Review Scene: Xylouris White, The Tote – 2nd March 2017

By Dora Kourambas 

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Xylouris White  round out their Australian summer odyssey with a final run of headline appearances taking in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney alongside a debut appearance for Womadelaide.

Xylouris White is lute player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Venom P.Stinger). They’re master musicians whose expansive and frequently hypnotic work is characterized by a sense of endless exploration. The duo’s use of space within its songs suggests a sense of possibility and a freedom to see, find and invent.

ON Thursday 2nd March, Xylouris White played to a full house at The Tote, beginning their quick run of shows along the east coast of Australia before heading back overseas. The audience was enthralled, watching genius musicians at work. The Tote Hotel was the perfect environment for the eclectic collection of fans who came along to enjoy and celebrate George Xylouris playing the Laouto (a Cretan bouzouki) in a manner that was mesmerising to watch and original in its melody. Xylouris’ music, both traditional folk songs and originals, goes against the grain of conventionalism. Xylouris is peerless. Jim White, cued by the bouzouki, played in a well timed partnering of musicians who improvised and provided a night to be remembered.

It was an electric evening, Xylouris White – drawing from songs from both albums, GOATS and BLACK PEAK – did not disappoint.

Don’t miss the rest of the tour:

March 5 Lawn Lunch, LaTrobe University, Melbourne

March 8 Tuning Fork, Auckland with guests Tiny Ruins (solo)

March 9 Camelot Lounge, Sydney with guests The Flowers & The Garbage

March 10 WOMADelaide, Adelaide

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.