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 – Chris Gumbley and Anything Goes/Blast Off

Jazz in all of its disparate genres was played to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience when the Saxophonist Chris Gumbley, and his ensemble, Anything Goes and local jazz collective Blast Off played at Lichfield’s Wade Street Church on Saturday 3rd June 2017. With Chris Gumbley on saxophones, and clarinet, bassist and vocalist Nicola Farnon, accordionist …

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Concert Review – Lichfield Jazz All Stars

The Jazz element of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival was started by an exuberant concert from the five piece Lichfield Jazz All Stars. The ensemble of Nick Dewhurst on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and Guitar, Bassist Tom Moore, Tenor Saxophonist Callum Roxburgh, Dave Ferris on Piano andan, and Carl Hemmingsley on Drums. org The set list ranged across …

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Concert Review – The Remi Harris Trio

The jazz guitarist Remi Harris, and his trio of bassist Mark Green and guitarist Kevin Birch played a master-class in music making when they appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival on Sunday 4th June 2017. With a set-list that encompassed the lighter side of the genre, and songs made famous by …

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Concert Review – The Jar Family

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, …

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Concert Review – Jaywalkers/Claret

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 …

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Concert Review – The Jive Aces

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 …

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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 Review – Laurence Jones Band

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 …

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