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I know this song from the American jazz singers, hence the Noel in the title. Only after researching its origins, I discovered that Nowell is the proper Cornish spelling – which in turn comes from the French word Noël, which has its roots in the the Latin word 'Natalis', meaning 'birthday'. The combination of Greek baglamas and a soft keyboard does all the trick here. The rhythm that subtly rumbles behind is a Greek Zeimbekiko (9/8). True inspiration shows itself in the simple melodies that last through the centuries. The First Nowell is one of these melodies.


from My Greek Christmas Album (2011), released October 16, 2011
English 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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