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 - 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 - 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 …