A high quality evening’s entertainment arrived at the Hinckley ACT on the 4th. Hinckley ACT favourite Michael Chapman returned – this time with the compelling Eliza Shaddad. And as an extra bonus, there was also an appearance from old favourites In Any Order.
About Michael Chapman…
This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most underrated heroes of our time.
“I had an art college education and on a rainy night in 1966 I went into a pub in Cornwall, but I couldn’t afford to pay to go in. So I said, I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to stay outside in the rain, I’ll play guitar for half an hour for you. They offered me a job for the rest of the summer and I’ve been at it ever since.”
“Michael Chapman was never just a singer-songwriter – his gritty brand of guitar based songs span folk, ragtime, jazz and blues… it’s on the tracks which feature Chapman’s magnificently bleary vocals that this album really scores. Hell To Pay and Only Pretend are outstanding tracks, that world-weary voice singing words of bitter experience. This man is so laid back that he makes JJ Cale sound like he’s on helium.”
“I am Eliza, Scottish and Sudanese, relocated to London to make music about 15 months ago.
“I’ve lived in seven different glorious countries, have a Masters in Philosophy, and I write quite desperate folkyjazzybluesy songs on my guitar and sing with everything I’ve got. Sometimes I play happy raps.”
Booking and venue details
The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 for non-members. The event started at 7.30 pm, with doors opening at 7.00 p.m.
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.