This summer, I am doing live sound for a couple of shows by the Greek band Lalitades. They are one of the most succesfull Greek traditional wedding and party bands, playing songs in ‘the old way’ from all over Greece but clearly specialising in the music from Epirus – which is where their roots are. Lined up with Clarinet, Violin, Laouto and voices (some handpercussion too), they get crowds going like no other, and often play for more than 6 hours non-stop. In many cases simply untill the last dancing people drop down, which is all to often around dawn. Resulting in us arriving back home some time in the morning.
Although it is only a very small part of their repertoire, I have to say I have a weak spot for their renderings of traditional Epirotic Polyphonic songs, of which you can hear a nice example here.
By producer Waylon van der Heijden (NL), Goldfinger Productions, I was asked to play guitar on a number of tracks he is producing for several well known Dutch singers, including Django Wagner and Rene Schuurmans.
I got to use my little vintage Bruno parlour guitar a lot on these tracks, as it has a very characterful sound for fingerpicking and strumming, without nasty brightness or too pumping basses, very easy to mix. I’m trying to find out more about this guitar, it was resold by the New York based Bruno and Sons shop who were not making but reselling instruments by a number of makers, starting 1834. This guitar is more likely from around 1900. Someone I know recognised a carving on the neck as being typical for a certain banjo maker of that time, if I found out more I will post an update. And of course when the tracks of Django and Rene are released.