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


23 JANUARY

THE KING BEES

LIZZIE J TAYLOR

RICHARD WARREN


13 FEBRUARY

KING’S GAMBIT

GEORGE BREAKFAST

STOLEN ROSES


27 FEBRUARY

JINDER

PETER JAMES MILLSON

MARTHA BEAN

12 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ACTS

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Phoebe Louise • Hawkesford & Wilson •

Si Hayden • Andrew Buckley & Rocket Ron •

The Old Speckled Men

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON

FRIDAY 9 JANUARY

WHEN OUR GUESTS 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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DAN BRITTON

Dan Britton is a dynamic singer-songwriter with an amazing power in live performance. Blending US West Coast with hints of Celtic and country, roots and rock into his own unique style, Dan is a passionate performer, his powerful voice and stage presence immediately attracting attention. ‘Visiting places only inhabited by the likes of Van Morrison and Mike Scott,' to witness a Dan Britton performance is to become an immediate fan. As well as playing either solo or with his band, Dan also performs in duo with the mighty Chris Conway, and with traditional Irish band, the hugely popular and acclaimed Govannen. He has also played guitar for Jackie Leven, Bob Cheevers and Cathy Lesurf ('the best guitarist I've worked with since Simon Nicol'), and released several nationally acclaimed albums. Dan was sensational when he appeared with his band at the club a year ago. They’ll be with him again this time and are not to be missed! (www.chrisconway.org/dan.html)

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.

BETHANY WEIMERS

Oxford based alt-folk artist Bethany Weimers released her debut album, Harpsichord Row, to widespread critical acclaim in 2012. A beautifully atmospheric collection of songs with both folk and pop appeal, they draw the listener in with hooky melodies belying their darker content, poignantly exploring the human condition whilst remaining uplifting and life affirming. With a background in composition (she has a masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) Bethany also has a reputation as a stunning live performer. With her hauntingly powerful voice, accompanied by only her acoustic guitar or piano, she performs a mesmerising solo set and has been steadily gathering a legion of loyal fans across the globe, with successful tours both home and abroad. She has received wide airplay on BBC local and national radio and supported major acts such as Eliza Carthy and Frank Turner. “Think Florence without the Machine or Kate Bush in a cathedral.” (Tom Robinson, Fresh On The Net) (www.bethanyweimers.com)

PISTOL PETE WEARN

Tearing it up with his own raucous interpretation of traditional blues, Pistol Pete Wearn is a renowned vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Equipped with acoustic guitar and stompbox he blends traditional material and originals with the odd slide-ifed cover. (www.pistolpetewearn.co.uk)