Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

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Symi Music

Symi Music

It must be that time of year again. The time when you start planning your Symi holiday. I know many returning visitors book their next year’s accommodation while they are here enjoying the summer Symi sun, but if you haven’t, there are plenty of tour operators and Symi companies that you can book through. If you’ve not been to Symi before, you might like to trawl through the blog pages here and find out what you can do while you’re here, I’ve mentioned it before. But here’s another idea – with unrelated old photos – of things to do of an evening, while on Symi.

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If music be the food of love… I am always impressed and rather proud, when I find myself sitting in a kafenion or a taverna, and someone whips out their instrument. (Don’t be dirty.) There is so much talent on this island, and everyone, it seems, can play something, or can dance. You’ll see a bricklayer or stonemason suddenly leap to his feet and perform an impromptu dance as music plays. Or a younger lad who you’ve seen hanging out in the harbour with his mates suddenly produce his bouzouki and strums away as if he’s been playing in an orchestra for years. The girls at Noufris’ taverna, Georgios, play percussion and sing, and there is usually live music there one or two nights per week in the summer. There is also Greek music at the Secret Garden, one night western music and blues or rock, another night traditional or Rebetika. The same goes for the Jean And Tonic and Lefteris’ kafenion where recently there was a Symi rock night. Rock on the rock, you might say.

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Yialos also has places with live music, and everyone is welcome to get up and dance. I’ve been on the balcony at five in the morning in the summer and heard the party still going on over at Elpida’s or Los, or wherever, and you only have to ask around to find out who is playing and where. At Steno, for example, you can sit and have a mezze meal and before you know it, a farmer or a shepherd, someone from the bank or a shop, has appeared with a guitar or something and starts to entertain you. Sometimes it can be hard to leave. Then, of course, there’s the Symi festival which is a wonderful riot of music and dance, and other cultural events.

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So, check out your flights and make sure of the boats as best you can – so you can get here in one day. It is possible but tricky to do right now as the boat schedule may not be published yet. Whatever, find a flight and book a holiday resting assured that while you are here, you will find some kind of live entertainment, complete with traditional atmosphere, on the island just about every night of your holiday.

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No idea where that blurb came from, but I hope it temps you to live a little, book a holiday and prepare for Symi music.

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