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.




Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Stevie Jones & The Wildfires

Anne-Marie Sanderson


Flashback Photograph

Kete Bowers

Bernard Hoskin


Gypsy Fingers

King's Gambit

John Forrester


Two Blank Pages

Ed Conway & The Unlawful Men

Jo Ash


The Malingerers

Phil Riley & Neil Mercer

Jack Hopkinson



Chris Ronald

The Very Lazy Sundays



When Rivers Meet

Rob Halligan



Rob Halligan

A singer-songwriter considered by many to be one of the best unsigned talents in the country, Rob specializes in uplifting songs about life from an alternative perspective and is a passionate and charismatic live performer, equally at home at a rock gig, a folk club, or a singaround. Rob is one of our most popular acts, so if you've missed him previously make sure you catch him this time! www.robhalligan.co.uk

When Rivers Meet

A speedy return to the club for this knockout husband and wife duo, who made a big impression when they played the club early last year. Though they come from different musical backgrounds, their sound has united, and a distinctive, unique, timeless style has emerged based around strong vocal harmonies. Their music is unchartered territory: rustic, organic, touching on Indie-folk but not fitting exclusively into any one genre. Live acoustic performances showcase Aaron's finger style guitar and Grace's fiddle and mandolin breaks, blending with their rich, strong harmonies on a rollercoaster of emotion, telling musical stories authentically, deliberately and with honesty. www.whenriversmeet.co.uk




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




This new and exceptionally good acoustic duo from Oundle features popular and highly respected local guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Carter and fine vocalist Lottie Dolby. With an engaging mix of excellent originals and covers, they've already played a couple of extended warm-ups at the club and got such a great reception that we just had to ask them back to play a full length slot. www.facebook.com/pg/CarterDolby16

Kontra Roots Promotions kev@kcbworld.co.uk