|The amazing cover artwork by Ben Brain features Ben, Joy Strachan-Brain and Kate McWilliam ...|
The addition of Tony Kelsey, Bev Bevan and Matt Davies to the core 'Quilltet' of Joy, Kate McWilliam, Dave Bailey and Tim Tandler has served the band well in their well received theatre shows of late making Quill a potent force on stage. That bond and spirit of togetherness oozes throughout this beautiful album. Consisting of five new songs intermingled with a quintet of songs from their "Life Is Life" and "England" EP's, this record is the perfect platform for Ben's heartfelt, sentimental and patriotic songs and the wide range of Joy's wonderful vocals aided by the meandering violin of Kate McWilliam.
There are many contributors to this impressive collection of tracks but they all fit seamlessly together in this folk tinged Celtic work of art. Fans will perhaps miss "Life Is Life" but love the familiar in "Tumbling Years", "Nine Mile Camp" and the anthemic "England" whilst melting in appreciation at the new in "Quicksilver", "Poppy Fields" and "Wedding Dress". With another album [hopefully] to follow - featuring the classic "Say It Ain't So" - waiting in the wings, "Brush With The Moon", at the very least, whets the appetite for more original recorded Quill material and their fantastic live performances. I have no doubt that Ben Brain would be very proud of this final product, overseen and guided by Joy Strachan-Brain to full fruition. [9/10]
|Quill are [L-R]: Tony Kelsey, Dave bailey, Matt Davies, Joy Strachan-Brain, Tim Tandler, Kate McWilliam, Bev Bevan|
Tracks: "Quicksilver" ~ "Tumbling Years" ~ "Schoolyard" ~ "Poppy Fields" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "England" ~ "Hollywood Blues" ~ "Wedding Dress" ~ "Twister" ~ "Man In White"
"Brush With The Moon" by Quill can be purchased directly from Cherry Red Records, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk [and other reputable outlets] via these links thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Brush With The Moon" by Quill to those enlightened folks who also enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-June-2015