b. Australia. Quill started out as a folk singer in Sydney, Australia in the 60s, running venues as well as performing, before moving to music journalism with the GoSet magazine. Essentially a singer-songwriter with the emphasis on lyrics, Quill’s band Country Radio (1971-73) is regarded as among the best country rock groups Australia has produced, along with the Dingoes. He wrote two classic Australian-sounding songs, ‘Gypsy Queen’ and ‘Wintersong’, both Australian hit singles for the band, before their move to Canada where they eventually split up. While the members moved on to other bands, Quill recorded a solo album that did not live up to expectations, and formed another outfit featuring expatriate Australians, Southern Cross. He resumed work in Canada as a freelance journalist, writing biographies about Michael Jackson in 1989 and the Rolling Stones in 1990. He also wrote an arts column for the Toronto Star.
In the new millennium Quill renewed his working partnership with former Country Radio colleague Kerryn Tolhurst. The duo completed a studio album in 2003. Quill also resumed live work with a new band, the Usual Suspects.