Concert Review – True Strays Photography by Dave Jones Words by Ben Macnair With a sound that took in dust-bowl Americana, the blues, elements of drone rock, ambient noise making and middle-eastern sounding themes and ideas, the four-piece band True Strays offered a series of unexpected musical adventures when they made their Guildhall debut on …

Photography Special - The True Strays

Talented local photographer James Harrison was at the True Strays concert on Saturday January 11th. These are some of his photos of the rambunctious young scamps in action.

Concert Review - Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly – Lichfield Guildhall – Friday January 10th 2020 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With a storied career that has seen him playing Festivals all around the world, writing songs for the likes of Jasper Carrott and Phil Cool, and keeping thousands of people entertained at festivals large and small Keith Donnelly …

Concert Review - A Northumbrian Christmas with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Concert Review Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies –  A Northumbrian Christmas Review and Photography by Ben Macnair In what has now become a tradition, Lichfield Arts closed its final Autumn season of the decade with a festive concert. These shows always prove popular, and Jez Lowe’s Northumbrian Christmas did not let the side down, …

Lichfield Jazz Christmas Special

Concert Review – Lichfield Jazz Christmas Special with the Lichfield Jazz Big Band Words and photography by Ben Macnair With a sold-out, capacity audience, some of the finest jazz musicians from the local area together on one stage,  and a setlist that was packed full of new and unusual arrangements of some classic Christmas carols, …

Photography Special - The Get Back Beatles

The music of the Fab Four was brought to vivid life when the Get Back Beatles played some of the best-known songs to an enthusiastic and lively audience on Sunday December 8th. Talented local photographer James Harrison was there to catch the action. https://www.james-harrison.com/  

Concert Review - The Jo Harman Band

With a talented band behind her, the powerhouse singer-songwriter and performer Jo Harman played a set that varied between hard rock, blues, jazz and gospel when she made her Guildhall debut on Saturday, November 30

Concert Review - The Nick Dewhurst Band

Concert Review The Nick Dewhurst Band – Cathedral Hotel – Wednesday November 20th 2019 Words and Photography by Ben Macnair The talented composer and musician Nick Dewhurst led his exemplary band through a series of originals and well-chosen covers when they played at the Cathedral Hotels latest jazz night on Wednesday November 20th. With Nick …

Concert Review - Gordon Giltrap

Review by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With a career that goes back to the late 1960s, playing across a range of genres and several complicated compositions for Acoustic guitar, Gordon Giltrap was in his elements when he returned to play Lichfield Guildhall to an almost capacity crowd. The stage was littered with acoustic, …

Concert Review - The Chris Bowden Quartet

Review and Photography by Ben Macnair The critically acclaimed Alto Saxophonist and composer Chris Bowden put his all-star quartet through their paces when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel on Wednesday, October 16th. An attentive and appreciative heard the talents and skills of Keyboard player Matt Ratcliffe, bassist Chris Mapp and drummer Neil Bullock, as …