About us

This fearless 5-piece emphatically puts the ‘class’ into ‘unclassifiable‘ (The Scotsman)

True originals (The Guardian)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Associate Artists in Creative Performance 2019-20

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and world folk music from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Combining the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation, the band will draw you in, turn you inside out, and leave you smiling uncontrollably – all in the space of one tune.

Moishe’s Bagel began in 2003, the lucky accident of an Edinburgh-based Chilean tango singer and four like-minded musicians. A shared love of klezmer, jazz and latin music soon saw us onstage at Henry’s Cellar Bar with a few tunes and a lot of enthusiasm. Since then, the band has regularly toured the UK, Ireland, and the Czech Republic, notching up sellout gigs at the Jazz Cafe, Sage Gateshead, St George’s Bristol, Edinburgh Queens Hall and many many more. Along the way, we have managed to record four CDs, earning us a Songlines Top of the World and Sunday Telegraph top 10 world albums. In 2015, we were invited to compose and perform an original score to the Soviet silent film classic Salt for Svanetia. See the Film score page for more details. We are touring Australia in April 2020.

Moishe’s Bagel are:

Phil Alexander | piano, accordion
Greg Lawson | violin, mandolin
Pete Garnett | accordion
Mario Caribé | bass, cavaquinho
Guy Nicolson | percussion