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


UPCOMING SHOWS


25 JANUARY

Johns & Nowak

Kenneth J Nash

Crayon Angels


8 FEBRUARY

Trevor Babajack Steiger

Careen

Alan Pettifer


22 FEBRUARY

The Occasional Orchestra

Peter Conway

Phil Doleman


8 MARCH

The Abrahams

Antoine & Owena

Dan Hartland


22 MARCH

King's Gambit

Benjamin William Pike

Lucy Kitchen


CLUB INFO

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY


Johns & Nowak

Kenneth J Nash

Crayon Angels



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Johns & Nowak

Brilliant new English acoustic duo that like to have fun with American music, weaving together mandolin and guitar and singing songs of heartache and longing. Sometimes joyful, sometimes wistful, their music is steeped in the American tradition and all that comes with it - from fiddle tunes to folk songs, from driving instrumentals and gentle ballads, some traditional, some self-penned. Accomplished instrumentalists Camilla Johns & Andy Nowak hail from a background of glitzy London folk bands, the Bristol jazz and UK acoustic music scene, with debut album of the year nominations and tuition from some of America's greatest acoustic musicians.  www.johnsandnowak.com

KONTRA ROOTS CLUB GALLERY

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

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Crayon Angels

  Excellent trio featuring soulful female vocals and atmospheric acoustic, electric and slide guitars, all combining to occupy a place on the musical map somewhere around Folk, just north of Americana, with an occasional day trip to ‘clever English pop’, and a weekend mini-break to Soul! Described in the music press as “chock full of melodies”, "quintessential English Pop/Folk crossover at its finest" and "quietly magnificent" this delightful trio are building an excellent reputation with increasingly frequent radio airplay and live appearances. www.crayonangels.co.uk.


  

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Kontra Roots Promotions kev@kcbworld.co.uk