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 …

Concert Review - The Nick Dewhurst Band

The local Jazz ambassador, Nick Dewhurst, bought his talented band, and special guest Derek Nash to play an exemplary set of originals, and well-chosen covers when they appeared at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday June 1st. With Nick Dewhurst on trumpets and guitar, and Derek Nash on Saxophones, they were joined by the …

Concert Review - The Oxley Meier Guitar Project

The Oxley Meir Guitar project provided an hour and a half of pure musical enjoyment when they appeared at Lichfield’s Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday June 1st. If you take two of the county’s leading acoustic and jazz guitarists, a strong, and musically flexible rhythm section, and a magpie’s sense of genre borrowing, you …

Concert Review - Tom Hill's 70's Jazz Funk Machine

The bassist Tom Hill led his all-star 70’s Jazz Funk Machine through a series of jazz, funk, and blues songs when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel as part of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival. With keyboard player Al Gurr, guitarist Lee Jones, drummer and vocalist Nick Millward, saxophonist Andy Shillingford and trumpet player Ray …

Concert Review - The Alison Rayner Quintet

This all-star jazz quintet, convened by the double bassist and composer Alison Rayner led her impeccable band through a series of high-octane jazz numbers, and delicate ballads when they appeared as part of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival 2019. With Alison Rayner on bass, keyboard player Steve Lodder, guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, drummer Buster Birch and …

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 …