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I didn't know this song until I started researching chants for this album. It struck me that here, Greensleeves was used, a tune that I really love a lot. I also believed that it was written by Henry VIII too, now I am convinced it wasn't.
The wizardry (Balkanization) here is created by another beautiful eastern rhythm, the 5/8 (3+2). This is a light folk-dance rhythm, and Greensleeves fits so naturally into it. The bouzouki enters playing only on the low strings, which creates a nice contrast with the high pitched baglamas that opens the tune.

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

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Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist London, UK

Viktor is a composer of music ranging from Rock and Hip-hop in ex-Yugoslavia to Greek & Balkan Neo-Folk and Blues Fusion in London, UK.
He sings and plays the guitar, bouzouki, bass, baglamas and tambura; including drum machine and midi sequencing.
Influenced by Peter Green, Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Dalaras, Tsitsanis, Nikola Badev, Smak & Yu Grupa
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