Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Caught Live: Brum Bands Unite @ Birmingham Town Hall 23/04/17

It's turning out to be a significant year for Quill
#1,266: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Since it was announced earlier this year, Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) have been very much looking forward to Brum Bands Unite, a concert in support of the Justice 4 The 21 campaign whilst raising monies for Acorns Children's Hospice on the evening of St. George's Day (Sunday 23rd April) within the iconic surrounds of Birmingham Town Hall. The comic interplay of joint comperes Roger 'Ollie' Spencer and Tom Ross and heartfelt speeches by Julie Hambleton and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice ensured that the music and the message were rightly balanced as the immensely talented array of Brum artistes delivered a fantastic concert to an appreciative audience.

Right from the outset The Inspiration Choir - ably conducted by Bonnie Spencer - made sure proceedings began brilliantly with a lovely rendition of The Beatles' "In My Life" followed not long later by local singer/songwriter Chris Tye, who also impressed upon first hearing particularly with the atmospheric "I Will Be With You" followed by local reggae and lovers rock legend Bitty McLean ensured that the crowd were swaying with "Dedicated To The One I Love".
Roger Spencer, Tom Ross, Chris Tye, The Inspiration Choir and Bitty McLean played their part
There is something infectious and enthusiastic about Dave Scott-Morgan and his Morganisation outfit with their six song stint ensuring that they were more than comfortable on the large stage as they dabbled with tracks from their excellent "Bubbles" album and capped their set with a passionate performance of "21 Today" before Steve Gibbons gave a brief solo cameo (including an enjoyable monologue) with Dylanesque tunes "Sweetheart" and "Bird With No Song". It was almost a case of The Uglys reformed next as Morganisation enjoined with SG for another memorable moment with a duo of songs in tribute to Buddy Holly and a top class take of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone".

Quill arrived on stage as the final act of the night with their thunderous and moody take on "The Bells Of Rhymney" before delivering another sublime set of songs with huge hints of their much anticipated new studio album set alongside an Americana upgrade to their Kite classic "Say It Ain't So", Abby Brant's wonderful talent again displayed during "Can't Find My Way Home" and Joy Strachan-Brain's magical stage presence throughout. Quill continue to blossom on stage with Andy Edwards again providing perfect percussion alongside the smooth vocals of bassist Matt Worley and  violin wizardry of Kate McWilliam. My position on the front row afforded me the opportunity to see the wondrous guitar craft of Tony Kelsey - up close and personal - and appreciate his contribution to a band worthy of a much wider acclaim. This was a wonderful event that will hopefully generate a healthy donation to a worthy cause and much interest with another J4T21 concert set to be confirmed soon at the same venue later this year in November.
Perfect Partnership: Steve Gibbons and Morganisation
The Inspiration Choir performed: "In My Life" ~ "The Rhythm Of Life" ~ "Freedom" + Chris Tye performed: "Feature Fight" ~ "No Sing" ~ "I Will Be With You" + Bitty McLean performed: "Dedicated To The One I Love" + Morganisation performed: "Benediction" ~ "Knower" ~ "Red Rose" ~ "Gibraltar Farm" ~ "Mission Impossible" ~ "21 Today" + Steve Gibbons performed: "Sweetheart" ~ "Bird With No Song" + Steve Gibbons & Morganisation performed: "Hey Buddy" ~ "Words Of Love" ~ "You Can Never Tell" ~ "Like A Rolling Stone" + Quill performed: "The Bells Of Rhymney" ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Elephant In The Room" ~ "Can't Find My Way Home" ~ "Perfect Skin" ~ "Winter's Jig" ~ "Say Goodbye" ~ "England" ~ "Jerusalem"

Yours Truly KJS and ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) continue to support Justice 4 The 21.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 25-Apr-2017

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