Moosootoo

Greek music for hire.

Traditional Greek music and Greek classics. Aiming to revive invaluable elements of old folk and urban Hellenic songs in an entertaining context.

Moosootoo's Bio

”Pavlos Melas and his moosootoo take you back to the Greece we remember. Pure, unpretentious essence of Greek culture, a coming together of ancestral sorrows, joys, desires, nostalgia…” T Gavos, Sky TV, Greece
Founded by Pavlos Melas, Moosootoo plays traditional music and Greek classics, not confusing modern pop with tradition but rather aiming to revive invaluable elements of old folk and urban Hellenic songs in an entertaining context.  The group’s instruments are mainly acoustic such as bouzouki, guitar, violin, accordion, piano and percussion. They have a passionate and vigorous presence on stage with improvisations, virtuosic playing, fascinating micro-tones and distinctive styles of singing.

 

Moosootoo has performed at countless private events in the UK including weddings, baptisms, birthdays, student parties, garden parties, and Greek nights. Their performances feed from the warmth, quality and authenticity of a village festival or an old taverna in Greece or Cyprus. All members of the band are highly experienced, preferring to use acoustic instruments rather than synthesizers, drum sets and electric guitars. The instrumentation variously includes bouzouki, violin, guitar, percussion, accordion, lyra, kanun, baglama, piano and cello. The repertoire includes hundreds of tunes from all over Greece and Cyprus. It ranges from classics like Zorba the Greek and Never on Sunday to lesser known songs in the categories of Tsamikos, Kalamatianos, Syrtos, Mantilatos, Pentozalis, Ikariotikos, Haniotikos and Ionian-island Serenades.

 

 

Recent testimonials:

 

”…Just wanted to thank you for an amazing night. You and your band made our day so special. The highlights for me were the serenade when I arrived and the last Greek song you played for us…we hope to have the chance to hear you play again. The band sounded fantastic!” Joanna, 9 Sep 2013.

 

”We all enjoyed the party on Saturday evening but had to leave early as our son Tom was not feeling well. It was fun to watch the dancing and also take part!… Many thanks.” Alison, 8 Apr 2013

Translated Comment: ”Thank you Paul for the wonderful night you offered us on Saturday!! All my friends were absolutely enthusiastic; they enjoyed the drinks, the food and of course the amazing Greek music!! I wish the best to all of you and I hope you are always there to offer us such beautiful Greek nights!!…” Dimitra, 8 Apr 2013

 

”… thank you and the band for a great evening at Jakobs. One of the best evenings I had in a very long time. Brought back many memories of my holidays in Greece!” Androulla, 7 Apr 2013
”It was a most welcoming and warm evening and would like to thank u all for turning a cold London evening into a magical Greek evening…getting together helps so much especially these difficult times. Love to see the photos. Thank u”. Soula x, 8 Apr 2013

 

Translated Comment: ”…You were great and all our guests would want more and more! I feel that you have offered me the most beautiful night of my life with your music, your spontaneity, your livelihood and your sensitivity. Each one of you is special and you all form together a great company. I feel very lucky to have found you!….Everyone loved you so much that they keep on telling me they want to become your friends!” Mina and George

 

”Thank you so much for everything – EVERYONE commented on how amazing you were, Greeks and English. I know the family especially loved the Trikala song you played. You really set the atmosphere, and for me the special touch was being seranaded as we arrived at the reception 🙂 The photographer (on my facebook friends), said the photos will be ready in a couple of weeks. We are off to Santorini tomorrow for a weeks honeymoon…”. Jemma
”Hello from India. Just to say a huge thank you for the most wonderful performance at our wedding. Everybody was amazed! The videographer will send you a YouTube link of the band. Feel free to put a link on facebook and also to paste a link on my facebook page as my friends & family are dying to see it! Thanks again”. L. Ar.

 

”…..Thank you for playing at our wedding and travelling for us. We had a brilliant time and you were a big part of making the day special for us and our guests. I also want to thank you for your professionalism throughout, you were a pleasure to deal with and always made us feel at ease. All the best” P. E.

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