Celebration of the 1st Birthday of Lichfield Real Ale Trail and launch of new beer to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday – Wednesday February 10th 2017

The enterprising Lichfield District Tourism Association (LDTA) celebrated the 1st birthday of the Lichfield Real Ale Trail and the launch of a special beer by Blythe Brewery to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday ‘David Garrick Golden Ale’ in fine style at Dr Johnson’s Birthplace. With over 30 members of the LDTA attending, enjoying fine food, fine company, fine ale and superb birthday cake supplied by LDTA member Comfortin Food.                                                                                                                             

Copies of the trail brochure can be obtained from participating venues, Lichfield Tourist Information Centre or downloaded on www.visitlichfield.co.uk

 

Credit Image to Lichfield Photography

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Music Legend Roy Wood New Patron of Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival

Internationally renowned musician and songwriter Roy Wood has joined Lichfield Councillor David Smith in accepting an invitation from Lichfield Arts to become Patrons of this year’s Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival which takes place in and around this historic city June 2nd – 4th.

“As a massive fan of live music in the Midlands area, I was delighted to be asked to be the patron of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 2017,” comments Roy. “My career as a writer, musician and performer since the 1960s has provided me with many of the highlights of my life, and it is great that festivals like this one continue to help and develop local talent, as well as giving local audiences the chance to see performers from the national circuit on their door-step.”

Adds Councillor Smith: “My joy at the “Lichfield Blues and Jazz festival” is that it musically reflects on our wonderful heritage whilst looking forward to the future and how our music will progress”.

This popular music festival promises a mouth-watering variety of blues and jazz, performed by some of the best known and loved names on the national and regional music circuit. These include the Climax Blues Band, Sticky Wicket & his Swing Orchestra, Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes, Remi Harris Trio, Fred ‘T’ Baker, Emma Johnson Boogie Woogie Quartet, Masai Blues, Dunnettbaxter Big Band, Callum Roxburgh ‘Swing’ Orchestra, Lichfield Jazz All Stars, Blast Off, Lindy Hop dance workshop and a wide variety of street events. Visitors will be treated to a wide range of concerts and performances in pubs and historic venues right across this picturesque city.

New venues this year include a ‘Festival Hub’ based at the George IV public house, complete with pop-up blues and jazz stage, the Angel Inn and the Kings Head public houses. For more information on who is on and where visit www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk.

Roy continues; “I remember my early instruments as being a nightmare to play, with high actions, and temperamental tunings being par for the course, and although the instruments that are available today are better, the pure thrill of playing for a live audience remains the same for all of us, whether or not it is playing to a small audience in a pub, or in massive arenas. As musicians we never take our audiences for granted, and we hope that you enjoy the festival, whether it is for one gig, or a workshop, or for the whole weekend, and if you want, bring a friend, because good music is always better when it is shared”.

For further information on Festival bands and tickets visit: www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk Day Stroller tickets are available this year

For further information please contact Lichfield Arts Office: 01543 262223; info@lichfieldarts.org.uk

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Lichfield Jazz at the George IV

Lichfield JazzAfter a great gig in January, Lichfield Jazz continues it’s sessions at the George IV, Bore Street, Lichfield on Wednesday 15 February with the popular Nick Dewhurst Band. They recently made their first album ‘Suspect in You ‘ which has received excellent reviews, it features funky riffs, fusion rock, bluesy melodies in a contemporary way. Gig starts at 8pm and entry is just £5. Other concerts lined up for the Spring season are Wednesday 15th March Nick Brown Quartet Details of all Lichfield Jazz gigs can be found on www.nickdewhurst.wordpress.com/jazz-at-the-george 1V Guitarists are in for a real treat on Friday March 24 when the master Martin Taylor makes an appearance at Lichfield Guildhall Not forgetting the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival June 2-4 check out www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  and take out the advantage of early booking discounts

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Lichfield Winter Beer Festival is a great success

The beer just aBeer Festival 2017bout lasted, with over 30 real ales almost selling out and the infamous pork pies lasted just about one day. Over 700 visitors enjoyed not just fine beer but fine company in the splendid Lichfield Guildhall              

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Steve ‘ Big Man ‘ Clayton, Lichfield Guildhall, Saturday 4th February

Mr boogie-woogie himself will hit the ivories this Saturday at Lichfield Guildhall with his talented backing band The 44’s. This popular performer has played in Lichfield many times and never fails to please his audiences with the art of keeping the blues piano alive and kicking Concert starts at 8.00pm book online www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or ring box office 01543 262223

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Lichfield Arts Community Arts Showcase Concert Lichfield Guildhall

Wednesday 22 February, featuring Wildfire Folk-Lichfield Lighthouse Company-Blast Off-Nathan Brooks-Jenny Rose & friends 7.30pm - FREE Entrance but donations are welcomed Lichfield Arts are delighted to be showcasing the work they do in the community with this very special concert. The concert will start with the 16 year old talented singer/songwriter Nathan Brooks, followed by ‘Wildfire Folk’, this young group started just over six years ago and have appeared at many festivals in the region with their invigorating music played with a abundance of youthful energy. Following them will be the slightly older ‘Lichfield Lighthouse Company’ who will be sailing into Stowe Pool to sing their fine sea shanties. After a short break the youthful trio of songsmiths, Jenny Rose & friends will serenade you with their uplifting vocal harmonies. Lichfield's biggest funkiest big band ‘Blast Off', formed just over two years ago, will then hit the stage and take you on a trip from the Boulevards of Miami to the Latin sounds of South America with their catchy tunes and hot grooves. Lichfield Arts President Brian Pretty said "This will be a great night of music and a chance to showcase the work Lichfield Arts do in the local community" and also say a big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors. For further information contact Lichfield Arts 01543-262223 www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  

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Celebration of the 1st Birthday of Lichfield Real Ale Trail and the launch of a new beer to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday, Friday February 10th 2017

The enterprising Lichfield District Tourism Association (LDTA) is celebrating the 1st birthday of the Lichfield Real Ale Trail, which has been very successful in bringing many visitors to the city from far and wide to enjoy the fine ales now available in the city pubs. The LDTA which has over 120 members across the district all involved in the tourism business, aims to attract more visitors to the city and beyond. This will be a double celebration with the launch of a new real ale specially brewed by Blythe Brewery at Hamstall Ridware the beer will be called David Garrick Golden Ale, which will be available in many of the Real Ale Trail pubs. This special celebration will take place on Friday February 10th 2.00pm at Dr Johnson Birthplace in Market Street Copies of the trail brochure can be obtained from participating venues, Lichfield Tourism Information Centre or downloaded on www.visitlichfield.co.uk    

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Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival ……Coming Soon!

Blues and Jazz 2-4 JuneVenue: Lichfield Guildhall & Other City Centre Venues Friday 02 June 2017 - Sunday 04 June 2017 Lichfield Arts is delighted to bring back this popular Lichfield-based music festival with its mouth-watering variety of blues and jazz performed by some of the best known and loved names on the national and regional music circuit. Visitors will be treated to a wide range of concerts and performances in pubs and historic venues right across this picturesque city, with music ranging from acoustic and strident Blues, to Big Band Jazz, Swing, Boogie –Woogie and full-on Jazz. The Festival line-up features the Climax Blues Band, Sticky Wicket & his Swing Orchestra, Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes, Remi Harris Trio, Fred ‘T’ Baker, Emma Johnson Boogie Woogie Quartet, Masai Blues, Dunnettbaxter Big Band, Callum Roxburgh ‘Swing’ Orchestra, Lichfield Jazz All Stars, Blast Off, Lindy Hop dance workshop and a wide variety of street events. New venues this year include a ‘Festival Hub’ based at the George 1V public house, complete with pop-up blues and  jazz stage, and the Pokey Hole Blues Club, the city’s newest regular music venue. Day Stroller tickets are available this year and there is a 15% discount on Festival tickets purchased before January 31st . For further information on Festival bands and tickets visit: www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk For further information on Lichfield, visit www.visitlichfield.co.uk Take a look at train travel too.  Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley stations have regular services from Birmingham, London and the North.

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Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 27th/28th January 2017 Lichfield Guildhall

Lichfield Arts have ordered over 30 beers and ciders for the popular Winter  Beer Festival, taking place over the  weekend Friday and Saturday 27th/28th January at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall. A broad range of real ales will be available at the festival including many from local and regional breweries also available will be a fine selection of traditional ciders and perrys plus the Lichfield Arts’ regular bar and the (in) Famous Pork Pies, something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. In addition, there’s live music on both evenings by two of Lichfield’s most popular bands: On Friday live entertainment will be provided by 3’s Company with their superb cover’s of music from the 60’s to the 90’s. On Saturday, Last Orders hit the stage with excellent musicianship and fine rock versions of all the classic tunes. Lichfield Arts Chair Jeff Fowler said  “ This is a wonderful community event enjoyed by young and old and a great way to get rid of those post Xmas blues” It is a very popular festival so if you're bringing a large party you are advised to book in advance Tickets for the festival are now available and can be booked on www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  or on 01543-262223. They are just £2.00 on both days before 6.pm and £3.00 after.

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BURNTWOOD TOWN COUNCIL – CHAIRMAN’S CHARITY EVENING

 The Chairman, Councillor Beth Fisher will be hosting a Charity Evening in aid of her nominated charities; We Love Burntwood and 1st Burntwood Scouts on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 7.30 pm at St Matthews Sports and Social Club, St Matthews Road, Burntwood.  Two local bands ‘Blast Off’ & ‘Gan Teideal’ will be performing. She looks forward to seeing you at her charity concert and to the continued support from the local community. Councillor Miss Fisher says “As I am a member of the two bands I am really looking forward to both hosting and performing at my charity evening. Both bands contain talented musicians of all ages from around the district and I know the evening will be very entertaining and will help raise money for my two charities.” Tickets are £8.50 each. There will be a bar and also a raffle on the evening. Tickets are available from the Town Council Offices, The Old Mining College Centre, Queen Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 4QH. Tel. 01543 677166

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