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(Traditional Puerto Rican Carol)
I love this song. I discovered it in a book of international Christmas Carols, and was so impressed by its beauty, that decided to record it. Me, my wife and a friend of ours (Djanan Turan) sing on that first recording in 2007. I wanted to include here the instrumental version made at that time, however, it was quite bland – the Italian mandolin would just play the melody, without any real inspiration. So I re-arranged the drum and percussion part and added the accordion at the beginning, and bouzouki improvisation at the end, which was recorded in one take only. And so a new version of the recording was born!

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from My Greek Christmas Album (2011), released October 16, 2011
Puerto Rican traditional Carol

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Viktor Mastoridis London, UK

Viktor is a guitarist and bouzouki player, creating Balkan Rhythm'n'Blues Fusion music. Influenced by Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Zeppelin, Purple, as well as Greek and Macedonian music.

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