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The Shackleton Trio

Friday 21st June 2019 – we welcome The Shackleton Trio to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

The Shackleton Trio features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi.

With special guest Mark Guyatt.

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About The Shackleton Trio

Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the success of their debut album ‘The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed’, they are excited to be heading back out on the road with a brand new release ‘Fen, Farm, and Deadly Water’.

​Recorded at Grange Farm Studios in the heart of the Norfolk Fenlands, the album continues to showcase the band’s eclectic musical background. Locally sourced material includes a Fenland song from pig farmer Fred Rooke, the haunting 1611 poem Powtes Complaint, as well as the Cry Of The Radish Boys At Great Yarmouth, given a distinctly bluegrassy twist. The album also showcases the trio’s instrumental prowess, with original compositions The Stanford and Bolton Lodge, alongside Karen Tweed’s Only Viveka, and Swedish polska the Penknife Killer. Original songs by Georgia top off an impressively varied yet coherent album that seamlessly blends a broad musical palette.

The Shackleton Trio website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £11 for members and £12 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.

Sally Barker

Friday 17th May 2019 – we welcome Sally Barker to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

“The emotion and passion in her voice, the vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art that not too many singers can master.” – Maverick Magazine.

Featuring Dillon Barker.

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About Sally Barker

In the early 90’s Sally opened for both Bob Dylan and Robert Plant in Germany and toured consistently in Europe during this time, both solo and with the Poozies, releasing albums along the way.

She was Tom Jones’ finalist on the BBC TV programme The Voice in 2014, reducing Sir Tom, and viewers alike, to tears with her flawless performances. Sally subsequently turned down a large advance and the opportunity to record a covers album for Universal, choosing to finish the Poozies’ album ‘Into the Well’ and work on songs for her new album, ‘Ghost Girl’ whilst continuing to tour both solo and with the Poozies.

A call from Jerry Donahue led to Sally also performing with the re-formed Fotheringay alongside original members Jerry, Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway and newbies PJ Wright and Kathryn Roberts to promote the ‘Nothing More’ 2015 released box set.

Sally’s album ‘Ghost Girl’ was released to coincide with Fairport Convention’s tour as they celebrated their 50 years on the road with Sally as their support artist.

More about Sally »

The Sally Barker website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £14 for members and £15 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.

Latitude

Friday 26th April 2019 – we welcome Latitude for a welcome return visit to the Hinckley ACT.

Cool jazz, Latin rhythm and virtuosic playing.

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About Latitude

Latitude set the pulses racing with foot tapping and scintillating music.

With striking instrumental interplay of clarinets, guitar and percussion their show is packed with novel and unique arrangements of Klezmer, Latin, Classical and Popular tunes.

Latitude features:-

  • Verity Morris, Clarinet
  • Harry Heppingstall, Percussion
  • Neville Cooper, Classical Guitar.

Their show fizzes with energy as the band perform with virtuosity and enthusiasm.

Latitude 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.

Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee

Friday 22nd March 2019 – we welcome Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee as a duo to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

One of only two chances to see McShee and Dempsey perform together in 2019!

With special guest Bob Tibbetts.

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About Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee

Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey started working together when he was invited to play with Pentangle at the New Forest Folk Festival in July 2017. After this success they went on to the concert held in homage to Bert Jansch at Queens Hall, Edinburgh in August of the same year.

 They got on well and so decided to play some gigs as a duo, working in Italy in May and August 2018, and also as sup- port for Steeleye Span in Liverpool dur- ing their autumn tour. More gigs in the UK and abroad are planned for 2019 along with a CD of new material.

Jacqui McShee

Jacqui McShee was a founder member of Pentangle, formed in early 1967 with the renowned guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. After the band folded in 1973 she continued working with John to form the John Renbourn Band and also performing with him as a duo until his untimely death. Jacqui formed her own version of Pentangle in 1994 and continues to work in that format, as well as with Alan Thomson and Gerry Conway, as the trio, Take 3.

Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle website »

Kevin Dempsey

 Kevin Dempsey is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, teacher, arranger and producer. Over forty five years he has literally toured the world and played with jazz, blues and folk musicians from Percy Sledge and Alice Coltrane to Mary Black and Whippersnapper with Dave Swarbrick.

Currently Kevin is working with Joe Broughton, Carolyn Robson and Paul Hutchinson, but most of his time is dedicated to solo work and he has spent summer 2018 touring Germany, Austria and Italy.

Kevin Dempsey’s website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £14 for members and £15 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.

Secret Magpies

Friday 22nd February 2019 – we welcome Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader AKA Secret Magpies for a concert at the Hinckley ACT.

They used to be “The Way Out” – now you can enjoy their original progressive folk in a new guise…

With special guest Melanie Pegge.

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About Secret Magpies

The Secret Magpies are Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader.

“We’re from Loughborough in Leicestershire, in the UK, and we write and perform Original Progressive Folk(ish) music. We both sing, and between us we play piano, electric and acoustic guitars, lyre, mandolin, dobro, and lap steel. We’re both full time musicians and experienced performers, and met by chance at the All At Seagrave festival in May 2016.

“After doing a totally unrehearsed set there, we realised we had something special together, and until April 2018 we performed as The Way Out.

“In April 2018 we reluctantly decided to change our name. There were just too many other outfits using The Way Out. It made life very difficult in digital media. We were hard to find. So we became The Secret Magpies.”

The Secret Magpies website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £8 for members and £9 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 Tilston

Friday 18th January 2019 – we welcome one of our most celebrated songsmiths for a concert at the Hinckley ACT.

He wrote classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s to Tom Paine, The Naked Highwayman and the award-winning The Reckoning.

With special guest Rocket Science.

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About Steve Tilston

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since.

Life by Misadventure, And So It Goes, Solo Rubato and Such and Such all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers.

The instrumental Swans at Coole is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. Of Many Hands is his first “all-traditional” album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics.

There’s also a “best of” anthology, The Greening Wind and a live album Live Hemistry recorded on tour with Fairport Convention. Back on song-writing form, he released Ziggurat in 2008 from which A Pretty Penny made it into Acoustic Magazine’s top 50 songs.

The Steve Tilston website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £11 for members and £12 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.

Ranagri

Friday 26th October 2018 – we welcomed Ranagri including Eleanor Turner to the Hinckey ACT.

Ranagri produce an electrifying mix of original virtuosic instrumentals, haunting melodies, vivid storytelling and a unique take on old and new folk songs.

With special guest Martin Nelson.

About Ranagri

2015 sawthe release of their debut album ‘Fort of The Hare’ on Stockfisch Records, followednot long after by the album ‘Tradition’. In 2016 they released ‘VOICES’ to widecritical acclaim followed by a book ‘Song Folk Art’ and accompanying downloadablealbum. Then came a collaboration with the legendary Tony Christie for ‘The GreatIrish Songbook’ – a journey into their shared Irish heritage on the Stockfisch &Wrasse labels.

Ranagri signed a new recording contract with Grammy Award Winning record label ‘Stockfisch’ early in 2018, where they have just completed recording a brand new (as yet untitled) album which will be released on SACD – CD & Vinyl on 1st December ’18.

Ranagri are mid-way through their busiest year yet, with tours in the UK and the rest of Europe and an album launch in December.

The Ranagri website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 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.

Rag Mama Rag

Friday 19th October 2018 – we welcome Rag Mama Rag to the Hinckey ACT.

“With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to hop between styles almost at will – but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact.”
Richard Howarth, Stratford Herald

With special guest Vagabond Fires.

About Rag Mama Rag

Formed in 1991, the English duo Rag Mama Rag, have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europes finest Country Blues acts.

With an interesting and wide range of instruments, (Ashley Dow: Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National and Dobro Resonator  Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and Vocals, plus Deborah Dow: Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals), Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences feet tapping.

Their repertoire is 20s and 30s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20s and 30s period.

Touring non stop in Europe during the last ten years Rag Mama Rag have clocked up well over 2000 concerts and have played at many major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany.

Rag Mama Rag website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 for non-members.
The event started 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.

John Goldie

Friday 16th March 2018 – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT for John Goldie.

John is an acoustic guitarist of the highest quality, incorporating a wide range of influences including jazz, blues, Celtic and funk. He manages to combine bass, chords, melody and groove together with apparent ease…

With special guest Bob Tibbetts.

About John Goldie

John started playing at the tender age of 6 when he asked his parents for a guitar, which was a surprise to them as they are not musical! He started learning chords from books and found a fascination in electric guitars as well as a love of rock music.

By the time John had left school he was already earning a living from music by playing guitar in local function bands, and it was during one of these gigs that he was spotted by an agent who booked shows for Motown acts from the USA touring in Europe. This led to John touring with several of the labels artists over the next few years.

John’s musical career was about to take a radical change of direction after a chance meeting with Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. After seeing Martin playing with legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli on TV, he decided to see the pair perform in Glasgow and was invited, much to his surprise, to Martin’s house. This led to John touring with Martin as a duo and eventually as part of the band Spirit of Django. He also worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber around this time touring with his show Jesus Christ Superstar. During that period on the road, John starting playing and writing on the acoustic guitar. The resulting demos found their way to Germany and into the hands of record label owner Peter Finger who invited John over to Germany to record a cd at his studio, which turned out to be ‘The View from Here’, his first solo cd.

John subsequently signed to Scottish label Watercolour Music and has released 4 albums for the label, ‘This Time and Place’, ‘Open 4 Closure’, ‘Picked In the Past’ and his new album ‘Chocolate Maze’. Both ‘Chocolate Maze’ and ‘Open 4 Closure’ features John with his band, showing a different side to his playing while ‘A Little Of What You Fancy’ and ‘Picked In The Past’ features reworkings of classic rock ad pop songs, arranged for acoustic guitar by John. The albums have received a string of 5 star reviews and even won praise from Ronnie Woods, Brian May and Andy Fairweather Low.

John is now recognised as one of the most revered players on the acoustic circuit undertaking worldwide tours, taking in USA, Asia and Europe as well as collaborating with some of the world’s greatest players, including Tommy Emmanuel, Ike Isaacs and George Benson. In fact George asked John to play a private concert for him and his band after one of their concerts in Scotland. John was also asked recently to play with The Faces at the Royal Albert Hall which he described as ‘a surreal but amazing experience!’

John Goldie website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 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.

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Friday 16th February 2018: we welcome Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton to the Hinckley ACT – with special guest Brian Phillips.

“Superb musicianship, brilliant conception and execution… all you people who think you can jazz-up folk music – hear this and weep!” – Flos Headford.

 

About Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Since forming in 1999 this incredible duo have recorded four albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere.

The list of musicians they have played with is impressive…

Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Joss Stone, Dando Shaft, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Bellowhead….

but it can’t prepare you for this unique partnership.

To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on Folk music from all corners of the world but their experience in Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory.

What you’ll notice at their concerts is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

Joe Broughton’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.

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