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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.

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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.