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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