Song Premiere: Zoe and Cloyd “Hoffman’s Hora/David’s Frailach”

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Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Zoe and Cloyd’s song “Hoffman’s Hora/David’s Frailach,” from their forthcoming album, produced by Jon Weisberger and engineered by Clay Miller. “Hoffman’s Hora/David’s Frailach” is John Cloyd Miller on acoustic guitar; Natalya Zoe Weinstein on fiddle; Kevin Kehrberg on bass; and Bennett Sullivan on banjo.

For a heady experience, turn this on and let yourself be carried away by the old world blended charm of this special klezmer style medley.  Ponder the abiding traditions of music that carry us through bluegrass today, courtesy of Zoe and Cloyd.

These two klezmer instrumentals were in my grandfather, David Weinstein’s, repertoire. He was a professional musician who emigrated from Russia (what is now Ukraine) in 1923, and made his living here in America playing music for weddings, functions, and events. Horas and frailachs were dance tunes, and often were unnamed. This version of ‘Hoffman’s Hora’ was named for an early recording of Jacob Hoffman and Kandel’s Orchestra. I couldn’t find another version of the frailach, except my grandfather’s handwritten one, so we named it ‘David’s Frailach.’ I think that bluegrass and klezmer blend together well because of their folk history and sensibilities. It’s a beautiful fusion! — Natalya Weinstein

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