I had the privilege of meeting the Louvat Bros., who are ably represented by Patrick De Loecker out of Belgium, as well as the talented vocalist Debalina Bhowmick, who hails from Kolkota, India. I also had the opportunity to witness this improvisation at the Without Borders World Music Conference in Varna, Bulgaria, in September of 2015, where I was able to see a lot of old friends and made what I hope to be new, long-lasting ones.
One of the reasons I enjoy going every two years to the WithoutBorders Festival, held at Balchik Castle near Varna, Bulgaria, is first, for the camaraderie between those of us who want to promote good music. The second reason is that the talent on display is magnificent.
The Louvat Bros. are from Belgium, but you’d never know it if you didn’t hear them speak. They have a passion for Americana which dwarfs the modern bluegrass scene in the United States. They’re also not afraid to take risks, mixing influences from Bulgaria, Hungary and the Celtic world.
All thanks to Patrick De Loecker for introducing me to their music.