The Fred Thelonious Baker Trio Cathedral Hotel, Lichfield – April 17th 2019 This newly formed trio comprises the brilliant Derbyshire born bass player, composer and guitarist Fred ’T’ Baker plus the outstanding Nick Twyman drums/percussion and Michael O’Brien on Bass, and they treated an attentive audience to a showcase of complicated instrumentals that ranged from …

Concert Review - Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday April 20th 2019 Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones Take one of the leading violinists of his generation, add in two talented supporting musicians, an open-minded approach to modern music making technology, and a musical knowledge that takes in everything from folk, to elements of …

Concert Review - The West Coast Eagles

The West Coast Eagles/Gordon Giltrap Friday, April 19th Words by Ben Macnair Photography by Dave Jones Add together one of the best-known songbooks of the past fifty years, a near-capacity audience, and a support slot from one of the country’s finest acoustic guitarists, and you have all of the ingredients for a remarkably memorable concert. …

Concert Review – I.O.T.A

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.