Bristol Cajun and Zydeco Festival 13th-15th October 2017

Bristol Cajun and Zydeco Festival 13th-15th October 2017

Posted on: 11 Oct 2017

Bristol's Cajun & Zydeco festival is back for another whole weekend of music, dance and food. Make sure you book your tickets asap and keep an eye on their website for the full line up and timings of bands, dance workshops and the ever popular Café Jam Sessions! The event will be based at the Folk House Cafe from the 13th - 15th October 2017.

Serving the usual fantastic Cajun slanted food all weekend such as Gumbo and Jambalaya, festival staples like BBQ pork rolls, pasta dishes and of course delicious soups and salads: this is one foodie fest you do not want to miss. Your sweet tooth is well catered to as well, with many cakes, flapjacks and brownies on offer if you eat all your greens!

Let the bon temps roulez for a whole weekend - get your Cajun on people!


Headliners for the gig are as follows:


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.

Cajun and Zydeco Festival in Bristol


Rough Chowder

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.

...and many more!


In addition to the scheduled events, there will be jam sessions and the bar will be open throughout. Home cooked food will be available during lunchtimes and early evenings, so clear a day aside, sit back and soak in the atmosphere.

Swamp Rock Roadshow DJs Carole and Nigel will be playing music in the band breaks and before and after band sets.


Check out their website here.


Article by:

Miri Teixeira

Miri is an English literature student at the University of Bristol who enjoys folk-punk & math-rock music, trailing round art galleries, and playing video games. She is a keen follower of politics and will read any science fiction you throw her way. Having lived in and around Bristol for many years she has developed a keen interest in the Bristol underground music scene and independent restaurants.