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Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

Friday 3rd August 2012. Artists Annie Duggan, Roger Wilson and Rob Hines are all well known locally with Ann and Rob being part of the longstanding Ann Duggan Band.

For this gig they were being joined by Roger Wilson: folk singer, highly talented fiddle player, songwriter, actor and producer who has just finished a stint in the production Warhorse at the National Theatre.

Ann Duggan Band: folk at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About Beyond the Blue…

For the past 10 years Ann Duggan has slowly but surely been building a sizeable following on the U.K music scene. It would be true to say that it wasn’t until her early twenties that Ann ever considered a career in music. In fact until then, she hadn’t even sung in the bath, much less performed in public, but a chance meeting with Norfolk based songwriter Colin Granger was to change the course of her life.

Having been persuaded to road test some of his songs with him in local folk clubs and festivals she embarked on a journey from which there was to be no looking back. She has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices on the U.K live circuit, gigging extensively throughout the country to increasingly enthusiastic crowds.

Rob Hines, the guitarist, cites “main influences now are the ‘country pickers’ such as Brent Mason, Albert Lee, James Burton, Pete Anderson and Eddy Shaver, as well as people like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan.”

Ann Duggan website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 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.

August club night

August club night

Wednesday 1st August 2012 brings the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. 

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

Nigel Beck - fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

Nigel Beck – fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck (pictured), Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, Chris Tobin and Tanya Holloway.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Keith London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members.  The event starts 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 info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Friday 20th July 2012. Scarecrow played some great instrumental music, song songs and occasionally a bit of jazz or blues.

Both Dave and Rey play flutes and whistles which gives the band an unusual sound and with Gordon on guitar their material, sometimes well-known and sometimes obscure, is always worked on to produce tight and quirky arrangements.

Scarecrow - Oxfordshire based trio. Folk music at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About Scarecrow…

David – whistles, flute, pipes, percussion
Rey – bass guitar, vocals, flute, whistle
Gordon – guitar, bouzouki, vocals

Scarecrow is an Oxforshire based acoustic band that plays folk music but offers something a little different. Some instrumental music, some vocals with songs and the odd bit of jazz or blues. Some tracks are well known and others less so, but all have been worked on to produce tight and unusual arrangements.

The band was formed at the end of 2006, bringing together gold, classical, rock and blues background to create a trio that doesn’t sound like just another folk band. Scarecrow is rapidly gathering a substantial following.

Scarecrow website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £6 for members and £7 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.

July club night

July club night – with Hayley McKay

Wednesday 4th July 2012 brings the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. With special guest Hayley McKay.

Hayley has always had a great passion for singing. Some of her achievements up to date include performing solo at Newcastle City Hall, at the event Sunday for Sammy, where she was amongst some fantastic performers such as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Tim Healy and Lindisfarne.

Hayley McKay at the Hinckley ACT

Hayley McKay website »

© Photography by GS

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, Chris Tobin and Tanya Holloway.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Keith London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members.  The event starts 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 info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Gren Bartley

Gren Bartley

Friday 23rd March 2012. Providing a link between English and American folk music, Gren Bartley’s guitar playing is “effortlessly astonishing”.

But it is his soft yet absorbing voice that provides the thread of continuity throughout the set. “Beautiful Beautiful playing” – BBC Radio.

Gren Bartley folk guitar and vocals at the Hinckley ACT

About Gren Bartley…

Gren Bartley sits on the edge of the ever growing link between English and American folk music. He explores the whole range from traditional English songs to the darkest American blues ballads. Add to this his impressive songwriting with “a depth and insight of someone twice his age” and you will find an artist that is sure to be an important contributor to the roots scene for many years to come.

Gren’s live act is his strongest asset. His guitar playing is “effortlessly astonishing” and his lyrics serve perfectly to accompany the audience through the spectrum of musical landscapes he visits. But it is his soft yet absorbing voice that provides the thread of continuity throughout the set. He has toured all over the UK and is quickly building a core of fans wherever he goes. Catch him now… quick.

His solo album “Carry Her Safe”…

“With a glorious serrated edge, Gren Bartley’s “Carry Her Safe” features some great guitar and banjo picking. It’s an album of strong heartfelt songs and some great musical interludes, not just instrumentals dotted around the album, but as solos, introductions and finishes to the songs with a vocal element. There is the spirit of the troubadour about it, particularly when the harmonica kicks in. You can imagine Gren and co hitching a lift at a truck stop trying to get to the next gig. Artists like this seem to be a dying breed.”- FATEA

Gren Bartley is touring relentlessly as he believes it is on the stage that the real music happens. No two gigs the same, and with such a large repertoire of original and traditional songs, it is no wonder that he is drawing such high regard.

A phenomenal young guitarist and singer…. This chap is definitely going to  set the acoustic world alight – The Real Music Club

Gren Bartley website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 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.

February club night

February Club Night

Wednesday 1st February 2012 brought the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. This month featuring Nigel Beck.

Nigel Beck - fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

Nigel Beck – fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

About Nigel Beck »

This was a chance to b off the February blues, or at least enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck (pictured), Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, Chris Tobin and Tanya Holloway.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Keith London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was be £3 for members and £4 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 info@hinckleyact.co.uk

January club night

January Club Night

January 4th 2012 brought the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. This month we featured BILL BATES.

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Start the new year with a bang, or at least some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts (pictured), Phil Briggs, Chris Tobin and Tanya Holloway.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Keith London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £3 for members and £4 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 info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Kevin Dempsey and Karen Tweed

Kevin Dempsey and Karen Tweed

A fine evening’s entertainment was on offer on the Friday 18th November 2011. The Hinckley ACT welcomed Kevin Dempsey and Karen Tweed for the first time. 

Playing her 72 bass Pigini piano accordion, Karen straddles traditional Irish to classical, in a uniquely haunting, emotive, yet vibrant style. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin is a true craftsman, whose warm, lyrical style, and fresh, rhythmic approach have brought collaborations with Dave Swarbrick to Percy Sledge!

Kevin Dempsey - guitarist, singer, songwriter at the Hinckley ACT

Kevin Dempsey – guitarist, singer, songwriter at the Hinckley ACT

About Devin Dempsey…

Kevin’s multi-facetted career is testament to his talent as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer.

His uniquely wide range of professional experience in both the UK and the USA provides the bedrock for his unique range of skills. Kev is not only a talented solo performer but also an ensemble player of outstanding ability.

He is sought out by many other musicians who enjoy not only his company but also know that his craftsmanship will always seek the most sensitive chord, the perfect arrangement, the ultimate lyrical sound or sheer driving rhythm, all to blend seamlessly into great pieces of music.

Kevin Dempsey website »

Karen Tweed - the mercurial, wacky and elegant English accordion queen: first time at the Hinckley ACT

Karen Tweed – the mercurial, wacky and elegant English accordion queen: first time at the Hinckley ACT

About Karen Tweed…

In Karen’s own words:-

“I play a 72 bass Pigini piano accordion supplied by the Music Room, Cleckheaton Yorkshire England and sometimes the melodica.

“Irish traditional music was my first love, but I’ve also delved into Scottish, Swedish, Danish and the music of  New England through some great collaborations down the years… and between tours I teach both privately and at workshops and folk degree courses.”

Karen currently is collaborating in duos with Timo Alakotila, Johnny Coppin, Paul Hutchinson and Kevin Dempsey; she has a new trio ‘Hell Said the Duchess’ with Hannah James and Becky Price – she also is developing her larger scale projects ‘Circa Compania’ and ‘The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra’.

Karen Tweed website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £9 for members and £10 for non-members. The event started at 7.30 pm, with doors opening at 7.00 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.

November Club Night

November Club Night

November’s club night was a week later than usual, being on the second Wednesday of the month.

November 9th 2011 saw the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. November’s club night’s special guests are the new 5 piece line up of Borderline Crossing featuring a superb singer from Las Vegas, Chele Willow.

Abigail Alton came down from the North East to play keyboards, guitar and to sing for us.

Chris Tobin at the Hinckley ACT - folk and blues in Leicestershire

Chris Tobin at the Hinckley ACT

About club nights

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, Chris Tobin (pictured) and Tanya Holloway.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Keith London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £3 for members and £4 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 info@hinckleyact.co.uk

The Harvey Band

The Harvey Band

14th October 2011 saw the second visit to the Hinckley ACT of the Harvey Band“A truly exceptional band crafted using the finest local ingredients to deliver a refreshing, full bodied flavour and mellow Celtic aftertaste.”

The Harvey Band - Folk with a Celtic aftertaste at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

The Harvey Band – Folk with a Celtic aftertaste at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About The Harvey Band…

This fine brew combines unique, locally-produced material with traditional numbers and other well-known ingredients (such as Show of Hands and Paul Brady) to create a richly satisfying blend.
Ideal served at folk clubs and festivals.

Contains:
Alan Harvey: Lead vocals, bodhran, whistle
Anne Bowden: Flute, whistle, cell
Bill Bates: Guitar

The Harvey Band website »

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 7.30 p.m.

A splendid evening’s entertainment. One of the most interesting examples of Celtic influenced music that we have seen for quite some time… – Keith London

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.