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01
Gaida Moni M. Harisis Epirotic Group Single Line Dance
03 :12
02
Paleo Zagorisio M. Harisis Epirotic Group Old Dance from Zagori
03 :11
03
Kleftes Palies M. Harisis Epirotic Group Hero Bandit Song of Olden Times
03 :05
04
Kastrino Mirologi M. Harisis Epirotic Group Lament from the Castle
03 :11
ARTIST
TITLE
The Recordings of the Harisis Group from Northern Greece 1933
FORMAT
7"

LABEL
CATALOG #
AMA 003A-EP AMA 003A-EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/10/2013

Little is known about the Harisis group that recorded the 78s found on this EP. We know their last names and the first initial of their surnames. That they hailed from the region of Northern Greece known as Epirus can be gleaned from both their repertoire and style. These four battered sides (probably the only ones they recorded and likely the best condition copies to survive the ravages of time) represent a distinct, unearthly rawness, a primal, almost dark energy that sets them apart from the other groups that recorded in the region. It is also likely that they were from Zagori, a sparsely populated area in the Pindus Mountains and contains 45 villages. Although 78s featuring songs and dance music from Epirus are scarce and desirable, the two discs by the Harisis group are vexingly rare. The archaic melodies and insistent, droning rhythms on these discs suggest a sound that is ancient and enigmatic.