Settled comfortably on the sofa with a calm ambiance and the enticing smell of scampi from the neighbouring table begun a memorable night. A mellow and confident Chris Quinn took his seat with a certain, infectious smile and introduced himself cheerfully. A growing accomplished artist based in Shrewsbury he’s graced stages world-wide across his 12 year performing career, highlights including the prestigious BB Kings Blues Club in New York and the 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival.
Almost as instantly as the first string was struck the crowd subconsciously began the ritual toe-tapping and head-nodding in an attempt to keep up with his lively, pacy chords. His vocals emerged sounding like they were from a Western state, accompanied by exemplary vocal control which remained throughout, as he proceeded to perform popular covers from Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, and Louis Armstrong to name but a few – which exercised his excellent ability to improvise and adapt his voice to make each song his own, and also effortlessly lead us on a journey to a blissfully happy evening, spent with great company and delicious beverages. His original compositions were acknowledged for their soulful, truthful words and received the loudest applause’ of the night.
A genuine crowd pleaser, Chris performed music from the 20’s, 30’s, 50’s and almost every other decade from the past century brilliantly, and confirmed his abilities with excellent covers requested from the lively audience. With nearly every head turned to his direction throughout the late performance he kept hands clapping, grins constant and maintained the funk all night long, and was another example of why Friday night’s are surely better spent at Oak Live.
31 Days – “Chris is an extremely accomplished singer and guitarist, you can expect a tasty mix of Blues, Americana and Roots material, all perfectly delivered”
Maverick Magazine – “A master of the acoustic guitar”