Friday 21st November 2014 – we welcomed Rod Clements to the Hinckley ACT.
“Lyrically adept rock-blues, dark balladry and European noir from the ex-Lindisfarne and Jack the Lad founding member with an illustrious folk-roots back history.”
With special guest Chris Chambers.
About Rod Clements
The Tyneside folk clubs of the late 60’s were a thriving scene which brought Rod into contact with some of the leading names of the day like Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Rab Noakes and many more. Most significantly for Rod and his mates, they fell in with a Newcastle singer/songwriter called Alan Hull with whom they went on to form the classic folk-rock band Lindisfarne.
Though Alan was Lindisfarne’s principal songwriter, it was Rod who provided the band with its first hit in ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ which reached the top 5 in March 1972, won Rod a Certificate of Honour at the Ivor Novello awards and paved the way for the band’s chart-topping ‘Fog On The Tyne’ album. Over thirty years on, ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ still gets regular radio play, and instantly evokes its time, as when it was recently used by the makers of the BBC-TV drama ‘Life On Mars.’
Rod’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Melanie and Joe Brown and a Clements/Stonier composition, ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’, was a much-played top 40 hit for Erin Rocha at Christmas 2003.
In recent years Rod has broken cover as a solo artist. Surprising many who previously knew him only as a background figure in Lindisfarne, Rod released his ‘Stamping Ground’ album in 2000. Combining quality new songs in a broad rootsy style, Rod’s vocal and guitar skills fronted a band including ex-Lindisfarne colleagues Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson, former Long Ryder Sid Griffin, ex-10cc drummer Paul Burgess and Thea Gilmore on vocals. The result won widespread critical acclaim.
Booking and venue details
The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 for non-members.
The event starts at 8.00 pm, with doors opened 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.