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Since 1995 Lilly Drumeva heads the popular Bulgarian bluegrass & country music band "Lilly of the West". She is the founder, main artist, singer- songwriter, instrumentalist, music arranger, manager and record producer of the group's nine albums to this date. She performs regularly in Bulgaria and abroad, working with leading bluegrass and country musicians around the world.

Lilly is a moving spirit in the European bluegrass and country music scene, she is a pioneer and leader in Bulgaria. Her weekly country music radio and TV shows educate and teach the public about this very authentic and unique American music.

Lilly is also a publicist and country music journalist, writing for several magazines in Europe. She represents Eastern Europe in several country & bluegrass music associations. She is an advocate for country and bluegrass in Bulgaria and on the Balkans, through her concerts, workshops and recordings; she is introducing American music and culture to the people.

 
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Lilly releases her first book about the history of popular music!

Bulgarian artist and writer Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly has completed her first book, entitled "In The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes". It gives an overview of the 20th century popular music, emphasizing on country, bluegrass, swing, blues, rockabilly & rock and roll. It is produced by CIELA Publishing House and is available in Bulgaria's bookshops and on Kindle. It contains 360 pages, with a large selection of images.

The book is based on Lilly's famous radio show, which has been on air since 2003. Her weekly 2 hour program features a fine selection of hits, from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. She describes the stories behind the songs and gives interesting facts about their performers, writers, producers and record labels. Lilly also entertains the audience, by sharing personal experiences, memories and laughter. The show is inspired by Glenn Miller's melody ("In The Mood") which is used as an intro. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her program, Lilly decided to write a book containing 50 music topics, compiled in 10 chapters:

"The Music Genres" gives an overview of country, bluegrass, swing, boogie-woogie, rockabilly, blues, rock and roll, folk-rock, soul, disco and new wave. Lilly describes the history and nature of her favorite music styles, by giving examples and personal comments. "The Hits" gives an insight into major historical events between 1940 and 2009 and their effect on popular music. "The Greats" pays tribute to some of the most significant songwriters, producers and record companies in music history. "So Emotional" reveals some of the most beautiful "sad", "happy" and "love" songs of the 20th century. "So Knowledgeable" explores the music of three countries - France, Germany and USA, where Lilly has resided. "So Glorious" recognizes the greatest male and female voices including music duos, trios and quartets. "So Entertaining" presents songs about food & drink, rain & sunshine, cities & countries, colors and animals. "So Interesting" delves into some of the best movie themes, road songs and family bands. "So Informative" is a chapter about the most successful debut songs and "one hit wonders", based on Billboard's statistical data. "Selected" looks back at some of Lilly's most memorable radio programs, such as "The Story Of Elvis", "Country & Rock Legends In Heaven" and "Christmas Around The World"." In The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes" is a book for music lovers and young people, who aspire to become music presenters. The foreword is by Bulgarian radio legend Tommy Sprostranov, with whom Lilly has a long lasting professional relationship.

Lilly Drumeva-O'Reilly is a singer, songwriter and music producer. She formed Bulgaria's most successful country and bluegrass band "Lilly of the West" in 1996 which is still active today. The group has performed in many European countries and the US, winning prestigious awards. Lilly has released 9 studio albums and has organized several country music festivals. She is a renowned music journalist and radio presenter (BBC, Balkan Bulgarian Television, Retro Radio, Radio Sofia). In 2013 Lilly received a Fulbright scholarship to study music in the United States. The results of her research have been a major contribution to this book.


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