Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Bluegrass news from Bulgaria

Lilly Drumeva reports from Bulgaria:

Lilly of the West is currently in the studio, recording a new album with country and jazz standards from the 1940s/50s. The band features Lilly Drumeva (lead vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin), Yasen Vasilev (guitar), Misho Shishkov (Dobro, harmonica), Bodi Bozduganova (upright bass).

Lilly of the West will play the following gigs in 2011:
21 Jan. Da Da Cultural Bar, Sofia
4 Feb. JJ Murphy's Irish Pub, Sofia
19-22 Mar. Tour in the Czech Republic, featuring fiddler Pepa Malina
10-12 June Greven Grass festival, Germany
20-26 June Chicago festival, Sofia

And more to come: please check the website.

Lilly Drumeva started a new radio show on 1 January 2011, called 'In the mood with Lilly'. It airs every Saturday between 16:00 and 18:00 on Radio Sofia, 94.5 FM. Music genres include rock'n roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues, soul, country, bluegrass, and swing. Lilly hosts also her weekly country & bluegrass show, called 'Country with Lilly' every Monday between 19:00 and 21:00, also on Radio Sofia. Every Saturday at 14.30 she presents her country music show on Balkan Bulgarian Television.

For two years now Lilly has been playing the fiddle, taking lessons from Czech masters Pepa Malina and Jiri Kralik. Lilly has also started picking the mandolin, playing an A8 Godin electro/acoustic mandolin.