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


24 OCTOBER 

NICKY SWANN

ADY JOHNSON

KISMET HARDY


14 NOVEMBER 

FRED’S HOUSE

LUKE TUCHSCHERER                                                

EAST OF REASON


28 NOVEMBER

STELLA HENSLEY &

    CHRIS NEWMAN

MR PLOW

HANNAH SANDERS


12 DECEMBER - XMAS SPECIAL

THE OLD SPECKLED MEN

JACKSBORO HIGHWAY

ANDREW BUCKLEY &

                    ROCKET RON

SI HAYDEN

PHOEBE LOUISE

KEVIN BUXTON

10 OCTOBER ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Phil Ryan • Attila Vural • Peter Conway • Peter Conway with Phil Ryan • Marie-Claire Berreen & The Husbands

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER

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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NICKY SWANN

We’re delighted to welcome back one of the very best of the new generation of female singer-songwriters. Nicky is a powerful, original and versatile singer who has been a complete knockout on previous club visits, and was also one of the memorable trio of top class singer-songwriters who played the Finedon Sessions early last year in The West Country Songwriters’ Circle. Nicky has achieved considerable critical acclaim with sublime original songs that are rooted in Americana traditions but can just as easily encompass cool summer jazz, rock ‘n’ roil, and folksy ballads. Her CDs have gained ecstatic reviews and she has supported numerous luminaries on the folk circuit. A great storyteller and a passionate performer, Nicky is a must see. (www.nickyswann.com)


ADY JOHNSON

Ady blew us all away when he played the club a couple of years ago, and, just returned from a successful tour in New York, we’re delighted to welcome him back. A fabulous singer-songwriter, he fronted a very fine rock 'n' roll band for some years before embarking on a solo acoustic career with enormous success. With instantly catchy songs, deft guitar work, and a gritty voice reminiscent of Steve Marriott, Ady’s first solo CD which garnered rave reviews, earning him national radio airplay across the UK and appearances at major festivals. He's supported numerous name acts, and is a great rising talent. (www.adyjohnson.co.uk)

“This low-key, no-label release by Colchester singer-songwriter Ady Johnson might well be the first contender for album of the year…Tell The Worry Dolls deserves to be massive.” (James Robinson for the Press Association)

“A beautifully crafted set of songs people have come to expect from this master musician.” (Essex County Standard)


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. They had to cancel earlier in the year due to illness, so great to finally get them to the club at last! (www.kismethardy.com)

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.