Now extended to a quintet, the former duo Fret and Fiddle played a wide range of classic and modern jazz, with the occasional foray into other genres of music when they appeared at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival. Led by the charismatic violinist and vocalist Sally Minchin, and guitarist Andy Bole the band received exemplary …

Concert Review - The Eagle Jazz Band

Traditional jazz was the order of the day, when The Eagle Jazz Band appeared on the final day of Lichfield’s Blues and Jazz Festival. With Brian Mellor on vocals, banjo and guitar, George Huxley on saxophones and clarinet, Matt Palmer on saxophone, clarinet and vocals, Pete Brown on trombone, trumpet, cornet and vocals, Terry Williams …

Concert Review - The Nick Dewhurst Band

The local Jazz ambassador, Nick Dewhurst, bought his talented band, and special guest Derek Nash to play an exemplary set of originals, and well-chosen covers when they appeared at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday June 1st. With Nick Dewhurst on trumpets and guitar, and Derek Nash on Saxophones, they were joined by the …

Concert Review - Tom Hill's 70's Jazz Funk Machine

The bassist Tom Hill led his all-star 70’s Jazz Funk Machine through a series of jazz, funk, and blues songs when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel as part of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival. With keyboard player Al Gurr, guitarist Lee Jones, drummer and vocalist Nick Millward, saxophonist Andy Shillingford and trumpet player Ray …

Concert Review - Remi Harris

Review and photography by Ben Macnair Anyone who has seen Remi Harris play knows you get a lot of guitar, and a lot of guitars, and it proved to be the case when the leading jazz and blues guitarist opened Lichfield Arts 29th Blues and Jazz Festival on Thursday May 30th. With music from a …

Concert Review - King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Concert Review – King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys Lichfield Guildhall – Sunday 21st April 2019 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones You always know what you are going to get from a King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys concert. Slick presentation skills, feel-good jump jive, blues, boogie-woogie and soul songs, and a …

Concert Review - The Sleaze Brothers

Concert Review The Sleaze Brothers – March 23rd 2019   Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With a repertoire of popular rock, blues and soul songs, and a stage act honed through more than thirty years of playing together, local ensemble The Sleaze Brothers gave their large audience a good time when they …

Concert Review - The Beginnings of Fairport Convention

The Beginnings of Fairport Convention with Ashley Hutchings and Becky Mills Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones This year marked the 50th year of Fairport Convention, the epoch changing, ground-breaking, foot-tapping musical ensemble that deftly blended folk music and rock rhythms together in the 1960’s, adding new life to an old repertoire. The …

Concert Review - The Fred 'Thelonius' Baker Trio

The Fred Thelonious Baker Trio Cathedral Hotel, Lichfield – April 17th 2019 This newly formed trio comprises the brilliant Derbyshire born bass player, composer and guitarist Fred ’T’ Baker plus the outstanding Nick Twyman drums/percussion and Michael O’Brien on Bass, and they treated an attentive audience to a showcase of complicated instrumentals that ranged from …

Concert Review - Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday April 20th 2019 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones Take one of the leading violinists of his generation, add in two talented supporting musicians, an open-minded approach to modern music making technology, and a musical knowledge that takes in everything from folk, to elements of …