Lilly of the West

“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 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.

Musicians:

Lilly Drumeva – lead vocal, guitar

Yasen Vasilev – vocal, guitar

Michail Shishkov – Dobro, harmonica

Svoboda Bozduganova –upright bass

Facebook of the band https://www.facebook.com/lillyofthewest

Lilly of the West band


What they say about Lilly and the “Lilly of the West” band

“Lilly possesses a voice of astonishing purity and sweetness. I don’t know anyone in the European acoustic scene who sounds quite like her.”
(Le cri du coyote, France October 2009)

“Lilly’s distinctively understated delivery, clearly distinguish these versions from the familiar originals”
(European Bluegrass BAND, September 2008)

“Delicate Bluegrass-flavored acoustic music that is highly recommended”. Lilly’s voice really shines as she sings with confidence and emotion.”

“A delightful album that should bring the discerning listener endless hours of listening pleasure.”
(Maverick, United Kingdom, January 2008)

“…’Lilly’ of Lilly of the West is Lilly Drumeva, a strikingly beautiful, red- headed Bulgarian singer and guitarist … Singing in a delicate, almost fragile soprano… Original tunes, written by her and the topnotch Bulgarian musicians backing her up on this excellent project…. Lilly Drumeva has a very bright future in bluegrass music…Recommended…”
( BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED, USA )

“..Is she Europe’s Alison Krauss?..True or not, Lilly Drumeva and her band Lilly of the West have been taking audiences by storm. ..They will certainly have many new fans wherever they sing and play their own, original brand of Bulgarian Bluegrass.and they deserve all the success they are getting!….Buy this one!…”
( Bluegrass EUROPE, Switzerland )

“…With an exceptional Eastern European quality of musicianship, sense of entertainment and dedication to their craft , this Bulgarian act are a bluegrass, country and folk phenomenon. Mixing original compositions with country music standards and the fragile, heartfelt vocals of lead singer Lilly Drumeva, they also combine Bulgarian folksongs to create an immensely unique experience…”
( Big Big Country Festival, Glasgow )

” …Lilly of the West present one of the most accomplished and professional shows in Europe.” 
( British Bluegrass News, UK )

“..Fresh and natural…Lilly’s voice reveals unusual warmth..The stunning beauty is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, specializing in bluegrass, country and folk music..instrumentally they reveal rare skills on banjo, Dobro and mandolin…”
( Country Music International )

“..Bulgaria’s fantastic bluegrass band is build round the lead singing and charisma of Lilly Drumeva..She is not only a fine singer, but moving spirit in the Bulgarian bluegrass scene..The 13 tracks are an excellent showcase for Lilly’s singing and the fine country voice of Tsvetan Vlaykov, they get a strong blend on the harmonies.. “
( Irish Bluegrass Music Association )

“…Bulgaria’s music pioneers Lilly of the West are in the forefront of Eastern Europe’s country music revolution…a band remarkably instrumentally skilled..Lilly Drumeva handles most of the lead vocals and her whispery delivery serves the delicate , acoustic-routed arrangements…Rossen Hristov’s banjo work is powerful and solid…Rayko Pepelanov’s mandolin , driving or delicate as the tune dictates and everything is underpinned by the solid bass playing of Tsvetan Vlaykov…Lilly’s original ‘Tears Roll Again’ is a gentle stunner with heartfelt lyrics.”
( County Music International )

“..Making waves – a Bulgarian woman on the move to change the environment around her…Sewing the seeds of bluegrass in Bulgaria..”
( Sofia Eco )

“..Sample a taste of Bulgaria…the four piece band revolves around lead singer Lilly Drumeva and is at the forefront of Bulgaria’s country music scene…Lilly is a talented singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist.Tsvetan Vlaykov plays a solid bass and adds some strong lead and harmony vocals..Rayko Pepelanov plays guitar and mandolin in a unique style.Rossen Hristov provides skillful contributions on banjo, Dobro and mandolin…”
(Evening Telegraph, Birmingham )

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