Held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at Earls Barton Working Men's Club in Northants, a typical Kontra evening will showcase three varied, top quality acoustic roots acts who play for 45 minutes each approx. The club starts at 8pm and runs through till 11pm, and though it is non-profit making we do charge a token £3 admission to cover costs. We also welcome voluntary donations. Our Earls Barton venue is ideal for acoustic music: characterful and friendly (it also serves real ale) and can be found at 1 Queen Street, Earls Barton, Northants, NN6 0LN (see map at bottom).
From humble beginnings in 2004 as an open mic at a Northamptonshire village pub, Kontra gradually evolved through several changes of venue and format, all the while building a reputation for presenting entertaining and eclectic evenings of quality acoustic music.
It is now acknowledged as Northamptonshire's premier acoustic roots club, attracting some of the best up and coming acoustic talent from across the country, as well as
more established performers from home and abroad.
With an open music policy that welcomes all genres of acoustic roots music as long as it is of outstanding quality, Kontra is a rare success story in these difficult economic times. Run as a non-profit making enterprise, admission to the club is just a token £3, and the acts, many of them professional musicians, play for expenses only. That they do so is testament to the excellent reputation the club has built up over the years, with its friendly atmosphere, large, loyal, and enthusiastic audiences, excellent sound (courtesy of Geoff Bland), and the imaginative programming of organiser, Kev
Buxton. Priding itself on the fact that it sets no musical boundaries other than quality, a typical Kontra session crosses many genres within the space of a single evening: folk, blues, Americana, jazz, world, contemporary and traditional music all find a welcome reception on the Kontra stage.
NEXT CLUB MEET
15 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL
TC & The Bobcats
Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats
Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer
When Rivers Meet
Stevie Jones & The Wildfires
FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER
Harbottle & Jonas
Harbottle & Jonas
A stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon, whose highly eclectic music is always accompanied by a great story. Playing over 100 gigs a year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across the UK and have both supported and received plaudits from folk royalty including Martin Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott and Maz O'Connor. They have had their music streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries and are not to be missed. www.harbottleandjonas.com
'Phenomenal' – BBC Introducing
'A Really Unique Sound' - Seth Lakeman
'Thoroughly enjoyable' - Jon Boden (Bellowhead)
'Fabulous' - Declan Sinnott (Christy Moore)
Transatlantic folk-pop duo comprising two top class singer-songwriters: classically trained Californian native Lauren Scudder, who writes beautiful, compelling narratives fusing jazz, pop, folk and r&b in a style reminiscent of Corinne Bailey Rae and Joss Stone; and Tom Ryder, whose debut album received wide acclaim across the BBC Introducing network and gained him an international fanbase. Influenced by Tracy Chapman and Damien Rice, he has been described as a writer of “stunning songs infused with meaning and heart, full of passion, promise and pedigree." Together they create songs with witty lyrics and soaring harmonies, with plenty of chemistry, emotion, and more than a few laughs. www.loztmusic.com
“Tom's British charm and quirky lyrics fused with Lauren's American soul and R&B vibes creates pure magic.” - Keldon Music
A fantastic performer who we're delighted to welcome back to the club as he always blows us away. A fabulous singer-songwriter whose instantly catchy songs, deft guitar work and gritty vocals have garnered him rave reviews and earned him national radio airplay across the UK, as well as appearances at major festivals and venues. A great talent. www.adyjohnson.co.uk
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB GALLERY
Photos of our acts from the last six months (click to expand).