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Rod Clements

Friday 21st November 2014 – we welcomed Rod Clements to the Hinckley ACT.

“Lyrically adept rock-blues, dark balladry and European noir from the ex-Lindisfarne and Jack the Lad founding member with an illustrious folk-roots back history.” 

With special guest Chris Chambers.

About Rod Clements

The Tyneside folk clubs of the late 60’s were a thriving scene which brought Rod into contact with some of the leading names of the day like Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Rab Noakes and many more. Most significantly for Rod and his mates, they fell in with a Newcastle singer/songwriter called Alan Hull with whom they went on to form the classic folk-rock band Lindisfarne.

Though Alan was Lindisfarne’s principal songwriter, it was Rod who provided the band with its first hit in ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ which reached the top 5 in March 1972, won Rod a Certificate of Honour at the Ivor Novello awards and paved the way for the band’s chart-topping ‘Fog On The Tyne’ album. Over thirty years on, ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ still gets regular radio play, and instantly evokes its time, as when it was recently used by the makers of the BBC-TV drama ‘Life On Mars.’

Rod’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Melanie and Joe Brown and a Clements/Stonier composition, ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’, was a much-played top 40 hit for Erin Rocha at Christmas 2003.

In recent years Rod has broken cover as a solo artist. Surprising many who previously knew him only as a background figure in Lindisfarne, Rod released his ‘Stamping Ground’ album in 2000. Combining quality new songs in a broad rootsy style, Rod’s vocal and guitar skills fronted a band including ex-Lindisfarne colleagues Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson, former Long Ryder Sid Griffin, ex-10cc drummer Paul Burgess and Thea Gilmore on vocals. The result won widespread critical acclaim.

Rod Clements website »

Booking and venue details

The entrance fee for the evening was £8 for members and £9 for non-members.
The event starts at 8.00 pm, with doors opened 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.

Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills

Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills

Friday 13th April 2012. Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills – one half of award winning acoustic quartet Waking the Witch.

These two respected songwriters have forged independent careers singing alongside Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicols and Clive Gregson but to support the release of solo albums these 2 respected singer songwriters have joined forces in a unique and personal sound, drawing on roots in traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic blues, R & B, jazz and rock.

Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills at the Hinckley ACT

About Patsy Matheson…

Her first solo album, ‘With My Boots On’, 1996 featured just her voice and that instantly recognisable guitar and received much critical acclaim (Froots described ‘an angel voice’) Along the way, she supported such names as John Martyn Glenn Tilbrook Dick Gaughan Nick Harper Al Stewart Roy Harper etc and toured the UK alongside Christy Moore as well as Gordon Giltrap. In 1997, she appearanced solo on the acoustic stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

In 2003, she took on the challenge of putting together a female vocal harmony group and Waking the Witch was formed. The band rapidly went from strength to strength, releasing three groundbreaking albums and a live DVD. They completed numerous tours of the UK, played at many of the major festivals, including Cambridge, Trowbridge and Glastonbury and made countless radio appearances, including live sessions on BBC Radio 2 for both Janice Long and Bob Harris . Patsy’s song ‘Rock n Roll’ was featured on Mike Harding’s Radio 2 Folk & Roots show.

Following the farewell tour of Waking the Witch in spring 2008, and armed with a bunch of brand new songs, Patsy set about recording a solo album, ‘Little Piece of England’ . Over the last 3 years, she has toured the length and breadth of the UK, ccompanied by legendary songwriter/guitar player, Clive Gregson and also can be heard singing on his latest album‘Bittersweet’ (Spring 2011).

Patsy Matheson website » 

About Becky Mills…

Becky has an unusual way of describing herself…

“My name is Rebecca Tamsin Ballantyne Mills. Seriously! I am a quarter of the band ‘Waking The Witch’. I don’t do much solo stuff anymore, – I much prefer playing with my Weehatches, it’s so much more fun. I have been performing since I was 16 and writing for all that time too. I am completely doing this wrong aren’t I? I will start again… Becky first started performing at the age of 16 to huge audiences in Harrogate.

“She was declared ‘a massive talent’ by the time she was 17 and everybody loved her. She became friends with Sting, and it was he himself who decided that Harrogate should erect a large bronze statue of her image in the town centre. In spring, the children dance around it and sing Becky Mills songs in her honour. The same thing happens in her home town of Pickering, but the statue is made of wood and has since shed its nose. I am often told…I mean, she is often told that had she not become a pop/rock/folk star then U2 would probably be more well-known today.”

Becky Mills 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.