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Annie Duggan and Rob Hines with Danny Willson

Friday 12th January 2018: we welcome Annie Duggan and Rob Hines back to the Hinckley ACT – this time with Danny Willson!

Part of the “Dust upon the Wind tour“.

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About Annie Duggan, Rob Hines and Danny Wilson

It was on a chance meeting that Danny Willson became involved in the production of Annie and Robs new album “Dust upon the Wind” with which Annie and Rob have had great success touring out in 2017.

The bringing together of two distinctive voices and two great guitarists was never more evident than when they all came together again to work with Talon at Conkers Amphitheater in August this year. It was received with thunderous applause and a wish to see them again!

Danny Willson is well known as one of the guitarists in Martin Turners Wishbone Ash and travels the world performing with him regularly.

He has exceptional talent along with a wit and humour that guarantees a great night of entertainment.

Annie has carved out a successful career of her own being on the scene for many years and is known for her captivating style on stage and wonderful voice that can span most genres of music.

Rob Hines has been compared to Richard Thompson, Johnny Marr but has a style all of his own.

Bringing them all together for a night of exceptional music is quite rare, this is an up close intimate opportunity to see them deliver songs from the new album and a variety of material from their individual back grounds.

They all come from very different backgrounds but manage to bring it all together in a cocktail of breathtaking music.  

Ann Duggan’s 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.

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Christmas Concert: Sons of the Delta

Friday 15th December 2017 – we welcome the Sons of the Delta back for a welcome return visit to the Hinckley ACT.

The Sons play an earthy, passionate blend of electric/acoustic Juke Joint and Delta Blues flavoured with the many roots music styles from the southern states of the USA.

With special guest Damon Thomas.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval.

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About Sons of the Delta

Sons of the Delta, playing tonight as a duo, was formed by two of the top Bluesmen in the SouthWest UK, Mark Cole (vocals, harp, slide guitar) and Rick Edwards (guitar, vocals). They play an earthy, passionate blend of electric/acoustic Juke Joint and Delta Blues flavoured with the many roots music styles from the southern states of the USA – from delicate, intimate acoustic numbers to full on house-rockin’ electric Blues.

The ‘Sons’ collectively have nearly 50 years experience of playing the Blues in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. Formed originally as a duo they expanded and added drums (Martin Fitzgibbon) and electric and stand-up bass (Lyndon Webb) and are available as both an acoustic or electric duo and a four piece band.

“Fantastic” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Their debut duo album One For The Road was released by UK Blues label Blues Matters Records in 2004. For many years they have been regulars on the UK festival circuit, toured in Europe and have made many trips to Mississippi to play in juke joints and clubs.

One one trip to Clarksdale they recorded their critically acclaimed band album Made in Mississippi with guests the legendary Pinetop Perkins and Sam Carr. Their new third album Tasty Nuggets is receiving praise from the music press and Radio DJs alike – in fact the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, a collection of 33 Independent UK Blues Radio DJ’s, chose it as their Pick of the Month album for August.

Sons of the Delta 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.

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December 2017 club night

Wednesday 6th December 2017 brings the final club night of the year to the Hinckley ACT on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border. 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 Steve Adams (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.

Chris Wood

Friday 17th November 2017: we welcome Chris Wood to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

Special guest – Leon Gormley.

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About Chris Wood

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

His eagerly awaited new album ‘So Much to Defend’ (officially released 27th Jan 2017) was previewed at Cambridge Folk Festival last summer and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he’s won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.

Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

 “… at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing.”

ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE 

“Steeped in tradition, yet always striving for a new day, this is a glorious album proving that Chris Wood is a bit of a national treasure.”

Chris Wood’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.

Andy Cutting

Friday 14th July 2017: we welcome Andy Cutting for his first visit to the Hinckley ACT.

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician’s musician: a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene.
Photo by Casey Orr.

Special guest Nigel Beck.


About Andy Cutting

Andy has been consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition.

These influences will be well-known to all those familiar with Andy’s duo with English fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Chris Wood. Wood & Cutting became one of the most influential, and enduring duos on the scene; paving the way for the explosion of many of today’s thrusting young newcomers.

Andy’s commitment to, and sense of pride in traditional music, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the form, has made him one of the folk scene’s most wanted, playing with Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. There is also a growing demand for him to play outside this genre.

He has recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits), and was recently asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as his ongoing work with Chris, Andy is currently working with Martin Simpson, June Tabor and Blowzabella.

Andy Cutting website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £13 for members and £14 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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July 2017 club night

Wednesday 5th July 2017 brings the summer club night to 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 Mick Mangan (pictured).

Photograph © 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.

Great North

Friday 16th June 2017: we welcomed 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.


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 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.

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James Hickman and Dan Cassidy

Friday 19th May 2017 – we will welcome back James Hickman and Dan Cassidy, a transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain, to the Hinckley ACT.

Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling…

About James Hickman and Dan Cassidy

Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

James’ and Dan’s duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several successful local shows in James’ hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield. The following year, with the prospect of more comprehensive tours approaching, they recorded and released their debut album ‘Severn Street’, featuring arrangements of traditional songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.

Their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight. Inspired by their love of traditional music from Britain and America, James and Dan continued writing together.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy 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.

May 2017 club night

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 brings the fifth club night of the year to 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 Jordan Matthews (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.

Eleanor Turner

Friday 21st April 2017: we welcomed Eleanor Turner back to the Hinckley ACT.

Eleanor Turner is a British harpist who is known for the warmth and passion she brings to her performances. She has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, plus performances in New Orleans, Sydney, Italy and Belgium.

Special guest – Martin Nelson.

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About Eleanor Turner

Since her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, British harpist Eleanor Turner has been earning a worldwide reputation for her recital, concerto and chamber music performances.

Recently, Eleanor has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, the Musiekgeouw Aant Ij in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and she is looking forward to performances this Summer (2014) in New Orleans and Sydney. Eleanor has won numerous international awards.

In the 2007 European Harp Competition she won First Prize, at the Dutch Harp Competition in 2010 Eleanor won Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award and a year later, Second Prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam.

Nowadays, Eleanor enjoys sharing her wealth of experience with her students and mentoring them through their own challenges, whilst continuing to study with many great musicians internationally. Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then later with Alison Nicholls; hugely inspiring preparation for a lifetime of music.

Eleanor is constantly innovating with the harp, creating and commissioning new music for both the acoustic and electro-acoustic harps.

To this purpose, Eleanor has been awarded funds by The Tillett Trust, the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Wingate Scholarship.

Photo by Philip Stewart.

Eleanor Turner’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.