Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou - Euboea, Karystos
“Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou” (“Musiko Odiporiko me ti Domna Samiou”) was a television series researched and presented by Domna Samiou and broadcast by the Greek National Television during the 1976-1977 season. Each episode was dedicated to the mu
Music program, Television, ERT, 1976
This episode is dedicated to the musical tradition of the south Karystos region of Euboea. It presents songs, dances, and tunes sung by locals that either originate from that area or have been 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 widely sung song of labour at sea. The village got its name from the seven watermills that existed there in the past.
The same group sings the most loved song of the area, the syrto dance In Mylos and in Argastara. Locals dance. Lyrics of the song refer to names of villages 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, from a well-known family of musicians. The songs that old Sotiris knew are unknown to the younger generation. He sang the song A Fair Maid Did Sing. The maid’s husband in the songs asks for ..." hare’s milk” and “...wild goat’s cheese". Based on this recording Domna Samiou performed and included this song in her 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 cape on the southeastern tip of Euboea in the Aegean Sea.
In Kavodoro, in addition to the usual tsambouna instrument, there is also a tsambouna with a bass flute called "tsambouna with zournas". The only player of this instrument that exists in south Euboea was Thodoris Bouyioukos who lived 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 Arvanite tunes.
In Achladeri village, Tasos Pallis sings the song Over Yonder Hills accompanying himself with a davul. With him Themistocles Kokkinis on 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 the lyra and his father the violin.
On the same beach, Mitsos Meindanis' son, Christos Meindanis, sings and plays the Arvanite song Kush e shkundi dardhene (Who shook the pear tree) accompanied by his father.
The two musicians sing the well-known Arvanite song Ra kambana Ypapantise (The bell of Ypapanti beats). And as they reveal on camera, it's a permanent request at festivals and gatherings.
In the end, in a festive atmosphere, using the same melody, they all sing Sweet Perfumed Lemon joined by Domna Samiou.