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LOCAL MUSIC LINKS
Beginning operations in 2009, Adam & Mark of AMGIGS have built up an enviable reputation for organising big name folk concerts at theatre venues in the Market Harborough area of South Leicestershire. Acts have so far have included Chris Wood, Martin Simpson, and Lau. www.amgigs.co.uk
THE GREAT KNIGHT FOLK CLUB
Northamptonshire’s only remaining ticketed folk club, the Great Knight has been running for nearly 20 years and meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Old White Hart, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8BS. Doors open at 8pm and the club starts at 8.15pm. Great Knight features a wide range of folk acts from big names to emerging new or local talent, and has an excellent reputation. Floor singers are always welcome. www.greatknightfolkclub.co.uk.
RAUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL
One of Northamptonshire’s finest folk roots festivals, Raunds always has impressive and interesting array of premier league headline acts, plus dancing, workshops, ceilidh, and more. Held on the 1st week-end in May.
There are numerous excellent recording studios in Northants, too many to mention here, but our favourite is Record Live, run by the excellent James Denness, specialists in recording live music with studio quality. A one stop shop for all your live recording, production, and media needs. www.recordlive.net
Promoter Michael Pipe organises regular acoustic roots concerts at The Ent Shed, one of Bedford’s finest and intimate venues. Featuring top national and international folk, blues and Americana artists, these concerts are regularly sold out. House concerts are also a speciality. www.entshed.co.uk
Kettering based roots musician Stevie Jones and his team host a whole range of open mics, acoustic showcases, and other events in the Northants area. www.wildfiresessions.com
INFO FOR MUSICIANS
This information is intended for acts interested in playing at the venues or events organised by Kontra Roots. Contact Kev Buxton and include relevant web links, or let us know if you’d prefer to send a demo CD and we’ll give you a postal address.
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
We recommend you read the general information about the club on the Kontra Roots Club page. If you’d like to be considered for a slot, please be aware that Kontra is widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic roots showcases in the UK and has a reputation second to none. Consequently, the standard is extremely high. Despite the fact that the club is non-profit making and we pay no artist fees (just expenses towards petrol) we attract the best, as performers are assured a good, knowledgeable, listening audience, top class sound, and a wonderful atmosphere. It is probable too that you’ll sell CDs as our audiences can be very generous. None of the above can be absolutely guaranteed of course, as even we have an occasional quiet night, but these are comparatively rare. I’m afraid our shoestring budget means that we can’t offer complimentary food and drink, but if you’re travelling from afar and require overnight accommodation this can usually be arranged if you give us notice.
ROOFTOP ARTS CENTRE
Performers wishing to play a floor spot at the monthly acoustic night should contact Kev to prebook. Slots are limited and if you turn up without prebooking you may not get to play.
KETTERING ARTS CENTRE
Kontra books acts for all folk roots events at the Centre. Headline acts will need to show that they have a following and can attract a sizeable audience.
OUR OTHER EVENTS
Acts interested in performing at our other venues and events should be aware that these are by invitation only.