Thanks, Kev. I think Dereks surname is something like Maroukhain - possibly the same guy. If so, he has regular slots at the Piscine Art hotel (Crazy Cow restaurant) definitely Wednesday evening. The Derek we know speaks amazing English with an American accent, though he is Greek.
Yep, that's him. Derek used to be in a trio as Vagabonds and still used the name when they were just down to a duo with him and Rose (who played violin) and I think she was Dutch but could be wrong. Think Derek is originally Armenian but has been knocking about in Greece a fair while. I contacted them via a Vagabonds web page (which doesnt seem to exist anymore, I wonder if Rose is still alive I think she had health problems then) and saw them at some sports pool bar near bus stop 10 or 12 or thereabouts. They were so welcoming and then next year (2013) I took a drinking mate who had never been. Also by chance it was the year that Julie on tripadvisor was asking about Skiathos as a solo traveller destination as she hadnt been. One of her weeks overlapped with me and Neil's so we met up a few times for meals or a drink and one place we met was a bar near bus stop 4 (that one down through the trees) and by chance Derek was performing there. He did recognise me just about but I think it threw him that I was with a couple of other people. Glad to know he's still treading the boards. I think the Crazy Cow might be a bit far out to walk (I'm not intending hiring a car) and we are only there a week so might not get to see him but will bear it in mind.
OK might look into it. We are near stop 5 depends if mum is up to the walk. I guess if we were in town one night he was on we could bus it from stop 0 back up to 3. I think she wants to get at least 1 if not 2 boat trips in so we might be limited in when we are around some evenings.
There was also plate smashing ~ something I've not seen before.
Kate, from my experience, I thought plate smashing was banned some years ago. I remember when I was in Samos maybe 25 years ago (can't get closer to a year), there was a nightclub place at a nearby bay/beach on the side of the hill overlooking the beach. Outside on the approach path I found a long lump covered by a tarpaulin which was sufficiently ill-fitting for me to see that it covered a huge stack of plates. On closer inspection, the plates were all very unglazed, so that they smashed easily and into pieces which were not sharp and dangerous. At the end of the pile, right next to an emergency fire exit door, they parked a small skid-steer loader, which they used to sort of bulldoze the heaps of plate fragments over the edge of the path and into a heap for loading and disposing by truck!
Dennis, nothing so large-scale at the Myrtia ~ they only smashed half a dozen & there was a hovering lady with a sweeping brush (to meet Greek health & safety regs). I think it probably is banned ...... so don't tell anyone!!!