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


MIDLAND GAME FAIR

Weston Park, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire

Sat 16 & Sun 17 September



The next event will be the LOWTHER SHOW on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2017 at Lowther Castle House, Penrith, Cumbria. Find details of the acts below. For further information about Countryman Fairs go to: www.countrymanfairs.co.uk

THE LOWTHER SHOW

Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August

     

ABOUT THE ACTS:

     

JINSKI

A Newcastle Upon Tyne based duo whose original songs are forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, whilst remaining resolutely modern. Playing 'live' with just two voices and two guitars, Jinski have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. www.jinski.com

     

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.

     

THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND

Dynamic pianist/vocalist, Daniel Smith, a 'serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK's top boogie pianist' (Blues In Britain), produces good-time gritty downhome blues, classy soul-jazz/hard bop, rhythmic New Orleans piano and stomping barrelhouse boogie woogie. Backed by his exceptional band, expect a top-quality musical showcase rooted in the blues, underscored by exceptional piano wizardry. www.daniel.smith.hampshire.org.uk

     

PAUL LIDDELL

Paul's modern take on the 'one man band' using live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects has seen him support artists such as Florence and the Machine, Turin Brakes and Billy Bragg. A diverse and engaging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket. www.paulliddell.com

     

THE JIGANTICS

A fabulous musical stew combining the finest roots ingredients - blues, rock, folk and Americana - this brilliant new band brings tremendous musicianship to their many different styles. With something for everyone, delivered with panache and fun, this is a fantastic, highly entertaining, rave-reviewed band who are wowing audiences up and down the land. www.thejigantics.com

     

DEBBIE BOND & RADIATOR RICK

These US-based troubadours met in the backwoods of Alabama through the late, great rural bluesman Willie King. Partners in life and music, their sound is both original and traditional, a spicy gumbo of blues and southern soul from Muscle Shoals, with a good measure of down home New Orleans swamp boogie.

     "Unbridled and unabashed passion. With Debbie's vocals and Rick's deft piano and organ work, there's a sweet, New-Orleans-at-Mardi-Gras-time vibe that permeates the set." Nashville Blues Society

     "Raw energy... Alabama blues and soul from the premier ambassadors of the genre." Blues Blast Magazine


SCHEDULE:

     

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST

11.00 – 11.50     Jinski

12.05 – 12.55     Untrained Melody

1.20 – 2.10     The Daniel Smith Blues Band

2.20 – 3.05     Jinski

3.10 – 4.00     The Daniel Smith Blues Band

4.10 – 5.00     Untrained Melody


SUNDAY 13th AUGUST

11.00 – 11.50     Paul Liddell

12.15 – 1.10     The Jigantics

1.20 – 2.10     Debbie Bond & Radiator Rick

2.20 – 3.05     Paul Liddell

3.15 – 4.05     The Jigantics

4.15 – 5.00     Debbie Bond & Radiator Rick