Monday, 5 March 2012

Lilly of the West: new CD, new shows

Lilly Drumeva reports from Bulgaria:

Lilly of the West's brand new album Swings & heartaches is out now!

Swings & heartaches includes eleven songs, in two parts.

The 'swings' are lively, up-tempo songs from the 1940s/50s, featuring two Patsy Cline hits ('Gotta lotta rhythm in my soul' and 'Walkin’ after midnight'), one by Hank Williams ('Lovesick blues'), two old western/swing standards ('My window faces the south', 'I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter'), and a modern swing ('Who knows what tomorrow may bring').

The 'heartaches' are beautiful ballades with strong lyrics. One is a Johnny Cash/June Carter duet ('If I were a carpenter'), another is an Everly Brothers’ classic ('Crying in the rain'); a modern nostalgic song by Jools Holland and Sam Brown ('Valentine moon'), and two Bulgarian folk melodies ('Brala moma' and 'Malka moma').

Musicians: Lilly Drumeva (lead and harmony vocals, fiddle); Yasen Vasilev (lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitars), Michail Shishkov (lead and harmony vocals, Dobro, piano), and Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass: pizzicato and arco), with special guests Michal Barok (mandolin) from Slovakia, and Milena Vuleva (violin).

Lilly of the West will have the official CD release party for Swings & heartaches on Tuesday 3 April at 18:30 in the Studio 5 club, Sofia, Bulgaria. Special guests include Michal Barok, Milena Vuleva, and Toma Sprostranov (MC). The event is supported by the embassy of Slovakia.

Lilly of the West will play on Monday 2 April at 20:00, at the Da Da Cultural Bar in Sofia. The band will also perform live on SKAT Bulgarian Television on Wednesday 4 April at 22:00, with MC Vasko the Patsch. On both shows, Michal Barok will play as guest on mandolin. More info on the Lilly Drumeva website.

The photos below, by Elizabeth Kolbl, show Lilly of the West at recent appearances.