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File Gumbo has rocked the following
festivals in recent years:
Jazz in the Valley

Ellensburg, WA

Kellog ID
Juan de Fuca Fest

Port Angeles, WA
Evergreen State Fair

Monroe, WA

Seattle, WA
Sunbanks R&B Fest

Electric City, WA
Island Country Fair

Langley, WA
Harvest Fest

Suncadia Resort (Cle Elum)

Coos Bay, OR
Get us for YOUR festival or party!

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Song List #1

Song List #2

Rockin' Cajun • Zydeco Soul
New Orleans R&B
Swamp Blues
For more than 25 years now!!!
Click here for File Gumbo's Musicpage: Hear 8 complete songs!

 Book the band!:

E-mail Filé Gumbo

Buy newest CD - Live All Over The Place!

ĘClip from the CD: Mardi Gras Mambo

Bon Ton Two Tone Back in print with bonus tracks!!
Buy other CDs below!

We have mp3 Sound Samples! Download below & play!
(6 complete songs at File' Gumbo's myspace page AND check out new videos there!)
We have YouTube videos too! YouTube Videos!

Filé Gumbo plays "Iki Iko" at Bumbershoot 9/6/'04

Filé Gumbo plays "Waitin' at The Station" in Canby, OR 7/30/'95

Filé Gumbo plays "Everybody Wants To Laugh" in Canby, OR 7/30/'95

 Cajun: Glad You Come To Visit

From The CD Bon Ton Two Tone

 Soul: You Let Your Main Man Down

From The CD Travelin' Mood

 New Orleans R&B: Crazy Mama

From The CD Bon Ton Two Tone

 Dixieland: Little Liza Jane

From the CD Mardi Gras In New Orleans

 Rock'n'Roll: Sucker For A Cheap Guitar

From The CD Big Big Love

 Blues: Baby Boomer Blues

From the CD Let The Good Times Roll

 Zydeco: Calypso Zydeco

From The CD Travelin' Mood

 Tex-Mex Waltz: More Than One Night

From The CD Big Big Love

 Cajun Waltz: My Sweet Octoroon

From The CD Travelin' Mood

 Country Blues: 61 Highway

From t heCD Mardi Gras In New Orleans

 Funky Blues: Hatchet Headed Woman

From the CD Bon Ton Two Tone

 Cajun: Makin' Sweet Love 2U

From the CD Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Songs chosen for clips are mostly originals, see our song lists for familiar titles! See CD cover art & ordering info below!
Click here for some of Marc Bristol's Song Lyrics!


From Left: Rob Moitoza, Marc Bristol, Orville Johnson, Doug Bright, Bob Merrihew. Photo by Jef Jaisun.

Book the band!: 425-788-2776

E-mail Filé Gumbo

 Filé Gumbo
Rockin' Cajun

Zydeco Soul

Swamp Pop

New Orleans R & B

Dixieland Jazz

Swamp Blues

Filé Gumbo played their unique blend of Louisiana musical styles on Tuesdays at the New Orleans Restaurant in Seattle's Pioneer Square for 15 years! The group has made several recordings (see below) and has appeared with Queen Ida, Katie "Queen of the Swamp Boogie Piano" Webster, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Sundogs, as well as appearing on TV, radio and at a number of music festivals over the years. Whether it's Rockin' Cajun, Zydeco Soul, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Pop, Dixieland, Country Blues, Tex-Mex, Western Swing or other Southern idioms, Filé Gumbo makes you feel like you're on the bayous of Southwestern Louisiana or Eastern Texas, and it's party time!

Singer/ Accordionist Doug Bright "the Sultan of Squeeze" began his public music career on Stan Boreson's "King Clubhouse" TV show (KING-5 TV, Seattle) in 1958! Doug also made his first record as The Authentics in the early '70s. Lead guitar man/ vocalist extrordinaire Orville Johnson appeared in the film "Georgia" and group songwriter and guitarist/washboard player Marc Bristol had one of his songs recorded by Rockabilly star Ronnie Dawson in 1996 ("Sucker For A Cheap Guitar" - which appears on the CD Big Big Love by Filé Gumbo). Both Marc and Orville played festivals in England in the year 2000. Marc has performed in Europe several times since, and Orville tours the U.S. with songwriter Mark Graham. Retired bass player Rob Moitoza has played with legendary Bay Area group the Sons of Champlin, and also with Kiki Dee, Spencer Davis and others. His replacement, Joe Anderson, has played with Marc since about 1987, and worked in the San Luis Obispo, CA area behind such luminaries as Big Joe Turner. Newer drummer Bob Merrihew is the younger brother of original F.G. drummer Les, and toured Europe with jazzman Lonnie Williams. Bring your dancin' shoes!
The group has recieved enthusiastic responses from radio across the West, and made a splash on the "beach music" charts in the Carolinas as well - their version of "I Like It Like That" (from the 1992 album Bon Ton Two Tone) reached #16 while staying on the charts for months in '96. We hear they're "shaggin" to a few songs from Big Big Love now! The band's CD Mardi Gras In New Orleans made it to #2 on the charts of German magazine Blues News! Filé Gumbo's fourth CD, titled Travellin' Mood, is out and available now! (More Photos link above features high resolution pictures you can download and print)

For bookings or more info: 425-788-2776 - E-mail Filé Gumbo
Brand New!!

"Live at Louisianathon '06 & '07"

only $14.00 ppd. in the U.S.!!!

1 Cherry Tree ‘07 / 2 Cakewalk Into Town ‘07 / 3 Down Along The Cove ‘07 / 4 Bring It On Home / 5 Diggy Diggy Lo / 6 C’est La Vie / 7 Blueberry Hill ‘07 / 8 Tossin’ And Turnin’ / 9 Jump Up ‘07 / 10 Basin Street / 11 Mardi Gras Mambo / 12 Don’t Ya Just Know It / 13 Big Big Love ‘07 / 14 Do Re Mi ‘07 / 15 I Like It Like That ‘07

Featuring Dan Taylor on lead guitar for the 2006 show!
Buy It Now - Live At Louisianathon!


 New CD!! Travelin' Mood Now Available!! Only $16 ppd!!

15 Songs, 6 Originals*

1. Travelin' Mood / 2. She Walks Right In / 3. Calypso Zydeco* / 4. Poor Boy / 5. Mathilda / 6. My Way Is The Highway* / 7. You Can Have Her / 8. My Sweet Octoroon* / 9. Goin' To Waste / 10. That's Why I Cry / 11. Diggin' A Hole / 12. Love Me Back* / 13. You Let Your Main Man Down* / 14. Je Voudrais Marrier / 15. Lipstick Traces

All Filé Gumbo CDs are available for $16 each ppd. in the USA. And 2 for $27 ppd. The titles are also available on cassette for $11 each ppd.

Mardi Gras In New Orleans has 13 songs, including "Congo Square", "Tu M'as Fait Marcher Plancher", "It's Raining", "Irene", and 3 originals including "Makin' Sweet Love To You"

1-866-420-2776 or 425-788-2776

Buy Bon Ton Two Tone Now via Paypal!!

Bon Ton Two Tone has 12 songs, including our Shag Dance Beach Hit "I Like It Like That", "Stagolee", "Things That I Used To Do" plus 3 Marc Bristol originals including "Crazy Mama (dancin' all nite)"

(Back in print - remastered, with new cover art & 2 bonus tracks: "I Gotta Let You Know" & "Grizzley Bear" PLUS 2 videos you can play on your computer!)

Buy Big Big Love Now via Paypal!!

Big Big Love has 16 songs including the title song, "Jambalaya", "Cry To Me", "Parlez Nous A Boire" plus 4 Bristol originals: "More Than One Night", "Sucker For A Cheap Guitar", "Let Me Be Your Lovin' Man", and "Gonna Turn My Lovelight On"

Buy Let The Good Times Roll now via Paypal!!

Now Available - Only $11 ppd!

Combines most tracks from Filé Gumbo's first two cassette only releases - "Filé Gumbo Zydeco Band" and "Filé Gumbo - LIVE At Folklife 1988 - 90"

Waitin' At The Station, Shake Rattle & Roll, Brand New Jole Blon, Lookin' For Money, Walkin' To New Orleans, Baby Boomer Blues, Calypso Zydeco, Corinna, Corinna, 61 Highway, Glad You Come To Visit, Iko Iko, Ride'n'Roll, J'ai Passais, Let The Good Times Roll,Jambalaya

"Let The Good Times Roll"

Hear the original 4 piece band

No drums, just washboard

"They started a dance riot at Folklife.." Gregg Porter, KUOW

Hear the heater grill from the dressing room
filling for the washboard!

Buy Let The Good Times Roll now via Paypal!!

 "You guys are my favorite band! "
-Buddy Knox Rock'n'Roll Legend - author of "Party Doll"

 "I thought they was some boogly band from down here in the swamps!
"- Johnny Vincent, Ace Records

"How in the hell did you guys learn how to play this kind of music?"
-Stan Lewis, Paula Records

 "This is no toe-in-the-water band striving for authenticity, but rather a full-blooded high-energy band who, without necessarily being strictly zydeco have absorbed the tradition to remarkably good effect."
-Chris Woodford, Now Dig This (England)

"As fine a collection of various related southern roots styles linked with a common zydeco base as you could hope for"
-Marc Fenech, Southern & Rockin' (England)

We take Mastercard, VISA, AMEX, and Paypal!! Paypal Payments go to

 "First class rockin' zydeco album of the year!" -Buscadero

"Great lyrics, great rhythm, and in common with such 'Cajun' favourites as Del Shannon's 'Let's Dance' and Johnny Allen's 'Promised Land', makes an immediate impact and demands to be played over and over again" - Chris Woodford, Now Dig This (about "Makin' Sweet Love To You")

"These are the guys you'd expect to see Jamming around a barrel in a back bayou general store. They're the real deal." - The Seattle Times

Filé Gumbo, photo by Gaby Maag-Bristol

L to R: Marc Bristol, Rob Moitoza, Doug Bright, Bob Merrihew, Orville Johnson.

Photos by Jef Jaisun: Front and back covers of Mardi Gras In New Orleans (also CD label art - similar to above). Also "More Photos" Visit Jef's web pages at for more CD covers, and other fine photos.

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