CULTURE

A Cretan balladeer is back to woo the capital’s audiences

Cretan singer Yiannis Haroulis, who impressed audiences in his Athens debut last summer at the Lycabettus Theater with a concert dedicated to the memory of Cretan composer and lyre player Nikos Xylouris, is back in town for two appearances at the Hamam live music venue – tonight and on February 20. Haroulis already enjoys a good reputation in Crete after extensive tours with a program composed of songs from the island’s different regions. Christos Thivaios, the former frontman of the band Sinithis Ipoptoi (Usual Suspects), was the one to introduce him to the capital, where he played to a 7,000-strong audience whose response moved the 21-year-old artist to tears. For his Hamam shows, Haroulis is billed to perform songs from his debut album, as well as Xylouris tunes. He will also play selections of Greek songs by composers such as Thanassis Papaconstantinou, and extracts from «Erotokritos,» the epic poem by Vincenzo Cornaros. Yiannis Haroulis live at Hamam, 97 Demofondos, Ano Petralona, tel 210.342.1212.