Celebrating Zabetas

with Plastikes Karekles

Sunday 18th June 2023 @ St.Paul’s Church

Tickets available soon!

The Rebetiko Carnival collaborates with The Chichester Festival to bring this concert of music by Zabetas.

Zabetas is arguably one of the warmest, relatable and talented Greek musicians of all time. His catchy, melodic songs, filled with the down-to-earth tragedy and comedy of the human condition that anyone could relate to,  made his songs an indelible part of the fabric of modern Greek life.

A universally lauded entertainer, he worked for many years in the cinema alongside stars such as Aliki Vougiouklaki. He both appeared in films and wrote music for them, with songs such as “Siko Horepse Syrtaki”. He claimed to have been influenced greatly by both Vamvakaris and Tsitsanis, but his music is unmistakably his own, and has its unique identity and place in Greek musical history. Many of his songs include references to nightingales and swallows. Zabetas himself said that he loved to go and sit in the forests to listen to the nightingales, whose birdsong gave him ideas for his melodies.

“ Ζabetas as a composer is among the ten greatest of the rebetiko and laiko. As a bouzouki player he was the best with a very special and personal sound , but as a show man he was unique . An artist that if he was born in the States he would be a world famous artist “

– Leyteris Papadopoulos


Manolis Taouxis, voice/bouzouki

Maria Tsirodimitri, voice/guitar

George Tsolakis, voice/guitar

Dimitris Koustas, voice/accordion

George Angelopouos, bouzouki

Pavlos Carvalho, double bass/baglama

Plastikes Karekles is one of the foremost bands in the performance and cultivation of Greek music in the UK and abroad. Internationally they have performed at festivals in Greece, France, Italy, Scotland, Wales and Qatar. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note, Vortex and the Forge, London. They have also performed at Kings Place, London both as part of the Rebetiko Carnival festival and Equator: Women of the World festival.

“Plastikes Karekles represent a culture of reinvention as defiant and hopeful as the music itself.”

–Songlines magazine 


“These musicians wowed a captivated audience…they had people dancing in the aisles and evoked memories of sunnier climes”
– Nottingham Press


 “Powerfully emotional, moving and involving”
– Song Lines magazine

Event Details
Doors open: 18:30
Music starts: 19:00
Music finishes: 21:30

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