Latest News & Reviews from Lichfield Arts

Words and photography by Ben Macnair With a raucous sound that blended bassy blues, delicate acoustic ditties, a steam-punk aesthetic, and catchy, singalong songs, The Jar Family bought their festival ready sound to bear when they closed Lichfield Arts Spring 2017 season in Lichfield Guildhall. The six piece of Max Bianco on vocals, guitar, harmonica, …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair Two trios of talented musicians played to an appreciative audience when The Jaywalkers and Claret appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Friday 28th April. Local folk favourites Claret started the evening. Stalwarts of the local folk and roots scene, Sandra and Tim Robinson between them play guitar, mandolin, accordion, bodhran …

With their canary yellow zoot-suits, sharp, brass heavy sound, and repertoire of the some of the most toe-tapping songs from the past 50 or so years, The Jive Aces showed an appreciative, and large audience why they are one of the leading ensembles in their packed field when they played at Lichfield Guildhall on Friday …

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 …

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 …

Concert Review by Ben Macnair – Photography by David Jones Two young bands from two disparate genres showcased their talents for an appreciative audience when Heidi Browne and the award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence Jones appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday April 23rd. First on the bill was singer-songwriter Heidi Browne, who’s melodic, keening …

Concert Review by Ben Macnair – Photography by David Jones Lichfield folk fans were shown a master-class of traditional music making when the legendry folk singer and musician Martin Carthy appeared at Lichfield Guildhall. In a career that has lasted more than fifty years, Carthy’s much storied career has seen him go from being a …

Words by Ben Macnair – Photography by David Jones With a repertoire that ranged across jazz, an engaging stage presence, and energetic musicianship the five-piece ensemble Fret and Fiddle played to an appreciative audience when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall. Popular and regular performers at the Guildhall, the quintet of violinist and vocalist Sally Minchin, …

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.

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