Monday, 23 August 2010

The Dust Busters in Bulgaria and Ireland

The Dust Busters old-time string band from Brooklyn, NY, consist of Walker Shepard (guitar, banjo, bantar, vocals), Eli Smith (banjo, guitar, bantar, manjo, autoharp, harmonica, vocals), and Craig Judelman (fiddle, pump organ, vocals).

The Dust Busters, with special guest Betsy Plum of the Calamity Janes, are coming to Bulgaria at the end of August for a series of concerts at the Black Sea coast and in Sofia. At the special invitation of the US embassy in Sofia, the band will take part in the Bourgas International Folklore Festival (26-27 August) and be showcased in the Apollonia Festival of the Arts in Sozopol on 29 August. They will also perform a free public concert in Sofia at 6.00 p.m. on 31 August at the summer stage in Borissova Gradina together with Bulgaria’s own Lilly of the West.

Thanks to Richard F Thompson of the British Bluegrass Music Association for this link to a Sofia Echo feature about the tour. After playing in Bulgaria, the Dust Busters will play three shows in Ireland; full details are on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.