Greek Serenade

Saturday 9th March 2024 @ Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Greek Serenade

The music we will perform tonight will be songs of the great Vasilis Tsitsanis (1915-1984). He is  generally acknowledged as one of the greatest icons of Greek music. Born of the Rebetiko tradition, over the many years of composing his music evolved into the more popular music form ‘laiko’. He is attributed with revolutionising the sound of Greek music with his special blending of modal and byzantine melodies with western harmonies and traditional rhythmic patterns from which an intricate and rich sound emerged. He was a prolific composer. For every one song that other composers wrote, Tsitsanis wrote ten. His imagination and creativity knew no bounds and his songs have become anthems of Greek culture. Even today they are played daily over the radio and people of all ages listen to them and sing along as a part of daily life.


Maria Tsirodimitri: Voice, guitar
Vasileios Voulgaropoulos: Voice
George Angelopoulos: Bouzouki, baglama
Pavlos Carvalho: Voice, bouzouki, baglama

“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


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.

Event Details

Doors open: 19:00

Music starts: 19:30

Music finishes: 21:45

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