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John Goldie

Friday 16th March 2018 – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT for John Goldie.

John is an acoustic guitarist of the highest quality, incorporating a wide range of influences including jazz, blues, Celtic and funk. He manages to combine bass, chords, melody and groove together with apparent ease…

With special guest Bob Tibbetts.

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About John Goldie

John started playing at the tender age of 6 when he asked his parents for a guitar, which was a surprise to them as they are not musical! He started learning chords from books and found a fascination in electric guitars as well as a love of rock music.

By the time John had left school he was already earning a living from music by playing guitar in local function bands, and it was during one of these gigs that he was spotted by an agent who booked shows for Motown acts from the USA touring in Europe. This led to John touring with several of the labels artists over the next few years.

John’s musical career was about to take a radical change of direction after a chance meeting with Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. After seeing Martin playing with legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli on TV, he decided to see the pair perform in Glasgow and was invited, much to his surprise, to Martin’s house. This led to John touring with Martin as a duo and eventually as part of the band Spirit of Django. He also worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber around this time touring with his show Jesus Christ Superstar. During that period on the road, John starting playing and writing on the acoustic guitar. The resulting demos found their way to Germany and into the hands of record label owner Peter Finger who invited John over to Germany to record a cd at his studio, which turned out to be ‘The View from Here’, his first solo cd.

John subsequently signed to Scottish label Watercolour Music and has released 4 albums for the label, ‘This Time and Place’, ‘Open 4 Closure’, ‘Picked In the Past’ and his new album ‘Chocolate Maze’. Both ‘Chocolate Maze’ and ‘Open 4 Closure’ features John with his band, showing a different side to his playing while ‘A Little Of What You Fancy’ and ‘Picked In The Past’ features reworkings of classic rock ad pop songs, arranged for acoustic guitar by John. The albums have received a string of 5 star reviews and even won praise from Ronnie Woods, Brian May and Andy Fairweather Low.

John is now recognised as one of the most revered players on the acoustic circuit undertaking worldwide tours, taking in USA, Asia and Europe as well as collaborating with some of the world’s greatest players, including Tommy Emmanuel, Ike Isaacs and George Benson. In fact George asked John to play a private concert for him and his band after one of their concerts in Scotland. John was also asked recently to play with The Faces at the Royal Albert Hall which he described as ‘a surreal but amazing experience!’

John Goldie website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £11 for members and £12 for non-members.
The event starts 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.

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.

Gordon Giltrap

Friday 31st July 2015 – we welcomed back Hinckley ACT favourite Gordon Giltrap – one of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today. Gordon has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered.

With over 40 years in the business, Gordon will satisfy fans with his most well loved hits, as well as explaining the history of his many different guitars. Be prepared for beautiful compositions that cross all musical genres, wit, charm and unbelievable talent.

About Gordon Giltrap

Well known for his collaborations with other artists and his work for both the BBC and commercial television. “Heartsong” is instantly recognized as the theme for the holiday programme. Gordon continues to delight his audiences and no two concerts are ever the same.

In the late Seventies, Gordon enjoyed a brief spell as a pop star, with a hit album Perilous Journey and two hit singles “Heartsong” and “Fear of the Dark”. “Heartsong” was nominated for an Ivor Novello award, and is fondly remembered as the theme tune to the BBC’s Holiday programme.

Although three – now classic – progressive rock albums “Visionary”, “Perilous Journey” and “Fear of the Dark” brought him to the attention of the British public, Gordon doesn’t regard them as his finest hour and believes his work over the past 25 years has been his best. He regards the Troubadour album as probably the high point of his writing and recording thus far. This album was produced and arranged by the legendary Del Newman and is indeed a landmark in the Giltrap career with its superbly crafted compositions and achingly beautiful string arrangements.

Gordon continues to embrace new projects, one of note being the 2009 “From Brush and Stone” album with his good friend Rick Wakeman. This led on to working with Oliver Wakeman, Rick’s gifted son to produce the 2013 critically acclaimed “Ravens and Lullabies” album. This album pulled Gordon out of his comfort zone, and encouraged him to pick up his electric guitar once more, thus placing him firmly back in the Progressive Rock Arena where he found international fame in the mid to late seventies.

Gordon Giltrap website »

Image (above) © Paul Brett

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £15 for members and £16 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.

Latitude

Friday 12th September 2014 – we welcome Latitude with their cool jazz, Latin rhythm and virtuosic playing, to the Hinckley ACT.

Building on the remarkable success of the 2013 charity concert, a whole new show is guaranteed to entertain!

About this Latitude concert

Following the successful Charity Concert last year which raised over £600.00 for Multiple Sclerosis, Neville Cooper and friends presented a high class show for this charity.

This year the band Latitude brings together:-

  • Verity Morris, Clarinet
  • Graham Oldroyd, Jazz Guitar/Double Bass
  • Harry Heppingstall, Percussion
  • Neville Cooper, Guitar.

The show fizzes with energy as the band explore Latin rhythms, Klezmer and Jazz standards with virtuosity and enthusiasm.

The music will be outstanding and you will also be supporting a worthy cause. Don’t miss it.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening were £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.

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