Petros Maroulis and his Band Delight Australia’s Cretans with successful tour

In April, Petros Maroulis and his band comprising of Giorgos Chalkiadakis and Nektarios Kounalakis, delighted the Cretan Communities of Melbourne and Sydney with live Cretan Music from Greece.

It was the first tour of Cretan musicians in over two years due to travel restrictions imposed over that time, however, personal matters in Greece delayed the band by a week and left communities waiting just a little while longer to get their music fix.

Although Melbourne’s event was originally scheduled to open the tour on the 2nd of April, the delays meant that the Cretan Association of Sydney had the honour of welcoming the band to Australia.

On Friday the 8th of April, Maroulis and his band performed for a passionate Sydney crowd – featuring a keen travelling cohort from Melbourne, including our committee members.

Whilst in Sydney, the band experienced the city’s Greek Community establishments, played music with the Association’s young musicians and visited key landmarks including Darling Harbour.

The band then travelled to Melbourne where they were excitingly welcomed by the Cretan Brotherhood Community.

On Friday the 15th of April, Petros Maroulis, Giorgos Chalkiadakis and Nektarios Kounalakis played again, this time at the storied Cretan Brotherhood Hall.

Before they even began, the atmosphere from the community was jubilant, with a great representation from youth, family and elderly members. Over 250 members and friends (including a strong contingent travelling from Sydney) erupted into cheering and clapping as Marouli’s Lyra brought the night to life from its very first note.

The introductory music was followed by a performance from the Senior dance group of the Cretan Brotherhood which was warmly received by the crowd. Following the performance, the dance floor to be filled up with patrons and remained that way all night long.

Whilst in Melbourne, the band performed live on 3XY Radio Hellas from the Hellenic Museum, and at Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine in Moonee Ponds.

In their down time, the Cretan Brotherhood committee hosted the band and took them to a unique selection of Melbourne landmarks including Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall, the Melbourne Zoo, the Shrine of Remembrance and the mighty sporting cathedral that is the MCG.

The tour touched the hearts of Sydney and Melbourne’s Cretan communities. We wish Petros Maroulis, Giorgos Chalkiadakis and Nektarios Kounalakis safe travels and hope to see them again… perhaps even in Crete!

By Emmanuel Heretakis