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Thanks to SES Technical – making the Festival sound so good

The recent Hinckley ACT Festival of music was our biggest and best yet – thanks in no small part to Jeff Pallett and his wonderful team from SES Technical in Leicester. SES handled the lighting and sound for the concert main stage – and did such a good job, we promised to give them a […]

June Club Night

Club night returns to the Hinckley ACT

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

Featuring Chris Coleman.

 

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 Nigel Beck  (pictured), Bob Tibbetts, 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 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

Festival of Music 2011

The Hinckley ACT Festival of Music 2011

Parkinson's UK_LogoSunday 29th May brought a phenomenal afternoon’s entertainment to the Sketchley Grange Hotel in Hinckley – featuring Rick Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap, Steve Hicks, and Isambarde.
And this year we were supporting
Parkinsons’ UK.

New for 2011 – extensive craft show and Rob Armstrong Guitar display.

Hinckley ACT Festival of Music lineup

Rick Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap, Lynn Goulbourn, Steve Hicks and Isambarde

 

Rick Wakeman

It’s true – the Yes keyboard wizard was back – this time armed and dangerous – complete with a number of keyboards (we’re not sure what happened to  the shiny cloak…).

Six Wives of Henry VIII,  The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, film scores including White Rock, Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record – in fact bucket loads of albums, singles and more joint ventures with other iconic musicians than you can shake a stick at.

To say nothing of the fact that he’s a well-established “Grumpy Old Man” (BBC2), former Planet Rock DJ, a winner on the Radio 4 panel game “Just a Minute” and “One of the blokes they always interview about rock on the telly”.

In fact it seems that 1992 was the only year when nothing memorable happened. Have a look at the whole breathtaking scope of Rick’s achievements at his web site (skip over 1992 of course!).

Gordon Giltrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Giltrap will be appearing for the second time this year at the Hinckley ACT

Gordon Giltrap will be appearing for the second time this year at the Hinckley ACT

Gordon Giltrap has been around since the late sixties and his ability at playing the guitar has never been questioned but his heyday may have passed and he is now able to enjoy creating beautiful music, redolent of the British folk world, without the pressures of the commercial world and the result is this – I honestly cannot imagine anyone else more capable of describing the simple pleasures of a ‘Lazy Sunday’ without a single word or physical image.”
(from www.music-news.com).

Andy Snipper in his article above, was reviewing Gordon’s album

Shining Morn, which is available to buy online.

Gordon, like his good friend Rick, intersperses the musical elements with amusing banter and wry observations: again a hugely entertaining combination.

 

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

 

Steve Hicks is one of the UK’s leading exponents of finger style guitar. Drawing on an astonishing repertoire that encompasses Classical, Celtic, Ragtime, Blues and Folk styles. He delivers material with technical skill, astute artistic integrity and a natural sense of what it means to entertain.

Lynn Goulbourn is an outstanding vocalist who can handle everything from the most demanding traditional songs or jazz standards to the gentlest of lullabies, in addition to providing subtle harmonies.

 

Isambarde

Folk with tremendous energy! A power trio, consisting Chris Green, Jude Rees and Emily Sanders, Isambarde hail from the Coventry area, but are now reaching quite a distance in their impact.

This seems to be down to a wicked combination of playing ability and song selection. The song selection is a very interesting part of the equation.

Craft show – featuring Rob Armstrong guitar display opened at 11am.

Timetable for the Festival of Music

1.00pm – Main stage doors opened.

1.30pm – Isambarde

2.45pm – Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

4.00pm – Gordon Giltrap

5.45pm – Rick Wakeman

and massed banks of keyboards.

 

Sketchley Grange Hotel - home of the Hinckley ACT Festival of Music

Sketchley Grange Hotel – home of the Hinckley ACT Festival of Music

 

The Sketchley Grange Hotel

Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa is an elegant Country House Hotel where you can enjoy high quality four star accommodation in a relaxed, rural setting in the Heart of England.

View the web site.

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

 

 

Festival profile – Lynn Goulbourn

Lynn Goulborn is one of the star performers at the Hinckley ACT Festival of music. She frequently appears with long time collaborator Steve Hicks. Hinckley ACT fans have enjoyed Lynn’s wonderful voice on more than one occasion. So we decided that it was high time to find out more about her. This is your chance […]

Tom Doughty

Concert special – Tom Doughty

Tom Doughty played his own unique style of acoustic lap guitar. Woody Mann describes Tom’s music as “…coming from that natural place great music comes from – personal expression, honest and right from the heart. The music just flows. He uses his unique set of circumstances as an opportunity to explore the limitless possibilities of making music”.

Tom Doughty slide guitar at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Tom Doughty – regarded by many as one of the World’s best slide guitar players

About Tom Doughty

Tom is a lap slide guitarist, composer, teacher, singer songwriter, inventor sort of a bloke, who likes to solve a problem or two. His music is both rooted in early blues and bang up to date – always searching for the next boundary to push.Such enthusiasm ensures a unique and recognisable sound. Tom Doughty’s web site.

‘Whether Tom is playing his own music, Americana, early Blues, Folk, Jazz, Indian or just improvised, you can tell its him, often from the first few notes, its him you hear and there’s not another Doughty.’
Pie Man, Walker.

In 1974, Tom was involved in a traffic accident that caused the permanent spinal injury. This put paid to his guitar playing exploits because Tom has no movement in the fingers of his left hand and a very primitive claw movement in the right, but he recalls playing guitar all the time. ‘In my head of course; not literally, but it was there. I would listen to music as I always had, and start to work out the guitar parts, chord structures or accompaniments in my head. It was just something I did – in silence’.

Sometime around 1990, Tom took a previously redundant guitar off the wall hanger and placed it on his lap. He used a tube on his forefinger which he dangled on the strings. Soon, he adapted picks with twists and turns in them to hit the strings at the correct angle, raised the nut, put weight into the tube and embarked upon, which was for him, a totally new approach to guitar playing. The catalyst for this Eureka moment was hearing a song called ‘Louise’ from an album called ‘Greenhouse’ by Leo Kottke. ‘It’s the first track on the album and as soon as I heard that sound, I knew I had to somehow be able to play again; there was no doubt in my mind’.

Thus a journey started; and for several years, Tom went his own sweet way learning all sorts of different tunes from Folk to Blues to Jazz to Pop.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was be £10 for members and £11 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

Concert Special – Brian Reed

Brian has successfully and impressively performed at the club on a number of previous occasions. He is an impressive singer and guitarist who plays his own renditions of classic pop songs spanning five decades. With special guest Leavon Archer.

Brian Reed at the Hinckley ACT

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

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 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

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