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Leeds Contra Dance: King Kontra, Geoff Cubitt.

 
Saturday, 02 December 2017, 19:30 - 23:00
by Richard Gibson

King Kontra are an exciting, unique and innovative band formed especially to play for contra dance. They present a blend of high energy American, Irish and original music set in a fusion of jazz, traditional, rock and western swing influences. After wowing audiences and dancers up and down the country the band brought out their first album ‘King Kontra’ Since forming specially for the 2011 Chippenham festival the band have gone on to play major festivals across the country including Shrewsbury and Whitby as well as the top contra club venues. 2015 brings a busy year including Sheffield Contras and, Lichfield, Whitby and Towersey Festivals followed by a US tour.

Matt Crum - Piano and soprano sax (this is his final appearance with King Kontra)
Geoff Cubitt - Caller, Percussion and feet
Vere Foster - Fiddle
Pete Smale - Guitar, bass and 5 string banjo
Ian Wilson - Mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo and accordion

Geoff 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, and is well respected among his peers. He 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9uBI3rcEX0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2qOCEm0crk

 

£9 or only £5 for  students or children (in advance); £10 / £6 on the night

There is a bar.
 
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http://www.leedscontra.freeuk.com/ 

Location: St Chad's Parish Centre, Leeds
Address: St Chad's Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds,  LS16 5JT
Contact: 07989 618550 (Richard) or 01535 642684
 
 
Future dances: Saturday May 19th 2018 Stringrays (Rodney Millers band from USA) & caller Rhodri Davies
Regular dances at Headingley Parish Hall, St Michaels Road, Headingley; 8.00 - 10.30 pm (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)