Balkan Accordian Player

Course Dates: 7-11 September 2017 

Contact us for other available dates (min 2 people)

Come and study traditional Bulgarian music at Wild Thyme with professional musician Dimitar Trifonov. Mitko is an excellent teacher who has been playing the accordion and teaching Bulgarian folk music for over thirty years.

Each day the group of musicians meets to learn new tunes. The session involves one to one time with Mitko as well as group work where all the musicians play together. The songs you learn are either dances (horo) or songs usually accompanied by singing voices (pesen). You learn a few of each.

Learning Bulgarian music

The traditional instruments in Bulgarian folk orchestras in this region are the accordion, a large drum (tapan), a form of upright violin (gedulka), a wooden flute (caval) and the Bulgarian bagpipes (gaida). However the music suits a whole range of western instruments such as the violin, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone and flute. Mitko is assisted by Chris, who plays the violin along with the group and helps out with language translation.

Bulgarian music workshop

These sessions suit musicians of any level of expertise apart from absolute beginners. Some of the tunes are easy to play whilst others are much more demanding and fast. No previous knowledge of Balkan or Bulgarian music is required.  Just bring yourself, your instrument and a willingness to learn something new.


Bulgarian music course

These workshops are generally suitable for those who want to learn the songs and dances by ear and a recording device is always a good accessory to bring along so that you do not forget the basics of each tune overnight. Mitko provides sheet music if required.  The holiday ends with a small concert where students play their newly learned tunes.

Here are some links to Bulgarian music to whet your appetite:

Clip from Balkan Beats 2016

 Click here for a clip from the final night concert.

Clip from an old classic Bulgarian film 



Balkan music workshop


  • 3 hours of music tuition per day
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Help yourself to selection of teas through the day
  • Accommodation based single room or double for couples in Wild Thyme Eco Guesthouse
  • Small group of maximum 6 people

Please note that students should bring their own instruments and recording devices.


Bulgarian music teacher

Your tutor, Dimitar Trifonov, has been playing the accordion all his life and has worked as a professional musician for over twenty years. Mitko teaches accordion at the Popovo Music School but also acts as musical director for the Palamartsa folk ensemble, a renowned group who sing, dance and play music in the local Kapantsi tradition. He has a deep knowledge of Bulgarian traditional music.  He played for many years in the Popovo orchestra and ran the orchestra for the famous Popovo traditional dancing school.  He has travelled all over Europe performing with his students.

He is a patient teacher and will pass on his encyclopedic knowledge of Bulgarian dances and songs for any instrument. To see Mitko playing, click here.


Learn Bulgarian music

8.30 am Breakfast

9.15  Music Tuition

1.30pm Lunch

2.30 Practice time

7.30 Dinner (& small concert on the final evening)

Begins with evening meal on first night and finishes with breakfast on the final morning.  The programme is flexible and the schedule may be adjusted to suit the needs of students and teachers.



  • musical instrument and recording device
  • walking shoes for local walks
  • sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses

Non participating partners are welcome.

We advise you take out travel insurance.

Not included:

  • Beverages
  • Flights & transport of musical instruments
  • Transport from airport. We can help arrange this.

Getting here: Click here for information.

Wild Thyme Organic Farm & Eco-holiday, Kliment Ohridski 9, Palamartsa 7850, Popovo, Bulgaria;; Ph: (00359) 0876562746 or (00359) 0877383790