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Christmas concert featuring Jaywalkers
12/12/2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12th December 2014 – we welcomed Jaywalkers to the Hinckley ACT for our grand Christmas concert. Wonderful folk and bluegrass live music.
Many friends joined us for some festive good cheer, mince pies – and of course some wonderful music.
With special guests In Any Order. Mulled wine and mince pies were served at the interval.
The summer of 2012 has seen Jaywalkers – BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 – cement their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British folk scene. June 4th saw the eagerly awaited release of their 2nd album – Early for a Thursday – but their busy summer was already well under way, with the band performing at over 24 festivals, from the farthest reaches of the A9 in North Scotland to the Southern tip of Swanage and an Eastern-most point of Broadstairs (and many places in-between). There was just enough time to fit in a quick trip to Europe, where the band were placed 3rd at the European World of Bluegrass in Holland (making them the 3rd best Bluegrass band in Europe…or, that’s how we say it anyway).
Amongst the deluge of festival appearances, there were main stage performances at Priddy, Fylde, Chester, Wirral Folk on the Coast, Purbeck and Didmarton – to name a few – and an undoubted highlight of a CD selling-out performance in front of 2000 people at Shrewsbury folk festival in late August.
The band met at a weekly bluegrass jam session in Helsby and played together in a variety of scratch bands and informal gatherings for several years, before Mike and Jay formed Jaywalkers in the summer of 2008; a few months prior to their folk awards success. Following the self-release of their highly successful debut album in March 2011 – ‘16 Miles’ – the duo became a trio in the form of bass player extraordinaire, Lucy Williams, who was too good on the recording not to be a permanent fixture.
For their second release – ‘Early for a Thursday’ – Jaywalkers have joined forces with label ‘101 Records’ in a natural progression after touring their independent, debut album for a year; this time, bringing a bigger and better sound into the studio for a wider distribution via Proper Music. The 12 track album features nine of mandolin player, Michael Giverin’s original compositions that draw on his experienced musicality and Northern heritage; taking inspiration from Lancashire dialect poems and quirky stories.
Creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Photo by Black Cherry Photography.
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.