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.


  • What’s your poison?

    March 22, 2015
    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

    March 20, 2015
    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!

    March 12, 2015
    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

    November 16, 2014
    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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Next up, this Bank Holiday Monday 4-7pm at the The Duke of Wellington, Shoreham by Sea.
An extra day off work, a beer festival and Cajun music.......we're spoiling you.
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Upcoming Gigs

See GIGS page for full listing.

From  16:00 to 19:00
368 Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 6RE,