In October 1981, the Lyceum Club of Greek Women (Lykeion ton Hellinidon) of Athens, in collaboration with its Kalymnos annex, carried out a project that was historic at the time: the recording of the island’s tunes, dances and songs.
In 1982, a part of this material went into an album containing two long-playing records (LCGW 106 and 107), produced in a limited number of copies.
The Lyceum Club of Greek Women was thus the first in the field of Greek discography to dare to produce and publish a record devoted entirely to the musical tradition and the dances of a single small geographic area, in this instance the island of Kalymnos. Songs from the entire cycle of life: lullabies, wedding songs, carols, but also the heartrending moiroloi, the Kalymnian lament, were included in this first edition. Later, the repertoire of Greek recordings would be enriched by a number of exceptionally fine productions on the same themes from various regions of the country; however the fist Kalymnos record still remains worthy of notice.
Today these two vinyl disks have been sold out and the Lyceum Club of Greek Women has felt it necessary to proceed to a new production using the new digital technology (CD) and including archival material from that first recording.
The present production has been realised in collaboration with the Lyceum Club of Kalymnos and thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Ministry of the Aegean, to which we express our particular appreciation.
Director and Producer