Barn Dance Success at Ladies Night Swalecliffe Community Hall 20th Oct 2018
Highly recommended band.
They were professional, organised, talented musicians and the caller was great, giving us a rest when we needed it. So many people contacted me the next day to say how much they enjoyed the band.

Grange Farm, Northbourne Road, Great Mongeham, Deal, Kent.  7th July 2018

EXCELLENT!! We had ~100 people for an event and Contraband turned a fun gathering into an outstanding event. Excellent caller and a great band – already booked for next year, highly recommended!

Darwin College, Canterbury University 17th August 2018
Karate do Shotokai Summer School ceilidh with Contraband.
They were a really great band in terms of the sound, balance of instruments etc. Malk was very quick to reply to any queries before the event, arrived exactly as scheduled on the day, set up discreetly and was completely open to any criticisms I may have had (which were none!). The caller was very good at not just taking people through the movements, but also immediately getting about 60 of our 85 attendees onto the dance floor. Everyone, whether participating or spectating, absolutely loved it and the ceilidh exceeded everyone’s expectations. We’ll book them again next year!

Elham Village Hall 4th August 2018

A well-rehearsed and empathetic band that managed to engage with the party, bringing 99% onto the dance floor by the end of the evening. Their music and reels transcended all the age groups ensuring everybody was involved. They were always conscious of our needs and requirements and that we all had a grasp of what was expected of us without being pushy. Their programme of music fitted in well with the flow of the evening and they were very flexible in their timings, etc.

Would you please thank Contraband for a thoroughly enjoyable evening last Saturday. Despite the reticence and apprehension of some people there, they all joined in and thoroughly enjoyed themselves – an evening which will be remembered for sometime….and by some who haven’t ventured on to a dance floor for years!!

The evening flew by helped by your seamless and empathic way of bringing people onto the dance floor. So to you all, a heartfelt thanks, with a different hat on – chairman of the Lyminge Association – I will be looking for committee approval to put on a similar village event next year. I’ll be in touch.

So our thanks again and I hope you all got home safely.

With kind regards

Peter and Rachel




Scotch Mist were superb we had our party in our small back garden and they got the crowd going from the first song to the last everyone said how good the band were and enjoyed themselves so much the music was first class and it was just what we were hoping for so please thank them from myself and my wife they made our renewal of our vows so much fun and all worthwhile.
Stephen Reilly

Ref 1st July 2018 at Sollys Ice Cream Farm
To Malk and Contraband
Spectacular Band with fabulous musicians
Contraband played at our Martha Trust Prom on the Farm at Solleys Farms Icecream and were absolutely spectacular! They really got the crowd going and people of all ages were up dancing from the beginning to the end of their set. They are a fabulous addition to any event and I would most certainly encourage others to book them.



Re 5th May 2018 Wedding at Challock Village Hall.

To Malk and Contraband

FANTASTIC MUSICIANS, We had these guys for our Wedding and they were amazing! They got everyone up dancing and all had a great time! You will not regret booking this band!
“Everyone loved the band and they made the night, thank you so much!
Book these guys you will not be disappointed!!!”
Thank you for playing!
Russ and Ali



Re 7th April 2018 Sutton Parish Communtity Centre.

To Malk and Contraband

Just a note to say thank you for last night, everyone had a great time and looking forward to the next one!!
We all had a great time, thank you so much xx
It was a great night. I`m hoping we will get to go to another. My children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Re St Mary`s Church Hall Marriage Celebrations 8th July
On Tue, 18 Jul 2017 at 15:57, Carol M Ryan wrote:
Hi Malk and Contraband
Sorry for not replying- we’ve been over in Ireland (Cork) & only returned yesterday. Not all of the Americans came along, mind, only 8 of them!!
Thanks so much for doing the video- it’s great! I forwarded copy to Courtenay & Gareth as well as to Gareth’s parents. I particularly like the bit that you caught when Gareth flung Courtenay over his shoulder!
Thanks again for a super eve!! Fun was had by all.
Kind regards
Sent from my iPhone


Hester’s Birthday at Lyminge Village Hall 

January 2017

To Malk and Contraband

Thanks so much for a great evening! We had a brilliant time, so many people said it’s the best party they’ve ever been to and that’s definitely due to your band!



Subject: Re: Family Barn Dance 15 October 2016 Southborough Kent

Hi ContraBand
Just a quick mail to say a big thank you to you and the band for a brilliant night on Saturday. Well done and hope to see you again.

Kind regards


Sent from my iPhone


Hi Contraband
Please, could you thank all the band for a fantastic barn dance celebrating my mum and dads golden wedding anniversary. I have had several emails and conversations with friends and family who said that Contraband was great and that they have never had such fun.
Thank you again for a wonderful evening.
Kind Regards
Fay Maylam
1st October 2016 Littlebourne Village Hall, Canterbury.



To all the members of Scotch Mist.

Just a little note to say a HUGE thank you for coming tonight and making our wedding a night to remember. We’re thrilled to have you.

With very best wishes
Carrie and Damian (aka The Bride and Groom)
24/07/2015 Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, LONDON

Dear Contraband,

I wish to say a very big thank you to you and all the members of Contraband. The music was great and what a pleasure to see so many people in the hall enjoying themselves. The hall seemed to be alive and that is just what is needed. We made a handsome profit, all down to you, which was a big bonus in this day and age. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful evening. Thank you once again, it was really appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Pete, Deal

Dear Contraband,

We are sorry we did not manage to thank each of you individually so I am writing to say a big Thank You for your very large part in making last Saturday evening such a success, a memorable post-wedding ‘do’ for Kate and myself.

We thoroughly enjoyed the music and of course the dancing.. Everyone we have spoken to said, “How did you find such a great band?”

Once again, many thanks to you all.
Ian and Kate Simmons.

Dear Contraband,

June and Douglas and Guests would like to thank you the band and caller for making their 60th Birthday and Ruby Wedding Celebration such a success on Saturday 29th April.

Many Thanks

Dear Contraband,

Thank you so much for your efforts at my party on Saturday night.
It was very successful and you were very popular with my guests. I was very surprised how quickly people started dancing and that they kept dancing until the end.

Once again, many thanks.
Ian Mather

Dear Contraband,

Now that the dust has settled, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our wedding day so special! Everyone still talks about how much they enjoyed the Ceilidh, and it made for such a special atmosphere.
We hope that you enjoyed playing for us too, but more importantly thank you for all your effort and talent – it was so much appreciated.

Many thanks again, and all the best from us both.
John and Mary.

Dear Contraband,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for playing at our Burns Supper. You did a tremendous job at adding a special ‘touch of Scotland’ to the event. It was a credit to you and the band for creating such a fantastic atmosphere.
The performance you gave was first class.

Yours Sincerely,
Sarah Fitzer,
Fundraising & Events Manager,
The Confectioners Benevolent Fund.

Dear Contraband,

I just wanted to thank you once again for making the barn dance such an enjoyable evening. We all had a lovely time and I raised over £300. We would like to book you next year for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, so will be in touch in the New Year.
Best Wishes,

Carolyn and Kevin Read.

Dear Contraband,

Just had to let you and the band know how pleased we were with everything on Saturday night. We had a really fantastic evening and thought you all did a great job. We have had lots of friends and family ringing us and all have said how brilliant the band was and what a great time they had. Personally, I have never known 4 hours to fly by as quickly as they did on Saturday.

We have had lots of photo’s back and in everyone people are smiling and laughing.  A great testament to a good evening. Many, many thanks again Chris, we hope to see you and the band again someday.

Gail and Phil King

Dear Contraband,

Now that the dust has finally settled, I wanted to write you a quick note to thank you and your other band members for the great show that put on on Friday – it really made the party go with a swing!

One of the great things about a Ceilidh is the way in which it encourages people to get up and dance – in fact, during the course of the evening I saw many strange pairings on the dance floor! In addition, I thought it was really nice that you were able to adjust your style of music during the course of the evening, with a very pleasing mix of rollicking country dancing with more relaxing ballads when people needed a break to cool down (or just to sit down and eat!)

Several people complimented me on my choice of band – both during the evening and afterwards – so much so that I almost felt guilty for having found you on the internet!

With best wishes for the future,

A Doddington

Dear Contraband,

Just a quick message to say thanks to you and the group for making my birthday party one to remember and one that so many people enjoyed. I’ve had fantastic feedback from everyone including those who had never experienced a ceilidh. Of course, I knew that most people would be “up for it”. The atmosphere and happy (but exhausted) faces were all the evidence I needed to know that it was all worthwhile. I think that you will have gained some more fans!

All best wishes,

Dear Contraband,

I just wanted to email you on behalf of all of the staff and students at the dance last night. We all had an excellent time and there was a lovely buzz at school today with people talking about it and showing each other their photos.

Please pass our thanks on to the rest of the band.

With best wishes,
Cicero Languages International
Tunbridge Wells

Dear Contraband,

Thank you very much for coming to play at The Valley on Saturday.  I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and my guests have not stopped telling me that they thought you were a great band with an excellent caller.  You managed to get some of them on the dance floor that I never expected!  Well done.

It was, I understand, the first Barn Dance/Ceilidh that Charlton have hosted so I will boast of making history at the Valley.

I shall never forget the occasion, it will remain a very fond memory and I am glad I bought your CD as a souvenir.  The success of the evening was largely down to you and shall always remain grateful to Contraband.  I wish you every success for the band’s future.

With very best wishes

Dear Contraband,

We have received numerous cards saying how much the barn dance was enjoyed, we were very pleased how it went. A lot of the success depends on the band and we would like to thank and congratulate all of you for contributing towards such a great evening.

Best wishes,
Jane and David

Dear Contraband,

Many Thanks to everyone who played at my retirement party on October 29th. It was a great evening and much enjoyed by everyone. We were all exhausted on Sunday. Keep up the good work.

Best wishes,