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


13 FEBRUARY

KING’S GAMBIT

GEORGE BREAKFAST

STOLEN ROSES


27 FEBRUARY

JINDER

PETER JAMES MILLSON

MARTHA BEAN


13 MARCH

DAN WHITEHOUSE

REBECCA DE WINTER

JACKSBORO HIGHWAY

9 JANUARY ACTS

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Pistol Pete Wearn • Bethany Weimers • Dan Britton

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON

FRIDAY 23 JANUARY

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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 KING BEES

One of Kontra’s favourite acts, this first rate classic four piece blues band from Bedford, led by the excellent Marc Patching, comprises four guys who have played with the best in the business - and it shows! There’ll be new songs and old favourites, and they’re sure to be rounding off the evening in rousing style – as they always do!

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.

RICHARD WARREN

Perhaps as well known for serving time with major league cult bands Spiritualized and Starsailor as for his own projects, this critically lauded and highly original singer-songwriter and guitarist specializes in crepuscular country-soul, Gothic blues and lounge crooning with a David Lynch kind of ambience. With the completion of his Ditch Trilogy of albums with the haunting Rich Black Earth, Warren has created a body of work and a sound that is stripped down to a wrought iron core. If you like your music meticulously crafted and richly atmospheric, you will love this! "There's a rich beauty to much of this music, songs such as Rot & Rust and Flowers offering a stark, haunting prettiness. The overall effect is rather like being stranded in a pleasingly eternal autumn." Q Magazine 4 star review. (www.richardwarren.info)

LIZZIE J TAYLOR

Accomplished and highly recommended Cambridge based singer-songwriter, who sings from the heart and whose debut album, Living In The Lowlands, has been attracting a lot of attention on the Cambridge folk scene. With classy influences ranging from Thea Gilmore to Jackson Browne, on this form Lizzie looks set to make quite a name for herself. (www.lizziejtaylor.com)