Thursday, 19 March 2009

Lilly of the West with Radim Zenkl and Lubos Malina

Lilly Drumeva and her band Lilly of the West continued a busy spring schedule with shows at the Tea House, Sofia, Bulgaria on St Patrick’s day, 17 March 2009, and the following day on SKAT TV.

For both concerts they were joined by special guests from the Czech Republic: mandolin virtuoso Radim Zenkl, who has been living in California for twenty years, and a longtime friend, master banjoist Lubos Malina. Both have a passion for Bulgarian folk music and its instruments, such as the kaval flute.

The band - Lilly (guitar), Yasen Vassilev (guitar), Ivan Penchev (fiddle), Borislav Bojadjiev (percussion) - and their two guests presented a mixture of bluegrass, country, Irish, and Bulgarian folk music. Highlights included two Bulgarian songs in unusual rhythms (7/8 and 11/16). The musicians are planning a repertoire of bluegrass with Bulgarian rhythms. A fuller report with photos is here.