Dave Cartwright’s sharp witted, spontaneous humour and well-crafted songs won hearts when he appeared briefly at the Club back in October 2010 and left us all wanting more, so he returned again for a full concert, ably supported by the irrepressible John Montague.
Thirty-five years ago Dave Cartwright was being hailed as one of our best performing-songwriters, appearing up and down and all around the country in folk clubs, festivals and universities to critical acclaim. So what happened?
Well, it took him a long while to recover from the disastrous treatment of his first album in 1972 on the legendary Transatlantic label. Naive dreams of sympathetic, like-minded musicians swapping ideas and licks late into the night in state-of the-art studios were unceremoniously shattered when, against all protestations, he found his own demos had been cheaply embellished and would be released as is.
The twelve great songs were literally thrown to the dogs by a cash-strapped record label. All those years ago, he was one of our best writers.
He still is: maturity has not withered his talent. Oh, and he has never stopped being a terrific, engaging performer, as many will bear witness.
For those special party occasions he fronts The Clippers, who must surely be the longest surviving rock’n’roll group in the world (certainly the oldest!) formed in, ahem… 1958 yet still going strong with the original line-up! Six pensioners dealing out three hours of high-octane vintage r’n’roll. It beggars belief. But he is best, and more at home, alone with just his trademark Guild 12-string and unique harmonica playing.
On any given evening he can bring you the best acoustic rock’n’roll you will ever hear, covering all the classics of the last century. Or he can bring you jazz/lounge standards for that intimate night, or he can give you a complete show of his own songs, guitar and voice with hooks and laughs to die for. No pre-recorded tapes or programmed drums, just music without machines. Catch him if you can.
An instinctive entertainer, he is out there, somewhere.
Text by Piers Langland.
The entrance fee for the evening was £9 for members and £10 for non-members. The event started at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
The Hinckley ACT
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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org