Friday, 2 July 2010

Lilly Drumeva promotes new album in Sofia and Prague

In January 2010 Bulgarian bluegrass songstress Lilly Drumeva released her new album Lovin’ you, recorded in Sofia and in Prague. The repertoire is a mix of bluegrass, country, swing and Bulgarian folk, recorded in two sessions, featuring Czech band Monogram and Lilly’s band Lilly of the West.

The first CD promotion concert was held in Sofia on 22 April 2010 at the Sofia Live Club [above]. It featured Jasen Vassilev (guitar), Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass), Misho Shishkov (Dobro, harmonica), with guests Rosen Hristov (banjo, mandolin) and Tsvetan Vlaykov (vocals). The show was opened by Bulgarian radio legend Toma Sprostranov.

On 22 June 2010, another CD release party was held in Prague, at the Bulgarian Cultural Center. The concert was organised by Ms Sevdalina Kovarjova-Kostadinova and Mr Volodja Gotsev, managing directors. It featured Czech band Monogram - Jakub Racek (guitar, vocals), Jarda Jahoda (banjo), Zdenek Jahoda (mandolin), Pavel Lzicar (upright bass), with guests Pepa Malina (fiddle) and Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass).

The concert was opened with a short speech by Ms Sevdalina Kovarjova-Kostadinova. Lilly and band performed thirteen songs in the same order as the new album. Show finished on a high with a twin fiddle medley and a lively rendition of 'My window faces the south', with solos of each musician. Fans from the Bulgarian community, Czech bluegrass audience, and others attended. The concert was filmed by Czech cameraman Ales Nemecek and will be available on YouTube. Just before the end, a christening of the new CD took place. Mr Ivan Ivanov, director of Czech music magazine Muzikus, was especially invited for the occasion. He wished Lilly and the new CD lots of success and poured some champagne. After the show guests were treated to a glass of Bulgarian wine, photos were taken outside.

On the following night, 23 June, Lilly was a special guest of Monogram at the Vodarny Club in Prague. All in all, two well attended CD promotion concerts, with special guests, featuring all musicians involved in the album. You may obtain a copy of Lovin’ you and get more info on Lilly's website.