Lilly Drumeva is a Bulgarian singer, songwriter and music producer. She
formed Bulgaria's most successful country and bluegrass band "Lilly
of the West" in 1996, still active today. The group has performed
in many European countries and the US, winning prestigious awards. Lilly
has released ten albums and has organized numerous music events, concerts
and festivals. She is also a renowned music journalist and radio presenter
(BBC, Balkan Bulgarian Television, Retro Radio, Radio Sofia). Lilly is
a Fulbright scholar and has studied music in Nashville, TN. She is the
author of the book "In The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes",
a music encyclopedia in Bulgarian language. Lilly is also a successful
music promoter, organizing tours for American and European artists.
Career as American music
pioneer and leader
For 20 years Lilly has been involved in American music in Bulgaria and
abroad. She is the founder of the first and only country & bluegrass
music band "Lilly of the West". She is the source of information,
coordinator and expert on this music in Bulgaria. Lilly educates the audience
and teaches young musicians to play country & bluegrass. She inspires
the fans and spreads audio and video material, books, magazines and other
publications on the subject.
Lilly is a member of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) in
Basel, Switzerland, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
in Nashville, TN, a professional member of the Country Music Association
(CMA) in Nashville, TN. She is a spokesperson for the Bulgarian singer/songwriter
community "Poets with guitars. The "Poets with guitars"
movement follows the footsteps of the great American songwriters, such
as Bob Dylan, John Denver and others.
Career as an artist &
bandleader of "Lilly of the West"
Lilly Drumeva formed the band "Lilly of the West" in 1996 in
Sofia. Shortly after releasing a debut album, the band toured successfully
throughout Europe and the US, winning European and international awards.
"Lilly of the West" has a large repertoire, including country,
bluegrass, swing, jazz and folk music. The band has released nine CDs
to date; the latter ("Swings & Heartaches") is a retro album,
with jazz & swing standards from the 1940s. Lilly has written many
songs and has arranged most of the band's material. She is the lead vocalist,
guitarist, violinist and mandolinist.
Career as a solo artist
Lilly Drumeva performs also as a solo artist and as a duo with guitarist
Yassen Vassilev. She has collaborated with some of the best musicians
in Europe and the US: Jessie Brock (US), Marshall Wilborn (US), Al Goll
(US), Lubos Malina (CZ), Jakub Racek (CZ), Zsolt Pinter (HU), Roberto
Dalla Vecchia (IT), Andy Glandt (GR), Michal Barok (SK), Gerhard Jung
(AU), Dorian Ricaux (FR), Chris Schut (NL), Rick Townend (UK) and many
others. She has recorded several duets and has featured guest musicians
on her albums. Lilly is a versatile singer with a huge repertoire. She
feels comfortable in the genres: country, bluegrass, swing, Irish and
Bulgarian folk music. On her latest project Lilly experiments with a new
sound - acoustic pop. Her tenth album "Strong Machine" features
original songs written by Lilly and some gifted Bulgarian Writers: Nikolai
Peev, Stamen Yanev, Dessi Sofranova and Grisha Trifonov. The songs are
often played on Bulgarian radio.
Career as radio and TV presenter
Lilly's career on radio began in 2001 in London, where she took a position
with the BBC World Service. She has worked as a music journalist and reporter
for the weekly program "Mega Chas". In 2003 she returned to
Bulgaria and started hosting music shows on "Retro Radio" and
"Horizont", together with Bulgarian radio legend Toma Sprostranov.
In 2007 she took a position as music editor on Radio Sofia, part of the
Bulgarian National Radio. She currently hosts a weekly music shows "In
the mood with Lilly". Between 2006 and 2011 Lilly has had her own
country music show on Balkan Bulgarian Television. The program was broadcasted
nationwide, as well as in the neighboring countries. Lilly's shows on
radio and TV are educational and entertaining. Every issue presents the
story and roots of American music, from traditional to modern. The material
for it is provided through Lilly's personal labor and contacts. She receives
regularly material from Aristomedia and the Country Music Associations.
Guests on the shows are music celebrities as well as diplomats from the
US embassy, introducing their valuable music collections. In 2015 Lilly
received an award for professional brilliance by the Bulgarian radio journalists'
Career as a writer and Fulbright
Since 1999 Lilly has been writing for several music magazines ("Bluegrass
Europe", "Country Music International", "Country Music
People"). She has written reviews of numerous CDs and concerts attended.
She has conducted more than fifty interviews with professionals in the
music industry and has written several articles. In 2013 Lilly received
a Fulbright scholarship to study country and bluegrass music in the US.
She researched authentic American music genres during her stay in Kentucky
and Tennessee. Some of her stories have been published in the magazine
"Bluegrass Europe". In 2014 Lilly released her first book "In
The Mood With Lilly - 50 Music Themes". It is a music encyclopedia
in Bulgarian language, focusing on country, bluegrass, swing, blues, rock
and roll, jazz, soul, new wave and disco. The book is available in all
Bulgarian book stores and received favorable reviews.
Career as a music promoter
Since 1996 Lilly has worked as a booking agent of her band Lilly of the
West. She has organized concerts and tours throughout Europe and the United
States. In her home country Bulgaria Lilly has hosted and promoted a large
number of events: theme shows, anniversaries, special evenings, new release
parties, conferences and music gatherings. In 2013 Lilly organized her
first country and bluegrass festival in Bulgaria "Country West Fest"
in Bankya. Lilly has worked closely with the Culture Department of the
US embassy, co-organizing several concerts: The Ebony Hillbillies, The
Dust Busters, Steve James, Laurie Lewis and others. In 2015 Lilly worked
on the project "Cowboys and Indians - In Song And Verse" - an
American show featuring music, poetry and story-telling. Lilly organized
a Bulgarian tour for the group including twelve concerts in Sofia, Plovdiv,
Stara Zagora, Burgas, Kurdzhali, Blagoevgrad, Lovech and Bankya. She booked
also radio and TV appearances for the show on prime time programs. She
publicized and promoted it with great success. Her work received positive
feedback and Lilly is currently preparing for a new tour.
Lilly Drumeva's mission is to introduce and promote quality American music
to a wide number of people in her Home country Bulgaria and around the
world. Her personal efforts and dedication deserve support!