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.




Two Blank Pages

Ian O'Regan

Jo Ash


The Malingerers

Phil Riley & Neil Mercer

Jack Hopkinson



Chris Ronald

The Very Lazy Sundays

11 MAY

The Candle Thieves

Ashes To Oaks

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

25 MAY

Sweet Molly

Danielle Bowers

Kent Nielsen


Huw Costin

Town Musicians Of Bremen

Oakleas Rise



Two Blank Pages

Ian O'Regan

Jo Ash


Ian O'Regan

This excellent, very experienced professional musician is a highly accomplished guitarist and performer whose own music is rooted in the blues but extends into country, rock and folk, with a wide range of influences from Jackson Browne and Tom Waits to folk artists like Mick Hanley and Eric Bogle. He made a big impression when he made his debut at the club a couple of years ago and we’re delighted to welcome him back.


Two Blank Pages

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.




Photos of our acts from the last six months (click to expand).



Jo Ash

Nominated for an NMG Award for Female Solo Artist in both 2016 and 17, this captivating and highly original singer-songwriter has been steeped in music since the age of 9, creating a unique style of performance that has been described as mesmerising and likened to both Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux. She has released two EPs and is currently recording her debut album, but already this fascinating musician is beginning to make waves on the acoustic scene. A talent to watch. www.joashmusic.com

Kontra Roots Promotions kev@kcbworld.co.uk