Nick Corney &

The Buzz Rats


Hannah Woof


Held on the 2nd and occasional 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 and 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. Further info and history at the 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 not only Northamptonshire's premier acoustic roots club, but one of the most popular and respected clubs of its kind in the UK, 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, often 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, 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.



Our next event will be a KONTRA ROOTS CLUB SPECIAL concert on


when we'll be featuring fabulous UK Americana band


with support from up and coming acoustic star ETHAN KENNA


This stunningly good UK Americana band are old friends of Kontra from our earliest days, one of our all-time favourite acts, and it's a great treat to have them back with us playing a full length concert with their big band lineup. Rebecca Rosewell, Simon Kelly and the guys play top class original songs with a country feel, influenced by bluegrass, roots, folk, cajun and blues, and in recent years they have become one of UK Americana's biggest attractions. Rebecca's fabulous vocals deliver too-catchy-to-forget uptempo numbers and simply beautiful ballads, their albums get deservedly rave reviews in all the top UK roots music press, and they are a “simply magnificent” band who have been likened to both Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. A real treat.


Kontra Roots Promotions