The KALAKOS band (Koumbania Kalakos) is located in Stockton, CA, and includes Yiannis Pappayiorgas (John Pappas) and family members Paula and Stathis. They perform with two other family members as T'ADELPHIA, a Greek folk band you can hire to play for your events.
The musicians on these particular recordings are:
- Yiannis Pappayiorgas (John Pappas) - klarino, bouzouki, lavouto, santouri, baglamas, guitar, and vocals.
- Stathis Pappayiorgas (Stathi Pappas) - violi and baglamas.
- Pavla Pappayiorga (Paula Pappas) - defi and vocals.
- Kaliopi Pappayiorga (Kaliopi Pappas) - violi and line drawing cover art (cassette editions, Volume 4).
There are four recordings available in CD, cassette (cassette supplies are limited), and MP3 formats; click on the jumplinks below to view the contents and to sample some excerpts in .mp3 format:
You may order the recordings from me (all CDs and limited supply of cassettes only), from CDBaby.com (CDs and mp3 downloads), or from iTunes (mp3 downloads only). Our new Volume 4 - "Lost Recordings" - is also now available. Here are the direct links to my albums at both services:
Ordering CDs Through Me:
- Each CD sells for $16, plus CA tax where applicable.
- I normally ship USPS Priority Mail. The shipping and handling costs are $6 for up to two CDs (US destinations) and $10.00 for 3-4 CDs (US destinations).
- The discount price for a set of any FOUR CDs (KAL001CD, KAL002CD, KAL003CD, KAL004CD) is $60 (that's a $4 discount) plus CA tax (where applicable) and $10.00 postage and handling.
- You can get an additional discount if you buy a set of four CDs PLUS the second brief edition of my dance book. Click here for details.
Ordering Cassettes Through Me:
- SPECIAL SALE ON CASSETTES LEFT IN STOCK (VOLS. 1 & 2 ONLY)!
- The CASSETTE recordings are now selling for $5 each, plus CA tax (where applicable). Contact us to find out what is still available. The shipping and handling costs are $6 (in US for up to three cassettes).
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You can pay online with Paypal, or send a check or money order to us (Paypal is the quickest method; we ship as soon as receive payment). To order, or for more information, email John at OArkas@aol.com or write him at:
P.O. Box 693711
Stockton, CA 95209-3711
The Recordings Themselves
To hear samples in .mp3 format, click on the little arrow icons next to the song titles.
Elliniki Hori 1 - Greek Dances 1 by John Pappas
This collection of authentic Greek folk dance music includes dances from mainland Greece including Peloponnisos, Roumeli, Epiros, Macedonia, and Thrace. The instrumentation consists of the klarino (Greek Albert system clarinet in C), violin, lavouto (Greek lute), kithara (guitar), defi (hand drum), and the santouri(Greek hammered dulcimer).
- SOU EIPA MANNA M - From
Kynouria in Arcadia, Peloponnisos - This dance, Tsakonikos, is said
to be of ancient origin. Its movements are reminiscent of the "Crane"
dance or "Yeranos" done by Theseus in the legend of the labyrinth
of the Minotaur. The song is in the ancient 5/4 meter. A girl sings
to her mother, "I told you Manna, don't marry me to an old man..."
- HORTARAKIA - Syrtos from
Arcadia, Peloponnisos - This song is a Pan-Hellenic Syrtos. The older,
two part Syrtos Botaitikos from Botia (Palaiopyrgos) can also be done
to this music. This older form of the dance that I learned from my
great uncle, Thodoris Pappayiorgas, features men and women in two
separate lines, the men behind the women. They merge into one line
of mixed men and women and then back to the two lines, using the ancient
chain hold that can be seen on ancient Greek vase paintings. The song
tells of a young man meeting an old man and asking, "Where are the
greens of the meadow, the water from the well?"
LEVENDIS HOREVE - Tsamikos - This is a Tsamikos dance
song in 3/4 or 6/4 meter. The Tsamikos is the manly dance which was
done by the Greek Kleftes or freedom fighters; it is now one of the
Pan-Hellenic dances popular all over Greece. The song is about a young
"levendis" or brave, manly youth who was dancing on the marble threshing
floor. A girl who admires him asks, "Where were you yesterday evening?"
He answers,"...at my mother's, at my sister's, but tonight I'll be
in your embrace."
- ELLINOPOULES EMORFES - Kalamatianos - This is the Pan-Hellenic dance in 7/8 meter. This
song is about the qualities of the "beautiful Greek girls" of the
different areas of Greece. It concludes, "From the foreign lands they
come, they all want Ellinopoules."
- SYRTOS KOFTOS - Syrtos
- This Syrtos melody is unusual because of the "cut" or "koftos" in
the melody. The dancers stop with the koftos each time. This was very
popular in many areas of mainland Greece, including Peloponnisos and
- AND' AMAN PALIKARI -
Tapeinos dance from Soufli, Thrace - This song tells the story of
a twelve year old Greek boy taken by the Turks to be a janisary. The
line dance is quiet and done softly, thus the name Tapeinos.
- YIATROS - Pogonisios,
Sta Dyo, from Epiros - This song is from Epiros and is particularly
popular in Pogoni. The dance, (Pogonisios, Sta Dyo, or simply Yiatros),
is a two measure form of the Syrtos. The song is about a girl who
tells her mother, "I'm sick; send for the doctor (yiatros), the young,
- BERATIS - Epiros - Beratis
is a beautiful, slow, heavy, men's dance from Epiros in 8/4 meter.
It is named for the old Greek city of Berati, now part of southern
- Epiros - This dance, like the Beratis, is similar
in feeling to the Tsamikos. The meter is also a variant of the Tsamikos.
The song tells of the gathering of the young Kleftes (freedom fighters)
and their captain dancing the Kleftes dance.
- LEVENDIKOS - Macedonia
- This dance from Macedonia is named for the Greek quality of "levendia."
The dance is for those who have this quality, like the brave, handsome
young man in the song "Enas Levendis Horeve." The meter is a very
interesting 7/8 and 5/8 combination.
ENDEKA - Andikrystos, from Macedonia - This melody
is very popular in Macedonia. The dance is the Andikrystos (Karsilamas)
which means "face to face" and is a couple dance in 9/8 meter.
Elliniki Hori 2 - Greek Dances 2 by John Pappas
This collection of traditional Greek folk music includes songs and dances from central and southern mainland Greece, Crete, and the seaport taverns. It has examples of the most popular dances done by the Greeks with the typical bouzouki band consisting of one or two bouzoukis, a baglamas, a guitar, defi, and sometimes the violin and klarino. This instrumentation is typically used in the tavernas and nightclubs of the cities.
- PSAROPOULA - KAPETAN
ANDREAS ZEPPOS - NINA NAI - Syrtos medley - This is a medley of three
very popular Syrtos dance tunes. All three are popular in the "taverna"
style repertoire. Psaropoula (about a fishing boat and its sailors
going out for coral and pearls), and Zeppos (about the fishing boat
captain who is the best), are both very popular with Greek islanders.
In Nina Nai, which is in a similar style, the man tells his girl,
"We only live once; we must enjoy life a little..."
SAVVATO VRADY - Kalamatianos - This Kalamatianos dance
tune (in 7/8 meter) is more in the village style. It features the
klarino (Greek Albert system clarinet in C). It is about a young man
who tells his girl friend Maria, "Po po po, Maria, I love you." "One
Saturday evening I decided to marry you. I'll bring musicians so we
MELAHRINI MOU - Syrtos - "My Beautiful Dark Girl"
This Syrtos is a taverna style dance song. The introductory improvisation
on the bouzouki sets the mode for this evocative, yet exciting, love
song. "I want to have you with me always..."
- SAMIOTISSA - GERAKINA
- SE EIDA NA KLADEVEIS - Kalamatianos medley - Three popular Kalamatianos
(7/8 meter) dance tunes are put together in this medley. Samiotissa
is about a man wooing a beautiful "Woman of Samos." Gerakina is the
story of a girl who accidently falls in the well while going for water.
The young man says, "Gerakina, I'll pull you out, and I'll make you
my wife..." The third song is another love song: "I saw you when you
were pruning the rose, and I held the ladder so you could go higher..."
- Tsamikos - A popular village song, this Tsamikos
dance tune features the typical village folk orchestra with the klarino,
the violin, two lavouta (lutes), and the defi (hand drum). It is about
the people of the village gathering in the priest's yard. "Is the
priest ill? Has Papalabraina (his wife) died?"
- TA MAVRA ROUHA - Syrtos
Haniotikos - The popular Syrtos Haniotikos dance is danced to this
song from the island of Crete. "The black clothes (of mourning) are
as heavy as iron..."
TOU BAGLAMA - Argos Hasapikos (Slow Hasapikos) - This
bright Argos Hasapikos (Slow Hasapikos) is our own creation in the
traditional style. It features the sounds of the tiny bouzouki, the
baglamas, with its insistent plinking throughout played by 13 year
- TO KALITERO PAIDI - Argos
Hasapikos - Another Argos Hasapikos, this minor-keyed song says, "No
matter what they say or do, they can't change my mind to make me leave
- MI MOU LES YIATI XEHNAO - Medium tempo Hasapikos - This is a medium tempo Hasapikos. A man's
girlfriend has left him for another. He says, "I'm not sorry for you;
I'll make my heart a rock, like a mountain."
- KALIOPITSA - Medium-to-fast
tempo Hasapikos - Another medium-to-fast tempo Hasapikos dance, this
melody was written by Yiannis for his daughter, Kaliopi, when she
was a baby. At sixteen, she played the violin with him on this recording.
The faster part at the end is a very old folk melody.
KYTTA KOSME - Karsilamas (Aidiniko or Andikrystos)
- This is a Karsilamas (Aidiniko or Andikrystos), a couple dance in
9/8 meter which is popular in the seaport tavernas. The singer says,"Look!
I've never seen such a girl!"
- TO VOUNO - Heavy zeibekikos (slow 9/8 meter) - "The Mountain" is a very heavy zeibekikos (slow 9/8 meter) dance song. The dance is usually done by a man, alone on the dance floor. "I'll climb the highest mountain, and I'll sing; in the wilderness, with the playing of my bouzouki, my sorrow will be heard..."
Elliniki Hori 3 - Greek Dances 3 by John Pappas
This collection of traditional Greek folk music includes songs and dances from Epiros, Thrace, and Thessaly in mainland Greece, from the islands of Rhodes, Skyros, and Ikaria in the Aegean Sea, and from the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea. The typical folk orchestra of the mainland includes the klarino (Greek Albert system clarinet), the violi (violin), the lavouto (Greek lute), the defi (Greek hand drum like the tambourine), and sometimes the sandouri (a Greek hammered dulcimer). The typical island folk orchestra usually includes the violi and the lavouto, and sometimes the sandouri. In Thrace and some of the Aegean islands they often include the toumbeleki, a hand drum.
RODOU - Sousta from Rhodes - The Sousta is a springy
dance popular in the Dodecanese islands. The instrumentation includes
the violi, sandouri, and lavouto. The dance often starts with less
energy and then builds to a fast, exciting pitch.
- LEFKADITIKOS - from
Lefkada - This dance is from the island of Lefkada, which is on the
western side of Greece. It is a double dance in that two different
dance steps are done to two different melodies and meters. The first
part is a slow 4/4 meter, while the second part is a fast 7/8 meter.
- OTAN VAZEIS TO PAPAZI - Syrtos from Skyros - "When You Wear the Papazi" This Syrtos dance
is from the island of Skyros. The singer is telling a woman how beautiful
she is when she puts on her cap with the golden tassel. He says, "The
sky trembles and will fall with the stars together."
- IKARIOTIKOS - Ikaria
- The 'Kariotikos is the most popular dance on the island of Ikaria.
The song is about going back to Ikaria and dancing and celebrating.
In particular, the singer sings about his koubari, Stefanis and Maria,
and celebrating in the town of Xylosyrti.
AVGERINOS - Thracian dance - This Thracian dance is
similar to the Pan Hellenic Syrtos or Kalamatianos, but it is in 9/8
or 9/16 meter. It is sometimes called Syngathistos.
STA LIANOHORTAROUDA - Zonaradikos from Thrace - The
song is about the Zonaradikos dance. "What a large circle the dance
makes; it moves like a chain." Zonaradikos refers to the handhold
in which the dancer holds the sashes or belts (zonaria) of the dancers
on either side of him.
MENOUSIS - Epiros - This song from Epiros is about
Menousis, who in a drunken fit of anger kills his wife and then regrets
it. In the morning, sober, he grieves: "Rise my duckling, my goose,
my partridge, and join the dance so I can admire you."
- PENDE PALIKARIA - Sta
Tria - This is a Sta Tria, a popular dance in mainland Greece. "There
were five young men and six girls. An old man there was to divide
them up, and the old man got the beautiful one. Health and joy to
- FYSOUNI - Epiros - This is a fast tempo dance in 9/16 meter
from Epiros. The name of the dance, fysouni, refers to a bellows.
- O KOSTANDAS - Zagorisios
from Epiros - The Zagorisios is a men's dance in 5/4 meter from the
Zagori villages in Epiros. The song is about Kostandas, who has been
looking for a beautiful girl. "May you find a tall, beautiful-browed
- KARAGOUNA - Thessaly - Karagouna is a popular dance from Thessaly. The inhabitants are called Karagounides. There are many popular songs for the dance, and many are about a Karagouna girl. "When you marry, what wonderful things you'll see. You'll kiss, you'll embrace, and then you will become bored!"
The Lost Recordings - Archival recordings by John Pappas and His Bands
This collection of vintage archive recordings tracks the history of John's music through the 1960s and 1970s. Most were originally released as 45 rpm singles, with one song on each side. These are digitalized from used, very worn, actual records, so the hisses, pops, and scratches are all there. Original recording techniques were primitive, so the sound quality is not as high as today's modern studio recordings. Many songs were recorded for the purpose of teaching folk dance, so this collection includes dance tunes from several areas of Greece. Song 1 was recorded live by John and his brother Jim as teenagers, in the basement of their San Francisco home.
- Ena Mikro Vlahopoulo - Syrtos – John Pappas, klarino; James Pappas, lavouto. 1967
- Na ‘San Ta Neiata Dyo Fores -Tsamikos– John’s band, Meraklides; John Pappas, klarino; John Reckas, violi, James Pappas, lavouto; Nick Garris, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1969
- Pos To Trivoun To Piperi – Syrtos Sta Tria – John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino, vocal; Jim Pappas, lavouto; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1973
- Yiorgis O Marathianos – Diplos Horos; Kalamatianos / Tsamikos - John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino, vocal; Jim Pappas, lavouto; Paula Pappas, defi. 1972
- Hiotikos - Syrtos – John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino; Jim Pappas, lavouto; Paula Pappas, defi. 1972
- Ikariotikos – Ikaria - John’s band, T’Adelphia; Stathis Pappas, violi; John Pappas, lavouto; Jim Pappas, lavouto; Paula Pappas, defi. 1972 [note: Original recording did not have violi. Stathi was not born yet!]
- Len Irthi Ma’i’s - Soufli, Thraki - John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino; Jim Pappas, lavouto; Paula Pappas, defi. 1972
- Tripotis (Podaraki) - John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino, vocal; Jim Pappas, lavouto; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1973
- Miteritsa - Pontiakos – John Pappas, Pontiaki lyra, vocal; Paula Pappas, defi, vocal; Perry Phillips, vocal; Group of dancers dancing during recording. 1973
- Horos Tou Sakena/San M’Axiosei O Theos – Argos Hasapikos – John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, bouzouki, vocal; Jim Pappas, guitar; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1973
- Yiannakis – Argos Hasapikos – Created by John Pappas and played for the movie “Alex and the Gypsy.” John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, bouzouki, vocal; Jim Pappas, guitar; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1975
- Kaliopitsa - Hasaposervikos- Created by John Pappas and played for the movie “Alex and the Gypsy.” John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, bouzouki, vocal; Jim Pappas, guitar; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1975
- O Ilios – Tsamikos – Played in the movie “Alex and the Gypsy.” John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino; Jim Pappas, lavouto; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1975
- Apopse Den Koimithika – Tsamikos – Played in the movie, “Alex and the Gypsy.” This recording features the famous singer and good friend, Athanasios Evgenikos. John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino; Jim Pappas, lavouto; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1975
- Pano Se Psili Rahoula - Syrtos - Played in the movie, “Alex and the Gypsy.” This recording features the famous singer and good friend, Athanasios Evgenikos. John’s band, T’Adelphia; John Pappas, klarino; Jim Pappas, lavouto; George Doukas, guitar; Paula Pappas, defi. 1975
This page was last updated on 2/27/2011.