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International Heritage Music Series: Bulgarian Dance party with Cherven Traktor opened by Cinder Conk
Mayo Street Arts
Portland, ME
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International Heritage Music Series: Bulgarian Dance party with Cherven Traktor opened by Cinder Conk
The International Heritage Music Series was created from a seed planted last fall when the Bulgarian folk group Kabile played at Mayo Street Arts. A year later members of Kabile return to Mayo Street for another fantastic night of Bulgarian music and dancing. Come out for a fantastic night
From traditional folklore to the sounds of today, Cherven Traktor (червен трактор) plays Bulgarian music on authentic folk instruments: Nikolay Kolev-gadulka, Donka Koleva-vocals, Belle Birchfield, tambura, Michael Ginsburg  tapan (two-sided bass drum) and vocals
Nikolay Kolev- gadulka (bowed rebec), Donka Koleva-vocals
Nikolay and Donka were trained at the well known folk music school in Shiroka Luka in Bulgaria and have toured world-wide. They are both recognized as world class masters of their art. They have made several tours of the US with the group Kabile as well as with their own family orchestra.
Belle Birchfield- tambura (long-necked lute)
Belle has studied tambura with Nikolay Kolev, Todor Kortelev, and Stoyan Kostov. She also plays baritone horn with Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band.
Michael Ginsburg- tapan (two-sided bass drum) and vocals
Michael is the leader of Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band. He is also a well known Balkan dance teacher and has given workshops around the US and Canada, and in Germany,Austria, Macedonia, Japan, Israel and Brazil.
Cherven Traktor was formed in 2009 to further the preservation of authentic Bulgarian folk music. It is the artistic merging of two couples, Nikolay Kolev (gadulka) and Donka Kolev (vocals) , Belle Birchfield (tambura) and Michael Ginsburg (tupan). Whether performing at the Brooklyn Folk Festival, a college campus or for a traditional dance, Cherven Traktor keeps alive the sounds of Bulgaria and Macedonia under the banner, "Horoto e vechno," "The dance is forever!"
Cinder Conk
Accordion diesel, double bass chassis, Cinder Conk plays Balkan power jams with tight curves and rumble strips. Drawing from a deep well of Serbian, Romanian, and Bulgarian dance music and song, Matthew Schreiber (accordion) and Xar Adelberg (bass) take you places rarely heard this side of the Danube.


Mayo Street Arts (View)
10 Mayo Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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