“Some are dead and some are living…”

17 07 2007

 

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Silence of the lambs…

Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY.

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Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those lambs?

Providing the uptempo line-dance frenzy was the Kabile Bitov Wedding Band, along with some impromptu jams by Balkan stalwarts Zlatne Uste (Golden Lips).

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Kabile has been together for about 20 years, this particular formation a sort of a reunion, as some band members had emigrated to the US.  They take their name from their hometown, a small village located just north of the city of Yambol in Thrace.  The players/ instruments are Ivan Handzhiev (vocals, accordions), Nikolay Doctorov (kaval – wooden shepherd’s flute), Dzhenko Andreev (gajda – bagpipe), Nikolai Kolev (gadulka – pear shaped bowed lute), and Donka Koleva (vocals).  It was elder Hippie heaven – wonderful playing with a varied enough repertoire to keep you interested till that lamb was fully digested.

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