Welcome to the Rough Chowder website

Rroughough Chowder are a Cajun music band from the UK. Fronted by husband and wife, Ian McIlroy and Miss Kitty, Rough Chowder combine traditional Cajun and Zydeco music with their own original material, to produce a highly danceable and infectious sound guaranteed to transport you to the bayous of Louisiana.

Cajun music is dance music, whether played in the dancehall, on the back porch or in a field during Mardi Gras. It’s a music that transcends the ages, with the youngsters being transfixed by the flame haired lady playing the washboard and a tempo that dares you to stick to the spot and not grab a dance partner. Rough Chowder will take you on a transatlantic journey with the beautiful melodies of the accordion and fiddle playing the Cajun two step and waltz mixed with their foot stomping swamp blues and Zydeco.

Rough Chowder play all over the UK and Europe at Cajun and Zydeco festivals, Folk and Americana festivals as well as pubs and dances.


  • Allons Danser is a sell out!

    Hope you’ve got your tickets as tonight is SOLD OUT! Woohoo!!

  • What’s your poison?

    It appears that the answer to a broken heart may lie at the bottom of a bottle of red wine if our cover of Faron Youngs ‘Wine Me Up’ is [...]

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  • Yorkshire Cajun and Zydeco Festival – Deserted gas stations, parades and a whole lot of fun

    Yorkshire Cajun and Zydeco Festival last weekend was a blast, we sang, we danced, we played……we even hung around in a disused gas station (all in the name of a [...]

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  • Capitaine, Capitaine!

    So what have we been up to of late? We’ve been working Andrew and Mervyn hard learning our repertoire, playing some lovely venues whilst rehearsing some new songs (with some [...]

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  • Mon coeur chante

    Welcome to the new Rough Chowder website! You might have noticed that we have been a little quiet on the local music scene of late but all with good reason, [...]

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Upcoming Gigs

See GIGS page for full listing.



From  08:30 to 10:30
10 Victoria Terrace, Hove, ,
The City of Brighton and Hove ,
from 30-08-15 to 30-08-15
08:30 to 10:30
The City of Brighton and Hove ,


From  21:00 to 23:00
Church Road, Partridge Green, Horsham RH13 8GW,
From  12:00 to 13:00
Unit 22, Star Road Trading Est Star Rd Partridge Green, West Sussex RH13 8RA,