Gig Review and Photography by Kal Ahmed

The Quireboys

On arrival at Robin 2 in Bilston, I awaited the entrance of fascinating act, The Quireboys. Talented young artist Louis Coupe (lead singer of The Rooz) was on stage setting the scene and getting the audience ready for the rock styled acoustics of the main act. Firstly on the guitar then playing the piano this support was an entertaining artist warming up the audience nicely.

Louis Coupe

Louis Coupe

The Quireboys Acoustic focus strongly on the instrumental element to their tracks, with keyboard and acoustic guitar alongside the gravelly vocals of singer Spike, who brings something different to acoustic songs. Glam rock in appearance, with lead singer wearing a trade mark bandana and eyeliner they have a great sound and stage presence.

The Quireboys

The Quireboys

Lead singer Spike was joined onstage with Keith Weir on keyboards with Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin on acoustic guitarists The singer’s vocals portrayed emotions of angst and joy all in one from a raspy sound that were rather rock & roll – rather than the traditional acoustic sound known to many of us.

The Quireboys

The Quireboys

Hit songs from album ‘A Bit of What you Fancy’ get the crowd going with ‘There She goes Again’ and ‘Roses and Rings’ as favourites of the night. Most acoustic and country rock of the night is track ‘Sweet Mary Ann’; but mostly I found the vibe of this band really seems to be more rock and blues than traditional, soft acoustic.

The Quireboys

The Quireboys

The fresh sound is still going for this band as they played a great set of 18 songs with 2 encores, and played on the crowd with a regular shout of “give me a yeeehaaaah” – the crowd, obviously a die-hard fan base, shouted and cheered in response to Spike’s jokes. There was a great interaction between the crowd and the band throughout the gig – definitely a band I’ll be sing again live – acoustic or not.

The Quireboys

The Quireboys

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