Yesterday was a quiet day; a little on the warm side and humid. Karin wanted to get out and do something but riding our scooters on the asphalt would be hot during the day. So we decided to have an early dinner and then in the evening ride over to Prodromos, a small village that I had only passed by in the last eight years on the island.
When we turned off the highway and into the main village square we discovered a sound system and chairs being set up for a concert that evening. So we decided to kill some time and wait the hour or so before the music started to see if we wanted to stay. There is a local group that we don’t particularly care for, but a friend had told us they liked this one.
A Greek village welcome
To start we walked through the narrow footpaths—no cars allowed—admiring the details of the old, traditional Greek village. Around one corner we were suddenly looking through a large glass window at an open hearth oven as a man and woman were loading several pots of various size and shapes into it. Karin used a little Greeklish to discover that this was a community oven that would now be sealed for 12 hours until Sunday morning. The main thing being cooked was Revithia, a bean soup, that is best when baked in this traditional method.
Well used oven
When we finished wandering the streets it was dark so we headed back to the main square and went into the one village taverna for an ouzo. Just as we finished we heard the music starting so quickly grabbed the free suma and nuts on offer and sat down. We were surprised to see not only a friend from Aliki who plays the drums, Yannis Paroussis, but also another friend and hotel owner, Ioannis Xydis. We knew he was an ex-professional singer but had previously only heard about his impromptu performances after the fact. So this was to be our first time hearing him perform.
Ioannis Xydis in Prodromos
We were shocked. He is very good! I won’t give a concert review but this group of about 5 musicians and another 5 singers put on a fantastic show full of Greek themed music without much of the heavy folk music that we usually hear. The audience was really into it and several gave impromptu dances which were also good.
Feeling the music
This group is good enough to be performing at a night club with a cover charge and expensive drinks. Here we were in a pleasant village square full of people who knew each other and served free drinks and snacks. Thank you Paros.
- At September 26, 2009 1:05 PM Bands said...
Excellent post. I’m actually surprised the use of blogs and wikis isn’t higher.