Quill (featuring Bev Bevan)
Six-piece Midlands-based band Quill have been a popular attraction on the UK music scene for over four decades, during which they have developed their own distinctive sound – playing a unique brand of Celtic folk-hued Fleetwood Mac-ish rock long before the Corrs arrived on the scene. The artistry of their guitar and violin harmonies is complimented by stunning lead vocals and strong vocal harmonies, producing an exciting dynamic sound, which incorporates a wide palette of musical influences - rock, folk, country and Americana music - ensuring a wide cross-over appeal.
Experiencing Quill in concert will make anyone marvel at the magic of the performance. Their crowd-pleasing repertoire includes original material blended with traditional material and popular classics performed with energy and enthusiasm aplenty makes for a stunning show from this world-class act.
Quill was formed during the early part of the 1970’s by founder member and lead vocalist Joy Strachan-Brain and went on to become one of the busiest working bands on the circuit, with a constant schedule of live appearances as well as several album releases. Several personnel changes occurred along the road and in 1995 Quill were joined by violinist Kate McWilliam, an amazing player who remains an integral part of the band to this day.
Fast forward to 2012, tragedy struck when Joy’s husband and long-standing Quill bassist/vocalist Ben Brain passed away unexpectedly. Joy considered calling time on the band’s long career. However, rather than call it day, Quill entered a period of reinvention. The band developed a fresh live show, aimed predominately at the theatre and festival market and decided to record a collection of songs Ben had been writing as a tribute to him. This resulted in the critically acclaimed 2015 album release “Brush with the Moon”, released worldwide through Cherry Red Records.
“Brush with the Moon” was met with enthusiastic response from both media and fellow musicians – the album featured percussion contributions from Bev Bevan (of ELO, The Move, Black Sabbath fame), who also tours with the band.
In addition to a busy schedule of live work, 2016 has seen Quill writing and recording new material for an album to be released in 2017. A revamped band line-up includes musicians who have worked with internationally successful artists such as Steve Winwood, Robert Plant, Bellowhead and Seth Lakerman.
Recent theatre appearances include completely SOLD OUT appearances at Solihull Arts Centre (336 capacity), Lichfield Garrick Theatre (540), Kidderminster Roses Theatre (181), Bromsgrove Artrix Theatre (290) along with many other well-attended appearances on the theatre / arts centre circuit to which the band is ideally suited. High-profile festival appearances include the Acoustic Festival of Britain; Americana International Festival; Tenbury Music Festival and Birmingham Symphony Hall (Roy Wood’s Christmas Show).
“Joy Strachan-Brain is the best female singer to come out of the Midlands” – Bev Bevan (ELO, The Move, Black Sabbath)
“I particularly enjoyed the freedom with which violinist Kate McWilliam traversed the stage in a fashion reminiscent of one Mik Kaminski but with added grace” – Keith James (www.elobeatlesforever.blogspot.co.uk)
“Quill have continued to perform their outstanding brand of folk rock over the last four decades” – Tony Collins (Birmingham Evening Mail)
“A British band that seems to effortlessly blend country, folk and rock into songs that are still wanted in today’s market, and with top notch vocals, excellent musicians and wonderful songs, they are a band to watch out for!” – Anne Carlini (American Review)
“Brush With The Moon is stunning in its simplicity and ability to convey emotions and thoughts. If you are looking for something new from a group that has been together three decades, then Quill may be just the band for you.” - David Bowling (www.cashboxmusicreviews.wordpress.com)
Official website: www.quilluk.com