Bulgaria, Ireland and New Orleans come together in the innovative sound of Blato Zlato, who launch their European tour as part of the Opus Theatre’s World Series on Saturday June 30 in Hastings. It will be an evening to remember, with a blend of tender and sometimes dark folk songs in dreamy three-part harmonies from the singers, combining with driving rhythms from the band.
Blato Zlato (Swamp Gold) is based in New Orleans but its music explores and preserves the traditional elements of Balkan and Irish music- the rhythm, melody, harmony and storytelling – and musically translate these songs with influences of each member’s varied musical background.
“We’re fascinated by the folklore and stories behind songs that travel with culture as people migrate,” says accordionist and vocalist Lou Carrig, who grew up between Ireland and the United States. “Our sound is a blend of Balkan tradition and New Orleans-fueled innovation, and the songs we’ve studied have come to New Orleans via immigrants like our drummer, Boyanna Trayanova, as well as visiting folklore musicians and teachers. They take on new life and meaning with each new generation and place.” Blato Zlato was recently featured by Gambit newspaper last year as one of the up-and-coming bands to watch in New Orleans. Followjng the release of their albums “Swamp Gold” and “Voyage”, the band is launching its tour of Britain here, to be followed by tours of Ireland and Bulgaria.
With its excellent acoustics and intimate feel, Opus Theatre will be the perfect venue to catch this exciting new band.
Saturday June 30 2018, 7:30pm at Opus Theatre, 24-25 Cambridge Road TN34 1DJ (opposite ESK). Tickets £15 from Hastings Tourist Information Centre and www.opustheatre.co.uk and at the door on the night.
Photo of Blato Zlato: HunterKing, Opus Theatre: Rye News library