John Pappas - Yiannis Pappayiorgas | Greek Folk Dances #1

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Greek Folk Dances #1

by John Pappas - Yiannis Pappayiorgas

This is authentic, village style, traditional Greek folk music played on klarino (Greek clarinet), violi, santouri, laouto, and defi. The sounds are what you would hear in a Greek village. This includes a real variety of Greek folk songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sou Eipa Manna M' - Tsakonikos - Arkadia (5/4)
3:14 $0.99
2. Hortarakia - Syrtos (Botaitikos)
2:34 $0.99
3. Enas Levendis Horeve - Tsamikos
4:26 $0.99
4. Ellinopoules Emorfes - Kalamatianos (7/8)
3:52 $0.99
5. Syrtos Koftos - Syrtos
2:49 $0.99
6. And' Aman Palikari - Tapienos - Thraki
3:40 $0.99
7. Yiatros - Sta Dyo - Epiros
4:07 $0.99
8. Beratis - Epiros (8/4)
2:48 $0.99
9. Kleftes - Epiros
3:12 $0.99
10. Levendikos - Makedonia (7/8 + 5/8)
3:36 $0.99
11. To Endeka - Makedonia (9/8)
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
John Pappas (his name in Greek is Yiannis Pappayiorgas) started playing Greek music when he was a teen ager. He started his first band, Meraklides, in 1962, and he has been playing ever since. He worked his way through college playing in San Francisco's Greek night clubs and performing with his band. In 1971, he changed the name of his band to T' Adelphia. John mainly plays the BOUZOUKI and the KLARINO (Greek Albert system clarinet), but he plays several other Greek folk instruments on some of the recordings.

The band has played many different kinds of events, including festivals, parties, weddings, baptisms, and dances, mainly in the San Francisco Bay area. They have played at various national folk festivals inclucing Seattle and San Francisco! John played and lectured for the 1976 Bicentennial Folk Life Festival at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In 1975, his band provided music for a scene in the 20th Century Fox film Alex and the Gypsy, starring Jack Lemmon.

The T' Adelphia (Kalakos) band is unique because they play many styles of traditional Greek music including Dimotika, Nisiotika, and Rebetika from all regions of Greece. We play songs and dances from Roumeli and Moria (Peloponnisos), Epiros, Thessaly, Makedonia, and Thraki. We play Nisiotika from many of the Greek islands, including Hios, Ikaria, Crete, Lefkada, Rodos, and others.

Unlike other bands, we only use the traditional instruments: Bouzouki; Klarino; Laouto; Violi; Defi; Guitar; Baglamas. We do not use modern drum sets, synthesizers, bass guitars; nor do we play lots of modern tunes or "American music." We are quite simply a traditional Folk Orchestra, which has been playing authentic traditional Greek folk music since 1962!



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Barbara C.

Great old-school Greek music!
This CD has a real old-timey, village-y feel, like traveling to a remote region of Greece and hearing the locals playing on traditional instruments. Which is not to say the production is bad, as it can sometimes be on recordings of this type - it's not bad at all. I've been playing it frequently since it arrived. If you like the real authentic stuff, buy this!

J Hante

Onr of the best Greek Dance CD's
Love this CD, it uses authentic instrumentation and has a great variety of music. Highly recommended.

David Rigan

A Hard to Find Gem
I have a pretty good collection of Greek ethnic music and this is one of the best two or three, along with the Pontic CD I also got from CD Baby. It has the plaintive male singing I find so soul inspiring. Music from Epirus is most special in the entire world and this has some great examples. I have been listening to this every day for over a week and do not get tired of it. There are two cuts, #4 and #9 which are spectacularly beautiful and haunting. And that is not to lessen the value of the rest, either.

Daniel L.

Authentic Greek song and dance music.
This is an enjoyable CD of Greek folk songs and dances. It's hard to find this music on CD, as most of it is either more of interest to ethnomusicologists or has been homogenized to appeal to the lowest common denominator. This is pretty much what you'd hear in the local village taverna, complete with klarino squawks. This is a good CD to start with, but the two others the group has made are worth investigating, as well.