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.



25 MAY

Sweet Molly

Danielle Cawdell & Her Band

Kent Nielsen


Huw Costin

Town Musicians Of Bremen

Oakleas Rise



Johns & Novak

The Campbells

Hannah Woof



The Abrahams

Romy Gensale


The Old Grey Dogs

Dariah Kulesh

Cliff Ward



Sweet Molly

Danielle Cawdell & Her Band

Kent Nielsen


Danielle Cawdell & Her Band

A spellbinding sensation when she made her club debut early last year, this excellent Birmingham based pianist and singer-songwriter writes haunting, uncomfortably beautiful piano ballads that echo the classic writing of Joni Mitchell, and delivers them with a voice at once strong and delicate - a perfect vehicle for the hard truths contained within them. With her debut album ready for imminent release, Danielle is a strong emerging talent on the acoustic scene and definitely one to watch.

Sweet Molly

The annual club appearance of this top class Northants band who play traditional Irish music with rare passion and expertise. Featuring Corby’s banjo supremo, Joe McIlvenny, plus the brilliant Ian Stark on guitar and vocals, along with award winning master piper Alec Miller on Irish pipes and local fiddle legend, Barry Ford, these veterans of the local Celtic roots scene have built up an enthusiastic following and rapidly become one of the finest Irish bands in the region. Their barnstorming performances at the club never fail to be rollicking good fun!



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



Kent Nielsen

A Dane now based in Germany, this powerful and enormously diverse ukulele player brings a punk rock sensibility to his repertoire, an infectious mix of folk, county and rock, mixing punchy original songs with eclectic, unexpected covers. Immensely grounded and blessed with a lot of soul, this is an exciting and unique performer whose every song holds unexpected turns and surprises. A real original.


Kontra Roots Promotions kev@kcbworld.co.uk