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The Travelling Jewish Wedding

The Travelling Jewish Wedding

The Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra of America and California was an itinerant band of engineers, doctors, teachers, and musicians who played their music at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and other celebrations. Formed in 1976 by friends who shared a love of Yiddish, Russian, and Rom (Gypsy) music, the band was among the first of its kind to blossom in California. Violin, lute, balalaika (a triangular, stringed lute), contra-bass balalaika, bouzouki (a pear-shaped, long-necked lute), accordion, domra (another long-necked lute), and guitar accompany singers from Israel, Russia, and Mill Valley. Tracks include Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, an Israeli love song inspired by King Solomon's Song of Songs, a ritual circumcision song in Ladino (the language of the Spanish Jews), and a classic Yiddish riddle song ("Tumbalalaika") about the mysteries of the heart. The album was originally issued in 1980 and later reissued as part of “THE WORLD” series (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).

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Track Listing

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Kalinka Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 4:49
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Tumbalalaika Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:36
103
Tov L'Hodot Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 5:27
104
Hana'ava Babanot Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 2:58
105
Joshua's Yiddishe Momme Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:44
106
Oylupnuv Obrutch Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 1:52
107
Cuando El Rey Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 2:34
108
Hungarian Dance #5 Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:15
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Trepak Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:17
110
Guitara Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:29
111
Svetyet Myesats Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 3:46
112
Monti's Czardas Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra 2:59

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