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.




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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

11 MAY

Ady Johnson

Ashes To Oaks

Wes Finch & Amit Dattani



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Kete Bowers

Bernard Hoskin


Kete Bowers

A top notch singer-songwriter from Liverpool, raised on the Americana greats that he’s come to emulate and to whom he adds his own unique style, Kete Bowers is up there with other rootsy tunesmiths such as John Prine, Rodney Crowell and Guy Clark. With music that crosses Folk, Americana, Rock and Country his style and musical heritage are an American dream, lived in Liverpool. Excellent. www.soundcloud.com/ketebowers

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This terrific upbeat, foot-tapping folk rock band from Peterborough - featuring guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica and percussion - are regulars on the Cambridgeshire music scene where they are a big live draw, playing live at all kinds of venues and events plus regular studio sessions for local radio. Their influences are too many to name, but chances are that if you like Mumford & Sons you’ll love them! www.flashbackphotograph.wordpress.com



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



Bernard Hoskin

The annual return for one of the club’s oldest friends, who always goes down a storm. Bernard is an excellent singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge, whose distinctively English songs blend world music rhythms with folk and blues stylings. www.bernardhoskin.com

Kontra Roots Promotions kev@kcbworld.co.uk