Category Archives: Re(m)betology


Electricity and the Bouzouki – Revisited

So I thought it was about time I wrote about this again because some further thoughts have been stewing in my mind since I first ranted about the topic five years ago. Basically what I said was that I didn’t like … Continue reading

Rebetika and Catharsis

I just stumbled across this article on rembetika/rebetika in a therapeutic context, haven’t had an opportunity to read it myself yet but it relates to the current financial and social crisis in Greece. Should make for interesting reading. The article is written by researcher Yona Stamatis, PhD, who is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Art, Music and Theater at the University of Illinois, Springfield. It appears in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy Vol 15, no 3 (2015).

Rebetika and Catharsis: Cultural Practice as Crisis Management


My solid-body electric Greek bouzouki

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I originally had this made for me by Graham McDonald in Canberra, who can most often be found designing and making mandolins and Irish bouzoukis of various kinds.  At the time he was also making a solid-body electric bouzouki so … Continue reading


Electricity and the Bouzouki

Some rembetika purists detest the idea of amplifying the bouzouki and whilst I sympathise with them to some extent because I love playing my acoustic trichordo unplugged, there are other occasions when I like to make a lot of noise and an acoustic … Continue reading


Bouzouki Politics

Put it down to an interest in my family heritage (and the fact that I’ve never learnt to play a proper instrument like guitar) but the bouzouki has remained my chief weapon ever since I first got my hands on … Continue reading