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Chris Conway and Dan Britton

Friday 24th April 2020 – we welcome Chris Conway and Dan Britton to the Hinckley ACT.

“Both are strong singers, considerably talented songwriters and excellent musicians so it’s hardly surprising that the self-penned material is of typically high quality.” – Rock n Reel Magazine.

With special guest Andy Griffiths.

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Chris Conway and Dan Britton are a powerful combination demonstrated to anyone who has caught them live, and on their 3 albums Just Be Real on A New Day Records, Live, and Safe Harbour on Oblong Music, and their Live In Edinburgh DVD.

Chis Conway is best known as the multi-instrumental wizard in the Vikki Clayton Band. He has worked with members of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention, Talvin Singh and toured with Monkee Peter Tork. He has made 8 songs albums, several acclaimed in Q Magazine, Mojo, and Time Out.

Dan Britton has played with Jackie Leven and Cathy Lesurf and has supported the likes of the Saw Doctors and Dick Gaughan. He has released several nationally acclaimed albums and featured on Radio 2 as lead singer with the Katy Lied project. A passionate performer, his powerful voice and stage presence immediately attracts attention.

Together they have toured the UK, supported Bob Geldof. Frances Black, Jefferson Starship, Country Joe McDonald and Roy Wood.

As well as their song sets, they also are part of Celtic band Govannen.

Blending American and Celtic styles, and between them playing guitars, flutes and whistles, keyboards, bodhran, kalimbas as well as their fantastically strong vocals, they have the unique ability to sound like a full band. They rock!

Chris Conway and Dan Britton website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £10 for members and £11 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.

Ian Bland and friends

Friday 13th July 2018 – we caught up with Ian Bland as the Melbourne based singer/songwriter and poet paid his first visit to the Hinckley ACT.

“Bland’s gnarled, world weary voice is unaffected, emotive and genuine, a true voice of Australia. He’s Jack Thompson in ‘Sunday Too Far Away’ and Bill Hunter in ‘Newsfront’; he is also essential listening.”
Trevor J. Leedon – Rhythms Magazine

With special guest appearance by Rob Armstrong and Sheila Rigg.

About Ian Bland

With a career spanning over thirty years, the words and music of Ian Bland are an intrinsic part of the fabric of Melbourne’s music scene.

He has been playing and recording his own unique brand of music in various guises since the late seventies, most recently with “The Lamington Drive Orchestra” a veritable who’s who of Melbourne musicians.

Since 2007 Ian has penned and presented a poem each Sunday on “The JVG Radio Method” on Triple R, and has performed his poetry at venues as diverse as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Palais and recently as a spokesperson for saving live music in Melbourne, on the steps of Parliament House.

His music blends a lifetime of musical influences including country, celtic, and folk with insightful stories drawn from contemporary rural and urban Australia, topics as diverse as drought, lawyers and the demise of suburban pubs. He has an innate way of getting to the heart of the matter through his evocative songwriting and a way of connecting with the audience which is both disarming and captivating.

The Ian Bland website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £5 for members and £6 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.

The Harvey Band

The Harvey Band

14th October 2011 saw the second visit to the Hinckley ACT of the Harvey Band“A truly exceptional band crafted using the finest local ingredients to deliver a refreshing, full bodied flavour and mellow Celtic aftertaste.”

The Harvey Band - Folk with a Celtic aftertaste at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

The Harvey Band – Folk with a Celtic aftertaste at the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire

About The Harvey Band…

This fine brew combines unique, locally-produced material with traditional numbers and other well-known ingredients (such as Show of Hands and Paul Brady) to create a richly satisfying blend.
Ideal served at folk clubs and festivals.

Contains:
Alan Harvey: Lead vocals, bodhran, whistle
Anne Bowden: Flute, whistle, cell
Bill Bates: Guitar

The Harvey Band website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £7 for members and £8 for non-members. The event started at 7.30 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.

A splendid evening’s entertainment. One of the most interesting examples of Celtic influenced music that we have seen for quite some time… – Keith London

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.