Concert review: Sarah Gillespie and Little Sparrow

Concert review: Sarah Gillespie and Little Sparrow – Lichfield Guildhall

As the Lichfield Arts autumn season of concerts draws to a close, the Guildhall audience was treated to an evening of quality musical entertainment featuring, in many people’s opinion, two of the finest female performers on the UK Folk/Blues circuit today. An evening to remember was had by all.

Little Sparrow (Katie Ware) with her distinctive and original vocals, beautifully accompanied by Graham Clarke on fiddle, was a delight to listen to. With a wide and seemingly effortless vocal range, Katie’s songs and stories both enthralled and mystified the audience (especially the one about the bear/human love story!).


Making a very welcome return to the Guildhall and accompanied by Tom Courtney on piano, Sarah Gillespie performed a set of originals and Jazz/Blues classics, mixed in with some more ‘down to earth’ local material. Sarah’s versions of the classics St James Infirmary and ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’ were delivered with a passion showing her Minnesota roots.

Sarah Gillespie and Little Sparrow’ are equally talented singer-songwriters and, although described by some as being as different as chalk and cheese, this pairing made for an excellent and varied evening’s entertainment. We look forward to welcoming both of them back to Lichfield Arts.

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