Greek Roots Series: Vamvakaris revisited

Saturday 8th July 2023 @ Green Note

For our last event of the Greek Roots series, before summer holidays, we will be revisiting our tribute to Markos Vamvakaris. Before the sold-out closing event of the Rebetiko Carnival festival, we had a lot of tickets requests, so we believe it would be great for more people to watch, and potentially for the same people to enjoy again, our celebration of the patriarch of Rebetiko, Markos. It is definitely never enough for us.

Born on the island of Syros in 1905, from the humblest of roots, Markos Vamvakaris became revered as the Patriarch of Rebetiko music. His unique simple way of playing the bouzouki and his deep, earthy, “metallic” voice became the iconic sound of Rebetiko music.

“We all, we are but branches of a tree. Markos is that tree”.

Mikis Theodorakis


George Tsolakis: Guitar, vocals
Maria Tsirodimitri: Guitar, vocals
Sotiris Georgiou: Guitar, vocals
Spiros Bolovinis: Tzoura, Baglama, vocals
Pavlos Carvalho: Bouzouki, vocals
Michailis Spyridakis: Bouzouki, vocals
George Angelopoulos: Bouzouki, vocals

Rebet Asker was a restaurant/music venue which saw all the great Greek musicians and from the 20th century through to today pass through it. The walls of this little place in a small side street by Piraeus harbour have witnessed the history of the Greek Rebetiko as it has evolved over the last one hundred years. Some years have passed now, since it closed, but through this series of Sunday gigs we will do our best to recreate some of the magic of these musicians and their songs as it started and developed. Now in its 10th year, this tribute to the magical music of rebetiko, is the longest running series in London dedicated to this music. Come to hear classic songs and even some lesser known gems of great rebetiko musicians such as Toundas, Papazogklou, Skarvelis, Peristeris, Hadjichristos, Vamvakaris, Papaioannou, Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Hiotis and more!

An afternoon of Greek Rebetiko for all the family!

Please do bring your instruments, friends, families…especially children. There is room for everyone! The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited, and available on a first come first served basis, so if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early! 

Event Details

Date of event: Saturday 8nd July 2023

Doors open: 13:45

Music starts: 14:30

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