Saturday, 25 October 2008

Lilly Drumeva in Nashville and Wisconsin

Early October 2008 Lilly Drumeva visited the United States; her stops included Nashville, TN, where she attended the International Bluegrass Music Convention, and several towns in the state of Wisconsin, where she performed with the Nob Hill Boys bluegrass band, based in Madison.

A highlight of the trip was the International Summit Meeting in Nashville, held on 30 September and 1 October at the Nashville Convention Center, part of IBMA’s conference program. Lilly was invited together with other bluegrass leaders from Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia to discuss issues of bluegrass music outside the US. The meeting was very fruitful and was a milestone for development of bluegrass music internationally.

Lilly’s schedule was very busy: during IBMA’s conference she performed also at the International Suite together with Nashville’s Al Goll on Dobro; she visited Aristo Media on Music Row and met with managing director Jeff Walker (Aristo is one of the distribution companies providing material for Lilly’s TV show in Bulgaria); she attended workshops and seminars, receiving singing lessons from Nashville’s vocal coach and singer Kathy Chiavola. The weather was beautiful and there was time for visits to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Opryland Hotel, and for a trip on the General Jackson riverboat.

After a full week in Nashville, Lilly continued her journey to Madison, WI. She was welcomed by John Fabke, mandolin & guitar player, radio presenter, and bluegrass activist in the area. Lilly was a guest on John’s radio program 'Pastures of plenty' in Madison and performed with his band the Nob Hill Boys in Fort Atkinson, WI. She was backed by Paul Kienitz on fiddle, Jon Peik on banjo & bass, and John Fabke on mandolin. Lilly received also lessons from Paul and played twin fiddle with him on stage. The weather was cold but sunny and there was time to visit some of Madison’s attractions and the house of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, WI.

On the way home Lilly made a short stop in Chicago, IL. All in all, a very busy and exciting trip, doing business, meeting friends and playing lots of music.

The full text with photos of Lilly at the Summit and with Kathy Chiavola, Cia Cherryholmes, Al Goll, and the Nob Hill Boys, can be seen here.