The Roumlouki (Rumland - Land of the Greeks) is a region that presents great interest from the point of view of folk dance and music.
The first efforts of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women (Lykeion ton Hellenidon) to record the dances of the Roumlouki -mainly for its own use- were initiated towards the end of the 1980s.
These efforts were based principally on the collaboration with Thomas Patmos (zournas player), Giorgos Zapheriou (zournás player) and Giorgos Panayiotopoulos (daouli), who possessed a thorough knowledge of the tunes and rhythms of the region and who were acknowledged by the local community as masters in the field.
After the death of its prized collaborators and friends, Giorgos Zapheriou and Giorgos Panayiotopoulos, the Lykeion ton Hellenidon continued its efforts to produce a disk containing the material it had already recorded, and to collect more.
The project went through several phases -not all of them favourable- so that it was only in 2005 that, with the help of our great friend, Thomas Patmos and his new collaborators, we managed to gather together the major part of the instrumental melodies played in the villages of the Roumlouki. At the same time, thanks to the valuable assistance of Achilleas Tsiaras, we were able to record songs from Episkopi, Verria, and Makrokhori, Imathia, Macedonia.
With the present disk, although fully aware of the breadth, bulk and importance of the material that still remains to be recorded, we offer to the wider public the recordings that have already been made, hoping that they will be useful to all those who study, cherish and believe in the worth of Greek folk music.
Athens, March 2007