Shir Madness

shir_madness_logo-dark-blue-text-white-bg-136pxShir Madness® is a music festival showcasing and celebrating the diversity of Jewish music and performers from Sydney and across the globe.

Around 30 acts will perform across multiple stages, giving you the chance to sample many different acts across the day.

Husky and Gideon will be performing in the afternoon and also for Song of Songs in the evening.

date:  Sunday 18th September 2016

time:  Festival opens 12pm

location:  Bondi beach, Sydney, Australia



Album launch postponed

Dear Friends,

It’s with great regret that we need to postpone our album launch show at Memo Music Hall on September 25th. Unfortunately our lead singer Evie Gawenda needs to have ankle surgery and will be out of action for 3 months.

Thanks so much to those of you who purchased tickets. Your money has already been refunded.

We will be in touch with a new launch date and any news very soon. So stay tuned…

The Bashevis Singers

Album Launch at Memo Music Hall

UPDATE:  This gig has been postponed 



date:  Sunday 25th September 2016

time:  doors open 7pm

location: Memo Music Hall 88 Acland Street St, St Kilda (entrance via Albert Street)

The Bashevis Singers album launch and show.  With special guests.

Author Helen Garner described the album this way: “This music seems simple at first—lullabies and love songs, laments and dances—but it is drawn from such a deep past and refreshed by such vocal purity and sophisticated playing that it grows richer and more enchanting with every hearing.”

Get your tickets here before they sell out.

Or call the Memo Music Hall ticket office (03) 9534 3556 to book via phone.

It’s going to be a magical night of Yiddish song and time travel.  We can’t wait to share it with you.



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Saturday 25th June 2016 9pm



Michael Gawenda on pickling

Michael Gawenda spoke to Hilary Harper about Poland, pickling cucumbers and The Bashevis Singers.

You can listen to the interview for a week

To hear more come along to a free event at the Jewish Museum on the 3rd of April 2016.




Labour of Love

Making this album was an absolute labour of love.

We’ve all spent hours and hours in recording studios before, and it isn’t always fun!  There’s often a lot of hard work too.  But this album was the most fun we’ve ever had in the studio.  We all agree.

There was an amazing vibe the whole time we were recording.  Most of the time we had at least one of the members of our families visiting. Parents, cousins, uncles and aunties, nieces dancing around, babies sleeping.  It was an intensely beautiful and personal feeling singing the songs our grandparents sang to our parents.  The tradition lives on as we sing them to our children.

The session musicians we brought in to record this album became our extended family for those few weeks.  We laughed together, ate and drank together.

We are sure you’ll be able to hear the love we poured in to the recording when you get to listen to it.