Concert Review – Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd – A Night at the Flamingo Words by Ben Macnair – Photography by Dave Jones With a repertoire of classic soul, and blues songs, musical talent and charisma, and Jamaican grooves the six piece Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd turned Lichfield Guildhall into a heaving sixties club …

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 …

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 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.

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 …