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Great North

Friday 16th June 2017: we welcome New Zealand folk artists Great North for an evening of excellent music at the Hinckley ACT.

Great North play folk music with a bit of Bruce Springsteen-inspired Americana thrown in. Over the last eight years, they’ve cemented themselves as one of New Zealand’s hardest-working and most accomplished independent acts, playing gigs in bars, halls and tin sheds from Auckland to Okarito.

Special guest Steve Adams.

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About Great North

Between shows, they released three albums, two of which – 2012’s Halves and 2014’s Up In Smoke – won Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.

The band, which is centred around husband-and-wife duo Hayden and Rachel Donnell, recently travelled to the United Kingdom in search of larger sheds in which to perform. Their live show is filled with the usual stuff: regret, nostalgia, faith, and love – all set to harmony and harmonica.

Great North Facebook page – say hello! »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £7 for members and £8 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.

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.

January 2017 club night

Wednesday 4th January 2017 brings the first club night of the year at 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 Rob Armstrong (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.

Michael Chapman

Friday 18th November 2016: we welcome Michael Chapman for another much anticipated return visit to the Hinckley ACT.

“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.

With special guest Chris Coleman.

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About Michael Chapman

“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.”

This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition.

Michael Chapman’s website »

Booking and venue details

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

Heartstrings

Friday 29th July 2016: we welcome Heartstrings back to the Hinckley ACT. 

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.

With special guest Guy Rogers.

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About Heartstrings

Bruno plays bluegrass banjo, mandolin, dobro and guitar

Elly has been an accomplished singer/songwriter for many years. She also does workshops on songwriting. Her songs appear on all the duo’s albums:  ‘Moon over the Water’    and some are played and have been recorded by various Dutch musicians and lately American Amy Gallatin sang ‘Moon over the Water’ on her latest album .

Elly plays guitar and clawhammer banjo

Elly is also active with the Dutch Feminicana-trio Babes in the Grass , while Bruno, along with other husband Jan, sometimes provides instrumental support.

Apart from being ‘regulars’ in the Dutch folk, country and bluegrass scene, Heartstrings have appeared on stages in Germany, Denmark and the USA, and are regular and well-loved guests in British folk- and bluegrass clubs, where they also have played with Bram Taylor , one of Britain’s finest professional folk singers.

Heartstrings website »

Booking and venue details

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

June club night

Those long summer days are (hopefully) here now – the prefect time for wonderful live music in Leicestershire. Wednesday 1st June 2016 features another entertaining open mike night at the Hinckley ACT. 

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 Jordan Matthews.
Photo courtesy of 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.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Friday 22nd April 2016 brings the welcome return of Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby to the Hinckley ACT music club in Leicestershire.

“Staggeringly good… truly magical guitar work, vocals to lift your heart and soul, with songs that are utterly unforgettable…”

Cathryn Craig

is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. 

Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book “English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians”.

Brian Willoughby

is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

Both have accompanied Nanci Griffith.

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 8.00 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.

Folklaw

Friday 11th September 2015 – we welcome Folklaw to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping, your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with wonderfully distinctive vocal harmonies and the bodhran drum, as FolkLaw deliver a subtle reflective social commentary nestled within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies.

With special guests.

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About Folklaw

FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, engaging on-stage banter, and an energized stage performance is guaranteed.

Exhilarating new-age folk music that will get your feet tapping and your mind thinking! Inspired by 10 years on the road in Europe and North America, FolkLaws songs are a raw social commentary backed up by some inspirational songs and melodies.

Edgy lyrics and vocals are accompanied by intricate Celtic and American fiddle and interwoven with wonderfully distinctive vocal harmonies and the bodhran drum.

fRoots mag say it’s like “Show of Hands with a new wave ethic”, while FolkWorld say it’s sounds like an “acoustic New Model Army!”

Folklaw website »

FolkLaw photo courtesy of Cello.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £7 for members and £8 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.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Friday 20th February 2015 – we welcomed back Hinckley ACT favourites Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn. With special guest Red Ruff.

If you’ve been to one of their gigs you will have been struck by their easy manner on stage, an amazing array of genres, Lynn’s pure vocals and of course Steve’s breathtaking guitar playing.

About Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Steve is drawn to instrumental music and, as he calls, it ‘strangely beautiful, weird and difficult stuff’. In a recent interview somebody asked him who his favourite or most influential artists were and the list included Moondog, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eric Dolphy, Kronos Quartet, Harry Partch and Alan Hovhaness.

To date, Steve has played guitar in a number of musical environments including folk groups, guitar duos, and ceilidh bands.  He has given guitar playing workshops and masterclasses at venues including the Stamford International Guitar Festival and the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. As a solo artist Steve records for Acoustic Music Records. He is also a qualified luthier specialising in early and modern fretted instruments. Hicks and Goulbourn perform and record with guitars built by Steve.

In contrast, Lynn was drawn at an early age to the smooth harmonies of Crosby Stills and Nash and The Beach Boys and the melodic tones of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, the sound of Motown, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross. Later influences included Steeleye Span, June Tabor, Annie Lennox and Indigo Girls.

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.

Hicks and Goulbourn 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.

August club night

“Summertime and the living is easy”. Actually, the fish are unlikely to be jumping, but you can enjoy a marvellous evening of live music in sunny Hinckley!

Wednesday 6th August 2014 brings the return of the popular open mike club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire.

With special guest MC Guy Rogers.

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 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 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 email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk