Greek ‘Blues’ take London by Storm @ the Rebetiko Carnival

“We are a group of musicians passionate about Greek music, its history and the emotions that it can evoke.” That’s how a group of Londoners describe themselves and their ambitious project: the Rebetiko Carnival, which kicked off last week in and around London (Bristol, Brighton, Shrewsbury) and runs through July 2. Besides a wide variety Discover…

CD minutes: Stelios Vamvakaris: ‘Mia Mera ti Nychta – Athens Blues’

The son of legendary rebetis Markos Vamvakaris, Stelios has taken his father’s secrets from the vaults and turned them blue. Inheriting Markos’ musical genes, Stelios experiments with the bouzouki in a very Greek way towards a very blue sound. First he tunes his three-course (three pairs of strings) bouzouki “karadouzeni” style (translating into ‘black tuning’), Discover…