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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.

November Club Night

November Club Night

November’s club night was a week later than usual, being on the second Wednesday of the month.

November 9th 2011 saw the return of the popular club night – featuring some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire. November’s club night’s special guests are the new 5 piece line up of Borderline Crossing featuring a superb singer from Las Vegas, Chele Willow.

Abigail Alton came down from the North East to play keyboards, guitar and to sing for us.

Chris Tobin at the Hinckley ACT - folk and blues in Leicestershire

Chris Tobin at the Hinckley ACT

About club nights

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

John Goldie Steve Hicks & Lynn Goulbourn

John Goldie, with Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

28th October 2011 brought a very special concert evening featuring the remarkable John Goldie – who Martin Taylor describes as “…one of the finest Acoustic guitarists in the world today”. 

John Goldie - virtuoso guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

John Goldie – virtuoso guitarist at the Hinckley ACT

This was another show of the highest order, featuring a hugely talented musician that Jazz Guitar Magazine describes as a “very creative, virtuosic guitarist”, alongside two of the Hinckley ACT’s most polished and popular performers – Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn.

About John Goldie…

In John Goldie’s hands, an acoustic guitar becomes something more than a musical instrument. It becomes an extension of the man himself.

Regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world, his unique ability to blend various styles of music with mind bending fingerstyle techniques has made him a firm favourite with audiences across the globe.

With his latest album ‘Picked in the Past’, John has taken some of the best known rock classics and arranged them for just himself and his trusted Martin guitar. The results, including covers of the Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’, have won him praise from the press and public alike, including the Stones Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman as well as Queen’s Brian May (John also covered Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ on the album).

This album is a departure from John’s previous work which has had far more of a jazz perspective to it, including his work with Martin Taylor in the multi award winning group Spirit of Django, and shows a different side to John’s playing. Watching John live is a truly mesmerising experience that shows a musician of such skill and passion that few others can come close to.

Find out why the likes of George Benson, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor are all fans. You won’t be disappointed. 

John Goldie 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 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.