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Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

September 2nd saw the welcome return of Cathryn and Brian to the Hinckley ACT. Brian Willoughby (ex Strawbs) is such an assured guitar player and Cathryn Craig is one of the best singer-songwriters around…

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby at the Hinckley ACT

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT

Cathryn Craig

…has sung with the Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Jorma Kaukonnen, Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks and Chet Atkins. Her solo releases include Porch Songs “…favourite album of the year!” (Froots). and Pigg River Symphony “Roots Music at its most personal and involving” (HMV Choice).

Brian Willoughby

…began his career with Mary Hopkin and played with Strawbs for 25 years. He has worked with Monty Python, New World, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker, Jim Diamond and Sweet’s Brian Connolly.  Strawbs offshoots High Society and gold award-winning The Monks feature Brian on lead guitar.

Solo CDs include Black & White “simply very good contemporary songwriting” (Froots), Fingers Crossed “impeccably crafted album  moves seamlessly through just about the whole gamut of styles”(Guitarist).

Craig and Willoughby

…both Cathryn and Brian have worked with Nanci Griffith.
Craig & Willoughby releases include  I Will “sublime guitar work together with one of the finest voices around and you are on to a winner” (Folking.com), and Calling All Angels “traditional songs and delicately crafted originalsby assured performers with formidable story-telling abilities” (Record Collector).
The Alice’s Song single is a BBC Radio 2 “Spotlight” favourite.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby 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 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.

Heartstrings

Heartstrings

Elly Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek are Heartstrings

Elly Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek are Heartstrings who will play for a second time at the Hinckley ACT

Friday 19th August saw the welcome return of Heartstrings from Holland to the Hinckley ACT.

Elly Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek’s special guest was Hinckley ACT favourite, talented banjo player, guitarist, singer and teacher Guy Rogers.

About Heartstrings…

As the name of this duo implies, Elly Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek play their music – straight, clean and simple – from the heart, using their voices and the stringed instruments that are so typical for old-time country and bluegrass: banjo, dobro, mandolin, and guitar.

Both had been very active in different bands for quite a few years, when they met in the Amsterdam folk scene and discovered their mutual passion for honest acoustic music. Since 1985 they’ve been active together in bands like: Reckless Fingers, Skyland and currently Half A Turn.

As a duo, Bruno and Elly are playing songs and instrumentals in the traditional duet-style of for instance the Louvin Brothers and the Lilly Brothers. Contemporary compositions are part of their repertoire as well, but are interpreted in such a way as to fit into their overall traditional style. The focus is on the harmony vocals, their inventive handling of the stringed instruments, variation in the choice of songs, and a sober but tasteful approach to the American country tradition.

Heartstrings 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 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 video of Moondance

Si Hayden recorded live at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. Si is one of our favourite artists at the ACT, so we thought we’d give you the opportunity to become fans as well. This track will be featured on the live album and DVD.

August club night

Club at the Hinckley ACT

Wednesday 3rd August saw the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire.

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

Chris Tobin at the Hinckley ACT

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

Graham Wardrop

Concert special – Graham Wardrop

July 29th brought New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. With special guests Nigel Beck and Phil Briggs.

Graham Wardrop - New Zealand's finest finger style guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

Graham Wardrop – New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist

After thirty years in the professional arena, Graham is regularly called upon to give concert performances, to play on television and studio recording sessions, to hold workshops in advanced fingerstyle techniques for steel string guitar, along with providing atmospheric music in sophisticated dining situations. 

Graham has performed solo and alongside some of the world’s finest musicians, dazzling audiences at countless festivals, concerts and corporate functions.

He has toured with Australia’s Slim Dusty and Anne Kirkpatrick and New Zealand’s Billy T. James. He’s opened shows for Manhattan Transfer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Vanessa-Mae, Michael Crawford, Joshua Kadison, Icehouse and Jasper Carrot. He’s played alongside Tommy Emmanuel and Gray Bartlett, and played on shows with Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke and Michael Fix.

His warm stage manner puts an audience at ease while he enthralls them with his mastery of a huge range of guitar styles.

Not only does Graham maintain a busy performance schedule, but he also handcrafts the instruments on which he performs.

His ambition ‘to play music I have written on instruments I have built’ reached fruition with the recording of his CD ‘Signature’. Steel string guitar, electric and bass guitars, lap-steel, 12-string soprano guitar and mountain dulcimer all feature on this album.

Graham Wardrop 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 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.

Thanks to SES Technical – making the Festival sound so good

The recent Hinckley ACT Festival of music was our biggest and best yet – thanks in no small part to Jeff Pallett and his wonderful team from SES Technical in Leicester. SES handled the lighting and sound for the concert main stage – and did such a good job, we promised to give them a […]