By COLlive reporter
Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus are crossing the Atlantic to make their mark on Her Majesty’s kingdom and will be doing it in their signature style of peppering English songs with Yiddish and Hebrew words.
The brothers, lead singers of the 8th Day Jewish pop-rock band who became known for their hit song “Ya’alili,” will be flying this week for their debut in Great Britain.
Starting November 21, their mini-tour will include 3 concerts in different locations, giving them ample time to return home and prepare for their Chanukah tour in Queen Elizabeth II’s other constitutional monarchy, Canada.
Their first stop will be at the Giffnock Shul in Glasgow for a pre-Chanukah concert saluting 44 years of Lubavitch of Scotland, under the leadership of Rabbi Chaim Jacobs.
“I’m very happy to be instrumental in having this amazing group perform for such a wonderful Jewish community that I of course have a special connection with,” said Jacobs’ son, Sholom, who is co-producing the show.
“We’ve been to Europe before,” Bentzi Marcus told COLlive, noting that this trip is exciting because it is their first time in the United Kingdom and because they will be debuting songs from their soon-to-be-released album.
“The new album is nearly finished and we will be debuting some of our brand new hits for the first time on our UK trip,” he said about their 5th studio album titled in Yiddish, “Hooleh.”
It follows their tradition of blending deep Chassidic themes in their music and coming up with memorable titles (such as their first album “Tracht Gut”) and new words (“Ya’alili”).
“The loose translation of ‘Hooleh’ is to rejoice and celebrate with unbridled joy and devotion to The One Above,” Bentzi explained. The cover design for the album was released Sunday and the brothers have already shot a music video.
Their appearances in London will benefit the London Jewish Family Centre, an offshoot of Tzivos Hashem UK which supports families in crisis through social workers and therapists and advocacy both in court and with schools.
A kumtzitz for men and boys will be held on Motzoei Shabbos, November 23 at the center, 113B Golders Green Road in North West London.
A full scale concert for the general public will be held on Sunday afternoon November 24 at the Logan Hall in University of London’s Institute of Education near Russel Square.
“We are extremely excited to be heading to the UK,” said 8th Day’s Shmuel Marcus. ”It’s our first time out there and we plan on bringing something truly amazing to the fans in London and in Scotland, G-d willing.”
For more on the tour, visit my8thday.com