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. […]