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11/05/2012 @ 8:00 pm - 12/05/2012 @ 1:05 am
Sy Hayden, Martin Nelson and Phil Briggs were guest artists at this event.
Friday 11h May 2012. James Kline, a classical guitarist, composer, singer-songwritter and innovator who studied classical guitar in Spain and London and has won many international awards was welcomed to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire.
He now performs throughout eastern and western Europe as well as the United States and Mexico. With the urge to expand his horizons James recently reinvented his instrument and is now the world’s only player of the 19 string arch harp guitar, a combination of lute, guitar and Celtic harp.
About James Kline…
Classical guitarist, composer, singer-songwritter, innovator of the 19 string arch harp guitar, James Kline is an artist who constantly renews and reinvents himself.
As a classical guitarist he studied in Spain under a full scholarship from the Spanish government. There he won a number of international awards, including the Ramirez Prize of Santiago de Compostella and the Tarrega Pize of Benicasim. He holds an ARCM diploma from The Royal College of Music of London and has performed throughout eastern and western Europe as well as the United States and Mexico. He has also gained recognition as a composer and was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in music composition from the Marin Arts Council of California.
As a singer-songwritter, James draws inspiration from a slightly more unusual life experience which includes years working as a commercial fisherman, working as a wilderness guide, extensive travel on four continents, and living among Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians. An interest in Renaissance and Baroque music led him to design his own version of the eleven string arch guitar, an instrument which combines the best qualities of the lute and the guitar.
The urge to expand his horizons and dedicate more time to composing led James to co-found the neo Celtic group Bardou with whom he performs regularly. He has again reinvented his instrument to become the world’s only player of the 19 string arch harp guitar, a combination of lute, guitar, and Celtic harp.
Booking and venue details
The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 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.