Friday 27th July 2018 – a very warm welcome back to the Hinckley ACT for the wonderful Vikki Clayton.
“Crystal clear vocals” – The Guardian.
“Peachy voiced, enchanting” – Mojo.
“No mean songwriter” – Rock n’Reel.
With special guest Dave Kirk.
In the early 80’s, the fun began. Invited to sing with Ragged Heroes, a cult folk rock band, Vikki thrived.
“I’d found my forte. I’d always kicked around with rock bands and played in folk clubs but here was a chance to combine my two favourite musical loves.”
“Ragged Heroes Annual” was released to much acclaim and notice was taken of Vikki’s lovely voice. They were invited to perform at one of the early Cropredy festivals in 1984 and gigs started to escalate. However the band drifted apart and eventually called it a day because “we were eight in number and our bar tab usually came to more than our fee”.
Then somebody sent Fairport Convention a copy of Vikki’s album “Lost Lady Found”. At the same time Jerry Donahue heard Vikki sing and was moved to tears because she sounded so much like Sandy Denny. What became of these two events was a long period of appearing with Fairport Convention, fronting the newly formed Fotheringhay – amusingly known as “The Nerve” and forming her own band featuring stellar performers Clive Bunker, Fred T Baker and Chris Conway.
So six solo albums later and many appearances on other recordings Vikki is proud to release “Messenger”.
The entrance fee for the evening was for members and £11 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.