A near-capacity Wade Street Church and the celebrated duo of Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham were the key ingredients when the much-admired Scottish musicians appeared in Lichfield on Saturday 14th March.

Concert Review - Fret and Fiddle

Words by Ben Macnair Photography by David Jones The popular five piece Fret and Fiddle played an exciting and varied set of jazz classics, some blues and songs from other genres when they played at Lichfield’s Wade Street Church on Saturday 7th March. Led by talented violinist and singer Sally Minchin, the ensemble also featured …

Concert Review - Iain Ballamy Quartet

Accompanied by an all-star band, the award winning, ground-breaking composer and Saxophonist Iain Ballamy played an exciting set of music when he appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel on Wednesday February 19

Photography Special - Fred Zeppelin

The very popular Fred Zeppelin returned to rock the Guildhall. A sold out audience, and one of the country’s leading tributes to perhaps one of the country’s best known heavy rock acts were the key ingredients for a memorable evening. There was no Communication Breakdown as they left the audience Dazed and Confused. Photographer Dave …

Concert Review - Burns Night Celebration

Concert Review Burns Night Celebration Words by Ben Macnair Photography by David Jones A leading award winning fiddle player, and a favourite local Ceilidh were the key ingredients in an evening of Scottish culture, when Lichfield Arts presented an evening of entertainment in honour of the Caledonian bard Robert Buns. With Haggis as a raffle …

Concert Review - The Wendy Kirkland Quartet

Concert Review The Wendy Kirkland Quartet – The Cathedral Hotel, Lichfield – Wednesday 15th January Words and Photography by Ben Macnair With a talented quartet, two very special guests, and an inventive set list, the Pianist Wendy Kirkland played a well-received set to an appreciative audience when she appeared as part of Lichfield Jazz’s season …

Concert Review - True Strays

Concert Review – True Strays Photography by Dave Jones Words by Ben Macnair With a sound that took in dust-bowl Americana, the blues, elements of drone rock, ambient noise making and middle-eastern sounding themes and ideas, the four-piece band True Strays offered a series of unexpected musical adventures when they made their Guildhall debut on …

Concert Review - Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly – Lichfield Guildhall – Friday January 10th 2020 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With a storied career that has seen him playing Festivals all around the world, writing songs for the likes of Jasper Carrott and Phil Cool, and keeping thousands of people entertained at festivals large and small Keith Donnelly …

Concert Review - A Northumbrian Christmas with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

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, …