Fronted by husband and wife, Ian and Cheryl McIlroy, Rough Chowder have been homing their Cajun sounds and amassing a following through playing European wide Cajun and Zydeco festivals, pubs, folk clubs and festivals.
Influenced by some of the greats, the Balfa Brothers, Octa Clarke, Bois Sec Ardoin and also by the new generation of Cajun bands coming out of Louisiana such as Feufollet and Pineleaf Boys, Ian has developed his own ‘Kookie’ style of accordion style playing, according to Preston Frank, and has become a well respected played on both sides of the Atlantic. Cheryl has a developed a strong female Cajun voice guaranteed to have you weeping one minute and pinned up against the wall for doing her wrong the next…..you have been warned!
Joined in 2015 by guitarist Andrew Craggs, no stranger to the folk scene being the son of Marty Craggs of Lindisfarne and the Happy Cats. Mike Fitzsimons and Olivier Cantaloube complete the lineup.
Ian McIlroy – Accordion / Vocals
Cheryl McIlroy – Frottoir / Tit-fer / Vocals
Andrew Craggs – Guitar / Vocals
Mike Fitzsimons – Bass
Olivier Cantaloube – Drums