Tag Archives | Cathryn Craig

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Friday 12th April 2019 – we welcome Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby for a welcome return visit to the Hinckley ACT – this time with some very special guests. 

Funny stories, serious songs, great singing – and inventive guitar playing.

With special guests Rob Armstrong and Sheila Rigg.

Buy tickets for Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby »

You can purchase tickets online for this event. Please see our terms and conditions.


Ticket type



About Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

A Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby show will have you tapping your feet, joining in with the choruses, enjoying their stories and being in awe of Cathryn’s great singing and Brian’s inventive guitar playing.

Their “AIice’s Song” was an Aled Jones ‘highlight of the year’ on BBC Radio 2

In April 2017 they were nominated in Folking.com’s ‘Best Duo’ category.

‘If you haven’t heard Craig & Willoughby then you haven’t heard a professional acoustic duo Cathryn‘s voice and Brian‘s interweaving guitar parts blend so perfectly together.

David Dee Moore (Blues and Roots Radio).

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £11 for members and £12 for non-members.
The event starts 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.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Friday 22nd April 2016 brings the welcome return of Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby to the Hinckley ACT music club in Leicestershire.

“Staggeringly good… truly magical guitar work, vocals to lift your heart and soul, with songs that are utterly unforgettable…”

Cathryn Craig

is from Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. 

Her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book “English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians”.

Brian Willoughby

is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

Both have accompanied Nanci Griffith.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby website »

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.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

September 2nd saw the welcome return of Cathryn and Brian to the Hinckley ACT. Brian Willoughby (ex Strawbs) is such an assured guitar player and Cathryn Craig is one of the best singer-songwriters around…

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby at the Hinckley ACT

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT

Cathryn Craig

…has sung with the Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein, Jorma Kaukonnen, Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks and Chet Atkins. Her solo releases include Porch Songs “…favourite album of the year!” (Froots). and Pigg River Symphony “Roots Music at its most personal and involving” (HMV Choice).

Brian Willoughby

…began his career with Mary Hopkin and played with Strawbs for 25 years. He has worked with Monty Python, New World, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker, Jim Diamond and Sweet’s Brian Connolly.  Strawbs offshoots High Society and gold award-winning The Monks feature Brian on lead guitar.

Solo CDs include Black & White “simply very good contemporary songwriting” (Froots), Fingers Crossed “impeccably crafted album  moves seamlessly through just about the whole gamut of styles”(Guitarist).

Craig and Willoughby

…both Cathryn and Brian have worked with Nanci Griffith.
Craig & Willoughby releases include  I Will “sublime guitar work together with one of the finest voices around and you are on to a winner” (Folking.com), and Calling All Angels “traditional songs and delicately crafted originalsby assured performers with formidable story-telling abilities” (Record Collector).
The Alice’s Song single is a BBC Radio 2 “Spotlight” favourite.

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £9 for members and £10 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.