The critically acclaimed singers Sally Barker, Marion Fleetwood and Anna Ryder bought their newly formed ensemble I.O.T.A to play an evening of their own inventive songs, and some choice covers when they appeared at the guildhall, as part of their tour.
The trio played songs mainly taken from their latest release, O Yeh Yeh! A stage strewn with a music shop worth of instruments, banjo, cello, numerous guitars, keyboards, accordion, and glockenspiel, some adventurous musical combination and some of the finest three part vocal harmonies meant that this was a concert that packed in plenty of sonic surprises.

Concert Review: Both Sides Now Presents the Joni Mitchell Songbook

Right from her beginnings as a folk singer on the Laurel Canyon scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the musical spirit of Joni Mitchell has always been a restless one. From the introspection of Blue, the more robust Court and Spark, to her jazz albums such as Herija, and Mingus, her more than twenty album career has seen her expand her folk beginnings into a far wider range of genres than many of her contemporaries.

Concert Review: The Ric Sanders Trio

His day job involves playing fiddle for Folk-rock super-group Fairport Convention, but Rik Sanders was allowed much freer rein when he appeared with his trio at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday January 27th.

Concert Review – The Stumble

With a brand new album The Other Side just out, the six piece Blues, soul and rock band The Stumble were keen to showcase their new material and gems from their back catalogue when they returned to play for an enthusiastic Lichfield audience.

Concert Review – Ricky Cool and the In-crowd presents A Night at the Flamingo

The popular local beat group Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd took their enthusiastic fans back to the swinging Flamingo Club, a sixties hot-spot famed for its nights of flamboyance, glamour and music that fused blues, jazz, ska and reggae together.

Concert Review – Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics

Traditional Jazz was the order of the day when Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics made their Lichfield Guildhall debut. An enthusiastic crowd braved the cold January night to hear an evening of swing and jazz standards played with verve, dexterity and expertise, delivered with aplomb by the six piece.

Concert Review Travellin’ Man – The Ricky Nelson Story

Rock and roll was the order of the day when Travellin’ Man – The Ricky Nelson story opened Lichfield Arts Spring 2019 season.

Concert Review Johnny Coppin Present’s All on A Winter’s Night

In what has become something of a Lichfield Arts Christmas tradition, the singer-songwriter and musician Johnny Coppin bought his three man show – All on A Winter’s Night to perform for a large and appreciative audience on the last night of their national tour.

In Pictures - Fred Zeppelin at Lichfield Guildhall

Lichfield Arts volunteer and trustee Phil Beale captured some great shots when Fred Zeppelin returned to Lichfield Guildhall

Concert Review Knight and Spiers

If you take two leading musicians from different generations, an acoustically superb room in Lichfield Guildhall, and a repertoire that stretched across genres from bluegrass to folk and atmospheric soundscapes, and some festive tunes thrown in for good measure you are in for an experience to be treasured.