For the past three years Kev Dempsey has been, with Joe Broughton one of our most popular tutors on their Folk Guitar and Fiddle Workshop.We have loved hearing them play here at Creative Vacances and their jamming sessions late into the night are highlights of the week but we have never had the chance to see Kev play a “proper” concert.
When we were in England recently and saw that Kev was playing a gig on Friday 18 November at the Hinckley Act we couldn’t resist. Kevin would be appearing with the talented accordionist Karen Tweed.
The Hinckley Act has to be one of the most unusual venues in the U.K. Established by chairman Keith London on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
Kev was as good as we imagined. His voice like velvet and his guitar playing sublime and inspirational. It was particularly nice for us that he played and sung Resurrection Jack that he had composed while he was with us in 2010.
Living in France we hear a lot of accordion music and much of it is very bad! Karen played the accordion with such skill and passion that it was a joy to hear and like listening to a completely different instrument.
We passed a really memorable evening at the Hinckley Act. They have a superb programme of concerts scheduled for this year. Check out their web site. www.hinckleyact.co.uk