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.
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.”
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.
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.