Greek Fringe digital event set to showcase Cretan band from Melbourne

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International art movement, Greek Fringe, is holding its next digital event on Friday, December 11 at 8.30pm (AEST), and there’s some amazing talent lined up.

First up is Greek folk-guitar band, Kadinelia, which features Thanasis Zikas and Evi Seitanidou. The duo are well-known for incorporating elements from blues, funk and gypsy music into their original tracks, while using only two guitars.

But during the Greek Fringe event, viewers can expect to see them introduce two new instruments – the tsabouna (the bagpipe of the Aegean) and the lyra of Pontus.

Greek folk-guitar band, Kadinelia. Photo supplied.

“We are very excited to participate in this initiative that vivifies the arts, especially in our days. In Greece, we are enduring the second lockdown and the future of actual live performances seems very uncertain. Virtual concerts offer at least a way for art to function and interact with people,” Thanasis and Evi from Kadinelia tell The Greek Herald exclusively.

“We have prepared a 45-minute set of our most beloved songs, with the two guitars on the frontline, but featuring also the Pontic-lyra and the tsabouna, the bagpipe of the Aegean.”

Their act will be followed by popular Cretan fusion band from Melbourne, Delyrium. The diasporic band embraces the gusty rhythms and driving grooves of Cretan music to produce a sound that connects the timelessness of folk music with the edginess of the now.

Some of Australia’s leading musicians feature in the band, including George Vardakis on the lyra and vocals, Paddy Montgomery plays the lute and does vocals, while Daniel Watkins plays the acoustic guitar.

With such a stellar cast lined up, we’re sure people will be rushing home on December 11 to attend the virtual event at 8.30pm. Tickets, which can be bought online via the website, are optional but encouraged to support the performing artists.

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