KONTRA EVENTS AT A GLANCE
JUNE & JULY
Further details of all events listed below are on the appropriate venue pages.
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
THE OCCASIONAL ORCHESTRA - rousing six piece band with top drawer songs to match.
MARINA FLORANCE - superb, award-winning singer-songwriter with a voice like chocolate.
THE CAMPBELLS - excellent Northampton based Americana trio with great memorable songs.
KONTRA WILL BE TAKING A LONG SUMMER BREAK THIS YEAR, BUT WE'LL BE BACK IN LATE AUGUST TO PRESENT A FULL AND TOP CLASS AUTUMN SCHEDULE
OTHER KONTRA EVENTS
THE OLD FORGE COFFEE SHOP, CRANFORD
FRIDAY 16 JUNE
tickets £8, 8pm start
A virtuoso acoustic blues guitarist and 2014 European Blues Awards runner up, earlier in his career Kris graced some of the world's greatest stages and played with many international bands and artists, from The Damned to Del Amitri. Now, after over a decade honing his skills as a solo acoustic act and touring relentlessly, he is widely recognized as one of the foremost acoustic bluesmen in the UK, receiving ecstatic reviews and with a devoted following.
Tickets from The Old Forge Coffee Shop, Grafton Road, Cranford, NN14 4JE
tel: 01536 330014.
COTTAGE CONCERT, COMMUNITY CENTRE, OLD
SATURDAY 15 JULY
THE RUBBER WELLIES
£12 donation, 8pm start
THIS IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR CRANSLEY HOSPICE, KETTERING
Travelling indie folksters The Rubber Wellies present their multi-lingual cabaret of joyful, sing-a-long anthems, intimate ballads and anarchic participatory fun. Pirates, lizards, cracks in the wall and Basque cyclists all inhabit the songscape. And a beard snood… Skippered by guitarist Harry Bird (Cambridge/Edinburgh/Bilbao) and the multi-tasking Christophe Capewell (Sheffield/Dublin), they have spent the last eight years on the road playing bars, cafes, circus galas, festivals, folk clubs and front rooms alike, cheering audiences all over from Galway in Ireland to Gisborne in New Zealand. This will be an evening of unique music entertainment guaranteed to put a smile on your face! “Try and listen to The Rubber Wellies and be anything but happy, it's impossible!” - BBC Radio Sheffield
tel: 01604 780156 for info & bookings
THE WORLD PEACE FETE, KELMARSH
SUNDAY 2 JULY
Set in the delightful grounds of the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre in Kelmarsh, Northants, this charming charity festival provides a relaxing summer Sunday out for the whole family, with food and craft stalls, kids' events, games, and some terrific local roots music. The only festival I know with hourly (optional) breaks for meditation, Kontra has been organising the music for this wonderful event since 2008, and in that time it has become one of the highlights of the local music calendar.
The World Peace Fete runs from 11am to 4pm. Acts appearing:
WHALE, SHORTSTRAW, STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES, ACOUSTIC-US, CORDWAINERS