Savina Yannatou
Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
Haris Alexiou

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The folk music (or dhimotika) of Greece represents a unique fusion of Eastern and Western styles and influences. The majority of older songs bear the influence of Eastern modes (dhromi or makamia) that are either Turkish or Iranian in origin, with the dance music of mainland Greece's koumpania group -- as well as the folk music of Macedonia and Thrace -- retaining their modal background. The music of the Epirus region is heavily influenced by the nearby Albania and Macedonia areas, and can be divided into three distinct forms -- dance songs, drinking songs and laments, or miroloyia. The Pelopennese and central mainland regions are home to strains of music similar to those found in the Epirus area; chief among them is palea dhimotika, a traditional folk ballad sung to dance rhythms. The liveliest musical culture among the Greek islands is found on Crete, where the music is highly syncopated (ideal for dancing), performed by an ensemble typically comprised of a lira player and one or two laouto players.

Greek Folk Artists Highlights

Savina Yannatou
Savina Yannatou
Haris Alexiou
Haris Alexiou

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Greek Folk Album Highlights

Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Marika Papagika
Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
Márkos Vamvakáris
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
1936-1946
Vassilis Tsitsánis
1936-1946
Art of the Cymbalom: Music of Joseph Moskowitz 1916-1953
Joseph Moskowitz
Art of the Cymbalom: Music ...
Rembetica: Historic Urban Folk Songs From Greece
Various Artists
Rembetica: Historic Urban ...
Folk Music of Greece
Various Artists
Folk Music of Greece

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Greek Folk Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Ti Se Méli Esénane
Marika Papagika
Efoumaram' Ena Vradhi Márkos Vamvakáris
Pikrós Ine O Pónos Mou
Vassilis Tsitsánis
Panama Pacific Drag, song
Joseph Moskowitz
I Xenitia Apostolos Hatzichristos / Vassilis Tsitsánis
Ti Ne Kodër, Un Në Kodër Savina Yannatou
Here They Roll Down Mark Eitzel
Na Yiati Perno
Sophía Karívali / Márkos Vamvakáris

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