the Jewish Music Festival is now firmly established as a national event moving between Sydney and Melbourne on alternate years.

Applications for participants in this year’s festival are open until 29 February.

Festival Director Gary Holzman said this is the chance to perform at Australasia’s only large-scale Jewish music festival – which in the past has featured such well-known acts as Tim Freedman, Simon Tedeschi, Deborah Conway, Mosh Ben Ari (Israel), Monsieur Camembert, Lucky Oceans, Husky, Zusha (USA), Tinpan Orange, London Klezmer Orchestra (UK), Baby et Lulu, the Preatures and Joshua Nelson (USA) to name but a few.

“The Festival is open to any act performing Jewish music as broadly defined (Klezmer, Cantorial, Yiddish, Ladino, Sephardic, Mizrachi, Israeli etc) as well as any act featuring at least one Jewish member, regardless of the style of music played.”

“We will almost certainly bring Sydney the thrilling “Song of Songs” segment where high profile (non-Jewish) Australian musicians are invited to perform a song of Jewish significance or theme – as Melbourne’s wonderful Deborah Conway introduced last year and which featured Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Kate Miller-Heidke and David Hobson – among other major stars.”

Prospective performers can visit: http://shirmadness.com/perform

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