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November 2018 club night

Open mike evening at the Hinckley ACT

Come to the Hinckley ACT on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border, for what promises to be another excellent open mike session featuring the usual eclectic mix of styles.

These informal concert evenings feature some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire and across the East and West Midlands.

Non players are also most welcome to just come along, sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the music.

With special guest Richard Matthews.

About club nights

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company at our monthly open mike night – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine… We always have a marvellous array of talent including the likes of Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Chris Tobin and Brian Reed.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Pam London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members. The event starts 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 Pam London, or get in touch via email.

Ranagri

Friday 26th October 2018 – we welcome Ranagri including Eleanor Turner to the Hinckey ACT.

Ranagri produce an electrifying mix of original virtuosic instrumentals, haunting melodies, vivid storytelling and a unique take on old and new folk songs.

With special guest Martin Nelson.

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About Ranagri

2015 sawthe release of their debut album ‘Fort of The Hare’ on Stockfisch Records, followednot long after by the album ‘Tradition’. In 2016 they released ‘VOICES’ to widecritical acclaim followed by a book ‘Song Folk Art’ and accompanying downloadablealbum. Then came a collaboration with the legendary Tony Christie for ‘The GreatIrish Songbook’ – a journey into their shared Irish heritage on the Stockfisch &Wrasse labels.

Ranagri signed a new recording contract with Grammy Award Winning record label ‘Stockfisch’ early in 2018, where they have just completed recording a brand new (as yet untitled) album which will be released on SACD – CD & Vinyl on 1st December ’18.

Ranagri are mid-way through their busiest year yet, with tours in the UK and the rest of Europe and an album launch in December.

The Ranagri 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.

Reg Meuross

Friday 21st September 2018 – we welcome Reg Meuross to the Hinckey ACT.

During 2017 Reg was described by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show as a “brilliant singer songwriter with a social conscience” and he toured the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales as well as delighting audiences in South Africa, Spain and Portugal.

With special guest Steve Adams.

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About Reg Meuross

Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of  “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. 

Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Many will know Reg for the extraordinary intimacy of his live solo performances, and it’s the countless requests at these unique events for ‘the one that sounds just like what we’ve just heard’ that have inspired the production of this distinctive and entirely solo album of new songs.  After 10 album releases Reg Meuross has returned to the solo format which inspired him to write and sing in the first place.

The Reg Meuross 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.

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August 2018 club night

Open mike evening at the Hinckley ACT

Come to the Hinckley ACT on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border, for what promises to be another excellent open mike session featuring the usual eclectic mix of styles.

These informal concert evenings feature some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire and across the East and West Midlands.

Non players are also most welcome to just come along, sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the music.

With special guest Dave Fry.

About club nights

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company at our monthly open mike night – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine… We always have a marvellous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Chris Tobin and Brian Reed.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Pam London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members. The event starts 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 Pam London, or get in touch via email.

Vikki Clayton

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.

About Vikki Clayton

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”.

Vikki Clayton’s website »

Booking and venue details

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.

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 Earl Trio

Friday 18th May 2018 – we welcome the Earl Trio back to the Hinckley ACT.

Acoustic and slide guitars and a mixture of original songs covering Americana, country and blues.

With special guest Richard Matthews.

About The Earl Trio

John started playing at the tender age of 6 when he asked his parents for a guitar, which was a surprise to them as they are not musical! He started learning chords from books and found a fascination in electric guitars as well as a love of rock music.

Singer/songwriter Stuart Earl started writing songs in 2001. He formed ‘EARL’ with Lyndon Webb and wrote the songs for his 1st album ‘My name is Earl –The Album’.

The duo expanded into a 4 piece band and regularly play gigs and festivals across the country. Based in South West and Wales they play acoustic and slide guitars and a mixture of original songs covering Americana, country and blues.

The second album ‘Peanuts & Monkeys’ was released in 2013. Stuart and Lyndon were joined by Michael Messer, slide guitar master and album co- producer along with Richard Causon (Tom Jones, Ryan Adams). It features pedal steel legend BJ Cole on three of the songs. The rhythm section features the talents of Andy Crowdy on Bass guitar and double bass, and Simon Price on drums.

The album was recorded ‘live’ at Leif Storm Studios, London in the summer of 2013. It comprises 11 original songs written by Stuart Earl.

The Earl Trio 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.

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The Gerry Colvin Band

Friday 27th April 2018 – a welcome return to the Hinckley ACT for The Gerry Colvin Band.

Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. “His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh and cry in the same breath.”

About The Gerry Colvin Band

Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness.

In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.

In the early 1980’s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ‘Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including “The Tube” and “The Old Grey Whistle Test”. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released ‘Let’s Get the Hell Back to Lubbock’, the definitive ‘Terry and Gerry’ compilation.

In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience’, a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.

In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band ‘The Atlantics’: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC’s prestigious ‘Pebble Mill at One’.

Colvin’s other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook.

In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record ‘Revolution’ for the ‘Beatles complete on ukulele’ album and website.

In 2015 the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo culminating with a concert at The Albert Hall!! Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the ‘Dear John’ EP: a self penned tribute to the late John Peel. Cherry Red re-issued the greatest hits album too!!

In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ . His new CD ‘Six of One half a Dozen of the Other’, a collection of ten(!) brand new songs, is available now. And his novel ‘The Rabbits of Zakynthos’ will be published next year.

The Gerry Colvin website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £11 for members and £12 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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Red Shoes

Friday 23rd February 2018: we welcome Red Shoes for a much anticipated return visit to the Hinckley ACT on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border.

Red Shoes are now rekindling imaginations and rousing spirits of audiences across the Folk and Acoustic circuit, both in clubs and at festivals. “Timeless, classic songs that you feel you already know. A high-quality contemporary singer-songwriter folk-rock record” – Folk and Roots.

Image © Suzy Gallier.

With special guest Steve Adams.

About Red Shoes

Somewhere in Birmingham in the early eighties, a young folk singer called Carolyn auditioned guitarist Mark Evans for her band. Little was she to know at the time, that this would become a partnership not only in songwriting and performing, but also in marriage.

With their musical and lyrical savoir-faire they carefully craft images and hooks that remain determined to get in your head, representing points of view that give potency to the music and create lasting impressions.

Red Shoes are now rekindling imaginations and rousing spirits of audiences across the Folk and Acoustic circuit, both in clubs and at festivals.  With their musical and lyrical savoir-faire they carefully craft images and hooks that remain determined to get in your head, representing points of view that give potency to the music and create lasting impressions. Ring Around The Land contains sharply observed songs with backbone and intensity that will take listeners on an emotional journey, from the heartfelt deeply personal My Father’s Green Beret to the rousing anthem of the title track. The poignant opening song Celtic Moon was recently recorded by Fairport Convention on their album Festival Bell.

“This is modern British music of the finest quality and one of those albums that you can dip into time and again to find new nuggets just as you think you have them sussed. Brilliant” – Music-News.com

Red Shoes website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 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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Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Friday 16th February 2018: we welcome Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton to the Hinckley ACT – with special guest Brian Phillips.

“Superb musicianship, brilliant conception and execution… all you people who think you can jazz-up folk music – hear this and weep!” – Flos Headford.

 

About Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton

Since forming in 1999 this incredible duo have recorded four albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere.

The list of musicians they have played with is impressive…

Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Joss Stone, Dando Shaft, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Bellowhead….

but it can’t prepare you for this unique partnership.

To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on Folk music from all corners of the world but their experience in Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory.

What you’ll notice at their concerts is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

Joe Broughton’s website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £10 for members and £11 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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January 2018 club night

The perfect way to welcome in the new year! Come to the Hinckley ACT on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border, for what promises to be another excellent open mike session featuring the usual eclectic mix of styles.

These informal concert evenings feature some of the finest acoustic folk, rock, jazz and blues musicians and singers in Leicestershire and across the East and West Midlands.

Non players are also most welcome to just come along, sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the music.

With special guest Bob Tibbetts.

About club nights

Come and enjoy some wonderful music and good company at our monthly open mike night – not to mention plenty of fine ale and a selection of wine… We always have a marvellous array of talent including the likes of Si Hayden, Nigel Beck, Bob Tibbetts, Chris Tobin and Brian Reed.

Please come along and join in!

The Hinckley ACT always provides the warmest of welcomes for guest and performers alike. So whether you want to enjoy listening to others (with pint in hand of course!), or would like to come along and share your music with us, we will be delighted to see you.

Many guest performers have become firm favourites at the club, returning time and again to present both original works and cover versions for the appreciative audience.

Book in advance!

Our club nights are becoming so popular with performers that it is a good idea to let us know in advance that you would like a slot for the evening. If you want to come and play, please email Pam London a few days in advance.

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members. The event starts 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 Pam London, or get in touch via email.