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.
OUR NEXT CLUB MEET
Och 'n' Dough
Johns & Nowak
Kenneth J Nash
Trevor Babajack Steiger
The Occasional Orchestra
Antoine & Owena
FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER
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Earls Barton’s very own barnstorming six piece piece folk outfit will be playing a variety of traditional and contemporary folk based songs and tunes from Britain and Ireland, providing a suitably rousing climax to the Kontra year. There’ll be rip-roaring high energy favourites, a few interesting obscurities, and jigs and reels a-plenty! Huge fun.
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB GALLERY
Photos of our acts from the last six months (click to expand).
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
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Terrific original three-piece band from Shrewsbury who play a dynamic mix of folk and country or “Folk ‘n’ Roll” as they like to call it. Hugely entertaining and great at making people shout “yee-haw!” while three-part harmonising over banjo, acoustic guitar and electric bass. A lot of fun. www.twoblankpages.com
Featuring acclaimed acoustic guitarist/singer Chris Brown and fretless bassist Kevin T Ward, hazeyjane perform Chris’s original poetic songs in richly crafted, ambient arrangements to produce mellow, melodic and haunting soundscapes. By turns intense and intimate, dreamy and dynamic, airy and atmospheric, Hazeyjane have become one of the area’s most feted acoustic acts in recent times. www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk