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.



We're now on our summer break, but we'll be back on 25th August with a superb autumn season


Two Ways Home

Edd Donovan

Steel Union


The Boxwood Chessmen

Kristy Gallacher

Attila Vural


Love Street

Leon Gormley

Nigel Beck


Stella Hensley & Chris Newman

Stuart Marson

East West


Phil Hare

Two Coats Colder

Apache John


Fred's House

Benjamin William Pike

Melanie Crew & Ross Palmer



Two Ways Home

Edd Donovan

Steel Union


Two Ways Home

Two Ways Home are songwriting and alt-country duo Isabella Mariee (originally from Vienna) and Lewis Fowler, who have gone from strength to strength since a trip to Nashville inspired a new name and direction for their musical partnership. In the two years since their debut EP, the band have enjoyed radio play across the UK & Europe, toured nationally and shared stages with artists from across the country/Americana spectrum. They have also featured extensively in the press, including Maverick Magazine, Record Collector and The Sun, with the latter describing their sound as “…crystal clear harmonies tinged with melancholy”. The acclaimed follow up EP, 'Better Days' – described as “a stunning piece of art” by One On One Music – secured their reputation as a key player in the UK country and folk scene, with single 'Just For Now' receiving extensive airplay across BBC and digital radio channels. Described by The Upcoming as ”unique, unexpected and brilliant,” interest in their music has also led to increasing demand for Two Ways Home as a songwriting team, with other artists turning to the duo to bring their distinctive sound to collaborations and co-writes. www.twowayshome.com

Edd Donovan

A highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt – comforting, yet challenging – and his 2014 critically acclaimed début album, Something To Take The Edge Off, garnererd high praise in the press and radio. Edd's professional experience as a Social Worker has inspired a number of his songs, and The Guardian's article on Edd,The Singing Social Worker gained his songwriting international attention. On the back of that album, Edd embarked on an extensive and hugely successful UK tour with his band, The Wandering Moles. His follow up album, Making Mountains (Vol. 1) has had a similar reception. www.edddonovan.co.uk

'Summery alt-country to gladden the heart' - Tom Robinson, 6Music. 'Genuinely beautiful' – Shire Folk. 'A natural storyteller and reflective lyricist' – Maverick Magazine. 'Edd's unique song craft proves to be witty, thoughtful, thought provoking and blessed with a melodic touch' – Folk Radio UK. 'What a completely original, distinct sound… this band blew me away' – Wychwood 2014. 'I love Edd's music - he's terrific' - Charlie Dore

Steel Union

One of our most popular acts from the early of Kontra, it's great to see this terrific Northants based duo back in action playing authentic traditional acoustic blues and recreating sounds evocative of the Mississippi deep south in the 30s and 40s. They've a brand new album out too. Expect waling blues harps and driving steel guitars. Superb stuff. www.steelunion.co.uk