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|Also known as||Bulgarka Folk Trio, Three Golden Coins|
|Associated acts||Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, Kate Bush|
|Members||Stoyanka Boneva, Yanka Rupkina, Eva Georgieva|
Trio Bulgarka (also known as "Three Golden Coins", previously known as "Bulgarka Folk Trio") is a Bulgarian vocal ensemble.
They gained international prominence through their contributions to the groundbreaking 1975 world music album Balkana: The music of Bulgaria, originally released on the now defunct Hannibal label.
The trio comprises Stoyanka Boneva from Pirin, Yanka Rupkina from Strandja and Eva Georgieva from Dobroudja. Their diversity of regional backgrounds enabled them to create a unique sound to their music. They signed to record labels Bulgaria Balkanton and Hannibal in 1987. In 1988 their album The Forest Is Crying was released.
In 1989 they were featured on The Sensual World album by Kate Bush on the songs "Deeper Understanding", "Never Be Mine", and "Rocket's Tail". In 1993 they appeared on another Kate Bush album, The Red Shoes, in the songs "You're the One", "The Song of Solomon", and "Why Should I Love You?", which also featured Prince.
"I've never worked with women on such an intense creative level," Bush told the Los Angeles Times in December 1991, "and it was something strange to feel this very strong female energy in the studio. It was interesting to see the way the men in the studio reacted… Instead of just one female, there was a very strong female presence."
The trio have since concentrated on solo projects but often reform for concert appearances.
- The Forest Is Crying (Lament For Indje Voivode) (1988)
- Bulgarka Folk Trio (1989)
- Bulgarka Vocal Trio (1990)
- Contributing artist
- The Sensual World – Kate Bush (1989)
- The Red Shoes – Kate Bush (1993)
- The Rough Guide to the Music of Eastern Europe (1999, World Music Network)
- MySpace page
- Biography at AllMusic
- Review of The Forest Is Crying at AllMusic
- Excerpt from the book "Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition" by Donna A. Buchanan (Chapter 10) at the katebushnews.com forum