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ON THE BLUE CRUISE, FEBRUARY 2019

10-15 February 2019

Visiting Nassau/Paradise Island, The Bahamas and a private island Labadee.

As well as the Strawbs, bands include:
* Justin Hayward
* The Zombies
* Todd Rundgren
* Dave Mason
* Steve Hackett
* Alan Parsons
* Procol Harum
* Al Stewart
* Wishbone Ash
* Poco

For more details:
http://onthebluecruise.com.


US ELECTRIC GIGS, APRIL 2019

Friday 12 April - YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore NY
Saturday 13 April - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ Sunday 14 April - TBA
Monday 15 April - TBA
Tuesday 16 April - TBA
Wednesday 17 April - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
Thursday 18 April - TBA
Friday 19 April - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Saturday 20 April - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA


50TH ANNIVERSARY

Friday 26 April - 50th Anniversary weekend, Lakewood NJ
Saturday 27 April - 50th Anniversary weekend, Lakewood NJ
Sunday 28 April - 50th Anniversary Weekend - Sunday Brunch, Lakewood NJ (VIP tickets only)

Plans look impressive, with a number of line-ups and guests - I'm certainly going to be making the trip, as the Strand is one of my favourite venues in the world.

VIP tickets

This from Ray Coles who is organising the 50th event at the Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ:

Celebrate 50 years of Strawbs and be a part of history during this three-day celebration of the folk/rock/prog legends, hosted by founding member Dave Cousins. For this epic festival, Strawbs past & present are joined by special and surprise musical guests, including a full symphony orchestra for a gala event that will showcase every era of Strawbs music: folk to Ferryman; acoustic to electric; the subtle to the symphonic.

The Strand is offering a limited Strawbs Golden VIP Package, ultra-deluxe access to this once-in-a-lifetime 50th Anniversary experience. Included is:
choice premium seating for both performances at the historic Strand Theater;
drink vouchers good for four free drinks (two per day) from The Strand's full Gallery bar;
exclusive souvenir laminate lanyard;
Sunday brunch with Strawbs and their guests on April 28, 2019 at Ramada Hotel in Tom's River, NJ.

With fans from all over the world expected to attend Strawbs 50th Anniversary Weekend, this VIP package will sell out quickly!

You can buy VIP tickets at:
https://strand.org/get-tickets/.


UK ELECTRIC TOUR NOVEMBER 2018

The UK electric tour was a great success and some photos and coomments can be found here


UNIVERSAL JAPAN CD REISSUES, 2018

A splendid package of LP facsimile CD reissues of all 9 of the A&M Strawbs albums in an attractive slipcase, with all original inserts etc. included, along with a Japanese booklet with sleeve notes and lyrics and mockups of the original Obis on the original Japanese vinyl releases. Very attractive - the track listings are the same as the UK CD releases in 1998 and 2008 (apart from Bursting At The Seams and Hero And Heroine (see the 2018 reissues page for details), though it looks as though the music (or at least the original album tracks) has been re-transferred from analogue master tapes and remastered by Universal Tokyo - reportedly the best sounding Strawbs CDs to date!

These releases are appearing on Ebay as individual purchases with a very few 9CD promo box sets - snap them up before they go!

For more details and comments see the 2018 reissues page





HUDSON FORD - DAYLIGHT CD

News that the fourth Hudson Ford album is now out on CD - Daylight was released by CBS after Hudson Ford parted company with A&M.


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