Ruti Lachs has created a lovely video for Cork Heritage Open Day called Memories of a Cork Childhood where different Jewish people who used to live in Cork remember their childhood and growing up in Cork.
Tell us about yourself;
Hi. I am Ruti Lachs, a musician, writer, piano teacher, community musician living in County Cork.
Recently I seem to have turned into a historian too, researching, writing and making videos about the Jewish community in Cork, past and present.
I’ve lived in Ireland for 32 years and became a citizen two years ago.
I play piano accordion and trombone and sing - klezmer music, jazz, funk, folk and original songs, with bands Fresh Air Collective, Pop-Up Klezmer and Quangodelic. Pre-Covid I toured two one-woman comedy musical theatre shows around Ireland, Sideways on Planet Piano and A Different Kettle.
I’ve recently written a musical play set in the Jewish community in Cork city in the early 1900s, Green Feather Boa, which will hopefully be produced on the stage in a couple of years when such things are possible. I won a National Heritage Week Award in 2020 for my video and webpage Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walk, and have just completed Memories of a Cork Jewish Childhood, a video for Cork Heritage Open Day 2021.
I have two adult boys, they have sensible jobs, they’re not musicians!
My best friend is my piano accordion. Oh, and my clarinet-playing pal Fiona.
Being a good little girl.
The one who gives some income to musicians and artists. And the rest to housing and health. And education.
Most recent one was Portugal. I remember it best cos I have a bad memory and can’t remember past two years ago.
I don’t watch TV.
Ooo tricky one. John Creedon never fails. Doc on One is usually fab also.
Roasted vegetables. Utterly yummy. Bores my kids to tears.
Quay Co-op. Please open soon, I’m starving!
Betty Miller (she was born in Cork, Jewish….. are we seeing a theme here?) On The Side of Angels.
I liked the Shipping News, but I’ve loved most Dickens that I’ve read.
My mate Mark Wilkins’ new album SoundTracking.
Too many …. I write songs and it’s hard to choose one from my own repertoire or that of others. Here’s a great line from a song by Pat Allott of Quangodelic though: “Be yourself, cos everyone else is taken.”
No. I used to have a dog and some cats.
I think it was getting that Heritage Award last year. I felt that dad would have been very proud of me.
Save. And then splash out on a yummy meal out.
Add bins. Take away rubbish.
People. The sea.
As a good accordion player and loving friend.
Finishing the edit of Memories of a Cork Jewish Childhood for Cork Heritage Open Day, a video featuring former Cork residents who remember their childhoods in Ireland: their Jewish upbringing, the synagogue, the characters, the sea. Interspersed with photos from the last hundred years of life in Jewish Cork, these stories paint a picture of a time and community gone by. The video will feature onwww.corkheritageopenday.ie
which will go live on Saturday August 14 to mark Cork Heritage Open Day.
Just finished recording four songs from Green Feather Boa and one new tune, The Cork Freilach, with Billy Kennedy. And I’ve just started playing a series of 10 outdoor gigs with the Fresh Air Collective – Edel Sullivan, Eileen Healy, Fintan Lucy and me.
Take a step back in time and enjoy over 45 guided tours of historic buildings in Cork as Cork Heritage Open Day takes place online on Saturday August 14 th . Click on www.corkheritageopenday.ie and discover a wide range of Cork buildings including Riverstown House in Glanmire, the Quaker Meeting House and Graveyard, The Courthouse on Washington Street, Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, Blarney Castle, St Luke’s Church and Military Museum, Collins Barracks. Enjoy wonderful archival footage of Cork, learn about the language of the Stone Masons “Bearlager na Saor and discover through postcards how the buildings of Cork have changed in the past 100 years.