Raymond Froggatt [and his superb band] hardly needs any introduction. A prolific songwriter and performing artist for now over fifty  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] ...|
Quill performed such songs as: “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: