Villagers of Ioannina City is a folk rock band from Ioannina, Greece, formed in 2007. They play post-, stoner and psychedelic rock with a large dose of Greek folk music from the region of Epirus. The regional musical tradition is characterized by polyphony, specific rhythms and tunes, and the use of clarinet, kaval, and bagpipe. The band fuses this unique folk music with modern psychedelic forms, creating a sound where the dominant solo instrument is the clarinet. Their debut full length album RIZA enjoyed universal acceptance by critics and audiences, receiving lots of excellent reviews not only from Greece but from all over the world, named by many as album of the year. They had played in the biggest rock festivals and in numerous sold out shows in the biggest music scenes in Greece. In their European tours, they performed in many cities such as Berlin, London, Amsterdam, and Barcelona among others.
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