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Folk Music of Greece

Folk Music of Greece (Topic 12TS231)

Folk Music of Greece
Various Artists

Topic Records 12TS231 (LP, UK, 1974)
Topic Records TSCD907 (LP, UK, 1994)

Folk Music of Greece (Topic TSCD907)

Greece has long been attractive to travellers. Some are entranced by its picturesque islands, others prefer the sparse villages of the mountains. Many have experienced the famous hospitality of Greek peasants and shepherds, but only a few have heard their traditional music ‘in the raw’. This record presents examples of this music from various regions of Greece. The recordings were made during three field trips in 1966, 1967 and 1969. The record includes not only a variety of instrumental music, but also ceremonial and lyrical songs and ballads. It offers a sampling of the characteristic musical sounds to be heard in many villages of continental Greece or the islands, including the sonorities of rare folk instruments that are now dying out.

Collected and edited by Wolf Dietrich

Musicians

Athanasios Vardakas (36), clarinet [1, 4];
Ioannis Oikonomou (28), Panayiotis Zaphiris (61), violins [1, 4];
Konstantinos Kapetanakis (42), guitar, vocals [1, 4];
Nikolas Oikonomou (51), floyera (shepherd flute) [2];
Ioannis Kharos (27), vocals [3];
Ilias Koublis i Periyis (60), floyera (shepherd flute) [5];
Llias Koublis i Periyis (60), Anna Koublis i Periyis (25), vocals [6];
Nikolaos Paparas (33), clarinet [7];
Akhileas Zervas (57), tefi [7];
Eleftherios Tzaloukiris (45), Pontic lyra [8];
Yiorgos Soukas (61), Khristos Raptis (61), Konstantinos Mouchikos (63), vocals [9];
unnamed musicians, clarinet, violin, lute, tambourine [10];
Markos Pechekanos (28), clarinet [11];
unnamed musicians, violin, lute [11];
Efangelos Salteris (58), souvliari (double flute) [12, 18];
Andreas Moustakis (40), tsambouna (bagpipe) [13];
Vidianos Roussos (42), lyra [14, 19];
Yorgos Sigalas (36), doumbi (drum) [14, 19], violin [16];
Maria Markozane (80), vocals [15];
Efangelos Philitzis (37), lute [16];
Badistas Barbarikos (64), tsambouna (bagpipe) [17];
Manolis Spanopoulos (40), doumbaki (cylindrical double-headed instrument) [17]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2

Continental Greece: Peloponnesos

  1. Tsamikos dance song (3.01)
  2. Syrtos song melody (1.28)
  3. Tsamikos dance song (1.33)
  4. Arvantikos dance melody (3.16)

Continental Greece: Roumeli

  1. Syrtos dance melody (1.18)
  2. Tou Gamou wedding song (1.46)

Northern Greece: Thessaly, Macedonia, Epirus

  1. Beratis dance melody (4.08)
  2. Trigonia dance melody (1.34)
  3. Vlachiko Aromunian wedding song (1.32)
  4. Kalamatianos dance melody (1.59)

The Greek Islands

  1. Sousta dance melody (2.11)
  2. Sousta dance melody (2.46)
  3. Zimbechikos dance melody (1.40)
  4. Mantinadha dance melody (2.33)
  5. Phonos Sixigou (The Murder of a Wife) ballad (1.54)
  6. Tou Gamou wedding dance melody (2.12)
  7. Ballos dance melody (3.07)
  8. Khasapikos dance melody (1.58)
  9. Mantinadha dance song (2.10)