Welcome to the website for Contraband – a four to seven piece folk band based in Sussex. We play music for festivals, ceilidhs, weddings and parties and can provide a caller and PA if required. Please contact us to enquire about bookings.

Seaford Refugee Support Fundraising Gig

Saturday 24th September  Great evening, great bands, great audience, good cause and a rather later after party.

Seaford refugee gig video clip

Barn Dance Saturday 9th September

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Dance the night away at the Arlington Bluebell Barn with tunes from many parts of the world – Irish, Balkans, USA, Swedish, Breton and more, and joined by popular Hastings caller, Keith Leach reprising the legendary Festival Barn Dance.

Barbeque and refreshments by and in aid of Demelza Hospice care for children. Bring your own wine / beer. Tickets from Hailsham Pavilion and the Bluebell Farm Shop at Bates Green (open Friday’s and Saturdays). £6 (children go free). Arlington Bluebell Barn, Bates Green Farm, Arlington |10th September | 7pm

Joy Festival, Lewes


In2Wild Beltane Fire Festival – Friday 29th March

Arrived at the Beltane Big Top with snow on the ground! The dancers were warmed up but we were so cold we ended up playing in coats! Luckily the sun shone on the Festival for the rest of the weekend – great vibe and lovely people all really up it.

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And here are six members of Contraband (we don’t seem to have a picture with everyone in it!)

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For more on our line-up see here

Here’s a video of some of our music..

For more tracks listen here