KONTRA EVENTS AT A GLANCE
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Further details of all events listed below are on the appropriate venue pages.
KONTRA ROOTS CLUB
KONTRA WILL BE TAKING A LONG SUMMER BREAK THIS YEAR, BUT WE'LL BE BACK IN LATE AUGUST TO PRESENT A FULL AND TOP CLASS AUTUMN SCHEDULE
TWO WAYS HOME - Brilliant, rave-reviewed & highly original alt country harmony duo.
EDD DONOVAN - internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter with a rare, distinctive talent.
STEEL UNION - Down-home Northants duo who recreate authentic traditional acoustic blues.
BOXWOOD CHESSMEN Exceptional, lauded new folk/Americana band with great harmonies.
ATTILA VURAL Annual visit of the unique virtuoso Swiss guitarist. Thrilling & jaw-dropping!
LIZZIE J TAYLOR Highly accomplished & popular Cambridge based singer-songwriter.
THE KING BEES First rate classic 4 piece blues band & one of the club’s most popular acts.
LEON GORMLEY A masterful folk fingerstyle guitarist & cittern player with superb songs & vocals.
ROCKET SCIENCE Excellent & original acoustic duo: a smorgasbord of rock, pop, latin, blues, etc.
OTHER KONTRA EVENTS
COTTAGE CONCERT, COMMUNITY CENTRE, OLD
SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
£12 donation, 8pm start
An internationally acclaimed, award winning folk roots songwriter, whose songs have been covered by many performers, George is also a troubador who has travelled the world for 40 years, playing pubs, clubs, festivals and concert halls, radio, TV, and street corners. A complete original, he is a songwriter of brilliance with “a voice that layers soul onto tunes like honey dripping off a biscuit.” His enormous repertoire, dexterity on guitar and mandolin, and engaging style are a winning combination, delighting people wherever he plays.
tel: 01604 780156 for info & bookings
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
Organised by the Rotary Club in aid of local hospices, this fun event, held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, is a great day out for people of all ages. As well as Dragon Boat racing there is a children’s funfair, food and drink, stalls of all kinds, and of course great live music organised by Kontra Roots. The festival starts at 11am and runs through till 4pm.
TC & THE BOBCATS - new blues & covers band.
SWEET MOLLY - the area’s finest Irish band.
UNTRAINED MELODY - new blues, folk & covers trio from the north-west.
ROOFTOP ARTS CENTRE
WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
An excellent new venue in Corby town centre (it used to be the old library) the Arts Centre is primarily an art gallery with workshops, but Kontra has been asked to put on regular music events there, commencing with a monthly acoustic night called ROOFTOP ACOUSTIC held on 1st Wednesdays. It’ll be an open mic with two featured guests plus resident / MC KEV BUXTON. Our opening night is on Sept 6th when we feature DOUGHBOY 3, JACK LONDON and special opening guests, ZEITGEIST. Free admission and a 7.30 start with food and drink available. The Rooftop Arts Centre is at Chisholm House, Queens Square, Corby NN17 1PD. Contact email@example.com / 01536 267101 / 07956 000177 for info.
KETTERING ARTS CENTRE
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
THREADED + Ady Johnson
£8 advance, £9 on the door, 7.30pm start (doors 7pm)
With the unique instrumental lineup of clarinet, violin and guitar, Threaded create a distinctive and mesmerising sound that is impossible to pigeonhole. A stunning fusion of classical, folk and world music, they are quite unlike anything else and their last concert at the Arts Centre in 2015 was a sensation. We are delighted to welcome them back with fabulous, rave-reviewed singer-songwriter Ady Johnson in support.