Nick Corney &

The Buzz Rats


Hannah Woof


Held on the 2nd and occasional 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 and 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. Further info and history at the 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 not only Northamptonshire's premier acoustic roots club, but one of the most popular and respected clubs of its kind in the UK, 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, often 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, 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.



A welcome back to the club for this terrific UK-based trio of singer-songwriters who share a wonderful musical chemistry, specializing in big acoustic anthems with strong harmonies. Their first two albums in 2008/9 both received an enthusiastic reception from the folk roots press, and numerous live outings saw the band opening for top acts such as Fairport Convention and Colin Blunstone, as well as making festival appearances and enjoying Arts Centre headline spots. Following several years off the road, the band made a big comeback a few years ago, since when they've been both performing and recording again.


Our next meeting is on


when our featured guests will be:

Navaro / Sandy McLelland

Tu-Kay & Ryan



Throughout a long and respected music career, Scottish singer-songwriter Sandy McLelland has contributed to the artistic achievements of numerous artists and projects throughout the world: pop, rock, film music, symphony orchestras, all have benefitted from his considerable expertise. Accomplished across many diverse musical styles, his own music - often full and vibrant, sometimes achingly bare and personal -  represents the culmination of a lifetimes' work, unashamedly paying respect to the American country, blues, folk and soul music he absorbed in his early days in Glasgow. His remarkable debut album, Cross The Line, released in autumn 2019, immediately attracted stunning reviews and promptly went to the top of the iTunes Country charts. A remarkable late-flowering talent.


Knockout and increasingly popular Northants based acoustic duo who perform predominantly original material and whose lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics have wowed audiences across the county. After playing a couple of warm-ups at the club in 2019, response was such that we had to give them a full length feature slot. Very well deserved.

Kontra Roots Promotions