Cajun & Zydeco Music

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Rough Chowder

Rough Chowder are a UK Cajun and Zydeco music band. 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 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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Upcoming Events

Unfortunately we find ourself in the same position as all bands in the UK. We’ve looked to our conscience and decided that we don’t wish to put ourselves or others in a position that could potentially devastate someone’s life.

So, until this horrible affair has been resolved we’ll be practicing at home and hope to be back two stepping into a venue near you very soon…..we just hope that the pubs, festivals and venues are able to make a comeback🤞🏻.

Keep safe, keep dancing, keep it Cajun xx


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