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!

September 2017

Venue: Lichfield Arts
Friday 01 September 2017

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September 2018

Venue: Guildhall
Friday 07 September 2018
Time: 8.00pm

Lisbee Stainton has been writing music for 22 years. She recorded her first album, Firefly, at 17 before going on to study Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. In addition to releasing five studio albums, Stainton has also toured with notable artists such as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman - the latter being so moved by Stainton’s live performances that he invited her to join his band in 2012.

Lisbee Stainton

Venue: Guildhall
Friday 14 September 2018
Time: 12.00pm

Friday 14th September 2018 and Saturday 15th September 2018 sees this popular beer festival return to the fantastic Guildhall, rated by many as the best venue on the beer festival scene.

Autumn Beer Festival

Venue: Guildhall
Sunday 16 September 2018
Time: 7.30pm

Join in the build-up to L2F 2018 with the L2F Ceilidh at Lichfield Guildhall. Hosted by the ever-popular Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers this is a fantastic night to dance away those cobwebs and sample the gathering anticipation as we look forward to this year’s Festival.

Ceilidh with The Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers

Venue: Guildhall
Sunday 23 September 2018
Time: 8.00pm

Eight-piece folk rock band Merry Hell have risen to become one of the UK’s favourite festival bands, winning acclaim from critics and audiences from across the country. The band fuse a punk sensibility to folk music, creating songs that kick like a mule, whilst sometimes offering pathos and understanding to the human condition. Folklaw aren’t just another band, they are a full show. These talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go. Don’t miss your chance to see them live.

Merry Hell and Folklaw

Venue: Guildhall
Sunday 30 September 2018
Time: 8.00pm

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people.

Keith James The Songs of Leonard Cohen

October 2018

Venue: Guildhall
Saturday 06 October 2018
Time: 8.00pm

Roxy Magic recreate entirely live material that spans four decades, from futurist/nostalgic art rock, through to classic standards to sophisticated adult-oriented rock.  Their aim is to give the audience a fabulously entertaining evening.  Very high quality musicianship and a wonderful Bryan Ferry look and sound-alike in the person of singer Kevin Hackett, combine to do just that!

Roxy Magic

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall and Cathedral
Friday 19 October 2018

L2F 2018 (Lichfield Festival of Folk) will take place from Friday 19 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018. Headlining Friday night at Lichfield Cathedral will be Sam Kelly and the lost boys supported by Megson.

L2F - Lichfield Festival of Folk Early Bird Special

November 2018

Venue: Guildhall
Friday 02 November 2018
Time: 8.00pm

Folk-pop legend Gerry Colvin must be one of the most endearing and energetic musicians on the planet, just as much at home playing small clubs as he is supporting Status Quo on their Aquostic Live Tour.  This multi-talented singer-songwriter performs all his own material, combining catchy melodies with thoughtful lyrics on love, society, angst and Johnny Cash!  His be-suited on stage performance combines Frank Sinatra, Lee Evans, and the afore-mentioned Man in Black.  Genius?  Madcap?  Maverick? Yes, all of these things…and a lot, lot more.

Gerry Colvin Band

Venue: The Guildhall
Saturday 17 November 2018
Time: 8.00pm

American Blues singer and guitarist, Kent Duchaine, makes a much anticipated return to the Guildhall, accompanied by his beloved steel guitar, Leadbessie. Kent plays the whole gamut of Blues music, some of which will have you on your feet dancing, others will bring tears to your eyes. A consummate performer, he also tells of the history of the Blues and the men who developed it.

Kent Duchaine

December 2018

Venue: Guildhall
Wednesday 12 December 2018
Time: 8.00pm

All the great Blues Brothers’ favourites are performed, including of course Shake a Tailfeather, Sweet Home Chicago, Everybody Needs Somebody, Gimme Some Lovin, Peter Gunn and Soul Man. So don your shades and fedora .... and join the mission!

Shake a Tail Feather – featuring The Joliet Blues Band

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Friday 14 December 2018
Time: 8.00pm

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 things 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

Venue: Guildhall
Saturday 15 December 2018
Time: 8.00pm

On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. The rest as they is history, with a show that incorporates delicate improvisation with brave, ground breaking musicianship. On this special December tour, Peter and John will be incorporating some seasonal music gathered from the English tradition and beyond.

Knight & Spiers

Venue: Guildhall
Saturday 22 December 2018
Time: 8.00pm

Johnny Coppin, one of England's finest singer/songwriters, presents a rich mix of traditional carols and new songs together with stories, superstitions and folklore from the UK and beyond. Expect a dash of well-written lyrics of integrity, add in marvellous musicality from three multi-talented artists and season with festive memories, warm nostalgia and timeless rustic country customs.

Johnny Coppin's All On A Winters Night