One of the most important and revered figures of the Greek popular music known as ‘rebetika’, Agathonas, is touring Australia for the very first time in June of this year.
A founding member of the seminal rebetiko* group Rebetiko Synkrotima tis Thessalonikis, Agathonas is considered one of the finest proponents of the musical form commonly referred to as Greek blues.
A self-taught musician, proficient in bouzouki, tsoura, mandola, mandolin, guitar and baglama, he is particularly noted for his vocal dexterity and prowess.
Agathonas is joined by singer Maria Deikta, violinist/multi-instrumentalist and Australian ex pat Hector Cosmas, and iconic local musicians Tony Iliou (guitar), bouzouki player and vocalist Fotis Vergopoulos and accordionist/percussionist George Kiriakidis.
*Rebetiko | Rebetika: Hellenistic urban folk music that began in the urban centers of Constantinople, Smyrna, Athens, Piraeus at the beginning of the twentieth century. With roots in ancient musical modes and rhythms, its themes are wide ranging.