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Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

Friday 3rd August 2012. Artists Annie Duggan, Roger Wilson and Rob Hines are all well known locally with Ann and Rob being part of the longstanding Ann Duggan Band.

For this gig they were being joined by Roger Wilson: folk singer, highly talented fiddle player, songwriter, actor and producer who has just finished a stint in the production Warhorse at the National Theatre.

Ann Duggan Band: folk at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About Beyond the Blue…

For the past 10 years Ann Duggan has slowly but surely been building a sizeable following on the U.K music scene. It would be true to say that it wasn’t until her early twenties that Ann ever considered a career in music. In fact until then, she hadn’t even sung in the bath, much less performed in public, but a chance meeting with Norfolk based songwriter Colin Granger was to change the course of her life.

Having been persuaded to road test some of his songs with him in local folk clubs and festivals she embarked on a journey from which there was to be no looking back. She has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices on the U.K live circuit, gigging extensively throughout the country to increasingly enthusiastic crowds.

Rob Hines, the guitarist, cites “main influences now are the ‘country pickers’ such as Brent Mason, Albert Lee, James Burton, Pete Anderson and Eddy Shaver, as well as people like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan.”

Ann Duggan website »

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.

August club night

August club night

Wednesday 1st August 2012 brings the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. 

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

Nigel Beck - fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

Nigel Beck – fingerstyle guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck (pictured), Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, 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 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 Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Friday 20th July 2012. Scarecrow played some great instrumental music, song songs and occasionally a bit of jazz or blues.

Both Dave and Rey play flutes and whistles which gives the band an unusual sound and with Gordon on guitar their material, sometimes well-known and sometimes obscure, is always worked on to produce tight and quirky arrangements.

Scarecrow - Oxfordshire based trio. Folk music at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About Scarecrow…

David – whistles, flute, pipes, percussion
Rey – bass guitar, vocals, flute, whistle
Gordon – guitar, bouzouki, vocals

Scarecrow is an Oxforshire based acoustic band that plays folk music but offers something a little different. Some instrumental music, some vocals with songs and the odd bit of jazz or blues. Some tracks are well known and others less so, but all have been worked on to produce tight and unusual arrangements.

The band was formed at the end of 2006, bringing together gold, classical, rock and blues background to create a trio that doesn’t sound like just another folk band. Scarecrow is rapidly gathering a substantial following.

Scarecrow website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £6 for members and £7 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.

July club night

July club night – with Hayley McKay

Wednesday 4th July 2012 brings the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. With special guest Hayley McKay.

Hayley has always had a great passion for singing. Some of her achievements up to date include performing solo at Newcastle City Hall, at the event Sunday for Sammy, where she was amongst some fantastic performers such as Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Tim Healy and Lindisfarne.

Hayley McKay at the Hinckley ACT

Hayley McKay website »

© Photography by GS

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

We always have a marvelous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Phil Briggs, 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 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 Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Chris Chambers

Chris Chambers

Friday 18h May 2012. Chris, a Leicestershire based singer songwriter playing mandolin, guitar, dobro and lap steel guitar, returned to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire.

His new solo album “One Fine Morning” is a fine collection of songs on the intertwining themes of love life and landscape. Two local artists will be taking to the stage  – to start things off Bob Braidwood will entertain on keyboards.

Chris Chambers at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About Chris Chambers…

Chris sometimes describes his music as “Anglo Americana”. So we asked Chris to explain and let us know a little more about his music, instrumentation and back catalogue…

“I’ve been writing songs since I was 16. Usually both music and lyrics, though there have been some collaborations as well. Always difficult to fit neatly into a musical genre, but when you sing songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the first thought is usually ‘folk’.

“I have a back catalogue of over 300 songs now. Some of them have appeared on previous albums; most have been performed at gigs over the years. To me, they are all just ‘my songs’. They cover a myriad of subjects, but there is a sense of Englishness threading its way through them, a strong sense of place, of life set in landscape.

“I’ve added mandolin, dobro and lap steel to my repertoire in the last ten years. They have made a tremendous difference to the variety of sounds in my live performances, but even more so in the studio. Live you can only play one instrument at a time, unfortunately! But in the studio you can bring them all into play, creating new arrangements. Acoustic guitar is still the bed-rock of the tracks, but mandolin and dobro can make a track more melodic, subtle and complex.

“I include more songs by others in my gigs now, blending with my own. They work well with dobro and mandolin. And some songs are just too good to resist!

“And so this is where I am right now. Still difficult to fit neatly into a single musical genre, but the English roots have tangled with Americana music. You could call it Anglo-Americana.”

Chris Chamber’s website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £6 for members and £7 for non-members. The event stared 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.

Johnny Dickinson

Johnny Dickinson

Friday 27th April 2012. Johnny Dickinson made his long-awaited return to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire.

The Most Potent Slide Player in the UK. I’d go a long way to listen to Johnny Dickinson. You hear a lot of good influences in his music but the result is something special. For me his playing really hits the spot.” John Renbourn.

Johnny Dickinson - slide guitar at the Hinckley ACT

About Johnny Dickinson…

2001 was the year when Johnny’s long awaited solo album would be recorded and released. He had developed a unique individual style of playing which crossed Celtic flavours with American Blues. Reminiscent, sometimes of Kelly Joe Phelps, and sometimes of Martin Simpson, he recorded demos at home for the project, but an illness kept him sidelined for the next 12 months.

It was August 2002 before he was well enough to start recording sessions, with ‘Castles & Old Kings’ being the result of the time spent at Newcastle’s re-furbished Cluny Studios. The ‘year out’ had given Johnny time to reflect on life, love and everything resulting in an album of subtle songs, deft slide playing and minimal arrangements that mirrored the time.

Since releasing this first album, Johnny has spent his time concentrating on furthering his rapidly expanding solo career. Highlights of 2003 included appearances at both The Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and a live Radio 2 Broadcast along with Loudon Wainwright III. In December 2003, it was announced that Johnny had been nominated for a prestigious Radio Two Horizon Award, and as a result was featured as a main guest on The Mike Harding Show in January 2004.

His name also featured on the list of Most Promising Artists for 2004 on Channel 4’s Teletext service. He is currently busy promoting second CD release, English Summer, and has recently been an integral part of the much talked about ‘Northumbrian Anthology’ project, releasing an acclaimed album “Border Ballads” as a commission for the project. 2004 also saw him working and touring alongside other great Artists: Tommy Emmanuel, Jan Akkerman, John Martyn, Jerry Donahue and Kelly Joe Phelps.

His touring plans now, are to work predominantly as a solo artist, but will, on occasion, be joined by Fin McArdle on percussion and Neil Harland on Double Bass. The two main session players from his debut recording. During November 2005, it was announced that Johnny has been nominated as ‘Best Musician’ in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards! 

Johnny Dickinson 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.

Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix

Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix

Thursday 29th March 2012 – Iain Matthews with Egbert Derix. Iain and Egbert’s new recording “That is to Say” is to be released in the Spring of 2012. It has 9 new tracks, a solid jazzy leaning and is another milestone for Iain.

Critics who have heard advances say this is easily Iain’s best offering for years!

Iain Matthews and Egbert Derix at the Hinckley ACT

On paper strange pairing…

Egbert Derix is an established jazz composer from the Netherlands and Iain Matthew’s roots have taken hold in contemporary singer/songwriter circles.

However, if we break down these borders, look deeper and think in terms of quality, rather than genres, it’s a musical marriage made in heaven.

The pair first came together in 2003, touring with a live version of Matthew’s legendary 1970 solo album “If you saw thro’ my eyes”. Plans were made at the time to forge a writing partnership, only for it to be capsized by other career commitments. But not before they had two new songs in the bag and the realisation that an ease and understanding existed between them.

“It was almost a life changing experience. I knew then that something magical was in the air”

Fast forward five years, when Matthews extended an invitation to Derix and his Searing Quartet, to appear in his performance series, “Common Grounds”. Part of the concept for the series is that the host plays two songs with his guests. Egbert suggested doing two older Matthews compositions and the result was quite astounding. It appeared to all in attendance that the two songs had been performed by this lineup many times.

“I had shivers running up and down my spine” says Matthews. “It was almost a life changing experience. I knew then that something magical was in the air”. From that experience came the album, “Joy Mining” and heaps of critical acclaim.

Born from necessity, the pair began working as a duo and enjoyed each others company on stage so much that it quickly became their preferred medium.

Now, Derix and Matthews, with more than a year of work under their belts, have released a double CD/DVD set “Afterwords”, recorded live in Den Haag and Maastricht.

Both agree that writing and playing together is both inspiring and educational and as long as the trend continues, they’ll perform that way into the foreseeable future.

Iain Matthews website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £12 for members and £13 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.

March Club Night

March Club Night

Wednesday 7th March 2012 brought the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire.

This month featuring Chris Coleman.

There was a chance to beat off the March blues, or at least enjoy some wonderful music and good company – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine….

About club nights

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

Brian Reed

Brian Reed

Friday 27th January 2012 brought the return of Hinckley ACT favourite Brian Reed and special guest Leavon Archer.

Brian Reed at the Hinckley ACT

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

Brian is an excellent “covers” singer and guitarist of acoustic classic pop who has become one of our most popular entertainers over the last 3 years. Leavon Archer is a young guitarist from Derbyshire, who recently played support for Midge Ure will be playing solo and with Brian.

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 8.00 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.

Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams

Friday 20th January 2012 brought another top quality concert special evening to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire. Named one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, this Georgia (USA) native is one of the premier singer/guitarists on the Roots n’ Blues scene.

Brooks Williams - roots and blues at the Hinckley ACT

He has been wowing audiences worldwide with his silky voice, rockin’ acoustic and resonator slide guitars, “…classy, tasteful, bright and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters). He was supported by Bob Tibbetts.

About Brooks Williams…

From Belfast to Boston, London to Austin, Toronto to Istanbul, Brooks Williams has been wowing audiences worldwide with his silky voice and rockin’ acoustic and resonator slide guitars, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions.

“Definitely one of the best things I have heard this year.” (Blues In The Northwest)

“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters)

Brooks Williams website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 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.