FIRA, Greece – A young street musician earns a few euros in the town of Firá, a city with breathtaking views perched high on the cliffs above the Aegean Sea on the island of Santorini.
The folk music of Greece is a wide-ranging amalgam of East and West, developing in Syria, Babylon, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan during the height of the Hellenistic Era. Ethnomusicologists believe the Greeks had more than 3,000 different musical instruments.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This photo and text is from my book Blue and White: The Streets of Santorini, which was originally published in 2011. You can watch (and listen to) a video I put together for the book at this earlier I Remember Travel post.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in a small Wisconsin blue-collar town, Mike Starling ditched the assembly line for a long, sometimes circuitous career working with words, sound and images. His original music is heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks, and his stories and photos have been featured in books, films, mags and other media. Among his other interesting career moves, he has edited a beer magazine, played bass in a reggae band and sold potato chips door-to-door. He started a year-long web-based project called I Remember Travel in January 2021.
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