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Roy Wood named as patron of 2017 Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival

Musician Roy Wood has been named as a patron of the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival.

Roy Wood. Pic: Andrew Stawarz

Roy Wood. Pic: Andrew Stawarz

He has taken up the invitation from organisers Lichfield Arts ahead of the event, which runs from June 2 to 4.

Roy hailed the impact festivals can have on musicians.

“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,” he said.

“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 doorstep.”

Acts confirmed for the festival include the Climax Blues Band, Sticky Wicket & his Swing Orchestra, Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes, the Remi Harris Trio, Fred T Baker, the Emma Johnson Boogie Woogie Quartet, Masai Blues, the Dunnett Baxter Big Band, the Callum Roxburgh Swing Orchestra and the Lichfield Jazz All Stars.

Roy added: “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 grantedand we hope that people enjoy the festival, whether it is for one gig or for the whole weekend.”
Cllr David Smith will also take on the role of patron for the festival.

He said: “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.”

The full line up and ticket details are available at

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