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 – 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The West Coast Eagles/Gordon Giltrap Friday, April 19th Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones Add together one of the best-known songbooks of the past fifty years, a near-capacity audience, and a support slot from one of the country’s finest acoustic guitarists, and you have all of the ingredients for a remarkably memorable concert. …

Concert Review – I.O.T.A

The critically acclaimed singers Sally Barker, Marion Fleetwood and Anna Ryder bought their newly formed ensemble I.O.T.A to play an evening of their own inventive songs, and some choice covers when they appeared at the guildhall, as part of their tour.
The trio played songs mainly taken from their latest release, O Yeh Yeh! A stage strewn with a music shop worth of instruments, banjo, cello, numerous guitars, keyboards, accordion, and glockenspiel, some adventurous musical combination and some of the finest three part vocal harmonies meant that this was a concert that packed in plenty of sonic surprises.

Concert Review: Both Sides Now Presents the Joni Mitchell Songbook

Right from her beginnings as a folk singer on the Laurel Canyon scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the musical spirit of Joni Mitchell has always been a restless one. From the introspection of Blue, the more robust Court and Spark, to her jazz albums such as Herija, and Mingus, her more than twenty album career has seen her expand her folk beginnings into a far wider range of genres than many of her contemporaries.

Concert Review: The Ric Sanders Trio

His day job involves playing fiddle for Folk-rock super-group Fairport Convention, but Rik Sanders was allowed much freer rein when he appeared with his trio at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday January 27th.

Concert Review – The Stumble

With a brand new album The Other Side just out, the six piece Blues, soul and rock band The Stumble were keen to showcase their new material and gems from their back catalogue when they returned to play for an enthusiastic Lichfield audience.