FP100 Fife bands 43. Das Contras

Das Contras. Photo by Jayne Wright.
Das Contras. Photo by Jayne Wright.

Award-winning Fife band Das Contras regularly attract rave reviews when they perform at some of Scotland’s top music venues.

The band – Sher Watson (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Webster (trumpet, keys, backing vocals), Tony Courtney (sax, flute), Colin Walker (drums), Andy Chisholm (guitar), Sam Firth (bass) and Gerardo Ballesteros (percussion) – picked up the coveted best album prize at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2013 for their second album ‘Highest Low’.

The award was decided by the public, and Das Contras’ album attracted thousands of votes from fans.

Renowned for their unique blend of folk, funk, jazz and rock sounds, the six-piece have been performing since 2005, and were winners of the PRS New Music Award in 2006.

They’ve shared a stage with the late American jazz, folk and soul guitar legend Terry Callier, both in Glasgow and London, and they also performed alongside the likes of Marlena Shaw, Candi Staton, Acoustic Ladyland, Hobotalk and Derrick Morgan. Das Contras have played the best venues in Scotland – King Tuts, Queens Hall, Barfly, Princes Street Gardens, Royal Concert Hall, The Ferry, Jamhouse – and are regular performers in the capital, at the Jazz Bar and Liquid Rooms, where you can see them next month.