The story of bluegrass music in Greece is basically the story of the Train45 Bluegrass Band. Back in 1996 I was fortunate to meet Yiannis Gougourelas, a great bluegrass guitarist who has been my guitar buddy for all these years in our band. Train 45 has been performing all around Greece all these years introducing bluegrass music to wider audiences.
You should also visit Yiannis youtube channel and check out his amazing playing and sound his gets out of his guitars. The maker of Montuoro Guitars recently announced his intention to build a Yiannis Gougourelas model as a thankful gesture to Yiannis for spreading the sound of these great instruments. You can also read the article I wrote about Yiannis here.
A few years ago we were fortunate to meet another great guitarist and musician, Kostas Liagouras. Kostas has been a member of the Train45 Bluegrass ever since, and has pushed our music to another level. You can listen to Kostas playing with Yiannis in several videos in Yiannis Youtube Channel
If you are planning to visit Greece and you'd like to jam don't hesitate to get in touch. We are more than happy to play with people and also help with your stay in Greece anyway we can!
Hello. My wife and I are in Greece for eight more days and would like to get together and jam. We both play bluegrass music in the band from the website I listed. I play. 5 string banjo and my wife, Karen, plays bass and sings.
Today we are in Thessaloniki.
Let me know when and where you are playing.
Hello, are there jams and/or bluegrass musicians in Athens or The Peloponnesos? I d love to know!
As far as we know, i am afraid not!
My band is located north, in the town of Thessaloniki