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, …

Concert Review - The Get Back Beatles

Words and Photography by Ben Macnair Fans of the fab four were out in force when tribute band The Get Back Beatles appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday 8th December. With the emphasis on the hits, and the more up-beat songs by John, Paul, George and Ringo the four-piece played an energetic set of songs, …

Concert Review - Bob Fox

Review by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones The Geordie troubadour Bob Fox kept his audience entertained with his well-chosen songs, witty between-song stories, and some fine guitar playing when he appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on December 7th. A different seating arrangement leant the evening a more intimate feel, with the performer surrounded by his …

Concert Review - The Jo Harman Band

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 …