It is not easy to talk about Psarantonis without falling into clichés. Besides, there’s not much that hasn’t already been said about this one-of-a-kind artist who has been enriching Cretan, Mediterranean and the world cultural heritage with his music for 60 years now.

Otherworldly, ageless and deeply earthy as a person, in each of his concerts he bewitches audiences with his unparalleled virtuosity in Cretan lyre, delivering remarkable performances. With his feet firmly in the past, he improvises and creates a new tradition; he growls and brings the primal sound of Crete alive.

This year, the 85-year-old great lyre player will welcome the Festival audience at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.