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


9 MAY 

APACHE JOHN

MARY SPENDER

DAVID YOUNGS


23 MAY 

KIM LOWINGS & THE GREENWOOD                

STUART O’CONNOR

CHRIS TYE


13 JUNE 

THE SHERI KERSHAW BAND                

BEN MAGGS

BETHANY WEIMERS


27 JUNE 

LEXIE GREEN & THE INDIGO BLUE

JINSKI                                                

BERNARD HOSKIN


11 JULY 

BOONDOCK

CAREEN                                                

GEORGE BREAKFAST



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.

11 APRIL ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Kev Buxton • Lost Hollow •

Alex Taylor • Fred’s House

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY 25 APRIL

WHEN OUR ACTS WILL BE:

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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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THE OCCASIONAL ORCHESTRA

A Merry Tom Folk Festival regular, Darrell Mitchell’s brilliant, rousing six piece band were a highlight of both festivals, and are one of the most dynamic and classy acoustic bands around. Darrell’s top drawer original songs have excellent insightful lyrics, catchy rhythms, and the playing of the whole band is just superb. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome them back to the club, and if you haven’t managed to catch them before, don’t miss out this time, they’re a knockout! (www.theoccasionalorchestra.co.uk)

JAMIE BEAU

Singer-songwriter from Derbyshire and a versatile, expert guitarist, Jamie plays alternative folk music with percussive, fingerstyle guitar backed by powerful vocals. A dynamic performer with fantastic technical ability, Jamie was recently described as “one of the most exciting British singer songwriters to emerge in recent years.” He delivered powerful performances at major UK festivals throughout 2013 and has gained considerable support from numerous regional radio stations. Definitely one to watch. (www.jamiebeau.com)

KISMET HARDY

A long overdue visit to the club for one of Northampton's finest contemporary folk bands, who play an exciting mix of their own original modern folk songs along with radical re-inventions of traditional tunes, all with a striking funky twist. Combining the best of the lyrical, emotional and melodic intensity of traditional folk with the groove of funk and energy of indie, they offer a striking new take on English Dance Music. Great to get them to the club at last! (www.kismethardy.com)