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 Denvers 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 Lillys 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 capitals 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,
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
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