Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou - Epirus
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 the Greek National Television during the 1976-1977 season. Each episode was dedicated to the music and dance tradition of a different area of Greece.
This travelogue presents the unique musical tradition of Epirus: laments, polyphonic songs, shepherds’ tunes, songs about specific historical events, dances from Zagori, etc, performed by local musicians.
Konstantinos Saadedin aka Kerimis performs a lament on his violin accompanied by his son Stavros Saadedin by the lute.
In the village of Parakalamos, the Chaliyannis family plays the Tsakistos Dance from Pogoni. The musicians are Christos Chaliyannis on the clarinet; Kostas Chaliyannis plays the violin; Vassilis Chaliyannis plays the lute; Thanassis Chaliyannis plays the tambourine.
They also perform a Lament from Epirus On Clarinet
In Parakalamos village, the 70-year-old Konstantinos Haligiannis (Ntikos) plays his violin and sings the song Lament for Margiola
Rise up Margiola from your grave, from the black soil
Change your fingernails to spades, your palms to shovels…
In the village Ktismata, near the Greek-Albanian border, the Polyphonic Group of Pogoni sings the song Pleasant Company, which tells us about people living far away from their homeland and families.
In the village of Kipi, Christodoulos Tolis aka Litsas sings and plays the song Boulonaseina on the lute and is accompanied by Christos Dervas on the violin. The song is about a raid of the robber Davelis on the village of Skamneli, Zagori.
They also perform the Mistress Phrosyne’s Song.
In Ioannina, Grigoris Kapsalis and his group play two dance tunes, Dance from Zagori and I Kleftes (The Bandits).
A group of musicians perform the shepherds' tune Skaros. The musicians are Constantinos Neofotistos playing the clarinet; Stavros Saadedin playing the lute; Constantinos Saadedin aka Kerimis playing the violin; Napoleon Tzichas playing the lute and Mattheos Stavropoulos playing the tambourine.
The same group of musicians perform the song As I Travelled Along the Road sung by Mattheos Stavropoulos.