Sunday, 24 April 2016

Caught Live (12): Quill @ The Robin 22/04/16

#1,104: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A Quill gig at the oft frequented Robin 2 in nearby Bilston is always a big draw both for Yours Truly KJS and their many, loyal fans. Hence, the six mile hop across Wolverhampton on Friday 22nd April is (as always) a must to go hear (and see) what aural nuggets Joy Strachan-Brain and her wonderful sextet will deliver.

And deliver they did with an atmospheric and classy set of the familiar and the new, woven into an Americana thread that only Quill could pull off in front of another healthy audience. If their previous concert at Kidderminster quite literally took me aback, then this one confirmed them as one the most adaptive and adventurous bands to have come out of the Midlands, belying their four decade career and many personnel changes to date. New members Matt Worley and Andy Edwards truly came into their own on the night whilst the show was again underpinned by the smooth guitar licks of Tony Kelsey, the lovely vocal prowess and stage artistry of Joy, the keyboards magic of Abby Brant and (last but not least) the wonderful violin virtuoso of Kate McWilliam. The set sounded great throughout so picking a fave is once again difficult but here goes: I loved Joy's moving acoustic "Life Is Life", Abby's fantastic rendition of "Can't Find My Way Home"; "The Whole Of The Moon" was sublime as was their "Abbey Road Medley" but the new Quill take on the Jeff Lynne penned ELO ballad "Telephone Line" stole the show for me alongside their as yet unnamed new instrumental jig which had all in attendance roaring in appreciation.
Quill were again ably supported by the talented duo Cooper & Davies, who delivered an entertaining if not foot-tapping collection of their own likeable material combined with clever covers including "Cocaine" and Little Richard's classic "Rip It Up".

Quill have two great gigs coming up. On Friday 27th May they will performing at The Walker Theatre (Theatre Severn) in Shrewsbury (tickets are £16 each) and on Friday 15th July you'll find them joining Raymond Froggatt for a double headliner at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton (tickets from £19.50 each).
Quill are: Joy Strachan-Brain (Lead vox) ~ Kate McWilliam (Violin/vox) ~ Tony Kelsey (Guitars/vox) ~ Abby Brant (Keyboards/vox) ~ Matt Worley (Bass/vox) ~ Andy Edwards (Drums)

Quill performed: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “Matador” ~ “A Showman’s Life” ~ "“Better Late Than Never” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Life Is Life” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ “Nine Mile Camp” ~ New Jig Medley ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ England Medley: Wild Mountain Thyme”/England”/Jerusalem” ~ Encore: “Golden Slumbers”/Carry That Weight”/The End”

Find out what Quill are up to by visiting their official website via this link thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 24-Apr-2016

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