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Thread #171428   Message #4146095
Posted By: Roger the Skiffler
01-Jul-22 - 03:25 PM
Thread Name: Unusual Picks/plectrum
Subject: RE: Unusual Picks/plectrum
Jack, thanks for your post. I'm not a musician so I don't know why I looked at this thread but I find your info on the cumbus fascinating. In 40 years of visiting Greece I've heard many instruments: bouzouki, guitar, baglama, oud, lyra, fiddle, bagpipes but not cumbus. I am a fan of rembetika, especially Vamvakakis and Bellou and didn't know some bands included cumbus. I now think back to a holiday in Patmos many years ago. We had had a meal in the town and then a free outdoor classical concert (western style orchestra with added bouzouki) and were walking back in the dark to our apartment outide the town. We passed a house to hear a man sitting on the pesoula under his veranda playing what I assumed was a banjo. Perhaps it was a cumbus. Any way thanks for alerting me to this ( I love unusual instruments) . i will look out for them in future!
RtS