ABOUT THE BAND
The Salt Wives are a New Orleans-based ensemble of talented, versatile musicians serving a powerful cocktail of songs and instrumentals from the Old World, and a bit of the New. Our instrumental repertoire consists of klezmer (European Jewish wedding music), virtuosic Romanian and Balkan gypsy tunes, tangos, waltzes, and polkas. Our songs come from Yiddish, French, Russian, German, and South American folk, theater and cabaret traditions. The instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, violin, guitar, euphonium (a large brass instrument that sounds like a cross between a french horn and a tuba), and upright bass, as well as male and female vocals, weaves a rich, orchestral texture, but with the table-pounding intensity of a gypsy band.