This year's Jacob's Ladder Festival should be one of the most nostalgic in the event's thirty year history. The main item on the bill at the two-day event at Nof Ginosar (May 4-5), is the reunion of the legendary Taverners band. The bluegrass-folk troupe was a major item on the national folk music circuit from the late Seventies until it finally broke up five years ago, when several of its members relocated abroad. The band's banjo player-vocalist David Deckelbaum, who returned to Canada in 2002, will also be able to enjoy some fatherly nachas when his highly talented daughter Yael takes the stage for her own slot.
Apart from the Taverners, the festival promises to be one of the best in some years, with a whole host of foreign acts in the program, besides some of the local perennials. The list of "imports" includes the Abrams Brothers family bluegrass-gospel act from Canada, French ethnic-folk duo Bruno Sabalat and Olivier Milchberg - augmented by French-Israeli fiddler Amit Weisberg - and American folksinger-guitarist Steve Suffet.
The Kinneret lakeside site will, as usual, feature numerous local acts, including popular Galileean duo Ada & Diane, Jacob's Ladder regular (and Taverners bandmembers) Shay Tochner, top Irish music band Evergreen and Paul Moore's One Man Band.
Besides the on-stage entertainment, the festival program includes all manner of music workshop, yoga, kiddies' activities and Irish dancing.
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