Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival 2019-01-15T15:13:57+00:00
Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival

Back again for it’s fifth year the festival will offer blues and jazz fans a varied programme of top class national musicians and our excellent regional bands in our delightful Cathedral City.

Jazz fans can enjoy music, from New Orleans, gypsy jazz to swing plus funk, guitar jazz, to the award-winning Alison Rayner Quintet and the mind-blowing jazz rock of the awesome Soft Machine.

Blues fans can enjoy the popular and distinctive blues of the Climax Blues Band, the emerging young talent of Robert Jackson, the boogie woogie of Steve ‘Big Man ‘Clayton and the hard hitting Chris Bevington Organisation. Sunday will see good time blues by The Escape Committee and local favourites The Sleaze Bros.

Main venues for the festival will be Lichfield Guildhall and the Cathedral Hotel. So come along for the whole weekend, a day or a single concert. Simply relax and enjoy!

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A Message From John Etheridge – Lichfield Blues & Jazz Patron 2019

I was so pleased to be asked to be a Patron of the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival.

I have been proud to appear in many different guises at the festival and it’s various venues and must thank Brian Pretty and his team for all their support for musicians over the years in what is always a difficult environment.

They have presented music without genre prejudice, avant-garde and conventional jazz and blues happily co-existing in a tolerant, friendly atmosphere and a feeling of real enjoyment from audiences and participants alike.

It always is a display of stamina, dedication and enthusiasm to keep a festival like this going along over the years and it’s fitting for those of us who benefit from such an enjoyable gig to remember how much selfless energy it takes to set it all up. Thanks to all the organisers – and really looking forward to this year’s festival.

Thursday 30th May 2019

Remi Harris with Tom Moore

Date: Thursday 30th May 2019 Time: 8.00pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets Remi Harris with Tom Moore This exciting guitarist returns to the festival to give a unique concert of gypsy, swing, [...]

Friday 31st May 2019

Alison Rayner Quintet

Date:  Friday 31st May 2019 Time: 8.00pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets Alison Rayner Quintet This extremely talented quintet comprise leader Alison (double bass), Steve Lodder (keyboards), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Buster [...]

The Climax Blues Band

Date: Friday 31st May 2019 Time: 8.00pm Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets The Climax Blues Band After celebrating 50 years of playing their unique combination of blues with a jazzy tinge and playing [...]

Saturday 1st June 2019

Nick Dewhurst Band with special guest Derek Nash

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019Time: 8.00pmVenue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets Nick Dewhurst Band with special guest Derek Nash Led by Lichfield-based trumpet player Nick Dewhurst this quintet has built up a growing reputation [...]

The Oxley-Meier Guitar project

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 Time: 4.30pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets The Oxley-Meier Guitar project If you put two of Britain's finest guitarists together, Pete Oxley and Nicholas Meier, [...]

Tom Hill’s 70s Jazz Funk Machine

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 Time: 2.00pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets Tom Hill's 70s Jazz Funk Machine This all-star Midlands band is led by Tom Hill, aka Tom Clarke-Hill, [...]

Chris Bevington Organisation

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 Time: 8.00pm Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets Chris Bevington Organisation Founded in 2014 by Chris Bevington, heavily influenced by the likes of Robert Cray, Walter Trout [...]

Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 Time: 5.30pm Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets Steve 'Big Man' Clayton No stranger to Lichfield, this superb gifted pianist plays hard hitting boogie-woogie, blues, gospel and even [...]

Robert Jackson

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019Time: 4.00pmVenue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets Robert Jackson After last years superb performance and audience feedback we just had to bring back this stunning songwriter/ guitarist. Influences include Eric Clapton [...]

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Soft Machine

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 6.30pm Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Venue: Wade Street Church Buy Tickets Soft Machine We are delighted and feel very privileged to finish off [...]

The Sleaze Brothers

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 3.00pm Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets The Sleaze Brothers Bringing you the lighter side of the blues and it's many offspring genres including soul and [...]

The Escape Committee

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019Time: 1.30pmVenue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets The Escape Committee From the north of the county, they have built up a grand reputation for playing the blues of the likes of [...]

Fret & Fiddle

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 3.30pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets Fret & Fiddle This Midlands based quintet present the music of legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli when he played the [...]

The Eagle Jazz Band

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 1.30pm Venue: The Cathedral Hotel Buy Tickets The Eagle Jazz Band We start off this day of classic jazz to swing with this well established band [...]

South Staffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (East)

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 11.30am Venue: Lichfield Guildhall Buy Tickets South Staffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (East) Sit back and enjoy the skills of these very talented young musicians from [...]

Blues & Jazz Festival Service

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 Time: 10.30am Venue: Wade Street Church Buy Tickets Blues & Jazz Festival Service Now very much part of the festival. Join the congregation and musicians of Wade [...]