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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 of the West news:
February 2012

Our brand new album is out now!

Click to hear Lilly's album intro >>

 
"Swings & heartaches" includes eleven songs, in two parts.
The "swings" are lively, up-tempo songs from the 40s/50s, featuring two Patsy Cline hits ("Gotta lotta rhythm in my soul" & "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 & Sam Brown ("Valentine moon") and two Bulgarian folk melodies ("Brala moma" & "Malka moma").
Musicians:

Lilly Drumeva - lead & harmony vocals, fiddle
Yasen Vasilev - lead & harmony vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
Michail Shishkov - lead and harmony vocals, Dobro, piano
Svoboda Bozduganova - upright bass: pizzicato and arco

With special guests: Michal Barok - mandolin, Milena Vuleva - fiddle

"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 Bulgarian folk music. The band has released 9 albums to date; the latter ("Swings & heartaches") is a collection of jazz & swing standards from the 1930s/40s.

We hope you enjoy this collection of swings & heartaches, God bless and see you at the shows!

Lilly Drumeva


 
 

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2013 10:23 AM