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Kwil

Line-up:

Kwill
Kwil
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Phil Bates – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Tony Rose – Drums
Plus others

Later known as Quill. Tamworth member from Grendon, Phil Bates (lead guitar) a later member of Trickster and ELO.

Tamworth Herald Feature

Tamworth Herald – 03/11/72
MUSICBOX - Kwil
Dosthill’s guitarist Phil Bates has, together with his band “Kwil” released their first single on the Parlophone label.

“Spent the Rent” is the ‘A’ side number and it has received about 20 plays on Radio One.

Kwil’s drummer, Tony Rose, has written the song and the sound is happy, with a catchy melody and lyrics

Phil plays bass and contributes to the vocal harmony. The unusual combination of violin and ukelele contributes to the special sound that Kwil are establishing. Hit Parade success is always a difficult business but this record could do well if it gets enough exposure.

The ‘B’ side is another Tony Rose number called “Every Little Thing” and this is also as pleasant song which has a good dancing beat.

On Wednesday, Kwil were in London recording their next single which is due for release after Christmas.

A Phil Bates composition, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” will be featured on this one. Members of Tamworth’s night spot, Susanna’s will be familiar with the group, as they played there recently. On Friday, Kwil start a club season in the north, but they will be back in the Midlands in mid-November.

Tamworth Herald - 28/03/75
Musicbox – Kwil and Billy Bates
Local favourites Kwil have released their second single and it is in the shops now. The song has been penned by drummer Gill Sowell and is entitled “The Stripper”.

After a spell of rest Kwil are now back in action. They played on the Kenny Ball bill for Tamworth Round Table last Saturday and are next in the area at Drayton Manor on Friday April 4.

Dosthill singer/songwriter Billy Bates will soon be having a song released on the Spark label and the act for whom the song was written will be appearing on television.

The children’s act Bengy the Bear and Rumpo the Rabbit will be appearing on New Faces backed by Billy and the Terry Lightfoot Band – who will be playing “We Love Bengy” Words and music by Billy Bates.

Returning to his serious career Billy has just finished his mater recording of his second single which is dues for release in the early summer.

Gigs:
02/03/73
Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

18/03/73
Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

20/04/73
Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

27/04/73
Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

29/04/73
Kwil
Hurley Working Mens Club

01/07/73
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

07/07/73
Kwil
Austrey Sports Club
Chicken Barbecue
Elms Farm

19/08/73
Kwil
Amington Liberal Club

01/09/73
Austrey Field Day
Kwil plus DJ

15/09/73
Kwil
Wood End Working Mens Club

06/10/73
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

02/11/73
Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

30/11/73
Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

09/12/73
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

1974
19/01/74

Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

26/01/74
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

22/02/74
Kwil
Fazeley Victory Working Mens Club

09/03/74
Kwil
Tamworth F.C. Social Club

16/03/74
Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

07/04/74
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

04/05/74
Kwil
Two Gates Working Mens Club

26/05/74
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

05/07/74
Kwil

Two Gates Working Mens Club

06/07/74
Tamworth and District Round Table
Indoor Chicken Barbecue
Nashville Teens and Kwil

Lonkhills Farm

03/08/74
Austrey Chicken Barbecue
Kwil

Elms Farm

11/12/74
Kwil
The Chequers

1975
04/04/75

Kwil plus The Hy-Kells
Wilnecote Sports and Social Club
Tower Suite, Drayton Manor

16/05/75
Tamworth Carnival 75
Selection Dance
Kwil plus Bob Mason

Ed Doolan from BRMB will choose the Queen
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

06/06/75
Kwil
Wood End Working Mens Club

14/06/75
Field Day
Ox Roast Barbecue
Kwil and Richard John Disco

Twycross

20/06/75
Kwil
Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club Barbecue
Club Ground, Hints

28/06/75
Kwil
Kingsbury Colliery Social Club

05/07/75
Tamworth and District Round Table
Indoor Chicken Barbecue
Kwil
White Plains

DJ Ron Peel

12/07/75
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

26/07/75
Austrey Sports Club Chicken Barbecue
Kwil plus DJ

05/09/75
Kwil
Wood End Working Mens Club

10/10/75
Tamworth Young Farmers Bar-B-Que
Kwil and DJ

Dale Farm, Haunton

18/10/75
Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club
Joe Loss and His Orchestra
Kwil

Drayton Manor, Tower Ballroom

19/10/75
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

01/11/75
Tamworth Rugby Union Football Club
Cupids Inspiration
Kwil

At Smiths Warehouse, A5, Fazeley

22/11/75
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

1976
02/04/76
Emperor Rosko and Kwil
Drayton Manor, Tower Suite

02/05/76
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

03/07/76
Tamworth & District Round Table Barbecue
Chickory Tip, Kwil, Sunset Disco
Lonkhills Farm, Disco

12/08/76
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

23/08/76
Kwil
Mile Oak Hotel

10/09/76
Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club
Bar-B-Q
Kwil and two DJs
Ashlands Farm

16/10/76
Autumn Dance
Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club
Kwil
Mike Clarke and His Music

Tower Ballroom, Drayton Manor

19/11/76
Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club
01/07/77 - Pork Barbecue at Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club

1977
01/01/77

Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

23/01/77

Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

04/02/77
Kwil
Brewster
Measham Welfare Club

26/03/77
Kwil
Kingsbury Working Mens Club

01/04/77
David Hamilton
Ron Peel and Kwil

Wilnecote Sports and Social Club

03/04/77
Kwil
Glascote Working Mens Club

01/05/77
Kwil
Tamworth Progressive Club

03/06/77
Roasted Hogs Bar-B-Q
DJs Johnny Slade and John Green
Bruster (sic.) and Kwil

Ashlands Farm, Ashby Road

24/06/77
Hog Roast at Vine Farm, Upton, Nr. Nuneaton
Admission: £1.00

25/06/77
Barn Rave-Up
Kwill (sic.), Brooster (sic.), Richard John Disco

01/07/77
Tamworth Cricket and Hockey Club Pork Barbecue
Kwil
Trent Valley Stompers
Ron Peel Roadshow
Clubhouse, Hints Lane, Hopwas
Tickets from Greens Records

30/07/77

Austrey Sports Club, Barbecue
DJ Nij Redfern, tickets from Christines Stores
Admission: £1.50

1978
12/02/78
Kwill
Glascote Working Mens Club

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Kwil

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