Lichfield Arts: What’s on

The Lichfield Arts programme promises to be a rich feast of music and dance for your entertainment. From up and coming local acts to seasoned veterans of the Folk, Jazz, Rock and Blues circuits there is something for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

August 2019

Venue: Lichfield Arts
Thursday 01 August 2019

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November 2019

Venue: The Cathedral Hotel
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Time: 8.00pm

Lichfield Arts in partnership with Lichfield Jazz supported by Jazz West Midlands. Back again for a November gig, the 6-piece Nick Dewhurst Band will entertain you with a high energy performance of jazz, funk, fusion, pop, blues, rock and more!  Come along and tap your feet and enjoy these groovy tunes played by some amazing musicians.  

Jazz at The Cathedral Hotel - Nick Dewhurst Band

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 30 November 2019
Time: 8.00pm

Jo Harman’s blues soaked voice, superb song-craft and mesmerizing stage presence makes her one of the biggest draws currently on the live blues scene. Her multi-talented band move easily between heart-breaking sorrow and brassy filled Motown anthems, all the ingredients we need for an unmissable evening of dynamic live music.

Jo Harman

December 2019

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Sunday 01 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically. 

Geoff Lakeman

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Wednesday 04 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

Kim Cypher is one of the UK’s most exciting female saxophonists, vocalists and composers, having developed her own unique ‘funky’ style of saxophone playing, built upon influences by great players such as Gerald Albright, Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Dean Fraser, Courtney Pine and Grover Washington. Kim trained alongside American saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (saxophonist with James Brown and Van Morrison) and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard.

Kim Cypher Band

Venue: The Hub at St Mary's
Friday 06 December 2019
Time: 7.30pm

Momentum provides an opportunity for talented young bands and musicians to cut their teeth performing on a stage. Budding technicians and engineers from local schools are also given the chance to get in on the action by learning the ropes from professionals backstage. 

Momentum – Young Musicians Take the Stage

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 07 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

An internationally renowned performer, Bob Fox has toured the UK, Europe, America, Austrilia and New Zealand. Since the early 1970’s he has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk song in all of its various forms, collaborating with many leading names, and winning many awards for his talents.

Bob Fox

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Sunday 08 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

The Get Back Beatles recreate the look, sound and feel of the Fab Four. They deliver the authentic energy, and musicality that sets the Beatles apart. The band members are all talented, seasoned performers, able to give full and vivid life to one of the best known and best loved pop music songbooks.

The Get Back Beatles

Venue: The Cathedral Hotel
Wednesday 18 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

The world famous, legendary, one and only, Lichfield Christmas Special! This event needs further little introduction other than to say it will once again feature the Lichfield Jazz Big Band, a band made up of some of the best players in the Lichfield District, playing alongside some of the finest pros in the Midlands! 

Jazz at The Cathedral Hotel - Lichfield Jazz Christmas Special!

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 21 December 2019
Time: 8.00pm

If you take one of folk’s leading performers Jez Lowe, add in his equally talented band, The Bad Pennies (Kate Bramley, Andy May, and David De La Haye) and some fine, festive songs and stories you have all of the ingredients for a fine evening of entertainment.

Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies A Northumbrian Christmas

January 2020

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Friday 10 January 2020
Time: 8.00pm

With a stage show that blends whimsical surrealism, some deft guitar playing, and some great singing, a Keith Donnelly concert has always been about more than the music. He is an excellent comedian, singer, songwriter, musician, and this will be a great way to start our new season.

Keith Donnelly

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 11 January 2020
Time: 8.00pm

True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ.

True Strays

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Sunday 19 January 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Nick Drake is one of the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. Cherished by the likes of Fairport Convention and John Martyn, but largely ignored by the mainstream musical press, after his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity.

Keith James The Songs of Nick Drake

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 25 January 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Come and join us for an evening of fantastic music, dance and fun. The first part of the evening will be dedicated to music... Scottish fiddle player Ryan Young exploded onto the traditional scene in 2016. One of a ‘new wave’ of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music. This wonderful music will be followed by a ceilidh led by the ever-popular Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers.

Burns Night Celebration

February 2020

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 08 February 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Global Reggae Band are a 7-member band from Birmingham. Formed in 2009 by Trevor Greaves aka Bajiman, it was decided to use their combined experience and love of music to create the group, bringing with it a hybrid sound of roots & culture, ska, lovers rock, dance-hall, Motown and a sprinkling of R&B, to make sure they appeal to any reggae fan. Each member is a multi-talented core performer whose speciality is versatility.

Global Reggae Band

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 22 February 2020
Time: 8.00pm

2019 marked the band’s 26th year anniversary. During their time together they have had the honour of Led Zeppelin’s front-man Robert Plant attending three of their gigs and John Bonham’s son Jason even jammed with them on stage. These are events the band are very proud of. It must surely also be the best recommendation any band could receive, and also assure any Led Zeppelin fans apprehensive about seeing The Fredz.

Fred Zeppelin

March 2020

Venue: Wade Street Church Hall
Saturday 07 March 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Fret and Fiddle formed in 2001 as a duo as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Since then they have enjoyed over a decade of success as a trio, winning awards such as Stafford Jazz Society’s “Band of the Year” and producing over four albums of material.

Fret and Fiddle

Venue: Wade Street Church Hall
Saturday 14 March 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear! Aly and Phil have toured together since 1988 to packed concert halls all over the world, recording their first album ‘The Pearl’ in 1994 and following it with many more highly acclaimed albums.

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Venue: Wade Street Church Hall
Saturday 21 March 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Chase Mist are a local five piece, made up of Tessa Tunley on vocals, flute, percussion and guitar, Glenn Tunley on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and mandola, Robin Draper on bass and vocals, Catherine Gough on accordion, melodeon, whistles and percussion, and fiddle player Jemma Geoghan.

Chase Mist

Venue: Wade Street Church Hall
Saturday 28 March 2020
Time: 8.00pm

A great, informal session for young, local musicians to play alongside their peers. Just get in touch to book a slot, then come and plug in and play! Electric and acoustic, solo as well as bands all welcome! Keep an eye out on our website for the line-up.

Plug & Play

April 2020

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Friday 24 April 2020
Time: 8.00pm

The music of the Eagles is timeless and has influenced many artists over the past 45 years. The band have always encapsulated pop, rock, country and a style all of their own layered with superb harmonies and blistering musicianship. To contemplate a tribute show to a band of this calibre and with such a legacy of songs is a daunting task indeed, yet this is exactly what ‘West Coast Eagles’ have done.

The West Coast Eagles

May 2020

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Friday 15 May 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Gary Stewart’s Graceland take on the ground-breaking 1980s Paul Simon album fusing the intricacies of the musicianship, with a deep sense of fun, joy, and a collective sense of humanity. You will hear hits such as You Can Call Me Al, the rock of The Boy in The Bubble and the deep beauty of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. We can guarantee that you will not leave the Guildhall without a smile.

Gary Stewart's Graceland

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 23 May 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Featuring: The Hustle - a 5-piece high energy band playing the best of soul, RnB, disco and funk with rich bass lines, smooth grooves and powerhouse vocals. If shaking your booty to the likes of Chic, Chaka Khan and Shalamar is your thing don’t miss this! Vintage Rhythms Collective will be playing interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz classics, blues tunes and recent popular songs given a jazz twist.

Lichfield In The Spotlight

June 2020

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Saturday 13 June 2020
Time: 8.00pm

Rough, tough and always rocking, the legendary King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys’ zany stage show sometimes belies the fact that here is the finest, most authentic rhythm & blues band ever to come from outside the USA.

King Pleasure and the Biscuit boys