Domna Samiou is one of my favourite performers. Far from being a simple folk singer she was the person who opened my eyes to the genuine, uninhibited “dimotika” songs –i.e. songs of the people, literally. Having never lived in a village all the folk music I ever heard was second hand renditions imitating western style lyrics. Domna Samiou researched Greek folk music; she traveled far and wide to record Christmas Carols, wedding songs, funeral songs, songs dedicated to saints and songs dedicated to sin. Her album of traditional Carnival songs is played every year. She brought to all her performances the aroma of the genuine artist doing what he really loves and it was invigorating. She passed away tonight. Good night Domna Samiou.