KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
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.
NEXT CLUB MEET
Two Coats Colder
Benjamin William Pike
Melanie Crew & Ross Palmer
Harbottle & Jonas
15 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL
TC & The Bobcats
Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats
26 JANUARY - DUO NIGHT
Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer
Phil Riley & Neil Mercer
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER
Stella Hensley & Chris Newman
Stella Hensley & Chris Newman
Two consummate and lauded musicians, renowned velvet vocalist and songwriter Stella Hensley, along with outstanding veteran blues, slide and ragtime guitarist Chris Newman are a truly winning combination and always go down a storm when they play the club. Stella's soulful vocals and Chris's easy flowing style create a real synergy, and their performances are always powerful and wide-ranging, from the toe-tappingly catchy, through the slow and melodic, to deep blues. Definitely not to be missed. www.chrisnewmangrooves.co.uk
A return to the club for this excellent band from Harborough, who reformed last year and have produced a cracking new album. Part acoustic, part electric, and heavily influenced by 60s West Coast rock and folk, with fine original songs by ace guitarist and band leader, Steve Rothero, these top class musicians also feature flute virtuoso, Natasha Davies.
First coming to prominence in the 1970s with appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival and BBC TV's Folk on 2 series, Stuart has built a reputation as one of the finest singers and most original songwriters on the UK folk scene. Over the years, his songs have been performed and recorded by various other artists, including Fairport Convention and Roger Whittaker, and Ralph McTell has also been a champion of Stuart's work. In recent years his songwriting has reflected a regional identity, with a focus upon the folklore of the East Midlands where he was born and lived for many years. After taking a step aside from the folk circuit during a career in education, Stuart is now performing widely once again, presenting his unique talent to audiences throughout the UK. www.stuartmarson.com