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Antonis Xylouris (Greek: Αντώνης Ξυλούρης, 1939-), nicknamed Psarantonis (Greek: Ψαραντώνης) is a Greek composer, singer and performer of lyra, the bowed string instrument of Crete and most popular surviving form of the medieval Byzantine lyra. He comes from the mountainous village of Anogeia in Crete and is the younger brother of the late Nikos Xylouris, a notable Cretan singer/musician as well as the older brother of Yiannis Xylouris, an equally notable Cretan musician. Psarantonis is known for the special timbre of his voice and his lyra playing style. Apart from the lyra Psarantonis plays various traditional instruments.[1][2]

He first played the lyre at the age of 13 and recorded his first single in 1964, titled "I Thought of Denying You" (Greek: Εσκέφτηκα να σ' αρνηθώ). He has released many recordings since then and has represented Greece many times in festivals abroad.[3][4]

In May 2005, Psarantonis performed at the World Music Institute's 20th anniversary benefit concert at Town Hall, New York. In 2007 at the festival Rock "All tomorrow's Parties" in Minehead, UK. In January 2009, he gave memorable performances in the rock music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties hosted in Brisbane, Sydney and Mount Buller (in Victoria) and curated by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

Discography

1973: Κρητική Ξαστερία
1976: Η Μάχη της Κρήτης
1976: Πηγές
1978: Σαϊτέματα
1982: Αναστορήματα
1983: Οι ρίζες μου
1985: Εκτός Εαυτού
1986: Να κάμω θέλω ταραχή
1989: Τα μεράκια του Ψαραντώνη
1990: Από φλόγες η Κρήτη ζωσμένη
1991: 30 Χρόνια Ψαραντώνης
1991: Μαθήματα Πατριδογνωσίας
1991: Ο γιος του Ψηλορείτη - Son of Psiloritis
1994: Παλιό κρασί 'ναι η σκέψη μου - My thoughts are like old wine
1995: Μουσική Ανοιξη
1996: Από Καρδιάς - De Profundis
1997: Cretan Music - The way of Psarantonis
1998: Νογώ - I reckon reflexions
1999: Ιδαίον Άνδρον -Idaion Antron
2000: Τέσσερις Δρόμοι για τον Ερωτόκριτο
2000: Λεόντιος Μαχαιράς - Χρονικό της Κύπρου (Μουσική Ψαραντώνης)
2000: Χαϊνιδες - Ο Ξυπόλυτος Πρίγκιπας
2001: Νίκος Κυπουργος -Τα Μυστικά του Κήπου
2002: Ριζίτικα - Rizitika
2002: Παπά-Στεφανής ο Νίκας-Αγρίμι και Κοράσο
2007: Ψαραντωνης & Βασίλης Σκουλάς - Άνθη του Χρόνου
2007: Να 'χεν η Θάλασσα βουνά - Had the Sea mountains
2008: Αντάρτες των βουνών - Mountain rebels
2009: Εκειά που θέλω

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