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

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 puts a modern Louisiana twist on traditional music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Bulgarian music and dark, improvisational arrangements. In 2019 Blato Zlato released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, following their acclaimed 2017 releases of their debut album Swamp Gold and the limited-edition EP Voyage.

The band has toured in the United States and internationally, with 2018 tours in Bulgaria, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and 2019 tours on the West Coast of the United States and Bulgaria. In September 2021, the band will be performing at Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and touring the midwest. More details are at

Blato Zlato released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, in late 2019. The album pays homage to the band’s dual musical homes of New Orleans and Bulgaria, featuring modern interpretations of Balkan folk traditions as well as new, original compositions written in Bulgarian about the band’s lives in New Orleans: the omnipresence of water, the intense-yet-magical stormy periods of light and darkness, and about having one’s heart torn between two places.

See Blato Zlato’s EPK for more info:


Lou Carrig – Accordion, Vocals

Ian Cook – Violin

Ruby Corbyn-Ross – Vocals, Riq

Janie Cowan – Upright Bass

Annalisa Kelly – Vocals

Boyanna Trayanova – Tapan (Percussion)


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


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 Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The Music Box Village
Marigny Opera House
Gasa Gasa
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