Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou - Euboea, Karystos
Music program, Television, ERT, 1976
“Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou” (“Musiko Odiporiko me ti Domna Samiou”) was a television series researched and presented by Domna Samiou and broadcast by Greek National Television in 1976-1977. Each episode was dedicated to the music and dance tradition of a different area of Greece.
This episode is dedicated to the musical tradition of the south Karystos area in Euboea. Songs, dances, and tunes by locals that are either typical local or are influenced by the musical tradition of the Aegean islands and mainland Greece.
In the village Mylos (Mill), Panagiotis Millas and his friends sing the song Our Tráta All Tattered, an old and widespread sea song. The village got its name from the seven watermills that existed there in the past.
The same company sings the most favorite song of the area, the syrto dance In Mylos and in Argastara and the locals dance. The characteristic of the song is the reference to place names in the area such as Mylos, Argastaras, Mekoudina, Gravias, and Kastro.
In the small village of Aghios Dimitrios, Domna Samiou met 87-year-old Sotiris Krisilias, the oldest lyra player in the area, of a well-known family of musicians. The songs that old Sotiris knows are unknown to the younger ones. He sings the song A Fair Maid Did Sing where her husband is "asking for hare’s milk, for wild goat’s cheese". Based on this recording Domna Samiou performed the song in the album Folk Fables in Song.
The son of Sotiris Krisilias, Manthos Krisilias, plays a pastoral tune with his flute.
Yannis Krisilias sings and plays on his violin the Arvanite love song Stura mantili graha (I threw the handkerchief over my shoulder) accompanied by a lute.
Kavodorítikos or Dance From Kavodoro is a typical local dance. Kavodoro (Cavo D'Oro) is a promontory on the southeastern tip of the island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea.
In Kavontoro, in addition to the usual tsambouna instruments, there is also a tsambouna with a bass flute called "tsambouna with zournas". The only player of this instrument that exists in south Euboea is Thodoris Bouyioukos who lives in the village of Kapsala. He made his tsambouna himself and learned the art from his grandfather.
In the village of Achladeri, which has a rich musical tradition, the elderly brothers Themistoklis and Marigo Kokkini play two Arvanitic tunes.
In Achladeri village, Tasos Pallis sings the song Over Yonder Hills playing the davul and is accompanied by Themistocles Kokkinis with his lyra.
On the beach in Nea Styra, the famous lute player Mitsos Meindanis, plays a solo with his lute. Meindanis comes from a family of musicians, his grandfather played the lute and lyra and his father the violin.
On the same beach, Mitsos Meindanis' son, Christos Meindanis, sings and plays the arvanitic song Kush e shkundi dardhene (Who shook the pear tree) accompanied by his father.
The two musicians sing the well-known Arvanitic song Ra kambana Ypapantise (The bell of Ypapanti beats). And as they said on camera, it's a song they're always asked to play at festivals and gatherings.
In the end, after the fun started, they continue in the same melody with the song Sweet Perfumed Lemon together with Domna Samiou.