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 - The Nick Dewhurst Band

Concert Review The Nick Dewhurst Band – Cathedral Hotel – Wednesday November 20th 2019 Words and Photography by Ben Macnair The talented composer and musician Nick Dewhurst led his exemplary band through a series of originals and well-chosen covers when they played at the Cathedral Hotels latest jazz night on Wednesday November 20th. With Nick …

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 - The Chris Bowden Quartet

Review and Photography by Ben Macnair The critically acclaimed Alto Saxophonist and composer Chris Bowden put his all-star quartet through their paces when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel on Wednesday, October 16th. An attentive and appreciative heard the talents and skills of Keyboard player Matt Ratcliffe, bassist Chris Mapp and drummer Neil Bullock, as …

Concert Review - Kitty MacFarlane

With a stage stripped to just an acoustic guitar, microphone and an electronic box of tricks the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Kitty Macfarlane kept an attentive audience entertained when she made her debut at Lichfield’s Guildhall on Sunday 6th October.

Concert Review - Roxy Magic

Lichfield Arts Concert Review Roxy Magic – 6th October 2019 Review by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With one of rock music’s most sonically distinctive voices and one of its most iconic front-men in Bryan Ferry, everything in a Roxy Magic tribute band has to be of the highest order. If you add to …

Concert Review - Urban Voodoo Machine

Concert Review The Urban Voodoo Machines There were no superstitions, and few bad omens when The Urban Voodoo Machine made their debut Guildhall performance on Friday 13th September. With a healthy, lively audience, and a mesmerising stage presence, as well as some finely honed musical skills, The Urban Voodoo Machine showed that they were more …

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 …