Latest News & Reviews from Lichfield Arts

Concert Review – Sticky Wicket and His Swing Orchestra

The drummer Sticky Wicket bought his talented Swing Orchestra to Lichfield, when they played a series of classic jazz, jump and jive songs to finish Lichfield Art’s Blues and Jazz 2017 festival. The ensemble of saxophonist Chris Gumbley, keyboard player Danny McCormack, guitarist Geoff Tooley, bassist Tomas Pedersen, and singer Linda Morris played jump, and …

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Concert Review – Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band

Review written by Ben Macnair Photography by David Jones One of the leading voices of the contemporary folk and roots scene, Nancy Kerr led her band, The Sweet Visitors through a set that encompassed pure folk, light jazz, hoe-down, and their own songs when they played to an appreciative audience on Sunday May 7th. Accompanied …

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Concert Review – Chris Helme

Words by Ben Macnair – Photography by Dave Jones With a back-ground as a busker, and time spent supporting such bands as U2 and The Rolling Stones, the singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Helme bought his many years of experience on the foot-hills of live music when he appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on April 29th. His …

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Concert Photos – Gigspanner

An appreciative audience enjoyed Peter Knight’s Gigspanner when they appeared at the Guildhall on March 26th. Photographer Dave Jones was there to catch the action.

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Concert Photos – The Stumble

Blues favourites The Stumble rocked Lichfield Guildhall on Saturday 9th April. Our intrepid photographer Dave Jones was there to catch all of the excitement.

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Concert Review – Craobh Rua

Words by Ben Macnair – Photography by David Jones A Lichfield Guildhall packed to capacity, and a leading Irish group had an early St Patrick’s Day celebration when Craobh Rua performed at Lichfield Guildhall. After years as a performing unit, and six critically well received albums into the their career the four piece of violinist …

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Concert Review – Martin Taylor at Lichfield Guildhall

Concert Review - Martin Taylor at Lichfield Guildhall

With little more than a guitar, a flawless musical technique and music from a range of sources, one of the world’s leading solo jazz guitarists, Martin Taylor gave a masterclass in authoritative music-making when he played at Lichfield Guildhall on Friday March 24th.

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Concert Review – The Orange Circus Band

Concert Review - The Orange Circus Band

Two bands of widely divergent styles performed at Lichfield Guildhall when the original folk duo Wilson/Wright and the almost genre-free The Orange Circus Band played at Lichfield Guildhall on Saturday 25th February.

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Concert Review – Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton and the 44’s

Concert Review - Steve 'Big Man' Clayton and the 44's

The popular boogie woogie and blues pianist Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton bought his talented quartet to play at Lichfield Guildhall as part of his tour.

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Concert Review – The Magical Christmas Tree

Review and photography by Ben Macnair Lichfield Arts finished a successful 2016 with a show that packed humour, stirring musicianship, dance and movement and familiar songs performed in unfamiliar ways, when The Magical Christmas Tree closed its 2016 tour at the Guildhall. The three-piece ensemble of Pete Morton on guitar and vocals, Chris Parkinson on …

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