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The Circus Contraption Band

photo by David Adam Edelstein

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Festive and eclectic

In classic circus fashion, Circus Contraption performances feature live, original music. The Circus Contraption Band plays quirky-jerky loony-croony gypsy carnival opera music, both to accompany our full-circus shows and to aurally ambush patrons at finer musical establishments far and wide.

You want us to describe what we sound like? Sometimes spooky, sometimes strange, sometimes raucous, and sometimes sweet. Imagine an off-kilter carousel accompanied by Halloween music gone wrong. At any given moment, you could hear accordion, banjo, clarinet, musical saw, trumpet, marimba, trombone, tuba, guitar, bass, theremin, 3 lead vocalists, washboard, violin, saxophone, drums, beer bottles, rusty junk and elbow grease.

Our CD collection

We have released five albums. Click the album covers below to get details, including links to audio samples!

The Show to End All Shows (2010)

New, new, new! The soundtrack to our 2008-2009 show.

A departure from Circus Contraption's usual turn-of-the-century fare, The SHOW to End All SHOWS imagines a family-owned circus with all of the glamour and glitz of the 70's and 80's. The time, however, is now, and the glamour shows signs of decay. This twisted take on Americana tells the story of the show that must go on, despite all evidence that the show, maybe even the world, will be extinguished before the closing act.

A copy of your very own

Have we hooked you? Need a copy of one of our albums? Here's how to get them:

  • Buy through CD Baby. You can order CDs online for fast delivery. They offer MP3 downloads if you need instant gratification. And if online shopping still makes you paranoid, you can even order by phone: 1-800-BUY-MY-CD.
  • Visit a Seattle-area record store. Sonic Boom in Ballard usually has our albums in stock.
  • Buy a digital copy. Our music can be found on CD Baby, iTunes, eMusic Rhapsody, Napster, and over 40 other online stores.

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