Sunday, 17 July 2016

Caught Live: Raymond Froggatt & Quill @ Wolverhampton 15/07/16

#1,142: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The chance for Yours Truly KJS to go see Brummie legend Raymond Froggatt share the bill with new look Quill at The Grand Theatre here in Wolverhampton last night [Friday 15th July] was an opportunity not to be missed as both artistes delivered top class, entertaining sets in front of a healthy audience. On paper, it was an odd pairing but in very many ways, both bands complimented each other wonderfully.

Raymond Froggatt [and his superb band] hardly needs any introduction. A prolific songwriter and performing artist for now over fifty [50] years with a loyal following, the man they call Froggy was absolutely outstanding and completely endearing as he revealed himself as a master raconteur too between such beautiful compositions as "Rhianna", "Move Over Sleep" and "Somewhere Under The Sun". Tales of his early days in Aston with Ozzy Osbourne's mum making him a [handled] cup of tea and his recollections working with the likes of  Val Doonican, Tammy Wynette and Dave Clark whilst also showing off his French and German language skills were a joy to hear. Raymond Froggatt has a certain honesty and style of delivery on stage that is sure to win you over and his band, with the finesse of long time friend, cohort and guitarist Hartley Cain, were the perfect vehicle to compliment such a thoroughly nice guy.

After a short interval, oft elobeatlesforever featured sextet Quill emerged effortlessly with the effervescent Joy Strachan-Brain bounding on stage to deliver their own brand of Americana tinged Celtic rock in front of many folks who quite possibly had not experienced their craft. Quill have been around for a few years themselves too and, despite a few changes in personnel, they still manage to be quintessential Quill. This was more than evidenced again as they put together a collection of songs combining their own - three of which are from their forthcoming new album, including the brand new  "Elephant In The Room" - with their unique take on classics such as "Can't Find My Way Home" [sung beautifully by Abby Brant], classic ELO ballad "Telephone Line" and "The Whole Of The Moon", not forgetting their awesome Abbey Road Medley encore. A polished performance and a real case of ELO Beatles together!
A Grand night out with Quill [Photo courtesy of John Collins/Forever] ...
Raymond Froggatt performed: “Everybody Falls In Love” ~ “Somewhere Under The Sun” ~ “Give Me A Call” ~ “Red Balloon” ~ “Rhianna” ~ “I Did It All With You” ~ “Roly” ~ "For The Ladies" ~ “Always Goodbye

Quill performed: “The Bells Of Rhymney” ~ “Black Dog Day” ~ “A Showman’s Life” ~ “Telephone Line” ~ “Can’t Find My Way Home” ~ “Life Is Life” ~ “Say It Ain’t So” ~ “Elephant In The Room” ~ "Jiggly Jig" ~ “The Whole Of The Moon” ~ Say Goodbye ~ “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”

Find out what Quill and Raymond Froggatt are up tp via their official web sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommend Quill and Raymond Froggatt to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-July-2016

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review Keith and certainly captured the mood on the night as the audience witnessed something very special.