Tribute to Yannis Papaioannou

Thanasis Gavos   Sunday, 4 February 2018; 4:00-8:00pm
Rebetiko Carnival, Vortex, Yannis Papaioannou

Born in Kios, Asia Minor on January 18, 1913, Yiannis Papaioannou came to Greece as a refugee when he was 9-years old. He first moved with his mother and grandmother on the island of Samothrace before settling in Piraeus. After his brief stint as a footballer came to an end as a result of an injury, Papaioannou devoted himself to songwriting.

He is considered by many as the first songwriter to have taken bouzouki music out of the “tekke” (drug den), making it more acceptable to the non-hashish smoking stratum of Greek society.

The multi-talented Papaioannou’s music varies from old-style rebetika (“Pente Ellines ston Adi”, “O boufetzis”), to oriental (“Cifteteli”, “Karabiberim”) and even island music (Kapetan Andrea Zeppo).

Although primarily a songwriter, Papaioannou was also an accomplished bouzouki player whose “Taksim” remains a unique instrumental masterpiece to this day. He died in a traffic accident near Elefsina on August 3, 1972.

The Rebetiko Carnival musicians will present a programme of his greatest songs as well as lesser-known gems. The music will be preceded by a short talk about the life of Yannis Papaioannou (speaker: Noonie Minogue).


  • Marina Deligianni-vocals
  • Spiros Bolovinis-vocals, baglama
  • Niki Andronikou, baglama
  • Manolis Taouxis-vocals, bouzouki
  • Pavlos Carvalho-bouzouki
  • Michalis Iskas-violin
  • Maria Tsirodimitri-guitar
  • Sarah Carvalho-Dubost-guitar
  • Lydian Dharmi-double bass

Concert Details

  • Doors open: 16:30
  • Pre-concert talk: 17:00
  • Music starts: 18:00
  • Music finishes: 20:00


  • Tickets will only be sold online HERE
  • No concessions available


Vortex Jazz Club,
11 Gillett Square,
London N16 8AZ



1) What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Nearest stations: Dalston Kingsland is one minute’s walk away & Dalston Junction is three minutes away. Both are on the London Overground – part of the tube network.

From central London, change to Overground (direction Stratford) at Highbury & Islington.

Last trains run at around 2355 in both directions from Dalston Kingsland, earlier at weekends.

Buses: 30, 38, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 488

2) Venue accessibility

The Vortex Club is a small first floor venue. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor. For wheelchair users there is lift access via the adjoining HCD building. Please notify the venue about your needs prior to booking your ticket, their volunteer staff will do all they can to accommodate you.

3) Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please send your enquiries to [email protected]

4) Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

There is no need to print out your ticket. We will have a printed list of attendees at the entrance.

5) What is the refund policy?

Refunds can be issued up to 72 hours prior to the event. Please let us know via email at [email protected]

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