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The Gerry Colvin Band

Friday 27th April 2018 – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT for The Gerry Colvin Band.

Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. “His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh and cry in the same breath.”

About The Gerry Colvin Band

Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness.

In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.

In the early 1980’s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ‘Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including “The Tube” and “The Old Grey Whistle Test”. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released ‘Let’s Get the Hell Back to Lubbock’, the definitive ‘Terry and Gerry’ compilation.

In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience’, a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.

In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band ‘The Atlantics’: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC’s prestigious ‘Pebble Mill at One’.

Colvin’s other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook.

In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record ‘Revolution’ for the ‘Beatles complete on ukulele’ album and website.

In 2015 the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo culminating with a concert at The Albert Hall!! Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the ‘Dear John’ EP: a self penned tribute to the late John Peel. Cherry Red re-issued the greatest hits album too!!

In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ . His new CD ‘Six of One half a Dozen of the Other’, a collection of ten(!) brand new songs, is available now. And his novel ‘The Rabbits of Zakynthos’ will be published next year.

The Gerry Colvin website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 for non-members.
The event started at 8.00 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.

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Si Hayden and David MacGregor

Friday 25th September 2015 – Si Hayden made a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT – this time performing for the first time on stage with David MacGregor.

Si has appeared on BBC1 television with Rob Halligan, played live with Mobo award winner Soweto Kinch & guitar master Clive Carroll and has composed soundtracks for theatre, films and BBC radio 4.

David is a world Jazz guitarist and composer from Scotland who is now based in Mexico City.

About Si Hayden

A self-taught musician who wrote & recorded his first solo instrumental ‘Steel Happenings’ in 1998 & has since followed with a further 28 albums, some of which praised by the likes of Guitarist Magazine describing him as an acoustic virtuoso. In total he has featured on over 70 albums including guitar compilations with Bumblefoot, Will Ackerman, Alex De Grassi, Dave Martone and Christoph Godin.

In 2008 he joined as guitarist for Joe O’Donnell of early 70’s folk rock band East Of Eden and session violinist for the likes of Rory Gallagher to name but a few. Joe went on to write & record acclaimed 1977 album ‘Goadhals Vision’ that featured the master bluesman Rory and Jon Field among others.

Remaining fiercely independent ever since signing his first music contract from early myspace music exposure, Si set up SilveryRecords. The self-rolling label now exists as a collective of 13 artists with a sister company Dbeats Records.

In 2008 Si collaborated with award winning poet Jon Morley & drummer Ben Haines to write the music for jazz/poetry album ‘Backra Men’ that acquired critical praise by legendary performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The jazz trio then released ‘Uncorked’ which captured the trio on an improvised set at the prestigious ‘Guinness Cork Jazz Festival’ in Ireland.

Si Hayden website »

David McGregor guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

About David MacGregor

David is a virtuoso solo finger style World-Jazz guitarist and composer from Scotland. For many years he was based in the UK playing in several bands. In 2009, after having a lesson with the award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor, he decided to concentrate on an international Solo Jazz Guitar career.

With a career spanning over 12 years as a professional performing musician, David has worked in partnership with worldwide figures such as Adam Rafferty, Funky fingerstyle guitarist; Ahmed Dickinson, Cuban Classical guitarist; Alison Affleck, award winning Jazz vocalist; Marcus Bonfanti, Blues guitarist, “Tony Abaddon Bray”, Ex Venom drummer and Calum Mackie, Bombskare saxophonist.

David MacGregor website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 for non-members.
The event started at 8.00 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.