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The Bowling Green Lichfield 26th July 2014.
Today see’s the Lichfield Rocks Festival in its second year of existence and first time visit for music224. It has to be said that not only does today hold the tremendous promise of thirteen top musicians and bands, but it’s also about raising funds for the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity and much respect goes out to this charity for their tireless support of past and present regiment members in times of difficulty. Our base for the day is The Bowling Green pub in Lichfield and these guys really have pulled out all the stops in making today just that little bit special aswell.
The Lichfield Rocks Festival starts smack on time with the acoustic talents of Andrew Cache. I’m a great admirer of all the musicians who get up on stage with just a guitar and a mic for company as I imagine it can at times seem a little lonely up there, but when you have such a great voice to keep you company, which Andrew certainly has, it’s an absolute pleasure to get drawn into that rather special experience.
Danni G kept the acoustic vein going and once again, it truly was a pleasure to hear such defined vocals and cleverly written songs. With Danni’s set combining her own self penned songs along with a few covers that she made completely her own, her thirty minute set seemed to fly by. Highlight of Danni’s performance for me was her version of ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince – brilliant!
The 95th were next up on stage today and this threesome from Stafford, were the first band of the day to take it electric. With drummer Jason Davidson late to the stage, the earlier part of the set was carried forward by James and Pete and much credit is given to them for their commitment in that. The style and sound of The 95th makes for a great inclusion at a summer festival so here’s hoping I see these guys back here again next year.
Now if you want to get the good time vibes really flowing, Mr George And His Famous Last Words are just the right band to do it. With music that never fails to get them toes tapping, this up and coming band have caught the attention of many a new fan this past year and it really isn’t hard to understand why. Consisting of five very talented musicians and including the charismatic Mr George himself, this band are a lot of fun to watch and with a trip to the studio in their diary for later this year, 2014 is looking to be all systems go for this great band!
Next up and keeping the rock n groove going, were the Birmingham based band, Friday Club. These guys have an easily enjoyable sound that is perfect for a summers day and with Josh Smithyman having a voice with many colorful shades to it, this band are one that you really can sit back and enjoy. Check out their track ‘Monster’ as it has a great edge to it with moments where the haze of 60’s psychedelic blues colours its vibe – outstanding track.
With the time fast approaching 2.40pm and summer in full swing in Lichfield, the time had come to enjoy a tune or two from Brothers Of Caedmon. I first saw this band only a few weeks back and found their style of folk, rock and blues distinctly refreshing and original and I have to give them a big thumbs up once again for delivering yet another top set today.
Well, the first half of the Lichfield Rocks Festival has run like clockwork, so time for a quick butty and a sparkling beverage to see me through all the music and sunshine yet to come.
Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.