King Kontra String Band & caller Geoff Cubitt
At St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Ticket prices £10 (students & Children £6) on door (£1 less in advance)
Telephone 01535 642684 or 07989 618550
King Kontra String Band. This year brings a new exciting offering from the King Kontra collective. Original members Vere on fiddle, Ian on mandolin and banjo, and Pete on guitar are joined by amazing double bass player Al Harris to create that special string band sound. Expect a perfect fusion of the drive, energy and originality of King Kontra with steadier authentic Western Swing, Old Time and Irish. A great blend of original and traditional material played by masters of their instruments.
Ian Wilson (Peeping Tom, Dance Cupola): Mandolin, Banjo
Vere Foster (Belzebub, Morris Convertible): Fiddle
Pete Smale (Peeping Tom, Celebration Band): Guitar
Al Harris (Umps and Dumps, Six Hands in Tempo): Double Bass
Geoff Cubitt is well known as a caller for American Squares and Contra and English Ceilidh. He has been invited to call at national dance festivals, including Whitby, Chippenham and Sidmouth as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. He is well respected among his peers and has considerable experience as a dancer himself, particularly in Appalachian dancing, performing at many festivals.
His experience as a dancer stands him in good stead when calling, as his sympathy with those on the floor means that he is helpful to beginners as well as extending the expert dancers.