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February 2018 club night

Wednesday 7th February 2018 brings the second open mike night of the year to the Hinckley ACT in the south of Leicestershire, in what promises to be another excellent open mike session featuring the usual eclectic mix of styles.

These informal concert evenings feature some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire and across the East and West Midlands.

With feature artist Chris Coleman (pictured, above)
Image © Dawn Clarke.

About club nights

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company at our monthly open mike night – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine… We always have a marvellous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Chris Tobin and Brian Reed.

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 Pam 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 Pam London, or get in touch via email.

April 2017 club night

Wednesday 5th April 2017 brings the fourth club night of the year to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. This promises to be another excellent open mike session featuring the usual eclectic mix of styles.

These informal concert evenings feature some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire and across the east and west midlands.

With feature artist Mark John (pictured).

About club nights

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company at our monthly open mike night – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine… We always have a marvellous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Chris Tobin and Brian Reed.

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 Pam 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 Pam London, or get in touch via email.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Friday 10th March 2017: we welcomed Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn for another evening of excellent music at the Hinckley ACT.

The music that Steve and Lynn make as the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complex guitar work. Whilst the genres in their typical sets are wide ranging there is no compromise in quality and their live performances are interspersed with engaging anecdotes and humour.

Special guest Maria Barham.

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About Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Whilst Lynn has had no formal training, singing has been a passion throughout her life and more recently she has enjoyed attending vocal and challenging harmony workshops in Cumbria and Shropshire, led and inspired by Maddy Prior and Abbie Lathe.

Steve was 13 when he started playing guitar. Motivated by his dad’s promise of a decent guitar, Steve agreed to take lessons. Early tuition was in the classical genre and then later, he studied fingerstyle jazz guitar with Duck Baker. Nowadays you could expect to hear Steve, seemingly effortlessly, play classic ragtime, swing jazz, blues, Celtic, early and modern classical pieces… all with an ease that will leave you spellbound!

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn website »

About Maria Barham

West Midlands based musician Maria Barham sings, plays guitar, dabbles with other instruments and occasionally writes songs.

As a singer/acoustic guitarist, she is just as comfortable playing covers in a restaurant or noisy bar, as she is playing her own or traditional folk songs in a quieter venue. She will change her material to suit the location, situation, event. with the odd surprise thrown in, depending on how the evening is going.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £10 for members and £11 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.

Hinckley and Rugby Building Society – Festival 2011 sponsor

Hinckley and Rugby Building Society is very proud to sponsor The 2011 Hinckley Act Festival of Music this year and help to raise awareness of and support for Parkinson’s UK. Over the years the Society’s staff have helped to raise thousands of pounds for numerous charities and are always happy to get involved with the […]

Gren Bartley

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.

With special guest Si Hayden.

Gren Bartley - in concert at the Hinckley ACT

Gren Bartley – in concert at the Hinckley ACT

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.

“Beautiful, beautiful playing” BBC Radio

Gren Bartley 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.

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

 

Anything Goes Orchestra

Anything Goes Orchestra

June 24th brought the exciting Anything Goes Orchestra to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire.

The Anything Goes Orchestra

The Anything Goes Orchestra – first time at the Hinckley ACT

They are a Ukulele based band playing classic jazz, swing, pop and punk songs for your enjoyment – nothing is sacred.

From the humble little ukuleles to the double bass, washboard, kazoo and children’s drum kit.

The small instruments combine and layer to create a big band sound suitable for all kinds of events.

‘“Don’t Wait” is an apt title for the Anything Goes Orchestra’s new CD. It begs to be listened to right now! Great song choices, great playing and great vocals make for a thoroughly enjoyable CD. Don’t wait.’
Craig Robertson

The Anything Goes Orchestra 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 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.

 

Alabama Chrome

Concert special – Alabama Chrome

Alabama Chrome are a multi-instrumental band playing blues, hillbilly and swing, featuring Chris Chambers on dobro and guitar.

Alabama Chrome at the Hinckley ACT

Alabama Chrome – appearing at the Hinckley ACT on 11th June

Their launch gig at the Hinckley ACT was enthusiastically received and members have asked for another evening’s entertainment from this talented 5 piece band.

Alabama Chrome are a five piece band from Derby. They describe themselves as follows:

“We perform a lively and exciting mix of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Skiffle. And we toss in a few of our own originals too.

“Between us we play electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, dobro, double bass, harmonica, and the cajon; and we all sing.“We’ll give you a toe tapping good time, and send you home smiling.”

Booking and venue details

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

Festival of Music 2011

The Hinckley ACT Festival of Music 2011

Parkinson's UK_LogoSunday 29th May brought a phenomenal afternoon’s entertainment to the Sketchley Grange Hotel in Hinckley – featuring Rick Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap, Steve Hicks, and Isambarde.
And this year we were supporting
Parkinsons’ UK.

New for 2011 – extensive craft show and Rob Armstrong Guitar display.

Hinckley ACT Festival of Music lineup

Rick Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap, Lynn Goulbourn, Steve Hicks and Isambarde

 

Rick Wakeman

It’s true – the Yes keyboard wizard was back – this time armed and dangerous – complete with a number of keyboards (we’re not sure what happened to  the shiny cloak…).

Six Wives of Henry VIII,  The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, film scores including White Rock, Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record – in fact bucket loads of albums, singles and more joint ventures with other iconic musicians than you can shake a stick at.

To say nothing of the fact that he’s a well-established “Grumpy Old Man” (BBC2), former Planet Rock DJ, a winner on the Radio 4 panel game “Just a Minute” and “One of the blokes they always interview about rock on the telly”.

In fact it seems that 1992 was the only year when nothing memorable happened. Have a look at the whole breathtaking scope of Rick’s achievements at his web site (skip over 1992 of course!).

Gordon Giltrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Giltrap will be appearing for the second time this year at the Hinckley ACT

Gordon Giltrap will be appearing for the second time this year at the Hinckley ACT

Gordon Giltrap has been around since the late sixties and his ability at playing the guitar has never been questioned but his heyday may have passed and he is now able to enjoy creating beautiful music, redolent of the British folk world, without the pressures of the commercial world and the result is this – I honestly cannot imagine anyone else more capable of describing the simple pleasures of a ‘Lazy Sunday’ without a single word or physical image.”
(from www.music-news.com).

Andy Snipper in his article above, was reviewing Gordon’s album

Shining Morn, which is available to buy online.

Gordon, like his good friend Rick, intersperses the musical elements with amusing banter and wry observations: again a hugely entertaining combination.

 

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

 

Steve Hicks is one of the UK’s leading exponents of finger style guitar. Drawing on an astonishing repertoire that encompasses Classical, Celtic, Ragtime, Blues and Folk styles. He delivers material with technical skill, astute artistic integrity and a natural sense of what it means to entertain.

Lynn Goulbourn is an outstanding vocalist who can handle everything from the most demanding traditional songs or jazz standards to the gentlest of lullabies, in addition to providing subtle harmonies.

 

Isambarde

Folk with tremendous energy! A power trio, consisting Chris Green, Jude Rees and Emily Sanders, Isambarde hail from the Coventry area, but are now reaching quite a distance in their impact.

This seems to be down to a wicked combination of playing ability and song selection. The song selection is a very interesting part of the equation.

Craft show – featuring Rob Armstrong guitar display opened at 11am.

Timetable for the Festival of Music

1.00pm – Main stage doors opened.

1.30pm – Isambarde

2.45pm – Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

4.00pm – Gordon Giltrap

5.45pm – Rick Wakeman

and massed banks of keyboards.

 

Sketchley Grange Hotel - home of the Hinckley ACT Festival of Music

Sketchley Grange Hotel – home of the Hinckley ACT Festival of Music

 

The Sketchley Grange Hotel

Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa is an elegant Country House Hotel where you can enjoy high quality four star accommodation in a relaxed, rural setting in the Heart of England.

View the web site.

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