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The King Of The Lyra: Psarandonis

The King Of The Lyra: PsarandonisAdonis Xylouris, aka Psarandonis, comes from a renowned Cretan musical family and is known as the most idiosyncratic lyra player on the island. An exponent of tripped out Cretan music, Psarandonis’ unique three-stringed lyra playing style, his distinctive voice and his inimitable rendition of traditional folk songs has made him a cult legend in Greece and beyond, particularly with a younger generation of Cretan music lovers. Seeing Psarandonis live is considered to be a once in a lifetime experience.

In January 2009, Psarandonis gave memorable performances at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and hosted on Cockatoo Island, Sydney and Mt Buller in Victoria.

The input of Cave's current artistic muse and Bad Seed protagonist Ellis was no more evident than in the choice of Greek lyre player  Psarandonis  who, despite limited prior exposure, whipped the crowd into a dancing frenzy to conclude Saturday night's proceedings on the small stage. -  Review from ATP Mt.Buller

Psarandonis  is a Greek musical legend and master of the lyra, a traditional Cretan folk instrument. Accompanied by his son George Xylouris (Xylouris Ensemble) also on lyra and Jim White (Dirty Three) on drums they were a  breath of fresh air from the electricity filling the island air. The mood was different and the crowd gave a standing ovation for his instrumental and singing mastery. It was a musical education for many of the audience who got to hear him. -  Review from ATP Sydney

George Xlyouris and Jim White will again join the master lyra player as they weave a way into your skull with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Castlemaine in addition to the already announced performances at Womadelaide and at Meredith's Golden Plains Festival.

Tickets for all headline shows are on-sale Wednesday 23rd January.


March 9th: Meredith, Golden Plains Festival (sold-out)

March 10th: Adelaide, Womadelaide
March 11th: Adelaide,  Womadelaide

Tickets for both shows on-sale from

March 15th: Marrickville (Sydney), The Factory
Tickets $56.70 + bf from

March 21st: Castlemaine, Theatre Royal
Tickets $40.00 + bf from

March 22nd: Melbourne, The Forum (reserved seating only)
Tickets $62.70 (includes inside charge and booking fee, some transaction fees may apply) from  or phone: 1300 11 10 11


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Don't miss Psarandonis live this March.

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