In January 2010 Bulgarian bluegrass
songstress Lilly Drumeva released her new album "Lovin'
you", recorded in Sofia and in Prague. The repertoire
is a mix of bluegrass, country, swing and Bulgarian folk,
recorded in two sessions, featuring Czech band "Monogram"
and Lilly's band "Lilly of the West". The first
CD promotion concert was held in Sofia on 22nd of April
2010 at the "Sofia Live Club". It featured Jasen
Vassilev (guitar), Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass), Misho
Shishkov (Dobro, harmonica), with guests Rosen Hristov (banjo,
mandolin) and Tsvetan Vlaykov (vocals). The show was opened
by Bulgarian radio legend Toma Sprostranov.
22nd of June 2010, another CD release party was held in
Prague, at the Bulgarian Cultural Center. The concert was
organized by Ms. Sevdalina Kovarjova-Kostadinova and Mr.
Volodja Gotsev, managing directors. It featured Czech band
"Monogram": Jakub Racek (guitar, vocals), Jarda
Jahoda (banjo), Zdenek Jahoda (mandolin), Pavel Lzicar (upright
bass), with guests Pepa Malina (fiddle) and Svoboda Bozduganova
(upright bass). The concert was opened with a short speech
by Ms. Sevdalina Kovarjova-Kostadinova. Lilly and band performed
13 songs in the same order as the new album. Show finished
on a high with a twin fiddle medley and a lively rendition
of "My window faces the south", with solos of
each musician. Fans from the Bulgarian community, Czech
bluegrass audience and others attended. The concert was
filmed by Czech camera man Ales Nemecek and will be available
on YouTube. Just before the end, a christening of the new
CD took place. Mr. Ivan Ivanov, director of Czech music
magazine "Muzikus" was especially invited for
the occasion. He wished Lilly and the new CD lots of success
and poured some champagne. After the show guests were treated
to a glass of Bulgarian wine, photos were taken outside.
the following night, 23rd of June, Lilly was a special guest
of "Monogram" at the "Vodarny club"
All in all, two well attended CD promotion concerts, with
special guests, featuring all musicians involved in the
You may obtain a copy of "Lovin' you" and get
more info on www.lillydrumeva.net.