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


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

22 AUGUST ACTS ACTS (clockwise from top left)

Threaded • Marina Florance • Paul Liddell

THERE WILL BE NO CLUB MEETING ON THE 2nd FRIDAY IN AUGUST AS WE’RE ON HOLIDAY, BUT WE’LL BE BACK ON FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

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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THE WILLOWS

One of the most rapturously received acts of any genre at Kontra (they always get a standing ovation), we’re delighted to welcome this exceptional Cambridge based acoustic band back for another barnstorming set. The Willows have gone from strength to strength since the release of their fantastic debut CD, Beneath Our Humble Soil, which received ecstatic reviews in the music press, earning them widespread recognition and a session on BBC Radio 2s Bob Harris Show. If you’ve missed them before, The Willows are fabulous musicians who create beautiful, contemporary folk music that is genuinely fresh and innovative, intricately weaving traditional and modern roots to create gorgeous sounding, beautifully crafted songs. It’s an enthralling mix of delicate ballads and upbeat foot-stompers, and both their songwriting and musicianship are mesmerizing. Don’t miss them! (www.thewillowsband.co.uk)

CHRIS CONWAY

A very welcome return to the club for this hugely popular “Renaissance Man” of music. Active in many musical genres: singer-songwriter, new age, jazz, Celtic, electronic, and world music, Chris is a multi-faceted maestro with a huge Midlands fanbase who enjoy the relentless creative flow of his music. A true multi-instrumental wizard, Chris plays piano, keyboards, 9 string acoustic & electric guitars, low, tin & twin whistles, live electronics, kalimba, theremin, zither, and he sings! He has a prolific output, and has released over 80 CDs, either under his own name or with his various bands, and his music has been heard on UK national TV, radio, and film. He has sold over 55,000 CDs worldwide and worked with a very diverse set of top musicians - from members of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention to composer Gavin Bryars, tabla player Talvin Singh, violin virtuoso Dr L Subramanium, and Martin Carthy. Brazilian jazz diva Ithamara Koorax, UK folk artist Vikki Clayton, and Irish singer Bridget McMahon have all recorded his songs. An exceptional talent! (www.chrisconway.org)

PAUL McLURE

A brilliant folk/Americana/alt-country singer-songwriter from Rutland, whose warm, expressive vocals contain a nice edginess. With songs to "rival the output of any touring US troubadour preaching the gospel according to Van Zandt, Dylan and Young" (Three Chords And The Truth) there is an openness and honesty to these beautifully honed tunes that is very appealing. Not only a great musician and talented songwriter, his acerbic makes him a real entertainer. (www.paulmccluremusic.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.