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 - 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 - Hipkiss with Patsy Gamble

Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones Rock, blues, soul and jazz, were all on the menu when the saxophonist Patsy Gamble joined forces with the blues-rock band Hipkiss to play at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday, October 27th. With a hard-working drummer, bassist, keyboard player and ex Wishbone Ash guitarist Muddy Mannien, the band …

Concert Review - Fret and Fiddle

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 …