Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) is a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring dreamy three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting instrumentals.

The band performs folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and dark, improvisational arrangements. Following the 2017 release of their debut album Swamp Gold and subsequent EP Voyage, the band has taken the New Orleans music scene by storm, broadening their fan base from bars and clubs to museums, universities, and the local festival circuit.  Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions” by The New Orleans Advocate, Blato Zlato is a powerhouse of accomplished players from Europe and the United States with a collective goal to produce meaningful cultural and musical bridges between old world and new. The band will be touring in both North America and Europe in summer 2019 in anticipation of the release of their sophomore album.

See Blato Zlato’s EPK for more info: http://www.blatozlato.com/epk/

MEMBERS

Lou Carrig – Accordion, Vocals

Ian Cook – Violin

Ruby Corbyn-Ross – Vocals, Riq

Janie Cowan – Upright Bass

Annalisa Kelly – Vocals

Boyanna Trayanova – Tapan (Percussion)

FESTIVALS PLAYED

French Quarter Festival, New Orleans, LA
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Stendhal Festival, Limavady, N. Ireland
Solstice Festival, Derry, N. Ireland
Wake Up Fest, Kuklen, BG
Lyatna Sluchka Festival, Sliven, BG
Horo Pri Izvora, Velingrad, BG
New Orleans Accordion Festival
Vision Festival, New Orleans, LA
Pearl River Blues Farm Jam, MS

US/INTERNATIONAL VENUES

Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn
Barbes, Brooklyn
Shrine World Music Venue, New York, NY
DROM, New York, NY
BSP, Kingston, NY
The Firefly, Bellingham, WA
Stone Way Cafe, Seattle, WA
Podkrepa Bulgarian-Macedonian Association, Portland, OR
The Sanctuary, Arcata, CA
The Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA
Revolution Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Starling Cafe, Sonoma, CA
Cobblestone Pub, IRL
Sandino’s, Derry, N. IRL
Keady Clachan, Limavady, UK
Tricky’s McGarrigles, Sligo, IRL
The Magic Garden, London, UK
Balabam, London, UK
The Opus Theatre, Hastings, UK
Patches Blues Bar, Sofia, BG
Studio 5, Sofia, BG
Boris Denev State Art Gallery, Veliko Tarnovo, BG
8 Mamas, Burgas, BG
Dada by the Sea, Sinemorets, BG
US Embassy, Sofia, BG

NEW ORLEANS VENUES

New Orleans Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Marigny Opera House
The Music Box Village
Siberia Lounge
The Hi Ho Lounge
Cafe Istanbul
The AllWays Lounge
Bar Redux
Circle Bar
Carrollton Station
Starlight Ballroom, Metairie
Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center
Portside Lounge
The Mudlark Theatre
The Old Marigny Firehouse
The Tigermen Den
Mimi’s in the Marigny
Toups South
Carroll Gallery, Tulane University
Roussel Hall, Loyola University
Private Events