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Part of Derby Folk Festival

The Old Bell Hotel - Ballroom

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Fri 6 Oct

Tickets: £10 More price information

This ticket is for the stated performance only, This is a Standing Show
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

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About the event

Deep fried Celtic Cajun and Americana

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Put together by two respected musicians who have each carved out their individual reputations.They decided to see how the Cajun music of Louisiana and Irish music could blend in a natural way to create a sound they have dubbed Swamp Trash.

It’s purely a joyous celebration of two musical cultures using

Accordions, Harmonica, Mandolins, Mando-Cello, Bass and Drums.

Think of it as the music you might hear in a Galway bar if the Cajuns were over on tour, the Jameson’s and Southern Comfort were flowing, their troubles were put behind them and they launched themselves into a bunch of tunes and songs, just like old friends.


Chris Hall, known internationally as the founder member and front man of formidable UK bands

R Cajun and the Zydeco Brothers, The Bearcats and The Cajun Roosters.

With a reputation second to none as master of the Cajun Squeezebox. His reputation has led to recordings with Kate Bush, Seth Lakeman, Mike Harding and Bill Wyman as well as countless recordings with his own bands.

Even more impressive have been his recordings and gigs with Paul McCartney including appearances on

The Tube, Jools Holland Show, Top of the Pops and a gig at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.

With all that under his belt he loves nothing more than to play in the

corner of a bar and make music with people he can groove with and give audiences a night to remember.


Mick Doyle, best known for his work with Derby Celtic Rock bands Neverland and No Right Turn.

He an instinctive feel for the grooves required to give Swamptrash some extra driving rythms.

In this collaboration he adds elements that are unexpected in Louisiana Cajun Swamp Music but sound as if they’ve always been a part of it.

You’re likely to hear covers by the likes of Van Morrison and Steve Earle and hypnotic

Cajun two steps with a funky Celtic edge and drinking songs taking you back to a glorious land where the Craic is mighty and the good times roll all night long.

It’s a collaboration made in heaven ... but doesn’t everyone say that?

In reality, it’s a collaboration made in backroom bars, jamming long into the night and

experimenting with music that nobody planned but fondly remembered the next day.

Then one day someone said... “Hey that’s a cool sound... you guys should play together more often”

So we did... and here we are!

It’s Celtic and Swamp Music stirred in a pot... Oh and it’s TRASH in the best sense of the word.

Nothing too holy, just high quality trash of the best kind.

Dates & Tickets


Fri 6 Oct 2017, 10:30pm


Prices & Offers


Concessions: £8

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click through to Buy Tickets for individual prices and availability. Please note that proof may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the auditorium.

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