Cretan Lyra - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Folkway

Cretan Lyra: Explore the Mediterranean Mosaic through the culture of Crete.

The Cretan Lyra is a Greek pear-shaped, three-stringed bowed musical instrument, central to the traditional music of Crete and other islands in the Dodecanese and the Aegean Archipelago, in Greece. The Cretan Lyra is considered as the most popular surviving form of the medieval Byzantine Lyra, an ancestor of most European bowed instruments. The Byzantine […]

Pontiaki Lyra - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Folkway

Pontiaki Lyra: Its origins lay in the Pontus region for years.

The Pontic Lyra is a 3 stringed musical instrument played primarily by those whose origins lay in the Pontus region of north eastern Turkey, those who reside in the northern parts of Greece, and also people from many other parts of the world. It is also known as the Pontian lyra, Pontic fiddle or kemenche. […]

Daouli Drum - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Folkway

The Daouli Drum: Experiencing music, expressing Pontic culture.

Daouli is a wooden cylinder, covered at both parallel ends with skin held taut by rope and is principally a rhythmic instrument. It is played by striking the drum-head with two specially made wooden drumsticks, held one in each hand. For the right-handed drummer, the drum-beater held in the left hand is very thin and […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Laouto

Laouto: Part of Cretan folklore music over the ages.

The laouto is a long-neck fretted instrument of the lute family, found in Greece and Cyprus, and similar in appearance to the oud. The name comes from the lute. It is played in most respects like the oud (plucked with a long plectrum). The role of the laouto in Greek traditional music is primarily that of […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Accordion

Accordion: Fill it with air in order to get warm folklore melodies.

The accordion is a relative newcomer on the music scene, having been invented in the early 1800s in Europe (drawing from the concept of older Chinese instruments) and only taking shape in its modern form later in that century. Because the accordion was able to make such a loud sound (remember, amplification hadn’t come around […]