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Southern Greece and Crete

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 January 2004

In the second of two programmes, Lucy Duran continues her search for some of the rarest and most exciting traditional music in Greece. This week she travels down south to the birthplace of Zeus, and the home to some of Greece’s most celebrated musicians: the Great Island, Crete.

Music and featured items

18 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Lucy Duran visits Crete

    Lucy Duran is in Crete, a major tourist destination that is also known for its music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for by Vassilis Skoulas and his band

      by Vassilis Skoulas and his band Trot eke Pinete archoutes (Partially under speech)

    • Image for Vassilis Skoulas and his band

      Vassilis Skoulas and his band Erotokritos (Partially under speech)

  • Vassilis Skoulas plays Erotokritos

    Vassilis Skoulas plays and sings part of the Erotokritos, a long mythological work.

  • Vassilis Skoulas sings Yasemaki

    Vassilis Skoulas sings and plays Yasemaki, a typical troubadour immigrant song.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Vassilis Skoulas and his band

      Vassilis Skoulas and his band Yasemaki

  • Nikos Ksilouris

    Lucy talks to Thalia Iakouvidu, a Greek music executive about Nikos Ksilouris.

  • Music Played

    • Image for N. Sylouris

      N. Sylouris When will there be clear night skies

    • Image for Mike Skoulas

      Mike Skoulas Traditional mandolin piece

  • Michalis Skoulas mandolin piece

    Michalis Skoulas plays a solo piece on a mandolin.

  • Lyra player Psaradonis

    Lucy meets Lyra player Psaradonis, one of the most famous characters of Cretan music.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Psaradonis

      Psaradonis Pidichtos

  • Bagpipe Player

    Lucy meets one of the last remaining bagpipe players.

  • Lucy meets Hinides.

    Lucy is in Crete’s capital Heraklion with the innovative band Hinides.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hinides

      Hinides Orgamos

  • Lucy speaks to Hinides

    Lucy speaks to Dimitri from the band Hinides about the vanishing Cretan culture.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hinides

      Hinides The tiger

  • Lucy visits her father’s grave.

    Lucy ends the Crete programme with a personal note, visiting her father’s grave.


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