Sunday, 30 August 2015

CAUGHT LIVE [5]: ELO AGAIN @ CHEPSTOW CASTLE

1,500 folks crammed into the courtyard of Chepstow Castle last night to see ELO Again ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The opportunity to go see ELO Again perform the works of Jeff Lynne [and a certain Chuck Berry*] within the Electric Light Orchestra [ELO] at the magnificent surroundings of Chepstow Castle was simply too good to miss yesterday evening [Saturday 29th August 2015] - even though it meant a 200 mile round trip from ELOBF HQ in Wolverhampton, literally at the last minute!
The combination of a great ELO tribute band performing in an eleventh century medieval castle in front of a hefty and appreciative crowd on a pleasant Summer night meant that there was a special atmosphere for all those in attendance as the South Wales based band delivered another impressive set of twenty five [25] ELO songs covering the period 1971-1983, including two [UK] album tracks. ELO Again particularly excelled when it came to the ELO classic rockers "Ma Ma Ma Belle", "Showdown", "Do Ya" and "Rockaria!" with their set perfectly balanced by choir backed, beautiful renditions of "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" [surely THE best place to experience this "Eldorado" epic] and "Mr. Blue Sky". This was a well organised, wonderful concert in a sublime setting. It was a pleasure to attend and a credit to a band riding on the crest of an ELO wave of popularity.
The ELO Again light shines on ...
Set list: "Standin' In The Rain" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Evil Woman" ~ "Big Wheels" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Ma Ma Ma Belle" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Twilight" ~ "Do Ya" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "Confusion" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ Gaelle's violin solo ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Rockaria" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ *"Roll Over Beethoven"
ELO Again are: Colin Smith [Guitar/Lead Vocals]; Jim Ramsey [Bass Guitar/Vocals]; Mike Holcombe [Keyboards/Vocoder]; Clive Smith [Percussion/Vocals]; Gaelle Favre [Violin]; Sarah Waycott [Cello] and Sion Dawson [Cello/Guitar]. Check out the band via their official web site thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends ELO Again to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of: ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 30-Aug-2015

Friday, 28 August 2015

TWO LIGHT YEARS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier this week, ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] published an article entitled THE ECO FRIENDLY LIGHT ORCHESTRA and within that post we mentioned the 'x2' twin CD packs of the expanded "Eldorado"/"Secret Messages" [#88697145162] and "Discovery"/"Time" [#88697149622] albums, which were issued in 2007 following the successful completion of the ELO remaster series by SonyBMG.

There have been not a few 2CD, 3CD and even 5CD original ELO album combo packs released down the years and the aforementioned article prompted me to wonder which Electric Light Orchestra albums are ideally suited to being twinned up with each other. After much thought and pondering, I came up with these ELO album partnerships:

"Eldorado"/"Time"
"ELO II"/"On The Third Day"
"Face The Music"/"A New World Record"
"Out Of The Blue"/"Secret Messages"
 "Discovery"/"Balance Of Power"

Try as I might, matching up "The Electric Light Orchestra" a.k.a. "No Answer" with ELO's "Xanadu" OST contribution and/or "Zoom" just doesn't work! Yours Truly KJS wonders what YOUR particular twin ELO album combo packs might be here in Yours Truly 2015?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 28-Aug-2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015

REVIEW: A SELECTION OF BRITISH SEA SONGS [Cult of Wedge]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Pete Hackett is Cult of Wedge and this exceptionally talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has just completed his fifth album, another collection of self penned local classics. With an album entitled "A Selection Of British Sea Songs", don't expect a modern take on classic sea shanties!

Considering that this album is the labour of love of one man, self-funded and completely bearing his own unique musical footprint, it is immensely impressive. The man from Rowley Regis has delivered a ten [10] track opus that - in the opinion of this writer - is his most accessible yet with elements that appeal to not only fans of the likes of ELORoy Wood and 10cc but also those folks who enjoy progressive rock and power pop combined with lyrics addressing sentimental recollection, social critique and quirky humour.

"Growing up is overrated,
So disappointing amd complicated ..."

Whilst "Ban The Bomb" and "Cashier Number Four" bear the unmistakeable musical influence of Jeff Lynne, "Indiana Bones" could easily be a homage to Manchester's finest: 10cc. The fond recollections and acoustic feel of "The Ghosts From The Grammar Banks" as well as "You And Me In The Summertime" add a nice balance to a thoughtful set. Any rock song that includes the lyrics "We formed a band and now it's a vendetta ..." and is a timely reminder of the sometimes vicious aftertaste that follows the internal politics and outward disintegration of certain well loved bands and it's a somewhat poignant inclusion followed, as it is, by the magnificent eight [8] minute long prog rock title track. Yours Truly KJS is proud to review and recommend the work of this talented local artiste. "A Selection Of British Sea Songs" is well worth its asking price and a valuable addition to any music collection. [9/10]

Trax: [1] "The Ship Of Fools" [4:06]; [2] "Ban The Bomb" [4:22]; [3] "Cashier Number Four" [3:31]; [4] "Indiana Bones" [3:52]; [5] "The Ghosts From The Grammar Banks" [5:22]; [6] "The Beach" [5:57]; [7] "You And Me In The Summertime" [4:08]; [8] "The Sun Won't Come Out Tomorrow" [4:09]; [9] "We Formed A Band" [4:56]; [10] "A Selection Of British Sea Songs" [8:50] ~ Total Running Time: 49:13

"A Selection Of British Sea Songs" by Cult of Wedge is released on Friday 28th August and will be available to purchase from Bandcamp for just £6.00 via this link thus:


ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "A Selection Of British Sea Songs" by Cult of Wedge to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 27-Aug-2015

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

THE ECO FRIENDLY LIGHT ORCHESTRA

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You've heard of "Olé ELO" but "Do Ya" know about Eco ELO? Within the last decade, SonyBMG's subsidiary labels Epic and Legacy have made sure that certain releases were not only ELO friendly - they were Eco friendly too! The atypical clear plastic CD trays have been periodically ditched during this time starting with the expanded remaster of "Out Of The Blue" being offered in alternative carbon neutral packaging. Best selling "All Over The World", the 'x2' twin CD packs of "Eldorado"/"Secret Messages" and "Discovery"/"Time" were next to be issued in slim cardboard 'discbox slider' editions with US compilation "Playlist" following.

Multi-album boxed sets "Original Albums Classics" and "The Classic Album Selection" were then released, complete with replica cardboard sleeves and directions to the now defunct musicmadesimple site for full album credits. The irony is that those older Eco editions are now quite collectable too!
An ELO Eco Discography
"Out Of The Blue" [#88697123162][2007] in carbon neutral packaging
"All Over The World" [#88697046492][2007] in slim cardboard 'discbox slider' 
"Eldorado"/"Secret Messages" [#88697145162][2007] 2CD in slim cardboard 'discbox slider' 
"Discovery"/"Time" [#88697149622][2007] 2CD in slim cardboard 'discbox slider' 
"Playlist" [#88697298022][2008] in 100% recycled paperboard
"Original Albums Classics" [#88697787342][2010] 5CD slim box set
"The Classic Album Selection" [#88697873262][2011] 11CD boxed set

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Aug-2015

Friday, 21 August 2015

REVIEW: PLAY THIS INTIMATELY [AS IF AMONG FRIENDS] ~ Pugwash

A masterful return: "Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" by Pugwash ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! A few months ago if you had asked me how Pugwash could follow up "The Olympus Sound", Yours Truly KJS would have answered [on a postcard, naturally]: "With great difficulty!" Yet, the four [4] year wait for their latest accomplishment "Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" is more than satisfied within the first few chords of opener "Kicking And Screaming". And it gets better the deeper you delve into this lush effort.

With major nods to their musical heroes Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartneyThe BeatlesThe Idle Race, The KinksThe Beach Boys and Roy Orbison [and not a few others], founder Thomas Walsh has delivered another wonderful LP of varied musical styles replete with infectious melodies, luscious lyrical content and velvety harmonies with a little help from his good friends Tosh Flood, Joe Fitzgerald and Shaun McGee.

"If their 2008 release was fit to be entitled "Eleven Modern Antiquities", then this opus could easily be named "Twelve Modern Classics"

There is no weak link [tracks that fill out a release to add VFM if nothing else] here, the variety and class of this recording mean that you are instantly enthused. If their 2008 release was fit to be entitled "Eleven Modern Antiquities", then this opus could easily be named "Twelve Modern Classics".  We are greeted with the raucous and infectious "Kicking And Screaming" which is perfectly balanced by the next offering, the sentimental and sublime "Lucky In Every Way" [deserving of being a single].

"Feed His Heart With Coal" is very much reminiscent of "Cluster Bomb" - and just as infectious - followed as it is by "Just So You Know" with its inherent James Bond themed undercurrent and sultry guitar work. "The Fool I Had Become" - showcased during their recent UK tour - is marvellous and demonstrates not only the pure vocal gifting that Tom Walsh possesses in abundance but also the immense creativity of the band as a unit. I can hear The Fab Four and The Kinks within "You Could Always Cry" too. Another modern Pugwash classic is surely "Hung Myself Out To Dry" with fantastic vocal arrangements that Jeff Lynne would be proud of. I'm sure that I can hear his voice on this one!
Pugwash in intimate CD and vinyl cinemascope ...
There is very definitely a Macca quality to the ultra warm "Silly Love" and "All The Way From Love" is a song that oozes Roy Orbison. It could easily could be a "Mystery Girl" or Traveling Wilburys track. It's that good and one that reduced this writer to tears upon first listen.

If I haven't mentioned the other superb songs, it's because I've run out of applicable adjectives! Bravo Thomas Walsh, Bravo Pugwash. This is a measured, mature record and as intimate and honest an album that I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. The wait for Pugwash VI was well worth it. Take it from me, an honest album review should [a] be of few words and [b] leave you ready to press the 'Buy Now' button and/or rush to your nearest retailer. I hope that you do soon. You won't be disappointed. [11/10]
An intimate listening experience with Pugwash ...
Trax: [1] "Kicking And Screaming" [3:20]; [2] "Lucky In Every Way" [3:05]; [3] "Feed His Heart With Coal" [3:07]; [4] "Just So You Know" [4:24]; [5] "Clouds" [2:45]; [6] "The Fool I Had Become" [4:13]; [7] "You Could Always Cry" [2:58]; [8] "Hung Myself Out To Dry" [3:45]; [9] "Silly Love" [3:46]; [10] "Oh Happy Days"  [2:24]; [11] "All The Way From Love" [2:59]; [12] "We Are Everywhere" [5:30] ~ Total Running Time: 43:16


"Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" by Pugwash also features Jeff Lynne, Ray Davies, Andy Partridge and Neil Hannon and will be released by Omnivore Recordings in download, CD and limited edition translucent red vinyl formats on Friday 4th September. You can still pre-order and/or purchase the new Pugwash album via these links thus:

www.amazon.com/Intimately-Among-Friends-Vinyl-Download/dp/B00XWSL8DA

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Play This Intimately [As If Among Friends]" by Pugwash to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Aug-2015

Thursday, 20 August 2015

RECOMMENDED: ROY WOOD ROCKMAS 2015

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] are pleased to confirm that Roy Wood and his festive friends will be returning to Birmingham with his annual Christmas extravaganza in early December. Roy Wood's Rockmas 2015 is scheduled to take place on Sunday 6th December [7:00PM] and will have a new home at The Barclaycard Arena [formerly the NIA].

The Move, ELO and Wizzard founding member will be joined by his Rock & Roll Band, Chas & Dave, Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders [making a welcome return], The Enigma String Quartet, comedian Stan Boardman and perhaps one or three surprise guests too in what promises to be a fantastic pre-Christmas event nestled in amongst his already announced UK dates. Here's what Roy has to say about his Rockmas show for 2015:

"Hello Chums! This year 2015 we have moved our ‘Rockmas’ special Christmas Concert to the New Barclaycard Arena (formerly the NIA Birmingham) One thing that makes this annual event really unique are the variety of ‘Special Friends’ who join us, even playing together with our band.

Those of you, who attended previous concerts at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, will remember that The Proclaimers didn’t just perform their own material with us, but to hear them singing ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ in that broad Scots accent, was really priceless. Last Christmas was Rick Wakeman and his son Adam together with a lady opera singer, so we’ve hopefully made the format interesting and different for every concert.

We have been lucky enough this year, to team up with Chas & Dave. With their ‘Rockney’ sound, fun personalities and great hits like ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Gertcha’, they are sure to get you on your feet and dancing. For the second year running, Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders have
agreed to open the evening for us. They recently opened for Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden NY and are truly a great band. I always try to keep at least one surprise tucked away behind the curtain, and this year will be no exception. If you remember last time Jasper Carrott made an unscheduled appearance, and went down an absolute storm.

Join us at this year’s ‘Rockmas’ festivities and you are sure to have a thoroughly superb evening.
All The Very Best ... ROY WOOD" [end quote]

Tickets are priced from £33.75 each and go on sale tomorrow [Friday 21st August] at 10:00AM.

www.theticketfactory.com/roy-wood-rockmas-2015
www.barclaycardarena.co.uk/whats-on/roy-wood-rockmas

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Roy Wood Rockmas 2015 to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Aug-2015

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

EIGHT RECOMMENDED READS

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS recommends, from "Time" to "Time", books that regular ELOBF visitors may might find of interest. This particular literary octet are written by the likes of John Van Der KisteBrian PaoneRandy BlazakBob LawtonMark Stanway [Magnum], Charlie Grima [Wizzard] and Dave Scott-Morgan [The Uglys/Magnum/ELO].

The eight [8] publications in question include recollections, memoirs, fiction and biographies and form an ever expanding ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommended reading list. Please click on the links below to find out more about each publication thus:

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-Aug-2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

FAVE ELO SONGS: JUDIE TZUKE

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! This is #2 in a series of ELOBF specials. One of my fave artistes - asides from [obviously] my love of all things ELO - is the fantastically talented songstress and musician Judie Tzuke. Back in January 2012, Judie told Yours Truly KJS what her favourite songs by ELO and The Beatles were thus:

KJS: "What would be your favourite Beatles track and why?
Judie: "Of course ... "Hey Jude" because it's my name and I loved it and The Beatles ... I always felt it was written for me as a child but obviously I know now it wasn't ... But I sang it anyway!"

KJS: "Do you also have a fave ELO track? ... and maybe a reason for that too?"
Judie: "Well! I do remember buying: "Evil Woman" and playing it over and over. Probably a bit of hairbrush miming and dancing on the bed went on too at that time! No particular reason but that it was a memorable time in my life ... but I didn't think that this song was written for me!"

FAVE ELO SONGS: OWEN PAUL

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Judie Tzuke to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 18-Aug-2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

OVERVIEW: GET UP [Bryan Adams]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Here Is The [Old] News! Whilst Yours Truly KJS has been en vacances in the South West of England during the last week and a bit, Bryan Adams duly issued an official press release on Monday 10th August 2015 revealing the detail of his new Jeff Lynne produced album "Get Up" as well as the music video for an initial download track and rockabilly ditty "You Belong To Me".

The lead single "Brand New Day" will be released on Tuesday 8th September 2015 and it will be accompanied by a music video also featuring Helena Bonham-Carter. With a running time of just over thirty six [36] minutes, "Get Up" promises to have the same feel as Jeff's successful 2012 comeback release "Long Wave" with a mixture of songs of relatively short duration coupled with four [4] acoustic versions with an additional twelve [12] minute interview on selected editions.
The album artwork for "Get Up" has been already hinted at by ELOBF ...
Bryan recently said of his latest studio album that it "... came together quite organically" and that there "... is a carefree feeling about [the] album" with Jeff adding that he has "... always been a big fan of Bryan so getting to work with him was a great pleasure." [end quote]

"You Belong To Me" is available to download now via www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.com, GooglePlay, iTunes [GB] and iTunes [US]"Get Up" by Bryan Adams can presently be pre-ordered in CD, Deluxe 2CD, LP and download formats via these links thus:

The Deluxe Edition of "Get Up" includes not a few extras ...
"Get Up!" trax will be: [1] "You Belong to Me" [2:29]; [2] "Go Down Rockin'" [2:58]; [3] "We Did It All" [3:25]; [4] "That's Rock and Roll" [2:48]; [5] "Don't Even Try" [2:25]; [6] "Do What Ya Gotta Do" [2:14]; [7] "Thunderbolt" [2:15]; [8] "Yesterday Was Just A Dream" [2:57]; [9] "Brand New Day" [3:33]; [10] "Don't Even Try [Acoustic]" [2:28]; [11] "We Did It All [Acoustic]" [2:56]; [12] "You Belong to Me [Acoustic]" [2:31]; [13] "Brand New Day [Acoustic]" [3:04]; [14] Interview [Deluxe/download editions only][12:33]

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Get Up" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-Aug-2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

BRYAN ADAMS: NEW ALBUM + PRE-ORDER NEWS

Bryan Adams: It's all happening on 10/08/15 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Earlier today, Bryan Adams published a five [5] second trailer for a new song [due to be revealed in August] via his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. The new album from the London based Canadian rocker is believed to have the working title: "Get Up" and is due out on Friday 16th October. The video features a brief rockabilly song snippet atypical of Jeff's trademark production techniques and states that the "NEW ALBUM" will be available to "PREORDER FROM 10.08.15"

Details of Bryan's new single and album - produced by Jeff Lynne and co-written with Jim Vallance - will be unveiled via an official announcement and press release next Monday 10th August. In Bryan's own words:

"New song from the new album coming next week, check back on 10.08.15 for all the info …"


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Aug-2015

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

REVIEW: WORLD PREMIERE [Starflight]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! #950: Starflight is the musical vehicle of Sydney based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jib Khan. If Starflight's first album "Adventure Beyond" was an impressive debut, the big question, for me, was what screenplay their second release "World Premiere" would reveal to the listener.

The answer is that Jib has continued successfully piloting Starflight on their sonic adventure in the ELOBF universe and that the "World Premiere" of their latest musical landing is resplendent with the influence of ELO and, of course, The Beatles. This enjoyable release is a memorable homage to the musical craft of Jeff Lynne, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, overhung with the entertaining versatility, song craft and lyrical guile of the likeable Aussie.
Jib's vocals on this record often remind this listener of those of the late, great Kelly Groucutt with "World Premiere" a prime example, opening up [as it does] with the infectious "Stereo" - replete with vocoder and strings whilst quoting its very own "... three piece harmonies ..." within. "Wicked Woods" - the lead single - follows with its catchy riff and diving cellos, complete with an ELOesque [if not sinister!] feel to it that is a testimony to the creative juices of the writer and his love of the classic ELO sound. "When The Sun Go Down" is another great track with the vocal resemblance of Kelly G and it is followed by the wonderfully string swept, vocally magnificent and anthemic "Live The Opera".

There's a nod to ELO's "Discovery" LP with the funky floor filler "Evil Spell" - rumoured to be the second single - thumping out its seventies disco beat. "Dr. Radio" follows the same sentimental musical and lyrical themes of "Mr. Radio" and "Mr. Blue Sky", again in an imaginative and smile inducing ELOesque kinda way. There's a jazzy feel to "Cool" and a 'calypso-ska' tempo to "Take A Jet" that, when coupled with sultry ballads "Unforgettable High" and "Precious Moments", ensure that the album also retains the personality of its creator.
Starflight captain Jib Khan: Fangs for a great album!
"World Premiere" is completed by the fantastic "Blueberry Dream" - an encore that pays tribute to The Beatles"Strawberry Fields Forever""I Am The Walrus" and ELO's "Hello My Old Friend" with added orchestral overtures and sweet guitar licks. This is a cracking album that, I'm sure, will tick all the boxes for fans of ELO & Jeff LynneThe Beatles and related artistes. [9/10]

Trax: [1] "Stereo" [3:34]; [2] "Wicked Woods" [3:52]; [3] "When The Sun Go Down" [3:03]; [4] "Live The Opera" [3:58]; [5] "Cool" [2:55]; [6] "Evil Spell" [3:48]; [7] "Dr. Radio" [3:31]; [8] "Unforgettable High" [3:48]; [9] "Take A Jet" [3:29]; [10] "Precious Moments" [3:18]; [11] "Blueberry Dream" [3:21]
"World Premiere" by Starflight is available to purchase in download format via these links thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "World Premiere" by Starflight to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-Aug-2015

Sunday, 2 August 2015

CAUGHT LIVE [9]: QUILL @ THE ROBIN 01/08/15

Quill: In full flow at The Robin 2 last night! [Photo: John Collins @ Forever]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Joy Strachan-Brain and Quill never cease to amaze me. This was my ninth Quill gig and - once again - their energetic and thrilling showmanship were there to be savoured by an appreciative and healthy bunch of onlookers last night [Saturday 1st August 2015] at that regular haunt for ELOBF: The Robin 2 in Bilston.

The legendary Midlands Celtic rock seven [7] piece outfit - with The Move and ELO co-founder Bev Bevan now comfortably integrated in proceedings - are riding high upon the success of their new superb album "Brush With The Moon" - inspired and written by the late Ben Brain with their latest performance indicative of a growing confidence whilst revelling in their four [4] decade legacy.
Primer provided an entertaining violin tinged support set to perfectly compliment Quill [Photo: JC @ Forever]
A thoroughly enjoyable and perfectly balanced set included the familiar and the new with covers of Fleetwood Mac, ELO Part II and Thin Lizzy interspersed with their own familiar favourites "Harvest" and "Say It Ain't So" with newer classics "Nine Mile Camp" and "England" from "Brush With The Moon" followed by brand new renditions of newer classics including "Falling Slowly" and "Matador", songs that will hopefully be included in their promised next release.
Bev Bevan relays a tale about Poland, Phil Bates, some whiskey and some girls ...
I love the way that Quill effortlessly slide the lead vocals duties between Joy, Dave Bailey and Matt Davies whilst drummer Tim Tandler works in perfect tandem with Bev Bevan and violinist Kate McWilliam trades musical blows [if not bows!] with slick guitarist Tony Kelsey. It's a great recipe for a band on the rise and more than worthy of the enhanced reputation that Quill are now beginning to reap.

Quill set list [14 songs]: "The Chain" ~ "Harvest" ~ "Duelling Banjos" ~ "Matador" ~ "A Showman's Life" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Jig-A-Jig" ~ "Falling Slowly" ~ "Nine Mile Camp" ~ "Galway Girl" ~ "Whiskey Girls" ~ "The Celtic Experience" ~ "England" ~ "Whiskey In The Jar"
Settled septet: Quill in 2015 ...
Quill are: Joy Strachan-Brain [Vocals/percussion]; Dave Bailey [Keyboards/guitar/vocals]; Kate McWilliam [Violin/keyboards/recorder/vocals]; Tim Tandler [Drums]; Tony Kelsey [Guitars/mandolin/vocals]; Matt Davies [Bass/vocals] and Bev Bevan [Percussion]

You can find out more about Quill are up to by visiting their official web site via this link thus:

Official QUILL web site

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Quill to those enlightened folks who also like 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 ... 02-Aug-2015