Joined by musicians Jerome Davies, double bass, Trish Power, accordion and Lyndon Webb on guitar we were treated to an evening of music encompassing jazz, country and folk, along with story telling, humor and the unique personality of Gerry Colvin, rightly labeled as a folk-pop legend.

Concert Review – Merry Hell and Folklaw

Reviewed by Ben Macnair With elements of folk, rock, and virtuoso violin playing that took as much from middle eastern music as they did from traditional fiddle playing, the bands Merry Hell and Folklore had a lot in common when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall. Playing to an appreciative audience, the strong musical talents and …

Concert Review – Lisbee Stainton

After twenty years of writing songs, 6 albums and support slots for the likes of Seth Lakeman, Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters and Paul Carrack it is not surprising that the singer songwriter Lisbee Stainton knows how to put on a folk filled and entertaining show.

Concert Review: Roxy Magic - Lichfield Guildhall

The band of lead singer Kevin Hackett, guitarist Richard Price, saxophonist Robbie Tabrett ,Richard Northwood on keyboards and backing vocals, bassist and backing vocalist Mark Schlotel and drummer Simon Atkins played the full range of Roxy Music’s sound, ranging from glam rock, to jazz, pure pop and guitar led rock.

Concert review: Keith James sings the songs of Leonard Cohen

There are some singers with a song or a sound that encapsulates a summer, or a year, who trade on that one sound, with little development or evolution. Then there are songwriters who through careful nurturing of words, of music, of sound and style build up a body of work. Leonard Cohen was one of those writers…

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 …

With a set list that ranged from African High Life music, to space jazz, disco funk, blues and jazz the leading trombonist and composer Annie Whitehead led her talented quartet through an exciting afternoon of music when she appeared at Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.