Monday, 16 March 2009

Lilly of the West live in Prague, 12 March 2009

As announced on the European Bluegrass Blog on 18 February, Lilly of the West performed the first bluegrass concert at the Bulgarian Cultural Centre, in the heart of Prague (CZ). The many distinguished guests - including the EWOBA president, Dennis Schut (NL), and Ruth Gruber (US), journalist for the Herald Tribune - were greeted in fluent Czech by the director of the Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Boyan Panchev.

Lilly’s band featured Jasen Vassilev (BG) on guitar, Svoboda Bozduganova (BG) on upright bass, and special guests from the Czech Republic: Jarda Jahoda (banjo) and Zdenek Jahoda (mandolin). They performed two sets, with a mix of modern bluegrass, country, swing, and jazz standards.

During the interval Petr Hruby (CZ) and his band All Bells & Whistles took the stage for five songs, supported by Jiri Kralik (CZ) on fiddle.

For an encore Lilly of the West performed some famous Bulgarian folk songs for the Bulgarians in the audience. A full account with more photos can be seen here.