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Review: Up close and personal with The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls

PUBLISHED: 11:22 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 20:24 14 June 2019

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

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If a bit of what you fancy is some proper old school English rock, then Harpenden Public Halls was the place to find it last night when The Quireboys came to town.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

The aging rockers were in Harpenden for an acoustic set to promote their latest album, Amazing Disgrace, and they brought a plethora of die-hard fans along for the performance, taking advantage of the intimate venue to get up close and personal with their heroes.

From the 12-year-old boy singing along with his folks, to the octogenarian who asked us why he struggled to find Quireboys albums in charity shops, it was certainly a diverse crowd, but that didn't stop them leaving their seats and taking to the aisles for a boogie after some encouragement from singer Spike, clad in his usual garb of headwrap and scarf.

They opened and closed with some real crowd pleasers from their debut album, A Bit of What You Fancy, including There She Goes Again, 7 O'Clock and I Don't Love You Anymore and filled the rest of the 90 minute-show with songs from Homewreckers and Heartbreakers and Amazing Grace, but surprisingly not their biggest hit Hey You.

That said, the set list was a veritable journey through the career of one of the country's seminal rock bands, delivered with gusto by Spike and a trimmed down acoustic line-up of Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Paul Guerin.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

Personal highlights included Whippin' Boy, Dancing in Paris, Devil of a Man and Eve of the Summertime, but they were undoubtedly spoilt for choice when it came to selecting material.

Spike wrapped up with an invitation to join them in the bar for drinks afterwards, which was worth the ticket price and then some for fans, proving that they haven't lost touch with their roots despite a tenure in the music biz spanning 35 years.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.The Quireboys at Harpenden Public Halls - photo by Hillary Childs.

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