|Cooper & Davies [L-R]: Graham Clews, Simon Davies and Rob Cooper ...|
Quill entered the stage and opened with that familiar Fleetwood Mac classic "The Chain" in what turned out to be a much changed fifteen song set list that really played to the strengths of the band. There were four new songs on show in "Matador" [suggested in part by former member Phil Bates], "A Showman's Life" [recommended by Bev]; "Falling Slowly" and [rather pleasingly] "Whiskey Girls" [an ELO Part II track co-written on tour in Poland by Phil Bates and Bev Bevan featured on their 1994 album "Moment Of Truth"].
The new songs perfectly complimented Quill compositions "Say It Ain't So"; "Nine Mile Camp" and "England" with an emotional, heartfelt rendition of "Life Is Life" by an inspired Joy Strachan-Brain bringing a tear to the eye on the eve of the third anniversary of the tragic passing of her husband Ben Brain, capping another top class performance. That sadness was contrasted by Joy's pride in announcing that a new Quill album entitled "Brush With The Moon" - penned by Ben and featuring many of their recent live favourites - will be released in June 2015 via Cherry Red Records. Watch this space!
At one stage there were two drum kits, a percussion rig, a bass drum and a hi-hat on view [whilst Cooper & Davies performed] with the Quill percussion duo of Bev Bevan and Tim Tandler sharing duties later. That alone spoke volumes as The Move and ELO co-founder appeared relaxed, content and settled as a full member of Joy's Celtic rock outfit, contributing song suggestions and a nice surprise with that classic ELO Part II track included in the set too.
|Severn Up: Quill accept the rapturous applause of their Salopian audience ...|
Set list [15 songs]: "The Chain" ~ "Harvest" ~ "Duelling Banjos" ~ "Matador" ~ "A Showman's Life" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Life Is Life" ~ "Falling Slowly" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "Jig-A-Jig" ~ "Galway Girl" ~ "Whiskey Girls" ~ "The Celtic Experience" ~ "England" ~ "Whiskey In The Jar"
|Settled: The septet who are currently Quill ...|
Next up for Quill is a gig at Tamworth Assembly Rooms [buy tickets via this link] on Saturday 23rd May. Why not check out their official web site via this link thus: