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Lilly of the West news June / July 2013

• Excellent review in “Bluegrass unlimited”!

“Bluegrass Unlimited” (leading US bluegrass magazine) published a favorable review of “Swings & heartaches”, in its June issue:


• Lilly Drumeva released first bluegrass recording in Bulgarian language!

Lilly Drumeva, Bulgarian bluegrass pioneer and founder of Lilly of the West has written and recorded a new song in Bulgarian language. The title is “?????? ? ??????” („Country in my soul”), inspired by her love and passion for country and bluegrass music. She sings about the best years of her life, spent on the road with her band, moments of joy and happiness. The song was recorded in two countries: Bulgaria and Slovakia. Instrumental tracks and arrangement are by talented Slovakian band Candy Floss featuring: Michal Barok - mandolin, Dusan Hronec - guitar, Simona Schmidtova - banjo, Michal Kovac - fiddle, Anton Naroda - double bass. Lead and harmony vocals were added in Sofia by Lilly Drumeva, mixed and mastered by sound engineer Stamen Yanev. ("Country in my soul”) is inspired also by John Denver’s “Country Road Take Me Home”, which is one of the most popular country music songs in the world. Lilly deliberately quotes fragments of its chorus, in order to raise more attention. In Bulgaria the term “bluegrass” is relatively unknown and people only hear about it through country music. Enjoy Lilly’s new song and photos of Lilly of the West on YouTube. A professional video will be released very soon:

• Lilly Drumeva and Lilly of the West will host first international country and bluegrass music festival in Bulgaria – Country West Fest.

Bulgaria, a small country in south-eastern Europe will have a new festival dedicated to country and bluegrass music. “Country West Fest 2013” will take place on 29/30 June, in the town of Bankia, near the capital Sofia. It will feature Bulgarian bands: Lilly of the West, Roy Sturn & Stetson, Kaliana and Cash only. A special guest will be Italian singer and mandolin player Martino Coppo (Red Wine) who is also a board member of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA).

“Country West Fest 2013” is a milestone for the development of bluegrass and country music on the Balkans. It is the first festival dedicated to authentic American music in Bulgaria and promotes American culture. “Country West Fest 2013” has received funding support by the Sofia Municipality and will be featured in the capital’s cultural calendar. It will also become part of the European Bluegrass Festival Network and will be announced in numerous music guides. Visitors will enjoy an exciting weekend at country pub “Saloon” which offers unique western atmosphere with excellent American food and outdoor entertainment such as horse-riding. The show will be presented by Bulgarian radio legend Toma Sprostranov.

More on: http://countrywestfest.com/

• Lilly of the West will have a series of open air concerts in Sofia throughout July:

04.07.13 - Independence day party, NDK stage, Sofia, 19.00h
16.07.13 - Open air concert, Zaimov park, Sofia, 18.00h
27.07.13 - Open air concert at Borisova gradina park, Sofia, 18.00h

• Lilly Drumeva is preparing for her Fulbright scholarship and research in the United States.

Recently, Lilly Drumeva was awarded a Fulbright scholarship! She is going to the USA to pursue her research in the field of bluegrass music. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries (see http://fulbright.state.gov).
From August till November 2013, Lilly will work and stay in the States studying and researching bluegrass music. The resulting research will be published in a book form and will be available to all bluegrass music fans and all music fans to enjoy.

• More news on Lilly Drumeva and Lilly of the West:

Official internet page

Lilly of the West, official fan page on Facebook

Lilly Drumeva, official fan page on Facebook

Official channel on Youtube