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
14 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL
Two Blank Pages
Och 'n' Dough
Johns & Nowak
Kenneth J Nash
Trevor Babajack Steiger
The Occasional Orchestra
Antoine & Owena
Benjamin William Pike
FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER
Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
Meeting at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Gathering Tides have a completely fresh approach to traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Weaving together folk, jazz, rock and more, this young and innovative band transcend genre labels. Their unique lineup of fiddle, electric guitar, bass and cajon means they slip effortlessly from heavy riffs to fiery fiddle tunes, or from smooth improvisation to klezmer. A fabulous and highly original virtuoso band that are a must see! www.gatheringtides.com
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB GALLERY
Photos of our acts from the last six months (click to expand).
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, this exceptional and extremely popular Anglo-German acoustic duo entertain and engage their audiences wherever they perform. Combining original material with a fine choice of folk favourites, Paul and Karen craft a show of “songs with groove and goosebumps guaranteed”. www.paulwalkermusic.co.uk
The alter ego of Belgian guitarist and singer-songwriter, Brick de Bois, this fabulous acoustic musician is really something special. Creating jazzy folk music that is universal as it comes, it is also very much of "the now", top quality and of international class. Beautifully crafted, stark and simple tunes with witty, thoughtful lyrics are delivered by rich, soulful, intimate vocals and accompanied by wonderfully energetic and skilful guitar. This is music straight from the heart and Floatstone plays as if his life depended on it. Hugely impressive! www.reverbnation.com/rpk/floatstone