By Dora Kourambas
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