But they do the shtik particularly well. "I Am a Man of Constant Blessings," their parody of Ralph Stanley's "Man of Constant Sorrow," from the hit documentary Down from the Mountain (which, if you haven't seen it, is not about Moses and Mount Sinai), substitutes the Hebrew blessings over wine and bread for the original words. The lyric is backed with Jew's harp (nu, what else?), banjo, and fiddle and may be the first example of the next big thing in world music. We've had unlikely hybrids, like AfroCelt. Now, why not Yidlacchian or maybe Appalish?
You want I should give you a piece advice? Go see Yiddishe Cup at the Ark on Saturday, January 22. The Ark is even opening a dance floor for this concert. You can dance a crazy kazatski along with Yiddishe Cup's shtikmeister, Daniel Ducoff. Go ahead, shake your tokhes. It couldn't hurt.
[Originally published in January, 2005.]