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Patrick Farrell (translation)

Patrick Farrell is an accordionist, composer and bandleader from the USA, currently living in Berlin. His ongoing projects include newly composed Yiddish song duets with soprano Sveta Kundish, the avant/traditionalist klezmer ensemble Yiddish Art Trio, unique and unusual duets with New York trumpeter Ben Holmes, and chamber/folk group Ljova and the Kontraband. Farrell has appeared on dozens of recordings in many different musical genres, including with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Adrienne Cooper, and Never Enough Hope. A passport-carrying citizen of Yiddishland, he has performed with many of Europe and North America's leading klezmorim, including The Klezmatics, Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo. Over the years, Farrell has taught klezmer music and composition at KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Shtetl Neukölln, and at universities and in workshops throughout North America and Europe. He can be found at www.pattysounds.com


מענטשן־פרעסער | Mentshn-Fresser (“People Devourer”), a Pandemic Ballad by Shlomo Shmulevitsh (1916)

Contributed on: 07 Jul 2020 by Daniel Kahn (translation) | Yeva Lapsker (translation) | Patrick Farrell (translation) | Sveta Kundish (translation) | Shlomo Shmulevitz |

A song in Yiddish bemoaning the suffering brought about in an epidemic. . . .