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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

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

 

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

 

 

 

Tom Doughty

Concert special – Tom Doughty

Tom Doughty played his own unique style of acoustic lap guitar. Woody Mann describes Tom’s music as “…coming from that natural place great music comes from – personal expression, honest and right from the heart. The music just flows. He uses his unique set of circumstances as an opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of making music”.

Tom Doughty slide guitar at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Tom Doughty – regarded by many as one of the World’s best slide guitar players

About Tom Doughty

Tom is a lap slide guitarist, composer, teacher, singer songwriter, inventor sort of a bloke, who likes to solve a problem or two. His music is both rooted in early blues and bang up to date – always searching for the next boundary to push.Such enthusiasm ensures a unique and recognisable sound. Tom Doughty’s web site.

‘Whether Tom is playing his own music, Americana, early Blues, Folk, Jazz, Indian or just improvised, you can tell its him, often from the first few notes, its him you hear and there’s not another Doughty.’
Pie Man, Walker.

In 1974, Tom was involved in a traffic accident that caused the permanent spinal injury. This put paid to his guitar playing exploits because Tom has no movement in the fingers of his left hand and a very primitive claw movement in the right, but he recalls playing guitar all the time. ‘In my head of course; not literally, but it was there. I would listen to music as I always had, and start to work out the guitar parts, chord structures or accompaniments in my head. It was just something I did – in silence’.

Sometime around 1990, Tom took a previously redundant guitar off the wall hanger and placed it on his lap. He used a tube on his forefinger which he dangled on the strings. Soon, he adapted picks with twists and turns in them to hit the strings at the correct angle, raised the nut, put weight into the tube and embarked upon, which was for him, a totally new approach to guitar playing. The catalyst for this Eureka moment was hearing a song called ‘Louise’ from an album called ‘Greenhouse’ by Leo Kottke. ‘It’s the first track on the album and as soon as I heard that sound, I knew I had to somehow be able to play again; there was no doubt in my mind’.

Thus a journey started; and for several years, Tom went his own sweet way learning all sorts of different tunes from Folk to Blues to Jazz to Pop.

Booking and venue details

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

Brian Reed

Concert Special – Brian Reed

Brian has successfully and impressively performed at the club on a number of previous occasions. He is an impressive singer and guitarist who plays his own renditions of classic pop songs spanning five decades. With special guest Leavon Archer.

Brian Reed at the Hinckley ACT

Brian Reed refers to his music as ‘acoustic classical pop’

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 Leavon Archer

Leavon Archer at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Leavon Archer – check out the albums “Broken” and “Things that go together”

He explains “I started getting into Electronica; Bjork, Chicane etc. so I built a little studio where I started messing around with that kind of stuff, I ended up with an album called “Broken”. I began to rein in a lot of the electronic elements and my writing is now very acoustic oriented again. “Broken” has been joined by “Things that go together” a few of the songs from which had their first public outing when I supported Midge Ure at the Flowerpot in Derby. 2010 saw me take the step into a full-time musical career.”

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £6 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

April Club Night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

Wednesday 6th April 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 Milner from Durham, Chris Chambers (Alabama Chrome) and Kirsty Gallacher.

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), 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 will 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

Dave Cartwright plus John Montague

Evening Concert – Dave Cartwright

Dave Cartwright is now an entertainer of unique standing

Dave Cartwright is now an entertainer of unique standing

Dave Cartwright’s sharp witted, spontaneous humour and well-crafted songs won hearts when he appeared briefly at the Club back in October 2010 and left us all wanting more, so he returned again for a full concert, ably supported by the irrepressible John Montague.

About Dave Cartwright

Thirty-five years ago Dave Cartwright was being hailed as one of our best performing-songwriters, appearing up and down and all around the country in folk clubs, festivals and universities to critical acclaim. So what happened?

Well, it took him a long while to recover from the disastrous treatment of his first album in 1972 on the legendary Transatlantic label.  Naive dreams of sympathetic, like-minded musicians swapping ideas and licks late into the night in state-of the-art studios were unceremoniously shattered when, against all protestations, he found his own demos had been cheaply embellished and would be released as is.

Dave Cartwright makes a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT

Dave Cartwright makes a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT

The twelve great songs were literally thrown to the dogs by a cash-strapped record label. All those years ago, he was one of our best writers.

Benefits of maturity

He still is: maturity has not withered his talent. Oh, and he has never stopped being a terrific, engaging performer, as many will bear witness.

For those special party occasions he fronts The Clippers, who must surely be the longest surviving rock’n’roll group in the world (certainly the oldest!) formed in, ahem… 1958 yet still going strong with the original line-up! Six pensioners dealing out three hours of high-octane vintage r’n’roll. It beggars belief. But he is best, and more at home, alone with just his trademark Guild 12-string and unique harmonica playing.

On any given evening he can bring you the best acoustic rock’n’roll you will ever hear, covering all the classics of the last century. Or he can bring you jazz/lounge standards for that intimate night, or he can give you a complete show of his own songs, guitar and voice with hooks and laughs to die for.  No pre-recorded tapes or programmed drums, just music without machines. Catch him if you can.

An instinctive entertainer, he is out there, somewhere.

Text by Piers Langland.

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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

March club night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

Wednesday 2nd March will see the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire.

This special evening will feature Graham Morrell.

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, Chris Tobin (pictured on the right) 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 will start 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

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Hickman & Quinn

Concert special – the exceptional Hickman and Quinn

Hickman and Quinn at the Hinckley ACT

Hickman and Quinn - first visit to the Hinckley ACT

Appearing on Wednesday 16th February 2011, the dynamic duo from Shrewsbury played folk and roots original and traditional songs.

James Hickman and Chris Quinn share lead and backup roles on guitar and vocals as they play their exciting array of material that draws its influences from Britain, Ireland and America. With special guest Si Hayden.

About Hickman and Quinn

They have recently released the album “Times”, co-produced by Andy Bell (Seasick Steve and K. T. Tunstall). It’s a powerful collection of original songs that have one foot in the past, one in the future and features Karen Tweed on accordion.

Hickman and Quinn have toured extensively at home and abroad and have opened up for acts like the Jools Holland Orchestra, Katie Melua, Seth Lakeman and the Levellers.
Hickman and Quinn website.

Si Hayden - classical Spanish style guitarist

Si Hayden - classical Spanish style guitarist

Si Hayden is a classical Spanish style guitarist, who will blow you away with his jazz, Latin and funk infused songs.
“Hayden is a very accomplished guitarist, with a good range of styles and moods.”
(fROOTS Magazine/FolkRoots)

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk