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Pavlos Melas

Music

Overview

  • 2 - 8 piece Greek band
  • Authentic instruments and traditional songs

Location

Pavlos is based in London but has performed almost all over the UK, Scotland, Wales and internationally in countries like France, Italy, Turkey, Qatar, Germany and Brazil.

Standard Set Times

  • 40 minutes to 3.5 hrs

About this Act

Pavlos Mélas's Greek collective is formed by musicians with expert knowledge of Greek music. Unique in the wealth and diversity of their repertoire they cover all genres of Greek music from "Zorba the Greek" to special wedding tunes from different parts of Greece and Cyprus.

The musicians' repertoire includes hundreds of Hellenic tunes, ranging from classics like Zorba the Greek and Never on Sunday to much less known songs in the categories of Tsamikos, Mantilatos, Pentozalis, Ikariotikos, Haniotikos and Ionian-island Serenades. Performing as groups of two to eight members, the performers aim to satisfy the entertainment requirements of each party. Their instruments include bouzouki, guitar, accordion, violin, baglama, percussion and kanun.

Dancers and DJs can be recommended subject to request. In wedding -parties where both Greek and English entertainment is required, it can be a good idea to mix the elements by having a Greek band for the reception, dinner and first part of the evening and a DJ for the rest of the night.

Testimonials

"Rocked our World"
Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

The musicians ''... take risks when they improvise challenging the traditional Greek sounds and providing instruments, songs, and sounds in a totally unexpected way ...''
FRoots Magazine

'...the band was superb! We loved your music!!!! -Each musician was a star in their own right.
Dj Ritu, 'A World In London'

'All went super yesterday, they really made it feel like we had been transported to the Greek Islands. They were also very easy to work with.'
Annabel's, Mayfair, London, Jul 2017

I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU! What you did at our wedding reception was amazing! ...everyone said how much they loved you guys! Take care,
Natalia & Richard XXX, June 2017

"Thank you deep from our hearts for the wonderful, memorable moments you gave to all our guests!!! everybody is talking about it!!! Kali synexeia, our dearest friend!!! Panta tetoia!"
Catherine D, May 2017

"You were great and all our guests would want more and more! I feel that you have offered me the most beautiful night of my life with your music, your spontaneity, your livelihood and your sensitivity.

Each one of you is special and you all form together a great company. I feel very lucky to have found you!....Everyone loved you so much that they keep on telling me they want to become your friends!"

Mina and George

..thanks for the lovely music on Tuesday. It really lifted and moved us all...makes English winter a little less grey and fills us with some healthy love for Greece and our culture.

Thalia C.

"Thank you so much for everything - EVERYONE commented on how amazing you were, Greeks and English. I know the family especially loved the Trikala song you played. You really set the atmosphere, and for me the special touch was being serenaded as we arrived at the reception :) The photographer (on my facebook friends), said the photos will be ready in a couple of weeks. We are off to Santorini tomorrow for a weeks honeymoon...

Thanks again"

Jemma

Set List

Frangosyriani - Markos Vamvakaris
Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki - Vassilis Tsitsanis
Zorba the Greek Mikis Theodorakis
Never on Sunday - Manos Hatzidakis
Ruby My Love - Cat Stevens
Who Pays the Ferry Man - Markopoulos
De Tha Ksanagapisw - Manos Loizos

Lineup

  • Flexible band including guitar, bouzouki, accordion, violin, baglama, kanun, vocals.

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