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In Any Order

Friday 13th January 2017: we welcome back Hinckley ACT favourites In Any Order.

In Any Order are Steve (melodeon, whistle, bouzouki), Jerry (bouzouki, banjo), Chris (guitars, mandolin) and Helen (bodhran). Vocals are shared, with Helen and Steve usually leading, supported by rich harmonies.

Special guests – F and F.

About In Any Order

They’ve been together 16 years, running their local club and supporting many events over the years.

The name came from an introduction one night when the MC was anxious to get their names in the right order and was told any order would do – it stuck!

Material comes from a wide range of genres – traditional/contempory folk, country, 60s pop- they’ll have a go at anything. But it’s the harmonies that give them the greatest pleasure, and they hope will do the same for you.

They have also produced a CD called “Pick a Card”.


F and F special guests at the Hinckley ACT

Specials guests – F and F

Known colloquially as F and F (to avoid confusion!), Frank Johnson and Fiona Maurice-Smith are two local folk musicians and performers. F plays guitar, sings and writes the songs, whilst F plays the accordion, sings and generally livens it all up!

Usually they perform as themselves but sometimes they adopt their busking personas of “The Two Lovable Tramps”! Together, in desperation, they perform their songs to any appreciative audience in the hope of raising a smile and a free cup of tea! Lots of wry humour, the odd tear and impeccable musicianship, a sort of folk music meets the good old days! And they both sing their hearts out, as they’ve got a lot of heart to give!

A mix of original music and original versions of old songs. Lots of opportunity to sing along, a veritable sunshine machine on a cloudy day.

F and F – putting the joy back into enjoyment!

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.

Christmas Concert – featuring Vikki Clayton

Christmas Concert – featuring Vikki Clayton

Vikki Clayton appearing with Julie Neale & Robert Small, Brian Reed and Nigel Beck at the Hinckley ACT Christmas concert

Vikki Clayton appearing with Julie Neale & Robert Small, Brian Reed and Nigel Beck at the Hinckley ACT Christmas concert

A sparkling evening’s entertainment was on the menu for Wednesday 14th December with the Hinckley ACT Christmas extravaganza. This year the line up was better than ever, featuring Vikki Clayton, Julie Neal and Robert Small, Brian Reed, Nigel Beck and In Any Order (the Christmas version!).

And of course, there was the usual mince pies and mulled wine at the interval, which got everyone into the Christmas spirit…

About Vikki Clayton…

Possessed of a silvery-pure voice and exquisite musical sensibilities, it was inevitable that Clayton would take center-stage as an artist. Her solo recording career – which has principally been for the New Day label – began with Honor Tokened, and her subsequent work included Lost Lady Found (which included her first recording of a Sandy Denny song); additionally, in association with Fred A. Baker and Ric Sanders, she recorded Sanders, Baker & Clayton Carried Away, In Flight and Looking At The Stars.

Clayton has also worked with Gordon Giltrap and Tony Moore on Midsummer Cushion, an album of Georgian poet John Clare’s work set to her music. On Movers And Shakers, she played and sang alongside Gerry Conway, Ric Sanders, John Kirkpatrick, and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and she has toured with the Vikki Clayton Band, which includes Jethro Tull co-founder Clive Bunker on the drums.

She is best known as a solo performer, however. As of 2004, her most well-known recording is It Suits Me Well, an album of songs written by, arranged, or associated with her longtime idol Sandy Denny, originally released on the Kent-based HTD label and reissued by Castle Records.

More about Vikki Clayton »

About Brian Reed…

He started performing publicly in the Derbyshire peak district around 2000 moving to Leicestershire in 2004. The change of job and location stalled his performing activities somewhat but he has gradually found outlets that welcome his brand of acoustic classic pop. His stated objective is to deliver his versions as simply as possible without losing the essence of the originals, claiming that it would be a crime to murder someone’s favourite song. Using acoustic guitar and occasionally a bass drum, he manages to make some surprising choices for stripped-down acoustic delivery work.

About Nigel Beck…

“I’ve drawn great inspiration from such great players as Pierre Bensusan, Leo Kottke, Eric Roche, Antonio Forcione & many others. Time spent learning some of their pieces has been an invaluable tool in expanding my technical knowledge & repertoire and has contributed immeasurably in developing my own writing style.”

Nigel Beck 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.

Michael Chapman / Eliza Shaddad

Michael Chapman / Eliza Shaddad

With special guests In Any Order

4th November 2011 – Keith London’s Birthday Bash

Michael Chapman - blues returns to the Hinckley ACT

Michael Chapman – blues returns to the Hinckley ACT

A high quality evening’s entertainment arrived at the Hinckley ACT on the 4th. Hinckley ACT favourite Michael Chapman returned – this time with the compelling Eliza Shaddad. And as an extra bonus, there was also an appearance from old favourites In Any Order.

About Michael Chapman…

This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most underrated heroes of our time.

“I had an art college education and on a rainy night in 1966 I went into a pub in Cornwall, but I couldn’t afford to pay to go in. So I said, I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to stay outside in the rain, I’ll play guitar for half an hour for you. They offered me a job for the rest of the summer and I’ve been at it ever since.”

“Michael Chapman was never just a singer-songwriter – his gritty brand of guitar based songs span folk, ragtime, jazz and blues… it’s on the tracks which feature Chapman’s magnificently bleary vocals that this album really scores. Hell To Pay and Only Pretend are outstanding tracks, that world-weary voice singing words of bitter experience. This man is so laid back that he makes JJ Cale sound like he’s on helium.”

Michael Chapman website »

Eliza Shaddad -  I write quite desperate folkyjazzybluesy songs on my guitar and sing with everything I've got.

Eliza Shaddad – ” I sing with everything I’ve got…”

About Eliza Shaddad…

“I am Eliza, Scottish and Sudanese, relocated to London to make music about 15 months ago.

“I’ve lived in seven different glorious countries, have a Masters in Philosophy, and I write quite desperate folkyjazzybluesy songs on my guitar and sing with everything I’ve got. Sometimes I play happy raps.”

Eliza Shaddad 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 7.00 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.