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


12 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL

THE OLD SPECKLED MEN

ANDREW BUCKLEY &

                    ROCKET RON

HAWKESFORD & WILSON

SI HAYDEN

PHOEBE LOUISE

THORNFIELD


9 JANUARY

DAN BRITTON

BETHANY WEIMERS

PISTOL PETE WEARN


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

14 NOVEMBER ACTS (clockwise from top left)

East Of Reason • Luke Tuscherer •

Fred’s House

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY 28 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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STELLA HENSLEY & CHRIS NEWMAN

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 haunting 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)

 

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.


HANNAH SANDERS

A welcome return to the club for this exceptional folk singer, inspired by the landscape of her native Norfolk and with a deep passion for the British ballad tradition. Born into a family of traditional singers and musicians, Hannah travelled and sang across Europe with her family group, The Dunns, performing at many leading folk clubs and major festivals (Cambridge, Whitby, Beyond the Border) and singing alongside folk luminaries such as Julie Felix and Lindisfarne. Solo, she has also performed for English Heritage, singing in ancient castles and historic sites around England. Hannah's particular interest as a songwriter and a "songer" (a singer of the big ballads) is magic and taboo, drawing on her expertise as a cultural anthropologist. A superb performer, when she is not playing solo, Hannah performs with the brilliant American singer-songwriter, Liz Simmons. (www.hannahsandersfolk.com)

PAUL McCLURE

Stepping in at the last minute due to the cancellation of Mr Plow, we’re delighted to welcome back this fantastic and highly entertaining musician, who was such a hit when he played for us earlier in the autumn that we couldn’t wait for an opportunity to hear him again asap. If you missed you him in September you have a treat in store, for Paul is a brilliant folk/Americana/alt-country singer-songwriter from Rutland, whose warm, expressive vocals contain a nice edginess, and whose songs "rival the output of any touring US troubadour preaching the gospel according to Van Zandt, Dylan and Young" (Three Chords And The Truth). There is an openness and honesty to his beautifully honed tunes that is very appealing, and his acerbic wit makes Paul a real entertainer. Warning: you are advised not to rustle crisp packets!  (www.paulmccluremusic.com).