|Phil Bates [Photographs by kind permission of Neil Keighery]|
His spellbinding performance at the intimate and homely Ruthin All Styles Music Club in North Wales on the evening of Thursday 31st March more than proved his pedigree as a top class guitarist with a twenty two  song set of premier Blues, original compositions and select covers - albeit with a little enjoyable support from his friends: the singers and players of the above institution. We heard just the one ELO and two  Beatles acoustic interpretations - a wonderful rendition of "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" as well as "She's A Woman" and "I Saw Her Standing There" but this concert was more about the music of Phil Bates and the music that sparks his musical fires.
ELO cover but a sublime version of Ray Davies' "Waterloo Sunset" - as Phil said, one of THE greatest songs to come out of the Sixties.
So there you have it folks. Not only has Phil Bates played a major part in keeping the music of ELO live "All Over The World" [so to speak] for over twenty  years - whilst the EJLO spaceship was in effective mothballs - he's also an accomplished proponent of the Blues and much, much more. This was my first Phil Bates gig since November 2012 and it was well worth the wait - and the journey!