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.


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  • BBC Radio Bristol

    This Saturday morning Ian and Cheryl will be making a special guest appearance on BBC Radio Bristol’s ‘Saturday Surgery’ from 11:40am. They will be talking about their love of Cajun [...]

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Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival

January 31, 2016, 2:30pm - January 31, 2016, 3:30pm

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival will return for it's 23rd anniversary in January 2016 and we're delighted to be playing this great festival again. Tickets available from: venues.glouces...

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Upcoming Gigs

See GIGS page for full listing.


From  21:00 to 23:00
10 Victoria Terrace, Hove, ,
The City of Brighton and Hove ,
from 04-12-15 to 04-12-15
21:00 to 23:00
The City of Brighton and Hove ,

January 2016

From  13:00 to 15:00
Guildhall, 23 Eastgate St, Gloucester GL1 1NS, UK,