Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer, roots and folk music from some of Scotland's finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Camille O'Sullivan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Carthy, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest folk festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.
In the 15 years they have been together, pianist Phil Alexander, violinist Greg Lawson, accordion player Pete Garnett, bass player Mario Caribe and percussionist Guy Nicolson have developed an instant musical chemistry that captivates audiences with its highly original, deeply involving sound – rooted in folk traditions of the world.
The result is a thrilling and evocative sound that can truly transport a listener. Each Bagels concert is a journey filled with joy, excitement and raw emotion that leaves every audience member with a feeling that they have witnessed something magical and truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Moishe’s Bagel’s sound is hard to categorise in the best possible way! Each member brings unique sensibilities to the group.
A driving klezmer groove from Phil, rootsy Scottish folk and tango stylings from Pete, classical virtuosity and power from Greg, inspired Latin jazz flavours from Mario…all brilliantly complemented by a richly unique percussion sound that includes Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darabuka from Guy.
"exhilarating, full-flavoured stuff, often breath-takingly intricate but played with jubilation ... the Bagel acquires the momentum of an express train" - The Herald
"this brilliantly accomplished and adventurous five-piece emphatically puts the class into unclassifiable" - The Scotsman