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James Hickman and Dan Cassidy

Friday 10th October 2014 – we welcomed James Hickman and Dan Cassidy, a transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain, to the Hinckley ACT.

Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling…

About James Hickman and Dan Cassidy

Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

James’ and Dan’s duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several successful local shows in James’ hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield. The following year, with the prospect of more comprehensive tours approaching, they recorded and released their debut album ‘Severn Street’, featuring arrangements of traditional songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.

Their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight. Inspired by their love of traditional music from Britain and America, James and Dan continued writing together.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £9 for members and £10 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.

Clive Carroll

Clive Carroll

Friday 21st September 2012 brought another top quality concert special evening to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. “Clive Carroll looks set to become the latest acoustic guitar hero. This virtuoso instrumental set is remarkable for its sheer bravery and variety.”  The Guardian.

With very special guest Si Hayden.

Clive Carroll - virtuoso guitar playing at the Hinckley ACT

With his astonishing mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly virtuosic guitarist on “a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings”.

About Clive Carroll…

When the music press describes someone as ‘Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain’ and ‘Peerless.’ and when people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking that same someone for their private parties, then you know that something pretty special is going on. Welcome to the world of UK acoustic guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll…

Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in a diverse range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel.

Finally in 1999 after opening up for World class Guitar/Harp duo Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh Clive was given his first record deal. The result was the groundbreaking ‘Sixth Sense’ (2000), which was lauded as ‘a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar’. Since then he has released 2 more stunningly original and diverse albums “The Red Guitar” and most recently “Life in Colour”.

The last 3 years have seen him tour extensively, bringing his unique brand of virtuosity to increasing audiences throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Germany and France. He also accepted another of several invitations to appear at the highly-regarded International Guitar Night of America and completed a long awaited collaborative project with Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge and Ray Burley, before embarking on his current 2012 Solo Tour.

Clive Carroll website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £9 for members and £10 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.

September club night

September club night

Wednesday 5th September 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

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, 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 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

Jacques Stotzem

Jacques Stotzem

In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the “fingerstyle” guitarists with the most diversified style. And Friday 1st June 2012 gave Hinckley ACT fans the first chance to see him…

Jacques Stotzem at  the Hinckley ACT

“Jacques Stotzem’s guitar style is unique, his compositions have as well brilliant melody line building skills, as top-notch abilities in creating structure, balance and rests in his songs. Truly a genius in his genre.”
Bridge Guitar Reviews, NL.

About Jacques Stotzem…

Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 12 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine “Akustik Gitarre” have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.

That’s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.

Jacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company “Martin Guitar”, produces an “OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model”, a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques.

In 2009, his CD “Catch The Spirit” entered the Belgian pop charts and stayed for 41 weeks.

His guitar-playing colleague Larry Coryell described Jacques as follows : “What he plays is pure music. As an instrument he uses the guitar, which he knows very, very well.” 

For those of you who, in frustration with the whole new acoustic genre, have thrown up your hands, dismissing it as aimless open-tuning meandering, drenched in oceanic reverb, I have two words for you: Jacques Stotzem. Fingerstyle Guitar, USA.

Jacques Stotzem 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.

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

Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams

Friday 20th January 2012 brought another top quality concert special evening to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. Named one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, this Georgia (USA) native is one of the premier singer/guitarists on the Roots n’ Blues scene.

Brooks Williams - roots and blues at the Hinckley ACT

He has been wowing audiences worldwide with his silky voice, rockin’ acoustic and resonator slide guitars, “…classy, tasteful, bright and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters). He was supported by Bob Tibbetts.

About Brooks Williams…

From Belfast to Boston, London to Austin, Toronto to Istanbul, Brooks Williams has been wowing audiences worldwide with his silky voice and rockin’ acoustic and resonator slide guitars, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions.

“Definitely one of the best things I have heard this year.” (Blues In The Northwest)

“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters)

Brooks Williams 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.

October club night – with Martin Nelson

Martin Nelson starred at Club Night

Wednesday 5th October saw 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 Martin Nelson.

MArtin Nelson guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

Martin Nelson – special guest at the Hinckley ACT club night

About Martin Nelson

Martin’s highly refined and unique sound exquisitely blends Spanish, Classical and Fingerstyle guitar with light mellow vocals.

Born in 1983, Martin started playing the guitar at the age of four. At fifteen, Martin was awarded the title “Takamine Guitarist of the Year 1998”, taking 1st place at the International Guitar Festival in Bath. His performance in the final was described by head judge, Steve Fairclough as “Embodying the true spirit of fingerstyle guitar”. Martin is still proudly endorsed by Takamine today.

Martin Nelson website »

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 was £3 for members and £4 for non-members.  The event startef 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

September club night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

Wednesday 7th September saw 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 Bill Bates.

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Bob Tibbetts at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

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

 

July Club Night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

Wednesday 6th July saw the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire.

Phil Briggs at the Hinckley ACT

Phil Briggs at the Hinckley ACT

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs (pictured) 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

 

June Club Night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

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

Featuring Chris Coleman.

 

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 Nigel Beck  (pictured), Bob Tibbetts, 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