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Clive Carroll

Friday 15th November 2019 – we welcome Clive Carroll to the Hinckley ACT for a highly anticipated return visit.

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Clive Carroll has created a sound world all his own, with a signature blend of warmth and humour that belies his dazzling technical skill.

With special guest Lily Neill.

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About Clive Carroll

Clive’s masterful compositions feature influences mined from the delicate cadences of Elizabethan lute classics, the imaginative eccentricity of Frank Zappa, visionary classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, and hints of jazz and Delta blues!

Clive made his musical debut at age two as a banjo-strumming cowboy singing nursery rhymes, and went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London.

He has toured and worked with guitar greats such as John Williams, Tommy Emmanuel, Xuefei Yang, Ralph Towner, and John Renbourn – as well as pop icon, Madonna!

Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls Clive, “Probably the best and most original young acoustic guitarist/composer in Britain”, and Total Guitar Magazine includes him in their “Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitarists of All-Time”.

Clive’s latest solo CD, “The Furthest Tree”, has been described as “…sensational instrumental music that knows no boundaries”, and, “…a classic recording in the field of guitar music”.

The Clive Carroll 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.

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Friday 11th October 2019: a welcome return the excellent Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn for another evening of music at the Hinckley ACT.

The music that Steve and Lynn make as the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complex guitar work. Whilst the genres in their typical sets are wide ranging there is no compromise in quality and their live performances are interspersed with engaging anecdotes and humour.

Special guest Jenny Biddle.


About Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn

Whilst Lynn has had no formal training, singing has been a passion throughout her life and more recently she has enjoyed attending vocal and challenging harmony workshops in Cumbria and Shropshire, led and inspired by Maddy Prior and Abbie Lathe.

Steve was 13 when he started playing guitar. Motivated by his dad’s promise of a decent guitar, Steve agreed to take lessons. Early tuition was in the classical genre and then later, he studied fingerstyle jazz guitar with Duck Baker. Nowadays you could expect to hear Steve, seemingly effortlessly, play classic ragtime, swing jazz, blues, Celtic, early and modern classical pieces… all with an ease that will leave you spellbound!

Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn 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.

Wizz Jones

Friday 20th September 2019 – this was a welcome return visit for the incomparable Wizz Jones.

Acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter and bluesman.

With special guest Guy Rogers.

About Wizz Jones

Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.

He then followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a ‘right hand worthy of Broonzy’!

John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.

With a career now spanning 60 years Wizz continues to tour on the acoustic folk and blues circuit, usually solo but sometimes with his son Simeon on sax, flute and harmonica.

The Wizz Jones 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.

Hickman & Quinn with Tom Moore

Friday 13th September 2019 – we welcome Hickman & Quinn with Tom Moore to the Hinckley ACT for an evening of entertaining acoustic music.

With special guest Philip Briggs.

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Hickman & Quinn with Tom Moore

This talented trio has come together especially for a very exciting evening of acoustic music at the Hinckley ACT.

Featuring ACT favourite James Hickman and Chris Quinn, this will be the first time in a while we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy their captivating mix of folk and roots music, comprising of original and traditional songs.

For this concert they will be joined by bass player Tom Moore, who frequently appears with the excellent Remi Harris Trio.

James Hickman, Chris Quinn were joined by guest bassist Larry Melton from the USA in the video (above).

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.

The Shackleton Trio

Friday 21st June 2019 – we welcome The Shackleton Trio to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

The Shackleton Trio features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi.

With special guest Mark Guyatt.

About The Shackleton Trio

Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the success of their debut album ‘The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed’, they are excited to be heading back out on the road with a brand new release ‘Fen, Farm, and Deadly Water’.

​Recorded at Grange Farm Studios in the heart of the Norfolk Fenlands, the album continues to showcase the band’s eclectic musical background. Locally sourced material includes a Fenland song from pig farmer Fred Rooke, the haunting 1611 poem Powtes Complaint, as well as the Cry Of The Radish Boys At Great Yarmouth, given a distinctly bluegrassy twist. The album also showcases the trio’s instrumental prowess, with original compositions The Stanford and Bolton Lodge, alongside Karen Tweed’s Only Viveka, and Swedish polska the Penknife Killer. Original songs by Georgia top off an impressively varied yet coherent album that seamlessly blends a broad musical palette.

The Shackleton Trio 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.

Sally Barker

Friday 17th May 2019 – we welcome Sally Barker to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

“The emotion and passion in her voice, the vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art that not too many singers can master.” – Maverick Magazine.

Featuring Dillon Thomas.

About Sally Barker

In the early 90’s Sally opened for both Bob Dylan and Robert Plant in Germany and toured consistently in Europe during this time, both solo and with the Poozies, releasing albums along the way.

She was Tom Jones’ finalist on the BBC TV programme The Voice in 2014, reducing Sir Tom, and viewers alike, to tears with her flawless performances. Sally subsequently turned down a large advance and the opportunity to record a covers album for Universal, choosing to finish the Poozies’ album ‘Into the Well’ and work on songs for her new album, ‘Ghost Girl’ whilst continuing to tour both solo and with the Poozies.

A call from Jerry Donahue led to Sally also performing with the re-formed Fotheringay alongside original members Jerry, Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway and newbies PJ Wright and Kathryn Roberts to promote the ‘Nothing More’ 2015 released box set.

Sally’s album ‘Ghost Girl’ was released to coincide with Fairport Convention’s tour as they celebrated their 50 years on the road with Sally as their support artist.

More about Sally »

The Sally Barker website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £14 for members and £15 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.

Latitude

Friday 26th April 2019 – we welcomed Latitude for a welcome return visit to the Hinckley ACT.

Cool jazz, Latin rhythm and virtuosic playing.


About Latitude

Latitude set the pulses racing with foot tapping and scintillating music.

With striking instrumental interplay of clarinets, guitar and percussion their show is packed with novel and unique arrangements of Klezmer, Latin, Classical and Popular tunes.

Latitude features:-

  • Verity Morris, Clarinet
  • Harry Heppingstall, Percussion
  • Neville Cooper, Classical Guitar.

Their show fizzes with energy as the band perform with virtuosity and enthusiasm.

Latitude 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.

Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee

Friday 22nd March 2019 – we welcomed Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee as a duo to the Hinckley ACT for the first time.

One of only two chances to see McShee and Dempsey perform together in 2019!


About Kevin Dempsey and Jacqui McShee

Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey started working together when he was invited to play with Pentangle at the New Forest Folk Festival in July 2017. After this success they went on to the concert held in homage to Bert Jansch at Queens Hall, Edinburgh in August of the same year.

 They got on well and so decided to play some gigs as a duo, working in Italy in May and August 2018, and also as sup- port for Steeleye Span in Liverpool dur- ing their autumn tour. More gigs in the UK and abroad are planned for 2019 along with a CD of new material.

Jacqui McShee

Jacqui McShee was a founder member of Pentangle, formed in early 1967 with the renowned guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. After the band folded in 1973 she continued working with John to form the John Renbourn Band and also performing with him as a duo until his untimely death. Jacqui formed her own version of Pentangle in 1994 and continues to work in that format, as well as with Alan Thomson and Gerry Conway, as the trio, Take 3.

Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle website »

Kevin Dempsey

 Kevin Dempsey is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, composer, teacher, arranger and producer. Over forty five years he has literally toured the world and played with jazz, blues and folk musicians from Percy Sledge and Alice Coltrane to Mary Black and Whippersnapper with Dave Swarbrick.

Currently Kevin is working with Joe Broughton, Carolyn Robson and Paul Hutchinson, but most of his time is dedicated to solo work and he has spent summer 2018 touring Germany, Austria and Italy.

Kevin Dempsey’s website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £14 for members and £15 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.

Secret Magpies

Friday 22nd February 2019 – we welcomed Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader AKA Secret Magpies for a concert at the Hinckley ACT.

They used to be “The Way Out” – now you can enjoy their original progressive folk in a new guise…

With special guest Melanie Pegge.

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About Secret Magpies

The Secret Magpies are Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader.

“We’re from Loughborough in Leicestershire, in the UK, and we write and perform Original Progressive Folk(ish) music. We both sing, and between us we play piano, electric and acoustic guitars, lyre, mandolin, dobro, and lap steel. We’re both full time musicians and experienced performers, and met by chance at the All At Seagrave festival in May 2016.

“After doing a totally unrehearsed set there, we realised we had something special together, and until April 2018 we performed as The Way Out.

“In April 2018 we reluctantly decided to change our name. There were just too many other outfits using The Way Out. It made life very difficult in digital media. We were hard to find. So we became The Secret Magpies.”

The Secret Magpies 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.

Steve Tilston

Friday 18th January 2019 – we welcome one of our most celebrated songsmiths for a concert at the Hinckley ACT.

He wrote classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s to Tom Paine, The Naked Highwayman and the award-winning The Reckoning.

With special guest Rocket Science.

About Steve Tilston

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since.

Life by Misadventure, And So It Goes, Solo Rubato and Such and Such all featuring first-class song-writing, quintessentially English in style and typically Tilston, marking him out as one of this country’s finest writers.

The instrumental Swans at Coole is testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the tradition and included new interpretations of old favourites on his original recordings. Of Many Hands is his first “all-traditional” album; with unique arrangements of timeless classics.

There’s also a “best of” anthology, The Greening Wind and a live album Live Hemistry recorded on tour with Fairport Convention. Back on song-writing form, he released Ziggurat in 2008 from which A Pretty Penny made it into Acoustic Magazine’s top 50 songs.

The Steve Tilston 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.