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


27 MARCH

THE OLD GREY DOGS

JANE THOMASON

KENNETH J NASH


10 APRIL

JACKSON CREEK BAND

PETER CONWAY

KRISTY GALLACHER


24 APRIL

WHERES SPOT BAND

KIRSTY BROMLEY

SOOTHSAYER


8 MAY

PAUL LIDDELL

TWO COATS COLDER

LOST HOLLOW


22 MAY

KIM LOWINGS & THE

                   GREENWOOD

CHRIS CLEVERLY

JENNY HALLAM


12 JUNE

OCK ‘N’ DOUGH

MARINA FLORANCE

MATT WILSON

27 FEBRUARY ACTS

(clockwise from top left)

Martha Bean • Peter James Millson • Beware This Boy

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

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 WHITEHOUSE

One of our very favourite singer-songwriters, whose albums all receive rave reviews and who wows everyone whenever he plays at Kontra events. Dan’s music is steeped in timeless roots traditions, and he is one of the most distinctive, original and intelligent songwriters I know, with an engaging quirkiness that makes him unique. Definitely not to be missed. (www.dan-whitehouse.com)

 

“Sensational! If it had Peter Gabriel’s name on the sleeve it would be hailed as a major return to form… deserves a lot of respect.” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music)

“Really, really gorgeous songs.” (Janice Long, BBC Radio 2)

“Dan has everything Boo Hewerdine is blessed with: thought provoking lyrics, gorgeous melodies, and a vocal delivery to die for.” (Iain Matthews, Matthews’ Southern Comfort)

 

Classic, quirky, rave-reviewed singer-songwriter & a Kontra favourite. “Sensational!” (Tom Robinson) “Really, really gorgeous songs.” (Janice Long)

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.

REBECCA DE WINTER

The delightfully kooky repertoire of up and coming singer-songwriter Rebecca de Winter are among the most refreshing, pure and catchy acoustic pop songs you are likely to hear this year or any other. Possessing eclectic musical genes and a fascination for the whimsical nature of things, her subject matter is anything but conventional, delivered with strong narrative, emotion and story telling at their heart. Her debut album is winning her a lot of eminent fans, she has already supported the likes of Eve Selis and Amy Wadge, and it's clear that something very special is happening here. A perfect musical fit for the equally excellent and original Dan Whitehouse, with whom she will be playing several songs together. (www.reverbnation.com/rebeccadewinter)

JACKSBORO HIGHWAY

It’s been a while since acoustic blues band Jacksboro Highway played the club, but they’ve been on a roll over the last year, completely revitalising their repertoire with rousing rockers and classy ballads. and playing some barnstorming gigs. The band also have a brand new CD out, Three Way Split, and are looking forward to getting the evening off to rousing start. (www.jacksborohighway.weebly.com