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, …

Concert Review - The Get Back Beatles

Words and Photography by Ben Macnair Fans of the fab four were out in force when tribute band The Get Back Beatles appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday 8th December. With the emphasis on the hits, and the more up-beat songs by John, Paul, George and Ringo the four-piece played an energetic set of songs, …

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 - Bob Fox

Review by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones The Geordie troubadour Bob Fox kept his audience entertained with his well-chosen songs, witty between-song stories, and some fine guitar playing when he appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on December 7th. A different seating arrangement leant the evening a more intimate feel, with the performer surrounded by his …

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 - 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 …