COUNTRY FAIRS


Since 2015, Kontra has been supplying quality roots music for the country shows organised by Countryman Fairs. These are some of the biggest and best country fairs in the UK, held in the grounds of well known stately homes and castles, and are a fantastic opportunity to bring our most popular acts to a wider audience.The 2016 season was a great success and we look forward  to continuing our association with Countryman Fairs through 2017 and beyond.

2017 COUNTRY FAIR SCHEDULE


KELMARSH GAME & COUNTRY FAIR     

Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire

Sun 16 & Mon 17 April


BROADLANDS COUNTRY SHOW

Broadlands Estate, Romsey, Hampshire

Sun 30 April & Mon 1 May


HIGHCLERE GAME & COUNTRY FAIR

Highclere Castle, Newbury, Berkshire

Sun 28 & Mon 29 May


HAREWOOD COUNTRY FAIR

Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire

Sat 17 & Sun 18 June


LOWTHER SHOW

Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria

Sat 12 & Sun 13 August


POWDERHAM COUNTRY SHOW

Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon

Sun 27 & Mon 28 May


MIDLAND GAME FAIR

Weston Park, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire

Sat 16 & Sun 17 September



The next event will be the HAREWOOD COUNTRY FAIR on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 at Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire. Find details of the acts below. For further information about Countryman Fairs go to: www.countrymanfairs.co.uk

HAREWOOD COUNTRY FAIR

Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June

     

ABOUT THE ACTS:

     

UNTRAINED MELODY

A new and accomplished trio/quartet of veteran musicians from the Southport area, who are already becoming popular at folk clubs and festivals with their entertaining mix of traditional folk and modern blues, as well as their own original material.

     

PAUL LAMB & THE KING SNAKES

Winner of the Best British Blues Band 2014, Best UK Harmonica Player 2014, and Blues Album of the Year 2014, Paul Lamb & The King Snakes can indeed lay claim to being the UK's top blues band, a title earned through years of hard work and application. With stunningly good, virtuoso playing, this exciting and masterful band are also hugely entertaining. “Absolutely excellent." (Paul Jones, BBC Radio) www.paullamb.com

     

THREADED

With the unique instrumental lineup of clarinet, violin and guitar, Threaded create a distinctive and mesmerising sound that is impossible to pigeonhole but is quite sublime. A stunning fusion of classical, folk and world music, this young, inspired and passionate trio of classically trained musicians are a highly original creative ensemble with an eclectic array of styles and influences. www.threadedmusic.com

     

DOUGHBOY THREE

Excellent trio offshoot of Northamptonshire's most popular and long-lived folk band, Ock 'n' Dough, that takes the strings and percussion from the main band to present a mix of English and American songs and tunes, mildly flavoured with Cajun sauce, covering 'roots music' across the ages. www.ockndough.co.uk

     

THE MARK HARRISON BAND

With an ever-growing reputation and unique original songs, Mark's music has taken him to the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Adapting the style of the early blues innovators, his songs have given the form totally modern relevance, for they all have something to say and stories to tell. A thrilling, rhythmic, and highly distinctive finger-picker and slide player, his live shows are also enhanced by his entertaining 'wry' and 'dry' introductions. www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com

     

MARIE-CLAIRE BERREEN & HER HUSBANDS

A superb original sound, muscular and dynamic, yet capable of great delicacy, this is a uniquely eclectic blend of folk, indie, country, and classical styles. With lyrics inspired by love, life and all the in-betweens, Marie-Claire's songs are haunting and mesmeric, performed with a group of musicians from the Midlands, who she affectionately refers to as her husbands. www.marie-claireberreen.co.uk


SCHEDULE:

     

SATURDAY 17 JUNE

11.00 – 11.50     Untrained Melody

12.10 – 1.00     Paul Lamb & The King Snakes

1.15 – 2.00     Threaded

2.10 – 3.00     Paul Lamb & The King Snakes          

3.15 – 4.05     Untrained Melody

4.10 – 5.00     Threaded

     

SUNDAY 18 JUNE

11.00 – 11.50     Doughboy Three

12.10 – 1.00     The Mark Harrison Band

1.15 – 2.05     Marie-Claire Berreen & Her Husbands

2.15 – 3.05     Doughboy Three          

3.15 – 4.05     The Mark Harrison Band

4.15 – 5.00     Marie-Claire Berreen & Her Husbands