kontra roots club
 

ABOUT THE CLUB


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. Eventually finding its natural home in 2008 at the excellent Kennedy’s Bar in the small town of Finedon, 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 harsh economic times. Run as a non-profit making enterprise, admission to the club is free, 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, traditional, and experimental music all find a welcome reception on the Kontra stage.

Held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at Kennedy’s Bar in Finedon, Northants, a typical  Kontra evening will showcase three very varied, top quality acoustic roots acts, who play for 50 minutes each approx. The club starts at 8pm and runs through till 11pm or later, and though admission is free, we do welcome voluntary donations. Kennedy’s is an ideal venue for acoustic music, characterful and friendly (it also serves real ale) and it can be found at The Tower Sports Ground, Irthlingborough Road, NN9 5EJ.

upcoming shows


28 NOVEMBER

STELLA HENSLEY &

    CHRIS NEWMAN

MR PLOW

HANNAH SANDERS


12 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL

THE OLD SPECKLED MEN

JACKSBORO HIGHWAY

ANDREW BUCKLEY &

                    ROCKET RON

SI HAYDEN

PHOEBE LOUISE

KEVIN BUXTON


9 JANUARY

SHERI KERSHAW BAND

DAN BRITTON

PISTOL PETE WEARN


23 JANUARY

THE KING BEES

LIZZIE J TAYLOR

TBC


13 FEBRUARY

KING’S GAMBIT

GEORGE BREAKFAST

TBC

24 OCTOBER ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Tim Copping & Friends • Kismet Hardy •

Ady Johnson • Nicky Swann

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER

WHEN OUR ACTS WILL BE:

WE ARE ALSO ON FACEBOOK

Our Main Profile, where we keep in touch with friends and performers, is at:

www.facebook.com/kontra.roots

Our Facebook Page, where we post details of all our upcoming gigs and events, plus latest news is at:

www.facebook.com/pages/Kontra-Roots

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FRED’S HOUSE

In the wake of their brilliant headlining set at the autumn Potbelly Folk Festival, it’s a very speedy return to the club for this brilliant four piece band from Cambridge, who belt out some of the cheeriest, catchiest folk-pop songs you’ll hear in a long time. With wonderful vocals and note perfect harmonies, their enthusiastic, fresh and soulful mix of dramatically reworked covers and originals always leaves everyone smiling. Just about our favourite band at the moment, it’s no surprise that they’re going from strength to strength and becoming hugely popular. If you like The Coral or The Magic Numbers you’ll love them. A delight. (www.fredshousemusic.co.uk)

 

EAST OF REASON

Veteran singer-songwriter Phil Riley played a hugely enjoyable set at the club last year, and returns this time with a full band. Back in the 70s and early 80s, Phil had a successful musical career with his band Kites, and was duly signed up by Pete Townsend of The Who to his Eel Pie Publishing Company. Eventually hanging up his guitar in the mid-80s, he rediscovered his love of music after a 20 year gap and reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter of distinction. With a repertoire of fabulous, instantly likeable songs, he is now building an impressive reputation for himself beyond his native Leicester.

 

The club sends out a monthly e-mail NEWSLETTER that gives details not only of forthcoming acts, but other Kontra promotions and local acoustic events in the Northants area. Anyone wishing to join the mailing list should e-mail kev@kcbworld.co.uk. The newsletter can also be read on the newsletter page.

LUKE TUCHSCHERER

Fantastic singer-songwriter, of cult alt-country band The Whybirds, whose newly released solo album, You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense, has attracted universal critical acclaim. Reflecting the more acoustic side of Tuchscherer’s songwriting – featuring confessional songs, storytelling and social commentary – this is a stunning solo debut awash with top notch writing and stellar playing. More importantly, it connects instantly with a strong emotive feel that gets right to the core of what makes this genre so special. (www.soundcloud.com/luketuchscherer)  

“Tuchscherer’s ability to create such an engaging collection of sad songs and waltzes should ensure that this album will be a contender for an appearance on any year-end list.” Americana

“An impressive collection of 12 well-crafted songs… an excellent debut.” R2 (Rock N Reel)

“My only excuse for not reviewing this fabulous album sooner is that I was too busy playing it, over and over. This album should be heard and then celebrated.“ Northern Sky

“Totally memorable… Tuchscherer successfully pulls off an impressive and moreish debut.” Right Chord Music

“Luke is a terrific lyricist with a deep sympathy for his songs’ leading characters, but it is not just the power of the lyrics that impress. His warm evocative vocal style has a natural dramatic quality and the arrangements couldn’t really be improved upon. An outstanding album that contains absolutely no filler.” American Roots UK

“Sincerity oozes through his lusciously rough voice… genuinely heartbreaking.”

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