In their history, The Walsall Jazz Orchestra have become one of the leading Big Bands in the local area, taking in some of the most talented musicians, and producing concerts that blend advanced music making skills with an audience friendly style. With a sound that blended pin sharp brass, orchestral flourishes, and a dynamic rock …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair The talented local guitarist Tom Morgan and his trio of John Evans on Hammond Organ and Bradleigh White on drums treated Sunday morning jazz fans to a showcase of tasteful jazz and blues when they appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Weekend. With a set list …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair With a career playing in a number of genres, with some seriously heavyweight musicians, the leading jazz and experimental saxophonist and flute player Theo Travis led his talented ensemble through a set of original music, and choice covers when he played at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival. With sterling …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair The jazz rock fusion band Imperial Strut played to an appreciative audience when they appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival. The band, led by drummer Dave Tandy, fresh from recording at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studio played a set of exciting …

Concert review: Jez Lowe at Lichfield Guildhall

Saturday 10th February saw the welcome return to Lichfield Guildhall of Jez Lowe. Having appeared at Lichfield Guildhall in 2013 with his band ‘The Bad Pennies’, tonight Jez performed two highly entertaining solo sets.

Concert Review: Rodney Branigan – Lichfield Guildhall

With influences that ranged from the acoustic guitar heroics of Michael Hedges, to rap, a lively stage presence, and the ability to play more than one instrument at a time, the concert that the fast-rising guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer Rodney Branigan performed at Lichfield Guildhall on Friday February 2nd was never short of entertaining.

Concert Review - Habadekuk

The award winning Danish band Habadekuk played a lively set of largely instrumental music when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall as part of their national tour.

Concert Review - The West Coast Eagles

The local five piece band The West Coast Eagles performed a concert of some of the best known country-rock songs in the rock canon when they played to an appreciative Sunday night audience at Lichfield Guildhall. They played the country ballads that were the Eagles first hits, and the more corporate rock sound that became …

Concert Review - Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd - A Night at the Flamingo

Concert Review – Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd – A Night at the Flamingo Words by Ben Macnair – Photography by Dave Jones With a repertoire of classic soul, and blues songs, musical talent and charisma, and Jamaican grooves the six piece Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd turned Lichfield Guildhall into a heaving sixties club …

Concert Review - Sticky Wicket and His Swing Orchestra

The drummer Sticky Wicket bought his talented Swing Orchestra to Lichfield, when they played a series of classic jazz, jump and jive songs to finish Lichfield Art’s Blues and Jazz 2017 festival. The ensemble of saxophonist Chris Gumbley, keyboard player Danny McCormack, guitarist Geoff Tooley, bassist Tomas Pedersen, and singer Linda Morris played jump, and …