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Hickman & Quinn

Concert special – the exceptional Hickman and Quinn

Hickman and Quinn at the Hinckley ACT

Hickman and Quinn - first visit to the Hinckley ACT

Appearing on Wednesday 16th February 2011, the dynamic duo from Shrewsbury played folk and roots original and traditional songs.

James Hickman and Chris Quinn share lead and backup roles on guitar and vocals as they play their exciting array of material that draws its influences from Britain, Ireland and America. With special guest Si Hayden.

About Hickman and Quinn

They have recently released the album “Times”, co-produced by Andy Bell (Seasick Steve and K. T. Tunstall). It’s a powerful collection of original songs that have one foot in the past, one in the future and features Karen Tweed on accordion.

Hickman and Quinn have toured extensively at home and abroad and have opened up for acts like the Jools Holland Orchestra, Katie Melua, Seth Lakeman and the Levellers.
Hickman and Quinn website.

Si Hayden - classical Spanish style guitarist

Si Hayden - classical Spanish style guitarist

Si Hayden is a classical Spanish style guitarist, who will blow you away with his jazz, Latin and funk infused songs.
“Hayden is a very accomplished guitarist, with a good range of styles and moods.”
(fROOTS Magazine/FolkRoots)

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £7 for members and £8 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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Doghouse Central

Concert special – Doghouse Central

This dynamic trio of Russ Williams (double bass and vocals) John Dowling, award winning banjo player and Iain Reddy on guitar blew everyone’s minds at the Appleby Bluegrass Festival during the summer and we knew we had to book them. With special guest Guy Rogers.

About Doghouse Central

Musically they are superb! John Dowling remains the only European to have ever won the USA National Banjo Championships. Iain Reddy achieved his grade 8 guitar exam at the tender age of twelve, whilst Russ Williams is one of the finest rockabilly bass players in the country and has also been recognised in America for his ability.

Doghouse Central - first time at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

Doghouse Central – first time at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

The music is a mix of Swing, Jazz and Bluegrass that will get every foot tapping in the room and allow the listener to sit back and forget their troubles for an evening.

Along with master musicianship they also throw in some humour into their act, however every performance is unscripted so the banter is always improvised. Iain Reddy is a natural comedian, and is able to find the funny side of almost anything.

When asked if he’s ready to start a song his usual reply is “I was born Reddy”. Russ Williams has a very dry Northern sense of humour that is usually aimed toward the hard times of life. He actually said on stage to the audience “Kids, don’t get married! Just find someone you hate and buy them a house!”

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £10 for members and £11 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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

Gordon Giltrap

Concert special – Gordon Giltrap

Friday 21st January 2011: Special Concert. This was a chance for Hinckley ACT fans to enjoy a very special evening with one of the most popular performers ever to appear at the venue.

Gordon Giltrap at the Hinckley ACT

Gordon Giltrap - a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT

About Gordon Giltrap

One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands.

With over 40 years in the business, Gordon will satisfy fans with his most well loved hits, as well as explaining the history of his many different guitars. Be prepared for beautiful compositions that cross all musical genres, wit, charm and unbelievable talent.

Well known for his collaborations with other artists and his work for both the BBC and commercial television. “Heartsong” is instantly recognized as the theme for the holiday programme. Gordon continues to delight his audiences and no two concerts are ever the same.

“Gordon Giltrap is one of an elite few who truly have become legendary in their field in their own lifetime. I am proud to call him my friend.”
Brian May (Queen).

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £10 for members and £11 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.
Telephone 01455 631 609 and ask for Keith or Pam London. Or email us at info@hinckleyact.co.uk

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