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Clive Carroll with Steve Hicks

Friday 16th October 2015 – a real treat for lovers of top quality guitar playing as we welcomed back Clive Carroll, with the added bonus of a special guest appearance by Steve Hicks.

When the music press describes someone as an ‘Incredible acoustic talent’ and ‘Peerless – no other word for it…’ and when people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking that same someone for their private parties then you know that something pretty special is going on….

With special guest Steve Hicks.

About Clive Carroll

Excerpt from Clive Carroll’s website

After years of travelling with guitar giants Renbourn and Emmanuel, it was time to go solo and so in 2006 Clive embarked on a series of tours under his own name, accepting an invitation to appear at the highly regarded International Guitar Night of America along the way. All the time, the buzz concerning this young virtuoso began to grow ever louder…

So, with barely time to draw breath in between working on side projects like tutoring at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick, playing at events organised by the likes of film director Guy Ritchie and Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and travelling to the Middle East to play at the Strings Of Freedom concert for the Sultanate of Oman, work began on Clive’s third solo album, ‘Life In Colour’:

“I didn’t sit down and think, ‘Right, it’s time to write a guitar album – quite the opposite…This collection took three years to compile and each piece is associated with a particular person or major event in my life. A few tracks are connected with the joys of being a father, some were written after experiences playing alongside pop stars whilst ‘The Gentle Man’, for example, was written for my late father who is very sadly missed…”

Clive Carroll 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.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Friday 20th February 2015 – we welcomed back Hinckley ACT favourites Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn. With special guest Red Ruff.

If you’ve been to one of their gigs you will have been struck by their easy manner on stage, an amazing array of genres, Lynn’s pure vocals and of course Steve’s breathtaking guitar playing.

About Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Steve is drawn to instrumental music and, as he calls, it ‘strangely beautiful, weird and difficult stuff’. In a recent interview somebody asked him who his favourite or most influential artists were and the list included Moondog, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eric Dolphy, Kronos Quartet, Harry Partch and Alan Hovhaness.

To date, Steve has played guitar in a number of musical environments including folk groups, guitar duos, and ceilidh bands.  He has given guitar playing workshops and masterclasses at venues including the Stamford International Guitar Festival and the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. As a solo artist Steve records for Acoustic Music Records. He is also a qualified luthier specialising in early and modern fretted instruments. Hicks and Goulbourn perform and record with guitars built by Steve.

In contrast, Lynn was drawn at an early age to the smooth harmonies of Crosby Stills and Nash and The Beach Boys and the melodic tones of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, the sound of Motown, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross. Later influences included Steeleye Span, June Tabor, Annie Lennox and Indigo Girls.

Whilst Lynn has had no formal training, singing has been a passion throughout her life and more recently she has enjoyed attending vocal and challenging harmony workshops in Cumbria and Shropshire, led and inspired by Maddy Prior and Abbie Lathe.

Hicks and Goulbourn 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.

Peter Finger

Peter Finger

Friday 16th March 2012 – Peter Finger with special guests Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn plus John Montague.  

The music press includes German born Peter Finger in the pantheon of the world’s best guitarists because of his virtuosity, musicality and technique.  He was being supported on this short UK tour by Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn.

Peter Finger guitarist in concert at the Hinckley ACT

About Peter Finger…

Born in Weimar in 1954 to a conductor father. Began violin lessons at age 6, later also learned to play piano. Has played guitar since age 13. Music studies in Münster.

First recording in 1973; since that time, recordings on a regular basis in Germany, Italy, England and the USA. Record and/or CD releases for Kicking Mule Records, Stockfisch, Edition Collage and (since 1989) for Acoustic Music Records, represented on a number of international samplers.

Since 1976, repeated successful tours in Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, England, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Finland, Poland, Estonia and Russia.

Since 1979, participation in numerous television and radio productions; as ab employee of WDR, Deutschlandfunk and Deutsche Welle, author of various programs on guitar music.

Since 1981, compositions for symphony orchestra; compositions for film and television since 1985.

In 1988, establishment of own music publishing company and the Acoustic Music Records label; since then, producer of dozens – in part prize-winning – CDs with the styles of guitar music, blues, jazz and world music.

Since 1995, publisher of the Akustik Gitarre magazine.

Prizes and awards

1962 and 1969 prizewinner in the Jugend musiziert (Youth Plays Music) competition

1973 winner of the newcomer competition of the Interfolk Festival in Osnabrück

1982 prizewinner of the Ernst-Fischer-Preis for orchestral music

1985 1st prize in the composition competition of the Oldenburg State Theater for the orchestral composition “Herbstwind” (“Autumn Wind”)

2003 music-prize of Niedersachsen.

Peter Finger website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 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.

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.