Greek-Australian Songwriters: A Discography
by Pavlos Andronikos
The original discography was published in Antipodes vol. 37/38, pp. 81-89, 1995, and can also be found here.
The following entries were not included in the original discography, either because the recordings had not yet been published, or because I was not aware of their existence. I will add more entries to this Addendum as time permits...
Lady Dear Lady. Singer: Nicholas Alexander (i.e. Nikos Moraitis). Producer, composer, and arranger: Ian Chambers. Recorded at the Bill Armstrong Organisation, Melbourne. Colossal Records Australia Stereo MSL 802. Ten tracks, one of which is an instrumental. The lyrics for eight of the tracks are by the singer Nicholas Alexander, who was also the initiator of the album. (Vinyl LP Disc)
Andronikos & Adam, 2010
In a Strange Land / Επί Γης Αλλοτρίας: An Anthology of Greek-Australian Songs and Music. Produced by Pavlos Andronikos & Stephen Adam.
Composers: Stephen Adam, Pavlos Andronikos, Christella Demetriou, Mairéad Hannan, Andrew Kyriakopoulos, Costas Tsicaderis, Stelios Tsiolas, Irine Vela, George Xylouris, Achilles Yiangoulli.
Lyricists: Christella Demetriou, Georgia Heracleous, Daniel Keene, Andrew Kyriakopoulos, Ekaterini Mpaloukas, Nikos Ninolakis, Michalis Pais, Dimitris Tsaloumas, Stelios Tsiolas, Irine Vela, George Xylouris.
Singers: Archie Argyropoulos, Christella Demetriou, Glen Haydyn, Andrew Kyriakopoulos, Markos Markou, Jeannie Marsh, Helen Sinis, Costas Tsicaderis, Stelios Tsiolas, Giaconda Vatcky, George Xylouris, Achilles Yiangoulli.
Recorded at C’est Ca, Collingwood and elsewhere. (Compact Disc, and mp3’s downloadable from the In a Strange Land web site.)
Τα λαϊκά της Πολυξένης. Composer, arranger: Nick Arabatzis (α.κ.α. Nick Love) except for one song by G. Odontiadis and Nick Arabatzis. Lyricists: Christos Touloumis, Dina Sakellariou, Nick Arabatzis, Yiannis Neophytou, and V. Pappas. Singer: Polyxeni Arabatzis. (Compact disc)
See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upUwQZXQkF8.
Πάλι μαζί. Singer: Vladimiros Charalampidis (Βλαδίμηρος Χαραλαμπίδης). An album of 15 songs published by Vasipap (Thessaloniki) on the Thermaikos label (ASIN: B0742RJB99). Also available to buy and download from the iTunes store. Unfortunately the iTunes files contain hardly any information, but it is likely that the songs were written by Charalampidis himself. Charalampidis migrated to Australia in 1982, after a successful career as a singer and songwriter in Greece. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4jbXwh5Cfw). He specialised in Pontian dialect songs (as on this album), but his most famous song was the excellent laiko Πού θα πας χαρά μου, composed by Stratos Vallianos.
Remembering Hector 2012. This album is comprised of mostly covers and traditional songs, but it also includes two original songs composed by Hector Cosmas: «Τριγυρνώ στο σκοτάδι» and «Περιμένω να φανείς», which are both sung by Maria Dikta. Other singers on the album are Yiannis Niarhos, George Galiatsos, Marios Papadeas, and Giorgos Zorbas. (Compact disc)
Hector Cosmas died tragically young at the age of 44, and this posthumous album was created in memory of him. See https://neoskosmos.com/en/10890/tragic-loss-beautiful-soul-of-music-dies/.
Σαπφώ, Καβάφης/Sappho, Kavafy. Composer: Christella Demetriou (Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου). Lyrics: Sappho, Cavafy. Singers: Lizeta Kalimeri, Christella Demetriou, Spyros Sakkas. Published by Polytropon. (Compact disc)
Ηχώ/Echo. Composer: Christella Demetriou (Κριστέλλα Δημητρίου). Lyrics: Sappho, Alcaeus, Apollonides, Gavradas, Asclepiades. Translator (into modern Greek): Sotiris Kakisis. Singers: Lizeta Kalimeri, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Christella Demetriou, Archie Argyropoulos (Αργύρης). Published by Polytropon. (Compact disc)
Μου υποσχέθηκες πολλά. Composer: Vrasidas Floratos, but one of the 11 songs is a cover of Takis Mousafiris’ «Κάνε κάτι να χάσω το τρένο». Lyrics by Vrasidas Floratos, Giorgos Sotiropoulos, and Katy Aroni. Arranger and producer: Andreas Koikas. Vocals: Giorgos Floratos, Litsa Koikas, Connie Karra. Recorded at Starlite Studios. Published by Cambridge Music. (Compact disc)
Hannan, Mairead, 1996
Δάφνη/Daphne by the Xylouris Ensemble. The album includes one composition by Mairead Hannan: “Ελαιόλαδο”. See Xylouris, Giorgos, 1996 below.
Hannan, Mairead, 1997
Αντίποδες/Antipodes by the Xylouris Ensemble. The album includes two compositions by Mairead Hannan: “Ελαιόλαδο”, and “Pink Lakes”. See Xylouris, Giorgos, 1997 below.
Theme music for Acropolis Now. Composer: George Kapiniaris. Acropolis Now was a sitcom set in a fictional Greek café—the Acropolis Café—In Melbourne. Its 63 episodes were first broadcast from 9 August 1989 to 4 November 1992 on the Seven Network. It was created by Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Simon Palomares, who also starred in the series. A DVD set is available from Crawfords Online Store.
Επανάσταση ψυχών & Τραγούδια του μετανάστη. Composer: Δημήτρης Κασιώνης [Dimitris Kasionis]. Lyrics: Dimitris Kasionis. Arranger: Αχιλλέας Γιαγκούλλης [Achilles Yiangoulli]. Vocals: Canto Coro, Katy Georgiou, Naomi Gilson, Anthea Sidiropoulos, Achilles Yiangoulli, Susan Yiangoulli. (Compact disc)
See “Δημήτρης Κασιώνης” by Katy Georgiou.
Rain Factory 1998
At The End Of The Day. Composers: Rain Factory. Lyricists: Rain Factory. Band members: Chris Beltsis (singer); Kosta Moraitis, a.k.a. Moris (guitars); John Smardenkas (Bass); Anthony Gullace (Drums). Produced by Rain Factory. Recorded and mixed by Michel Hepworth at The Sound Vault, Melbourne. Published by Rain Factory Records, Melbourne. (Compact disc)
Αντιλαλιές-Echoes. Composer: Arthur Rorris (Θανάσης Ρόρρης). Lyrics: Nikiforos Vrettakos. Vocals: Anthea Sidiropoulos. The CD can be purchased online from http://arthurrorris.com/. (Compact disc)
The Fig Tree: A Musical Companion to Arnold Zable’s Book. Anthea Sidiropoulos contributed two tracks, one of which is her own composition: Μες στην ξενιτειά. Published by The Boite.(Compact disc)
The Fig Tree: A Musical Companion to Arnold Zable’s Book. Costas Tsicaderis contributed four tracks, only one of which is his own composition: Οι μικροί και οι μεγάλοι, which is also to be found on Tsicaderis 2006. Published by The Boite. (Compact disc)
The Mighty and the Humble [Οι μικροί και οι μεγάλοι]. Composer: Costas Tsicaderis. Lyricists: Stylianos Harkianakis, Nikos Ninolakis, Andreas Triantafyllopoulos, Dimitris Tsaloumas, Costas Tsicaderis, Olga Yiannopoulou-Best. Singers: Costas Tsicaderis, Rena Hatzilepou, Julia Boubis, Mimis Sophoclous. This is a posthumous compilation of earlier recordings published by The Boite. The album contains 16 tracks, two of which are instrumentals. (For a complete list of Tsicaderis’ published compositions see the Wikipedia entry.) The last track differs from the other tracks in that it is a posthumous recording which, in the style of “We Are the World”, features a large number of singers: Christina Theodosaki, Anthea Sidiropoulos, Therese Virtue, Achilles Yiangoulli, Spiros Papoutsis, and the Greek Community Children’s Choir under the direction of Peter Mousaferiadis. (Compact disc)
Xylouris, Giorgos, n.d. (1995)
Xylouris Ensemble. Most of the songs are traditional but the album includes one song by Giorgos Xylouris with lyrics by Mitsos Stavrakakis, «Μαύρη Κορφή». The band members were: Giorgos Xylouris (Vocals, Lute, Cretan Lyra, Mandolin); Dee Hannan (Lute, Vocals); Shelagh Hannan (Flute, Whistle); Mairead Hannan (Violin); Alice Garner (Cello); Ozcan Yildirim (Percussion); Spiros Antoniades (Percussion); Manolis Skoutas (Santuri). Special guest: Haralambis Xylouris (Boulgari). (Compact disc)
Xylouris, Giorgos, 1996
Δάφνη/Daphne by the Xylouris Ensemble. The album includes two original compositions by Giorgos Xylouris (“Δάφνη” and “Μαύρη Κορφή”), and one by Mairead Hannan (“Ελαιόλαδο”). The band members were: Giorgos Xylouris (Vocals, Lute, Cretan Lyra, Mandolin, Percussion); Deirdre Hannan (Lute, Mandolin, Vocals); Shelagh Hannan (Flute, Whistles); Mairead Hannan (Violin, Vocals); Alice Garner (Cello); Daniel Butler (Double Bass); Manolis Skoutas (Santuri); Spiros Antoniades (Percussion). Special guests: Christos Baltsides (outi); Ozcan Yildirim (Daouli). Produced by the Xylouris Ensemble. Recorded at Atlantis, Melbourne, July 1995. (Compact disc)
Xylouris, Giorgos, 1997
Αντίποδες/Antipodes by the Xylouris Ensemble. The album includes three compositions by Giorgos Xylouris “Δάφνη”, “Οι Καμπάνες Του Αγίου Μηνά”, and “Μαύρη Κορφή”. The latter is featured twice, once as a song, and then again as an instrumental. It also includes two compositions by Mairead Hannan: “Ελαιόλαδο”, and “Pink Lakes”, and an improvised taxim composition by Shelagh Hannan. The band members were: Giorgos Xylouris (Vocals, Lute, Cretan Lyra, Mandolin, Oud, Percussion); Deirdre Hannan (Lute, Mandolin, Vocals); Shelagh Hannan (Flute, Whistle); Mairead Hannan (Violin, Vocals); Alice Garner (Cello); Daniel Butler (Double Bass); Ozcan Yildirim (Percussion); Spiros Antoniades (Percussion); Manolis Skoutas (Santuri). Special guest: Haralambis Xylouris (Boulgari). Published on Hi-Gloss Records (HIG017). (Compact disc)