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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

Solo, July 2016

I played a couple of solo gigs in July, the second was at LongPlay in Fitzroy North. Contact mic’d acoustic bouzouki running into a PA, 6 strings not 8 of course, in a free-folk kind of vein. I was pretty happy with the way it went (wouldn’t share otherwise) but I reckon I’ve still got a way to go. Tim Coster was also on the bill that night, making his amazing analogue/digital looping drones, along with the debut of McKosker/Harris/Callaway – two basses and a synth, hope to hear more from those folks soon!

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

Light Through Amber

I’ve just put out my second solo release via Bandcamp. Light Through Amber was partly recorded on my solid-body electric bouzouki and to my ear it’s quite a bit darker than the first album. Seven tracks recorded in 2012 and 2013. You can listen/order it here:

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I’m on Bandcamp / My first solo release

So I made a Bandcamp site for my solo music. My first release Long-Necked & Blue is available to purchase from said Bandcamp right now, either as a very limited CD-R or download. It’s a full-length album of solo acoustic bouzouki recordings in a free folk / improv / primitive guitar vein (only it’s bouzouki not guitar) with rebetika as the starting point but definitely not the end point. There’s probably a lot of other influences going on in there too but I try not to think about it a real lot.

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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

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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