Lichfield Arts launched their Autumn 2019 season with a foot tapping, partner swinging Ceilidh on September 6th. With the help of caller Pete Cole and the excellent musicianship of The Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers, Lichfield Arts provided a fun, inclusive evening that was a great start to our excellent season. Photographer Dave Jones was there …

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 …

Concert Review - King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Concert Review – King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys Lichfield Guildhall – Sunday 21st April 2019 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones You always know what you are going to get from a King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys concert. Slick presentation skills, feel-good jump jive, blues, boogie-woogie and soul songs, and a …

Concert Review - The Sleaze Brothers

Concert Review The Sleaze Brothers – March 23rd 2019   Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones With a repertoire of popular rock, blues and soul songs, and a stage act honed through more than thirty years of playing together, local ensemble The Sleaze Brothers gave their large audience a good time when they …