On Saturday 20th February, the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria and the Pancretan Association of Melbourne co-hosted a tribute concert to the great Cretan lyrist and singer Kostas Mountakis. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of Kostas Mountakis visit to Australia and 30 years since his passing.
The organising committee were honoured to have the Very Reverend Father Evmenios and the Consul General of Greece, Mr. Emmanuel Kakavelakis as our guests at the event. The Master of Ceremonies, Stephanie Houdalakis, also introduced presenters Eva Gotsis, Tony Tsourdalakis and Rena Kyriakakis.
The tribute featured musicians, Sifis Tsourdalakis (Lyra, Vocals), Yiannis Pollakis (Lyra, Vocals), Adoni Petrandonakis (Lyra, Vocals), Michael Platyrrahos (Lyra, Vocals), Patrick Montgomerry (Lute), George Rerakis (Lute), Tony Iliou (Guitar), Nikos Tsitsivakos (Base Guitar) and Zois Tzikas (Drum).
Although attendance restrictions led many members and friends of the community to miss out on tickets, organisers arranged a live stream of the event on Facebook so that everyone could enjoy the special concert – with some tuning in from as far as Greece!
It was an outstanding performance, which was enthusiastically received by a passionate Cretan and fellow Greek crowd. The event was particularly special for treated attendees to a rare event of four lyrist playing at the same time, which was truly magnificent.
By Kon Leventis