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Miranda Sykes

Friday 14th February 2020 – Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns to the Hinckley ACT.

She is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.

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About Miranda Sykes

Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall.

Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us?

Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

The Miranda Sykes website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £12 for members and £13 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.

Jez Lowe

Friday 17th January 2020 – this will be a welcome first visit for one of the UK’s busiest folk performers.

“No-one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe” – Mike Harding.

With special guest Bob Tibbetts.

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About Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies.

His Men At Words tour of North America saw Jez joining forces with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher for much-acclaimed concerts across Canada and the USA.

And as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell out theatre performances around the UK.

Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, The McCalmans, Mary Black, The Duhks, Bob Fox, The Young Uns, Enda Kenny, Cherish The Ladies, Tom McConville, The Clancys and scores more, have queued up to adopt his songs for their own repertoires.

No wonder no less than Richard Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time”, and personally invited him to play at Thompson’s Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre in 2010.

The Jez Lowe website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening will be £13 for members and £14 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.

Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey

Friday 13th December 2019 – we welcomed Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey back to the Hinckley ACT for our Christmas special concert.

Featuring mulled wine and mince pies in the interval!

With special guest Steve Adams.

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About Jacqui McShee and Kevin Dempsey

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 will be £9 for members and £10 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.

September 2019 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 Mick Mangan.

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.

“The show must go on” – special concert

Friday 12th April 2019 – a change of programme for the evening, featuring some of the Hinckley ACT’s favourite performers! 

We had hoped to see Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby back in concert at the Club. However, Cathryn has been in hospital and the Consultant says “NO!” to her touring and performing for a bit. We wish Cathryn a speedy recovery and will arrange another date for their appearance.  

What a lineup!

In the spirit of “The show must go on” a number of the Hinckley ACT’s regular local performers have all agreed to step in to provide an alternative programme.

• Rob Armstrong and Sheila Rigg
• Vagabond Fires
• Desperately Seeking Snow White
• Steve Adams.

As 11th April is World Parkinson’s Day 2019, we have decided to make it a charitable fund-raising concert.  We won’t charge an entry fee, but the Parkinsons’ UK donation buckets will be out and a suggested donation of £5 (or more!) per person will be greatly appreciated! 

This will be a varied evening of music in support of a worthy charity cause and also in memory of the Club’s founder Keith London.

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.

February 2019 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 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 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.

Christmas concert: Jigantics

Friday 14th December brings a welcome return of Jigantics for the Hinckley ACT Christmas spectacular! A genre-defying mix of Roots, Blues, Trad, Country and then some…

“With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to hop between styles almost at will – but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact.”
Richard Howarth, Stratford Herald.

Mulled wine and mince pies served in the interval.

About Jigantics

Keith Thompson – vocals, guitar, bass guitar.
Keith brings a fantastic voice, virtuoso guitar and wealth of touring experience to the band having toured the length and breadth of the UK and Europe as a solo artist and with his own band. Over the years he has also released a lot of incidental music for television programs and soundtrack projects and he has sold over 100,000 albums.

Sarah Kelly – vocals, ukulele, bass guitar.
Sarah has performed at all the major mainland UK Ukulele festivals and abroad. A covert singer-songwriter, overt ukulele obsessive and eclectic song collector, Sarah loves to perform original songs, old songs, contemporary songs but always TRUE songs: Winner of the Musician’s Union instrumentalist trophy 2017.

Mark Cole – vocals, squeezebox, harmonica, mandolin, guitar.
Mark is an irrepressible front man who seemingly is able to pick up almost any instrument and get an exciting noise out of it. A top vocalist, prolific collaborator and in demand international session player. Mark’s performance, vocal or instrumental, is always very much from the heart.

Martin Fitzgibbon – percussion, drums, vocals.
Marty has performed with and in front of, some of the biggest names in the world of popular music, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Lou Reed et al but says the Jigantics are the most exciting project he’s ever been involved with.

Jigantics 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.

The Remi Harris Trio

Friday 16th November 2018 – a particularly warm welcome back to the Remi Harris Trio, who quickly sold out last time they played a barnstorming concert at the Hinckey ACT.

Remi Harris is an exciting guitarist from the UK who’s unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Electronic and World Music.

With special guest Mick Mangan.

About Remi Harris

He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.​

In his live shows Remi plays an eclectic mix of original compositions, improvisations, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green and many more. He plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars and the shows are interspersed with his commentary about the history of the music and instruments he’s playing.

Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

​”an incredible guitarist” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

The Remi Harris Trio website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening were £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.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Friday 28th September 2018 – we welcome Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman the Hinckey ACT.

“This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes – this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!”
The Belfast Telegraph.

With special guest Paul Sherlaw.

About Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (LIVE IRELAND) has by now brought its unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents. Chris and Máire have performed at over 175 folk, Celtic, arts, harp and guitar festivals in Europe, the USA and Australasia and have given almost two thousand concerts in venues large and small – from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney’s Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. Their six duo and five solo CDs, instructional books and collaborations with many other luminaries of the Celtic, folk, swing jazz and bluegrass worlds express both the depth of their commitment to tradition and an eternally playful, curious and adventurous spirit.

Máire is harp and voice soloist with the New English Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of New College Oxford on John Cameron’s Missa Celtica (Erato Disques); her singing features on the Goldcrest film Driftwood and her harping on Dan ar Braz’s Gold Disc-awarded CD Finisterres (Sony). They’re featured on the Polygram USA CD and associated PBS TV special Celtic Harpestry.

Maire Ni Chathasaigh 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.

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.

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 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.