The roots of Athens-based indie-folk-instrumental act Burgundy
Grapes stretch back to 1994, when high-school buddies Alexandros
Miaoulis and Alexis Papaioannou, both from Athens, merged with
Melbourne born-and-raised George Kolyvas in the Greek capital
after the trio was drawn together by deep friendship, artistic
affinity and an inexplicable drive to make music together.
Early in 2000, Kolyvas and Miaoulis, without Papaioannou, who
was forced to withdraw due to serious illness three years earlier,
began a series of home recordings with help from skilled musicians
such as cellist Nikos Veliotis and accordionist Yiorgos Tsiatsoulis.
The hard-to-pinpoint project, whose stylistic direction, according
to the band, was never really discussed but always felt focused, had
slightly deviated from its pristine acoustic roots.
Electrified textures entered the project’s sound, including electric
bass, atmospheric slide guitar, and at times, various discreet yet
dirty and distorted sounds.

After a brave five-year battle against leukemia, Papaioannou succumbed
on April 8, 2002, at the age of 28. He is sadly missed. Early in 2005,
the duo released their self-titled debut album on Athens indie label
Outlandish Recordings, dedicating it to their late friend. A well-received
effort, “Burgundy Grapes” featured on annual leading album lists
published by local press.

It was followed by the release of a limited-edition EP, “Lagero”, featuring
sparser-than-usual material, on Triple Bath in February 2009.

Burgundy Grapes released a second full-length album, “Man In The Lighthouse”,
on Inner Ear Records in June, 2010.