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 SEPTEMBER 

THE WILLOWS

CHRIS CONWAY                                               

PAUL McLURE


26 SEPTEMBER 

THE HOMING

RICHARD CAPENER                                                

POSITIVELY FOURTH STREET


10 OCTOBER 

MARIE-CLAIRE BEREEN

ATTILA VURAL                                                

TERRY EMM


24 OCTOBER 

PETER CONWAY

NICKY SWANN                                                

KISMET HARDY


14 NOVEMBER 

FRED’S HOUSE

LUKE TUCHSCHERER                                                

EAST OF REASON


28 NOVEMBER

DAN WHITEHOUSE

MR PLOW                                                

HANNAH SANDERS

25 JULY ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Ruby Muse • Rocket Science • Love Street

THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING ON THE 2nd FRIDAY IN AUGUST AS WE’RE ON HOLIDAY, BUT WE’LL BE BACK ON FRIDAY 22 AUGUST

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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PAUL LIDDELL

The annual return of the club’s most popular solo act. Paul’s sets at Kontra are always sensational, but if you’re new to the club and yet to see him, suffice to say he is an acoustic musician of outstanding ability, writing premier league folk pop songs with heartfelt lyrics and brilliant tunes you won’t forget in a hurry. His playing is exemplary (with a subtle mastery of the loop pedal) and he is one of the most charismatic and dynamic acoustic performers in the UK. If you haven’t caught him yet, don’t miss this opportunity. He’s gobsmackingly great! (www.paulliddell.com)

MARINA FLORANCE

Making a very welcome and long overdue return to Kontra, Marina possesses “a voice like chocolate” and her beautifully crafted country/pop songs have a wide popular appeal. A very class act indeed, her voice can turn from a deep south growl one minute to a torch singer the next, flooding each song with a real sense of personality as though it has a voice of its own. She has played numerous prestigious venues and festivals to much acclaim, won several song major competitions, and has both supported and shared the same stage as: Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Julie Felix, Luka Bloom, Ken Nicol, Mike Silver, Steve Tilston, and many more brilliant performers. Not to be missed. (www.marinaflorance.com)

THREADED

Fantastic new classically trained three piece folk acoustic band based in Birmingham. Featuring guitar, clarinet and violin, the few gigs this highly original trio have played to date have been to audience receptions nothing short of ecstatic, and we’re delighted to welcome them to the club. You’ll be hearing a lot more of them in the future, that’s for sure! (www.soundcloud.com/threadedmusic)

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.