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


10 OCTOBER 

MARIE-CLAIRE BEREEN

PETER CONWAY

ATTILA VURAL                                                


24 OCTOBER 

NICKY SWANN 

ADY JOHNSON (tbc)                                              

KISMET HARDY


14 NOVEMBER 

FRED’S HOUSE

LUKE TUCHSCHERER                                                

EAST OF REASON


28 NOVEMBER

STELLA HENSLEY & CHRIS

MR PLOW                       NEWMAN                                                                                  

HANNAH SANDERS

12 SEPTEMBER ACTS ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Paul McClure • Chris Conway • The Willows

THE NEXT CLUB MEETING WILL BE ON FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

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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THE HOMING

Making their Kontra debut comes this cracking new five piece Americana band from London. Tales of sinister swamp dwellers, redneck killers, gun-toting farmgirls, bayou vampires, psychotic preachers, schoolroom shootouts, and crimes passionels, all tied to fabulously whistleable toe-tapping tunes played with gusto and panache. Brilliant, entertaining stuff! (www.facebook.com/thehoming)


RICHARD CAPENER

Fantastic, highly acclaimed virtuoso acoustic guitarist who delights audiences with catchy and charming “earworms”, weaving sophisticated melodies, harmonies, bass lines and percussive elements together to captivate anyone within earshot. With wide musical interests and over 30 years of exploring the guitar and composition, Richard draws his experiences and influences together to form a punchy, expressive, and mesmerising playing style that is royally entertaining. Not to be missed. (www.richardcapener.bandcamp.com)

"It's not surprising he's a live attraction... combining strumming, fingerstyle and tapping, harmonics and other tricks, Capener certainly has the skills, but manages to provide a performance with more than just technical merit." (Acoustic)

POSITIVELY FOURTH STREET: SONGS FROM THE VILLAGE

Some of the world’s finest, most provocative, most lyrical and poetic music came out of the melting pot that was Greenwich Village, New York in the 1960s. Artists such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez cut their teeth in the folk clubs and bars during that time. Positively Fourth Street is a one man show that celebrates all of these artists and many more. Ben Bowden is a seasoned performer who has played all over Europe and is currently playing Paul Simon in the touring show, The Sounds Of Simon. He has a deep interest in music from the early 60s, especially Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Phil Ochs, and we are very fortunate that he is both previewing and recording his new show at the club. Not to be missed. (www.songsfromthevillage.co.uk)

For logistical reasons, Ben will be our first guest at this meet and there will be no warm up. We're planning to begin as near to 8pm as we can manage, and as the show is being recorded for a live CD, we'd really appreciate it if you could be in your seats for the start if possible. Thanks for you cooperation.

"Suddenly it's 1964, the Village, and you’re crossing Bleecker Street, carrying a newly bought copy of Another Side of Bob Dylan, running into Arlo Guthrie in a bearskin coat in the snow, meeting Ric von Schmidt in the lobby, all of you going across to the Bitter End to hear a new cat called Gordon Lightfoot..." 

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.