Sunday, 15 May 2011

Bluegrass News from Bulgaria

Here's some news from Bulgaria, all the best!
Lilly Drumeva, Lilly of the West

Lilly of the West
“Country west fest Bankia”

Bulgaria’s first ever country music festival was held in Bankia, near Sofia on the weekend of the14/15th May, featuring Lilly of the West, Roy Stern & Stetson (country/rock band of ex-Lilly of the West bassist Tsetso Vlaykov), Kaliana (acoustic folk) and Medikus (country-pop). For the occasion a huge stage was build in the horse racing track with powerful sound system, that could be heard all over town. Apart from music the program featured line dancers, American food stands, merchandising and entertainment for kids.

Lilly of the West 15 years anniversary
On Tue. 17th of May, Lilly of the West celebrated 15 years anniversary. The date coincided with the birthday of Lilly Drumeva. A party was held in Sofia Live Club, with many guests and musicians on stage. A film-documentary and history of Lilly of the West was shown on the video wall before the concert. Ex-band members attended and greetings were sent by several associations. At the end, Lilly blew out the 15 candles of the huge cake, which was served to the guests.
“Lilly of the west” was formed in 1996 by Lilly Drumeva in Sofia. Shortly after releasing a debut album, the band toured successfully throughout Europe and the US, winning European and international bluegrass music awards. “Lilly of the west” has a large repertoire, including country, bluegrass, swing, jazz, pop and Irish folk. The band has released 8 albums to date; the latter (“Lovin’ you”) has been recorded in Prague with some of the best Czech musicians. Currently, “Lilly of the West” is recording a retro album, with jazz & swing standards from the 40s.

Lilly of the West honors Dolly Parton:
Lilly of the West played two concerts for the “Friends of Chicago Association” on 23rd and 26th of June in Sofia. The first was a tribute concert to country legend Dolly Parton, honoring her 65th birthday. Second was an open air concert in the Borisova gradina park, closing the festival.

Lilly of the West summer events:
  • The band is featured in the La Roche bluegrass festival 4-7 August (France), with a slot on Saturday, 6th at 19h.
  • A series of open air concerts are planned in the Sofia parks during the months of July and August, more info shortly on:
  • Lilly of the west will play a concert on 13th of August, closing the Bansko Jazz festival (mountain resort in Bulgaria).
  • A European tour is planned for the week 26.09-02.10, featuring concerts in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna.