Karadenizli Eirini | Lesvos | Biographical data
• Place of birth

Mantamados, Lesvos
• Short biography

Eirini Karadenizli was born in November 1926. She is an amateur singer, and a homemaker, and she also helped her husband on the farm. She learned to sing empirically, by listening to the tunes her mother and grandfather used to sing: “We had a house, and my grandfather lived with us, I was a little girl, I was young, and I went downstairs to get something, wood, probably, and go back up, and my grandfather was singing and tapping his cane, and we learned to sing the way he sang, that’s how I learned to sing […]. My mother was a great woman and, like my grandfather who sang those songs, my mother sang beautifully too, her voice […] and that why I learned the songs.” She also sang psalms at church, which she learned: “…at Sunday school. I went to Sunday school, in those days, since I was a little girl, before I got married, before I was engaged, I went to Sunday school and learned it there […]”.

Eirini Karadenizli performed in the area around Mantamados. She usually sang at events connected to the “cycle of life” (engagements, weddings, funerals, religious holidays, traditional ceremonies, etc). She also took part on recordings made as part of the research project entitled “Kivotos tou Aigaiou” (The Ark of the Aegean), and one of her songs is included on the music CD that accompanies a book entitled “Mousika Stavrodromia sto Aigaio (Musical crossroads in the Aegean) Lesvos, 19th-20th century” (Exandas Books, Athens, 2000).

She usually chose to sing songs: “…that had love in them, beautiful songs.” Her repertoire also included songs from Asia Minor, as well as “circle of life” and seasonal songs:
 Wedding songs: “Tis ligeris to forema”, “Ela Christe kai Panagia”, or “Tou Gamou”
 Children’s songs: “Mariori”, “I Vaso” or “Plekei i Vaso”.
 Baby songs and lullabies: “O Platanos”, “I Vlacha”, “Mia gria babogria”
 Songs of the swings: “Thelo na anevo sta psila”
 Serenades: “Stin anthismeni Amygdalia”.
 Songs from Asia Minor: “Kai ti’sai ‘si kai ti’mai ‘go”, “To chanoumaki”.
 Folk songs of the rsistance: “Pano stin emorfi Lesvo”, “Ksipna lae apo ton ipno sou”.
 Revolutionary songs: “O Venizelos”.

Other songs in Eirini Karadenizli’s repertoire are: “I Rinoula anevasmeni”, “O Mais”, “Nanourismata”, “Polemos th’archisei”, ‘I adelfi mou ithele”, “Archondogios”, “Stin taverna to vradi enas nios”, “Mi me paideveis kai gelas”, “Eimai ftochia kai orfani”, “Otan imouna mikro kai koritsaki”, “Stou karaviou th plori” or “O gemitzis arrostise”, “San tin kalamia ston kambo”, “Embistosini den iparchei pouthena”, “Mi me klaite pou pethaino”, and “O Manavis”.