Bluegrass ** Roots **Americana







Contraband formed in Southampton in the early eighties. Originally a three-piece band - vocals, banjo and two guitars - playing a straight Bluegrass repertoire. Performing in local folk clubs and music venues and with the addition of a bass player, Contraband became an established act.

Contraband's repertoire developed over the years with members contributing original material and songs and instrumentals drawn from artists influencing them. This process has produced an eclectic and extensive back catalogue of upbeat songs, ballads and instrumentals.Inevitably the band's line up has changed and evolved over time with members joining and moving on. Past band members brought their talents and contributions to Contraband's table.This process has furthered the band's evolution to its present standing as an acknowledged and respected Bluegrass, Americana and roots music band.

Contraband play regularly at venues in the South of England and have toured in the Midlands and West Country guesting at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Orwell Bluegrass Festival, The Chelsea Festival, A1 Music Festival and the Gower Bluegrass Festival.