The Po' Boys
Bringing the sounds of the Deep South to British shores. Fronted by award winning accordionist, Lil Jim, who is tipped by his peers in Louisiana and Europe as one of the brightest hopes for Cajun and Zydeco music this side of the pond.
He is backed by the UK's leading exponents who add traditional rhythms and melodies to cutting edge arrangements. The band also includes two sons of original members of R. Cajun, the band who single handedly bought Cajun to the UK 30 years ago.
- Lil Jim - accordion, vocals
- Mitch Proctor - fiddle, vocals
- Murray Brailsford - guitar
- Jake Billington - bass
- Andy Watson - drums
Rough 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.
The Flatville Aces
Playing traditional Cajun music from southwest Louisiana, a potent mix of fiddle and accordion, French singing and infectious dance rhythms, and feature their strongest line-up to date, the Flatville Aces are considered the finest traditional Cajun band in the UK.
Accordionist Gavin Lewery is admired as one of the finest exponents of the music outside Louisiana. He also fronts the highly regarded Z-Funk and several Louisiana musicians have recorded his compositions. Gavin is also one of the best Cajun drummers around, and has toured with Sheryl Cormier.
Fiddler and founder member Jock Tyldesley has played and toured at home and abroad as the fiddler for such US greats as Balfa Toujours and Sheryl Cormier, the “Queen of Cajun Music”, as well as accompanying the late, legendary Eddie Lejeune on his last three UK tours.
Fiddler and bass player Vera van Heeringen provides the strong, dancehall bass style honed to perfection by touring with Balfa Toujours and Sheryl Cormier, and was a member of Dutch outfit The Cajun Company for six years. She also doubles up on fiddle to feature the old time, soaring twin fiddle sound more reminiscent of times gone by.
Andrew Tyldesley plays the rolling guitar style that knits the sound of the band together and has also been part of Eddie Lejeune’s touring band. He is also known for his winning smile onstage.
Andy Watson completes the line-up on drums and percussion, a master of many styles and the most sought-after drummer on the European Cajun and Zydeco scene, and a favourite of Corey Ledet and Leon Chavis.
Simple as that! Come along and bring your dancing shoes!
From the Bayous of Essex and the Banlieues of Paris, Acadian Strings are a fiddle led Cajun band featuring Charlie Skelton and Naïk Peudon on Fiddles, Peter Dunhill on Guitar, and Carol Wilson on Double Bass; they play traditional and new Cajun and Creole music.
Though recently formed, the members of the band have a long history as Cajun musicians, having played with various bands throughout the UK and Europe. They have brought these experiences together to create innovative arrangements, featuring rich harmony vocals, twin fiddles, and dynamic accompaniment.
The band are already much in demand on the festival circuit for their fresh interpretation of the two steps, hot swing twin fiddle tunes, soulful waltzes, and the Creole Blues of Louisiana.
The Cajun Roosters
A multi-talented multi-award winning truly international band bringing together some of the finest and most experienced Cajun and Zydeco musicians in Europe. Their repertoire includes not just Cajun and Zydeco but also Swamp Blues, Louisiana Rock ‘n Roll, Creole and New Orleans beats.
The band were formed when legendary accordion player Chris Hall and drummer Sam Murray joined forces with 3 former members of The Cajun Pioneers. Chris used his considerable experience and knowledge of the music to hone the band into a tighter, leaner and more authentic machine with a groove that is second to none outside Louisiana.
Kay Anderson (cajun dance)
Kay Anderson has been dancing all her life but got hooked on cajun and zydeco music a number of years ago at Broadstairs Folk Festival. Finding gigs and workshops locally proved difficult so she started her own regular dance workshops in Kent where she offered to share what she had learnt. She has led the cajun and or zydeco dance workshops at the Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival since 2004, at the Gloucester International Cajun & Zydeco Festival since 2006 and each year at the Broadstairs Folk Festival since 2001 - as well as teaching a monthly cajun and zydeco dance workshops in Kent! If you’re down south, look up kentcajun.org.uk and come and join in the fun. "You learn by doing!"
Dennis & Liz
Following their debut the recent North Yorkshire Cajun Festival in Malton, two new dance instructors, Dennis Parnham and Liz Manners, will be teaching Cajun dance moves this year.
Both are familiar faces on the UK Cajun scene and have been dancing Cajun and Zydeco for over 20 years.
Dennis and Liz are both members of Jambalaya, the Gloucester based jam session band with a Cajun flavour, which plays live Cajun music as the resident band at the monthly Gloucester and Bristol Cajun club nights: Cajun a la Fontaine and the Bristol Cajun Swamp Club.
Dennis and Liz also dance many other styles including Jive and Lindy Hop, which influence their Zydeco moves.
Liz (a.k.a Tin Lizzie) reqularly teaches Jazz Jive and Lindy Hop with her husband Tim at weekly Vintage Swing nights in Newquay, Cornwall.
Tim Manners is renowned for providing soothing sports massages for tired dancers at Cajun festivals.
MCs and & DJs Lil' Queenie and Flying Home from Swamprock, London
Nigel Bewley (aka "Flying Home") has been DJ-ing since 1972 and was bitten by Zydeco music in 1986 when hanging around the offices and studios of Island Records he met Buckwheat Zydeco, the label's new signing. Nigel has a huge record collection of many different styles and when DJ-ing likes nothing better to make people dance to tunes he loves. Laissez les bons temps roulez - vous avez raison!
Carole Lateman (aka "Lil' Queenie") has always been a passionate fan of music and dance. In 1988, on her first visit to New Orleans, she discovered the exciting rhythms of Cajun and Zydeco music and dance. In 2004, together with Neil Papworth, she started London’s Swamp Rock Club, putting on regular dances with live Zydeco bands, and also DJ-ing with her husband, Nigel. Together, they have run stages at The Thames Festival, promoted gigs at The 100 Club and other London venues, and DJ-ed at numerous dances and private parties. As a dancer, she knows what music to play to get that dance floor jumping!