The brainchild of Melbourne musician Simon Starr (Frock, NLT, Joe Camilleri, Suze De Marche, Ian Moss), this extraordinary collective of virtuoso musicians including Willy Zygier, Adam Starr, Husky Gawenda & Gideon Preiss (Husky, The Bashevis Singers), Tomi Kalinski, Alex Burkoy (Tinpan Orange), Josh Abrahams (Puretone) and David Haberfeld (Honeysmack) takes you on a joyous, spiky, edgy and ferociously danceable trip into their Jewish musical roots. The recipe for YID! is mesmerising. They take centuries-old Yiddish drinking songs, throw them in the pot with the sounds of Duke Ellington’s 1930s big band sound, add a dash of 1960s free jazz, a dose of late 1970s New York avant-garde funk, a sprinkling of 21st century electronica and a hint of sweet indie-folk pop. The result is a daring new fusion of tribal beats, improvised riffs and angelic indie vocals, channelling the sweet tunes of the long-gone Shtetl. For the past 25 years, world-renowned bands such as the Klezmatics and Melbourne’s own Klezmania have helped revive the rich culture of traditional Yiddish songs, bringing them to a larger stage. In recent years, Melbourne bands such as punk outfit Yidcore and the indie-folk inspired Bashevis Singers have added newer influences to the broader musical profile of Yiddish language and culture.