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LATEST STRAWBS NEWS


10 May 2017


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ACOUSTIC DATES
==============

A collection of Acoustic dates over the summer and early autumn.

Thu 22 Jun, Arts Centre, Colchester
Fri 23 Jun, Library Theatre, Darwen
Sat 24 Jun, Victoria Hall, Settle

Sat 8 Jul, New Forest Festival, Powell's Farm, Plaitford
Fri 14 Jul, Piaza san Colombano, Bobbio, Piacenza, Italy

Fri 25 Aug, New Day Festival, Tenterden

Sat 23 Sep, Landmark, Teddington
Fri 29 Sep, Baptist Church, Chipping Sodbury
Sat 30 Sep, Guitar Festival, Lynn

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UK ELECTRIC DATES
=================

Further dates are likely to be added, including a possible London show.

Thu 5 Oct, The Stables, Wavendon
Fri 6 Oct, Village Hall, Lowdham
Sat 7 Oct, Globe, Cardiff
Thu 12 Oct, Tivoli, Wimbourne
Fri 13 Oct, Dorking Halls, Dorking
Sat 14 Oct, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Mon 16 Oct, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Thu 19 Oct, Arts Centre, Solihull
Fri 20 Oct, Vivacity, Peterborough
Wed 25 Oct, Green Hotel, Kinross
Thu 26 Oct, TBA, Langholm
Fri 27 Oct, Tollbrook, Stirling


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US ELECTRIC DATES
=================

Work is going on to confirm an electric tour in the US in November. More details when available.


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HUDSON FORD - THE A&M ALBUMS
=============================

The 3CD release of the A&M albums with bonus tracks is now available to order from Amazon and other online retailers as well as good record shops if you want to support them!

Nice package with great pictures and layout, with sleeve notes by me with a little assistance from others from time to time.

Delighted that this stuff is finally available legitimately - hopefully Caroline/Universal will now have a good reason to get Ebay to take down the bootleg copies of the individual CDs which come up from time to time.


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DAVE BAINBRIDGE NEWS
====================

Some live shows
---------------

9th June
Dave Bainbridge (solo)
Engine Room, F Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 5AX
From 7pm - with support from Daniel Day, Dave Brons and John Biglands
Tickets, £10 from aneveningwithdavebainbridge.brownpapertickets.com

25th June
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear
Streatham House Concerts, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Tickets & Info contact Geoff Parks geofftparks@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/groups/1700857296908594/
**This is a small venue - book early to avoid disappointment!

15th July
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear
Christchurch Pennington, Leigh. Lancashire, WN7 4HT 8pm start (doors 7.30pm)
Tickets‚ £8 - email helen.leakey@btinternet.com


16th July
Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear
Holywell Music Festival (on stage 10pm).
Elland Golf Club, Hammerstones Leach Lane, Elland, West Yorkshire HX5 0TA.
Tickets & Info www.holywell-music-fest.uk/
www.facebook.com/holywellmusicfestival/

Celestial Fire DVD/CD
---------------------

The brand new Celestial Fire band Live in the UK album is now out. To buy the album go to www.iona.uk.com where there are some special bundle offers for a limited time in which you can get either of Dave's albums 'Celestial Fire' or 'The Remembering' for a reduced price when you order the DVD!

The DVD and 2 CDs feature the full 2 hour concert filmed at Fibbers in York and DVD extras include rehearsal, studio footage and a rehearsal and tour photo movie. The DVD is NTSC, Region 0 format, so should play on all DVD players.


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CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=========================

Nomination for Folking.com best duo
-----------------------------------

Vote for Brian and Cathryn at:

http://folking.com/the-2017-folking-awards/

Live dates
----------

A load of dates for Brian and Cathryn over the remainder of 2017 - check http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/gigs.htm for details and contacts.

13 May 2017
Gillingham Methodist Church

23 - 25 June 2017
The BAND Festival - Bluegrass And Nashville, Dunfanaghy, Donegal.

29 July 2017
Fiddlers Green Festival, Rostrevor

31 July 2017
Green Note, Camden

5 August 2017
The Richmond Festival, Richmond, North Yorkshire

09 August 2017
Epping Folk Club

16 August 2017
Llantrisant Folk Club, Pontyclun

24 August 2017
St Hywyn's Church, Aberdaron

21 September 2017
Folk Afoot, The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon,

24 September 2017
TwickFolk, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham

30 September 2017
Folk At Home - Living Room Concerts in Tilburg

06 October 2017
Podium Cafe Steendam, Holland

13 October 2017
National Forest Folk Club, Moira, Nr Ashby de la Zouch

20 October 2017
Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford

21 October 2017
The Red Shed, Wakefield

23 October 2017
The Smiths Arms, Chester-le-Street

25 October 2017
Cottingham Live - The Back Room, 175a Hallgate, Cottingham, Yorkshire

12 November 2017
Grimsby Folk Club

14 November 2017
Cramlington Folk Club

17 November 2017
Stonehaven Folk Club

22 November 2017
Dorking Folk Club

26 November 2017
Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames

27 November 2017
Croydon Folk Club


HUD's GIGS
==========

MAY
11th The Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (ALI MAC BAND)
13th The Dashwood Arms, Old Oxford Rd Piddington HP14 3BH (THE BEAKY BAND)
20th Hayes Working Mens' Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th The Swan, 22 High St Hampton Wick KT1 4DB. (MEAT AND TWO VEG)
28th Fulbourn Sports and Social Club, Capital Park, Cambridge Road, Fulbourn CB21 5BQ (ALI MAC BAND)
31st Dusty's, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green HP15 6UF (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

JUNE
11th The Red Lion, Isleworth 3.30 START (MEAT AND TWO VEG)
30th General Elliot, St. John's Road, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (ALI MAC BAND)

JULY
21st The Halfway House, 91 Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth WD3 7DQ (THE BEAKY BAND)
22nd Hillingdon Golf Club, Three Steps, Cowley HIgh Street, Cowley UB8 2DX 1pm START (THE BEAKY BAND AND ALAN BARRETT)
28th The Black Horse, 425 Oldfield Lane, N. Greenford UB6 OAS (THE BEAKY BAND)

9 Mar 2017


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATE
=====================
Upcoming gig on Sat 11 Mar - The Bristol Folk House

Details on tour dates page: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/index1.asp


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ELECTRIC TOUR
=============

Hero And Heroine for the 21st century hits the UK - the line-up as before including new keyboard player Dave Bainbridge and drummer Tony Fernandez.

Reviews and pictures
--------------------

This should really be a tour to remember! Let me have any of your reviews and photos for the website - send to dick.greener@gmail.com


Full date list
--------------

Thu 16 Mar - The Pier, Worthing
Sat 18 Mar - HRH Festival Pwllheli
Sun 19 Mar - Friezland Church Hall, Greenfield
Mon 20 Mar - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Tue 21 Mar - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Wed 22 Mar - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 23 Mar - The Brook, Southampton
Fri 24 Mar - The Astor Theatre, Deal
Sat 25 Mar - The Pavilion, Hailsham

Details on tour dates page: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/index1.asp


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LIVE AT GETTYSBURG
==================

The pre-ordering for this has now closed. Release date is expected to be 24 March. Pre-order copies will be posted out when stock is available to Witchwood Media (don't have a confirmed date for that yet).

Apologies for the problems with the e-mail order form: whilst I tested it on various computers and it worked fine for me, there have been problems with some devices, operating systems and e-mail configurations. Obviously I'm sorry that anyone lost out and didn't get their names in the book, but thanks to the 220 or so who persevered and did, and others who ordered anyway!

Coming soon ... a preview review of the DVD.


8 Feb 2017


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LIVE AT GETTYSBURG - PRE-ORDERING TILL 22 FEB
=============================================

The new live Strawbs DVD/CD package, Live At Gettysburg, which will be in 5:1 surround sound, was recorded at ROSfest in Gettyburg, PA during the recent electric US tour. The first recordings to feature Dave Bainbridge on keyboards. Updated track details on Strawbsweb - you'll finally get to learn what Dave Bainbridge's between track instrumentals are called .....

We now have arrangements set up for you to pre-order Live At Gettysburg and, provided your order is received and paid for by 5pm on 22 Feb, to have your name included in the packaging in the usual way. We have set up a Witchwood Media Paypal account which will allow you to pay either through Paypal or via your credit/debit card.

To preorder go to
www.strawbsweb.co.uk/albtrack/gettys/gettys.asp#order
where you'll find detailed instructions.

If you find you have difficulties, please let me know at dick.greener@gmail.com (and please be forgiving - I've not set this sort of thing up before!)


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DAVE COUSINS GIG, NYC, 24 FEB
=============================

Wesley Stace's (aka John Wesley Harding when he opened for Strawbs in the US a while back) Cabinet Of Wonders is "a one of a kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians". There was a UK version last November which Dave was involved in, but now the Cabinet returns to New York and Dave Cousins is going with it!

24 Feb
City Winery
155 Varick Street, New York, NY, 10013
Doors: 6.00; Showtime 8.00pm.

Tickets from: http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/wesley-stace-s-cabinet-of-wonders-2-24.html

Line-up
Dave Cousins (Strawbs, with Eric Bazilian helping us out on lead guitar)
Daniel Felsenfeld
Freedy Johnston
Jon Ronson
Teddy Thompson
Jennifer Weiner
& more TBA


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JOHN FORD GIG, NYC 23 FEB
=========================

News also just in of a John Ford guest spot at the Cutting Room in NYC.

Thu 23 Feb
The Cutting Room, NYC
Ian Lloyd's Stories with Special Guests: John Ford of the Strawbs, Alan Merrill & Johnny Koenig
Doors: 6:30pm; Show: 7:30 pm

The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St
N.Y.C. N. Y. 10016
Tickets: Advance: $15 Door: $20


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ACOUSTIC TOUR DATES - MARCH 2017
================================

Dates for the Acoustics in March.

Fri 3 Mar - The Junction,Goole
Sat 4 Mar - The Courthouse, Otley
Sat 11 Mar - The Bristol Folk House


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ELECTRIC TOUR DATES - MARCH 2017
================================

Dates for the Electric line-up in March.

Two new dates just added (marked * below):

Thu 16 Mar - The Pier,Worthing
Sat 18 Mar - HRH Festival Pwllheli
* Sun 19 Mar - Friezland Hall, Saddleworth
Mon 20 Mar - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
* Tue 21 Mar - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Wed 22 Mar - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 23 March - The Brook, Southampton
Fri 24 Mar - The Astor Theatre, Deal
Sat 25 Mar - The Pavilion, Hailsham


============================
HUDSON FORD BOXED SET UPDATE
============================

Looks like early/mid-April for this now. I've seen the packaging proof which looks marvellous - more when I have it.


24 Nov 2016


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NEW ALBUM
=========

No news as yet on arrangements for pre-ordering, or release date for the new album Live In Gettysburg. Dave is up to his eyeballs in packing cases after moving to new premises and we still need to sort out arrangements after the demise of Witchwood Records. Likely now to be released in the new year. I'll let you know more as soon as I can.

==================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - 2 DATES IN 2016
==================================

An opportunity to catch the new electric line-up on two occasions before the end of 2016:

Thu 1 Dec - Cheese & Grain, Frome
Sat 3 Dec - Vintage TV Festival, Butlins, Bognor Regis

==========================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS GIGS 2017
==========================

News of some confirmed gigs for next year:

Thu 16 March - The Pier, Worthing
Sat 18 March - HRH Festival, Pwllheli
Wed 22 March - Robin 2, Bilston
Fri 24 March - Astor Theatre, Deal

Other dates are pencilled in for 20 Mar (Grantham), 25 Mar (Hailsham) - if the latter comes off, that is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the life of longtime Strawbs fan (and a good friend of mine) Paul Brazier who died last month.

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HUDSON FORD BOX SET
===================

For a long time we have been waiting for Hudson Ford, an important part of the Strawbs story, to be released on CD. There have been some bootlegs, some Japanese card sleeve releases, but now there are firm plans for a proper boxed set release of the three A&M records, with bonus tracks, released by Caroline International. As well as the three albums, the boxed set will include non-album single B-sides and other unreleased tracks (such as "When The Lights Go Out" which was only ever on the Repertoire sampler). I'm involved with the release and am writing some sleeve notes. The release date is expectedto beFeb/Mar next year.

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HUD LIVE GIGS
===================

NOVEMBER
25th Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (The Beaky Band)
26th Dashwood Arms, Old Oxford Rd, Piddington HP14 3BH (The Good Old Boys)

DECEMBER
2nd Surrey Blues Club 128 Hersham rd, Walton on Thames KT12 5QL (The Good Old Boys)
3rd Hayes Working Men's Club (The Good Old Boys)
4th The Horns, Watford 4PM start (The Good Old Boys)

=======================
GRAIG & WILLOUGHBY GIGS
=======================

I've been pointing towards their new website (which I'm no longer involved in) that I missed their recent show just down the road from where I live! Pants! So here are their gigs till end Jan 2017. Check out http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/gigs.htm for more info and updates.

25 November 2016
The Music Institute Folk Club
Ward Street, off North Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH
Time: 8:00pm

29 November 2016
Dartford Folk Club
CIU Club, 40 Essex Road, Dartford DA1 2AU
Time: 8:30pm

02 December 2016
The Ram Club
Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB
Time: 8:15pm

04 December 2016
Folk On The Moor
The Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Plymouth PL21 9EE
Time: 7:45pm

29 December 2016
The Neely G Sessions
The Chanel Venue in Parnells GAA club, Coolock Village, Dublin 5
Time: 8:00pm

09 January 2017
Rostrevor Folk Club
at Crawfords, The Rostrevor Inn, Co Down BT34 3BG


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UPDATES ON STRAWBSWEB
=====================

Prompted by the news of the Hudson Ford box set, I've improved coverage of HF albums and singles on Strawbsweb. As I said above, I regard HF as a crucial part of the Strawbs story - A&M labelmates and the propagation of their music to other juridsdictions informs us about the Strawbs own releases. Who knew that a Hudson Ford single made it out in Angola!

The Hudson Ford section has been completely revamped with more and improved scans and coverage of non UK releases. Sadly my bank balance has reduced significantly owing to excessive use of Ebay and Discogs to buy obscure releases - please send money!! (only joking! - I think ....)


23 Oct 2016


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DAVE COUSINS SOLO AT CECIL SHARP HOUSE
======================================

A reminder of a rare opportunity to catch Dave Cousins solo, as part of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders show.
Saturday 19 November
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
London
NW1 7AY
7:30pm - 10:00pm (Doors: 7pm)

Cabinet of Wonders returns to Cecil Sharp House, after the sold out UK premiere in 2015. This New York based show brings together a different group of musicians, authors, comedians and poets for each performance, combining their individual talents to create and deliver a unique and unforgettable experience.

As well as Dave, guests include (NB the line-up may change):
Bridget Christie
Nina Persson (The Cardigans)
Daljit Nagra
Iain Shaw sings David Shrigley
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Rupert Thomson
& Pete Aves & The Manuals

Check out Cecil Sharp House site for details and tickets:
http://www.cecilsharphouse.org/component/content/article/21-shared/shared-events/3577-wesley-stace-s-cabinet-of-wonders-2016


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ELECTRIC GIG DATES - CORRECTION
===============================

My apologies - I got the date wrong for the upcoming Electric show as part of the Vintage TV Festival at Bognor Regis: Strawbs will be playing on Saturday 3 December, not Fri 2nd as previously advised.

If you watch Vintage TV - Freeview channel 82 on UK TV (I?m a recent convert and there?s some great stuff on the channel) - you?ll see adverts for this show, with a great Strawbs picture and mention of the Strawbs leading off. Other acts on the Prog Rock stage include Curved Air, The Zombies, John Lees? Barclay James Harvest, the Enid and Karnakata. On the main stage, Heaven 17, OMD, Holly Johnson, Go West and Marc Almond are featured.

See the Festival website for details and to buy tickets:

http://tinyurl.com/hvjbzwr


The other date is:
Thurs 1 Dec at Cheese & Grain, Frome, no further details yet on the C&G website - keep an eye on their tickets page:

http://tinyurl.com/hdyg97s


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ACOUSTIC GIGS, ITALY
====================

A couple of Acoustic gigs coming up:

Thursday 24 November - Auditorium Biblioteca, Gandino, Italy
http://www.valseriana.eu/eventi/the-strawbs-festival-internazionale-della-chitarra/

Friday 25 November - Conservatorio Nicolini, Piacenza, Italy
http://www.piacenzamusicpride.com/eventi/strawbs-conservatorio-nicolini-pc

=========================================
UPDATED TRACK LIST FOR LIVE AT GETTYSBURG
=========================================

Added an expanded track listing which lists Dave B?s instrumental pieces as well as the classic Strawbs tracks from Hero And Heroine. Check out:

http://strawbsweb.co.uk/albtrack/gettys/gettys.asp

I don't have details yet of release date or the arrangements for pre-ordering - hope to have those soon.


2 Oct 2016


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HAMILTON HOUSE/WITCHWOODRECORDS.CO.UK
GOES OUT OF BUSINESS
=====================================

Regret to announce that Hamilton House Limited has gone out of business as of 14 Sept. Please do not place any orders. They provided our online ordering facility via www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk, and looked after the stock of CDs. Really sorry, as Tony Attwood who ran the place, and all his colleagues, were so helpful. Tony remains a director of Witchwood Media Limited, the Strawbs' record label.


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LIVE IN GETTYSBURG - DETAILS DVD/CD
====================================

Delighted to announce that this is a DVD/CD package. Details on album page.


==================================
CANADA ACOUSTIC GIGS, OCTOBER 2016
=====================================

One gig added to tour, one gig cancelled:

Added - 13 Oct - Steamers Theater, St Johns, NB
Cancelled - 12 Oct - Marigold Centre


===========================
ITALIAN GIGS, NOVEMBER 2016
===========================

Two Acoustic gigs in Italy in November:
Thursday 24 November - Auditorium Biblioteca, Gandino, Italy
Friday 25 November - TBA, Piacenza, Italy

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UK ELECTRIC GIGS, DECEMBER 2016
===============================

Two Electric dates for the UK
Thursday 1 December - Cheese and Grain, Frome
CORRECTIONSaturday 3 December - Vintage TV Festival, Butlins, Bognor Regis (previously listed in error as 2 Dec, my apologies)

Lineup to be confirmed, but expected to be Cousins, Cronk, Lambert plus Fernandez/Bainbridge


=====================
HUDSON FORD BOXED SET
=====================

At last, a legitimate Hudson Ford release: Caroline International, part of Universal, are planning to release the first three A&M albums: Nickelodeon, Free Spirit and Worlds Collide as a 3CD boxed set with bonus tracks, and sleeve notes by yours truly! More news in due course, release expected in Feb 2017.


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DC AT CECIL SHARP HOUSE, 11 NOVEMBER 2016
=========================================

A reminder that Dave is participating in an unusual gig at Cecil Sharp House on 19 November. More details on the site.


[ends]


24 Jun 2016


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2 JULY GIG AT THE ARC, STOCKTON ON TEES
GREEN HOTEL GIG 3 JULY POSTPONED
NEW JULY TO SEPTEMBER GIGS DETAILS AVAILABLE
NEW TOUR DATES PAGE
===============================================

The Kinross gig on 3 July is being postponed until Spring 2017.
The 2 July gig is however still going ahead - a great place to see the Acoustics - details on the new tour dates page.

Strawbsweb now features a quick way to get details of upcoming gigs. As well as the main banner page, there is now a "Tour Dates" tab, which you can click on to get details of upcoming shows.

(You can also get there from "upcoming gigs" in the left hand menu.)



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TWO NEW HUD GIGS
================

**2nd Black Horse, Windmill Lane, Fulmer, Bucks SL3 6HD. 4.00 to 6pm (THE BEAKY BAND)
(NB also on 2nd, no change)
2nd Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

** 3rd Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL 6pm start (ALI MAC BAND)



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REMINDER - STRAWBSWEB E-MAIL CHANGED
====================================

Just a reminder that my e-mail is now:

dick.greener@gmail.com

The old O2 address will no longer work after 20 June 16.


4 Jun 2016


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES
======================

JUNE 2016 GIGS
--------------

Friday 17 Jun - Cricket Club, Sunbury
Sunday 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley

See Apr/Jun gigs page for more details
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/16046/16046.asp


JULY-SEPTEMBER 2016 UK GIGS
---------------------------

Saturday 2 July - The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees
Sunday 3 July - Green Hotel, Kinross

Saturday 3 September - Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight
Friday 16 September - Music Club, Wokingham
Saturday 17 September - David Hall Arts, South Petherton
Sunday 18 September - Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleve
Thursday 22 September - Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff
Friday 23 September - The Civic, Barnsley
Saturday 24 September - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Details of venues, maps etc. available shortly.

OCTOBER 2016 CANADA ACOUSTIC GIGS
---------------------------------

Delighted to announce a tour of acoustics gigs in Canada in October. NB. Additional dates may be added.

Sunday 2 October - Cultural Centre, Midland ON
Monday 3 October - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Tuesday 4 October - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wednesday 5 October - Theater, Oakville ON
Thursday 6 October - Living Arts Centre, Mississauga ON
Friday 7 October - Peter's Players, Gravenhurst ON,
Sunday 9 October - Rick's Place, Wentworth-Nord QC
Tuesday 11 October - The Carleton, Halifax NS
Wednesday 12 October - Marigold Community C, Truro NS
Friday 14 October - Decoste Centre, Pictou NS

Details of venues, maps etc. available shortly.


=====================
DAVE BAINBRIDGE DATES
=====================

Dave Bainbridge will be back on the road later in June playing some music from his band Iona in his 'An Evening of Iona Music and More' duo dates with the multi-talented Sally Minnear (daughter of Gentle Giant's Kerry Minnear!).

Also now on sale are tickets for Dave's Celestial Fire band gigs in September, featuring the same stellar line up as on last year's dates (Sally Minnear, Frank van Essen, Dave Brons, Simon Fitzpatrick and Dave). We hope you can make it along to one (or more!) of these gigs. Full details below. For more info on the Dave & Sally duo and Celestial Fire band visit www.opensky121.wix.com/davebainbridge

JUNE
DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 25th June
Amblecote Christian Centre (ACC), Brettell Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 4BS, UK
Doors open: at 7pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets from: ACC 01384 370365 or email office@amblecotechristiancentre.org.uk

JULY
DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Friday 1st July, 7pm
St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Barham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6PB
Box Office info@folkinthebarn.co.uk 01227 831493
website www.folkinthebarn.co.uk
Wegottickets http://www.wegottickets.com/folkinthebarn

DAVE BAINBRIDGE & SALLY MINNEAR (AN EVENING OF IONA MUSIC AND MORE)
Saturday 2nd July, 7pm
The Megacentre Rayleigh - 7 Brook Road, Rayleigh, UK
Tickets from https://megacentre.yapsody.com/event/index/33856/dave-bainbridge-in-concert

SEPTEMBER
CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
(Featuring Dave Bainbridge, Sally Minnear, Frank van Essen, Simon Fitzpatrick and Dave Brons)
Friday 9th September, doors 7.30pm for 8pm start
Fibbers, York, UK
Tickets / Info http://www.fibbers.co.uk/live-events/detail/celestial-fire/

CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
Saturday 10th September
Wesley Centre, Maltby, UK
Tickets / Info http://www.classicrocksociety.co.uk/shop/celestial-fire/

CELESTIAL FIRE BAND
Monday 12th September
The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
Tickets / Info http://www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=4537


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HUD's GIGS
==========

JUNE
24th The Full Moon, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th Desborough Conservative club, Kettering Northampton NN14 2LX (BEAKY BAND)
26th The Full Moon, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE 2pm start (BEAKY BAND)

JULY
1st Surrey Blues Club (ALI MAC BAND)
2nd Riverside club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (BEAKY BAND)
17th Hampstead Heath band stand 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
23rd Hillingdon Golf club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th Brook House Football club, Kingshill Ave, Hayes UB4 8DD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
30th Wheatsheaf, Albert Street, Slough Sl1 2BE (BEAKY BAND )

AUGUST
5th Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (BEAKY BAND)
11th Eel Pie Club, Twickenham. (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL (BEAKY BAND)
14th The Boot, St Albans, 4 Market Place AL3 5DG 7pm start (ALI MAC BAND)
18th Riverside club. Sta ines, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX 8.30 start (ALI MAC BAND)
20th Dashwood Arms, Old Oxford Rd, Piddington HP14 3BH (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
21st The Horns, Watford - 4pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th The Oaks, Old Uxbridge Rd, Rickmansworth, WD3 9XP (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th Rose and Crown, Wrotham, Kent TN15 7AE (ALI MAC BAND)


7 Apr 2016


=====================
JOHN FORD GIG 8 APRIL
=====================

News just in that John returns to the Port Washington Public Library with his band after a hiatus of 2 years. You'll hear songs from his recent great album, A Better Day, as well from Strawbs, Hudson Ford, The Monks and other special favourites from Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks. The show will open with new originals off his upcoming surf-styled, Shadows influenced, No Talking - Vol 2 instrumental album.

Port Washington Public Library - Latham Auditorium
(Latham Auditorium)
1 Library Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Free admission, all ages
7:30pm

516.883.4400

There's also a review of John's new album at
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/related/jford/jfordre.asp



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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - APRIL-JUNE UK GIGS
=====================================

Fri 15 Apr - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sat 16 Apr - Guildhall, St Ives
Sun 17 Apr - Matthews Hall, Topsham

Fri 17 Jun - Cricket Club, Sunbury
Sun 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley

Check out Apr-June gigs page for venue details:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/16046/16046mp.asp


===================================
DAVE LAMBERT - UNSTRUNG GUITAR HERO
===================================

Our very own Dave Lambert is included in a soon to be released book "Unstrung Heroes: Fifty Guitar Greats You Should Know" by Pete Braidis, which is the result of interviews conducted by the author over the last year or so.

It's available to pre-order on Amazon at:
http://tinyurl.com/jhrs9g9

The publishers' blurb says:

"There may be plenty of books on guitar players, but there are very few, if any, that delve into the guitar players who have been somewhat "under the radar" through the years. This book gives exposure and long-overdue attention to 50 players who have certainly received some accolades in their careers but yet still remain outside of the mainstream and the typical lists of "guitar greats." Interviews give insight into guitar players from various genresincluding hard rockers Rik Emmett, Dave Meniketti, and Pat Travers, heavy metalists Andy LaRocque and Uli Jon Roth, funk masters Michael Hampton and Howard E. Scott, jazz-fusion players Frank Gambale and Carl Verheyen, prog-rockers Steve Hackett and Martin Barre, and singer-songwriters Bruce Cockburn and Richie Furay. The musicians get personal, speaking about their careers in their own words. Also included are short biographies on each player and photographs."

See Publisher site for info:
http://www.schifferbooks.com/unstrung-heroes-fifty-guitar-greats-you-should-know-5982.html


=====================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - UK GIGS (REMINDER)
=====================================

Fri 22 Apr - Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 23 Apr - Nell's Jazz and Blues Club, West Kensington
Sun 24 Apr - Anchor Arts, Wingham
Wed 27 Apr - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 28 Apr - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Fri 29 Apr - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Check out tour page for venue details:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1604el/1604mp.asp


=====================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - US GIGS (REMINDER)
=====================================

Thu 5 May - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Fri 6 May - ROSfest Majestic Theater, Gettysburg PA
Sat 7 May - Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA (afternoon and evening shows)
Tue 10 May - BB King's, NYC NY
Wed 11 May - Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
Thu 12 May - Mohegan Sun/Wolf Dn, Uncasville CT
Fri 13 May - YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
Sat 14 May - St Ann's Hall, Wilmington DE
Sun 15 May - Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ
Tue 17 May - Rams Head, Annapolis MD
Wed 18 May - AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda MD
Fri 20 May - Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
Sun 22 May - Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN
Tue 24 May - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH
Wed 25 May - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
Thu 26 May - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA

Check out tour page for venue details:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1605el/1605elmp.asp

===============
AND FINALLY ...
===============

A few changes to the website to make it easier to go straight to gig details - the "logoberry" has changed and a new "upcoming gigs" page been added which lists confirmed shows. The gig details pages will still be there as well with maps and showtimes etc.


24 Mar 2016


======================
JOHN FORD GIG, 8 APRIL
======================

News just in that John returns to the Port Washington Public Library with his band after a hiatus of 2 years. You'll hear songs from his recent album, 'A Better Day', as well from Strawbs, Hudson Ford, The Monks and other special favourites from Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks. The show will open with new originals off his upcoming surf-styled, Shadows influenced, 'No Talking ~ Vol 2' instrumental album.

Special Guests and details TBA!!

Port Washington Public Library - Latham Auditorium
(Latham Auditorium)
1 Library Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Free admission, all ages
7:30pm

516.883.4400
http://www.pwpl.org


=====================
STRAWBS UK TOUR DATES
=====================

A quick reminder of the dates for the UK tour. I'm hoping to get along to most of these, so come and say hello.

Fri 22 Apr - Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 23 Apr - Nell's Jazz and B, West Kensington
Sun 24 Apr - Anchor Arts, Wingham
Wed 27 Apr - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 28 Apr - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Fri 29 Apr - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Full gig details at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1604el/1604elmp.asp


=====================
STRAWBS US TOUR DATES
=====================

Please note

(1) that the date previously announced for 4 May in Syracuse is not taking place, apologies for the confusion; there is an additional gig added to the tour on Thu 26 May in Northampton MA.

(2) that some gig database sites (Songkick in particular) were showing incorrect data, in particular referring to (and picturing!) a DIFFERENT Dave Lambert! We think this has now been corrected.

(3) that the start time of shows is not always 8.00pm.

A full list of confirmed gigs and gig details is now available on Strawbsweb at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1605el/1605elmp.asp

Thu 5 May - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Fri 6 May - ROSfest Majestic Theater, Gettysburg PA
Sat 7 May - Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA (afternoon and evening show)
Tue 10 May - BB King's, NYC NY
Wed 11 May - Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
Thu 12 May - Mohegan Sun/Wolf Dn, Uncasville CT
Fri 13 May - YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
Sat 14 May - St Ann's Hall, Wilmington DE
Sun 15 May - Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ
Tue 17 May - Rams Head, Annapolis MD
Wed 18 May - AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda MD
Fri 20 May - Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
Sun 22 May - Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN
Tue 24 May - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH
Wed 25 May - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
NEW - Thu 26 May - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA


==============================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES TO JUNE
==============================

Coming up this Easter weekend:

Sat 26 Mar - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough, N Yorks

April dates - for more details see:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/16046/16046.asp

Fri 15 Apr - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sat 16 Apr - Guildhall, St Ives
Sun 17 Apr - Matthews Hall, Topsham

Advance warning of June gigs including a Folk Festival gig:

Fri 17 Jun - Cricket Club, Sunbury
Sun 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley


=========================
CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY GIGS
=========================

A round up of upcoming Brian and Cathryn gigs. More details on www.craigandwilloughby.com

24 March 2016 - Lymm Folk Club
11 April 2016 - Heart of Hawick Auditorium (String Theory)
14 April 2016 - Beamish Mary Folk & Acoustic, Stanley, Durham
16 April 2016 - The Bishop Blaize, Richmond, N Yorks
18 April 2016 - Stirling Folk Club
19 April 2016 - Cutty Wren Folk Club. Redcar
20 April 2016 - Otley Folk Club
22 April 2016 - The Hinckley Act
27 April 2016 - Culm Valley Music & Performance Club, Cullompton, Devon
28 April 2016 - St Pancras Old Church, London
06 May 2016 - The Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport, Co Mayo
15 and 16 July 2016 - The Neely G Festival of Music
Long Creek, New Brunswick, Canada
12 August 2016 - Saltburn Folk Festival
03 September 2016 - Sedgefield Folk Festival
20 September 2016 - The English Folk Music Club
Madhouse, Tiro de Pinchon, Villacosta in Villamartin, Spain
21 October 2016 - Deal Folk Club
Royal Marines Association, Walmer, Deal, Kent
25 October 2016 - Cramlington Folk Club
27 October 2016 - Black Swan Folk Club, York
02 November 2016 - Davy Lamp 'Lite', Westwood Social Club, Washington
03 November 2016 - Darlington Folk Club
14 November 2016 - Boston Folk Club
17 November 2016 - Commonfolk Folk Club, Walsall
25 November 2016 - Guildford - tbc
29 November 2016 - Dartford Folk Club
02 December 2016 - The Ram Club, Thames Ditton
04 December 2016 - Folk On The Moor, Lee Mill, Plymouth

[ends]


8 Mar 2016


===============================
UPCOMING UK ELECTRIC GIGS - APR
===============================

The gig details pages are now up on Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1604el/1604el.asp

Please note - the gig on 23 Apr previously announced as Neil's Jazz & Blues should be NELL's Jazz & Blues (apologies to Nell!)

Fri 22 Apr - Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 23 Apr - Nell's Jazz and B, West Kensington, London
Sun 24 Apr - Anchor Arts , Wingham
Wed 27 Apr - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 28 Apr - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Fri 29 Apr - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne


===================================
UPCOMING UK ACOUSTIC GIGS - MAR-JUN
===================================

The are a few Acoustic gigs in Mar still to come - for details see

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/1602/1602.asp

Sat 12 Mar - The Old Chapel, Alfriston, E Sussex
Sun 13 Mar - Half Moon, Putney
Sat 26 Mar - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough, N Yorks

And the April to June gig details page is now available at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/live/16046/16046.asp

Fri 15 Apr - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sat 16 Apr - Guildhall, St Ives
Sun 17 Apr - Matthews Hall, Topsham
Fri 17 Jun - Cricket Club, Sunbury
Sun 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley (see below)


==================================
BEVERLEY FOLK FESTIVAL - 17-19 JUN
==================================

A great 3-day festival (17-19 Jun) featuring Acoustic Strawbs (19th), as well as the following (and many many more):
* Kate Rusby (17th), Jez Lowe (18th/19th), Steeleye Span (19th) - need no introduction!
* Lindisfarne Story Band (18th) - Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw, a young band backing them
* The Animals & Friends (18th) - with original members John Steel & Mick Gallagher
* Steve Tilston & Friends (18th) - veteran folk guitarist and singer/songwriter
* Gilmore & Roberts (17th/18th) - former Fairport support, very good
* Les Barker (19th) - veteran folkster and humorist
* Merry Hell (19th) - boisterous folk rock from ex-members of the Tansads
* Roger Davies (18th) - I saw Roger support Fairport the other week - he was very good


===============================
45S AND DOWNLOADS ON STRAWBSWEB
===============================

45s
---

Lots of uploading improved scans and newly discovered A&M single releases onto Strawbsweb at

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/ix_45s.asp

Did you know:
* Lay Down was released in Peru;
* The Man Who Called Himself Jesus (El Hombre Que Se Llamo Jesus A Si Mismo) was released in Argentina;
* Part Of The Union came out in Greece, Guatemala and Brazil;
* Here It Comes wasn't released in the US or Canada, but was the Strawbs only (as far as we know) Kenyan single?

More to come from Alison, who is cranking her scanner up as you read this, and more from me as I start on the later years.


Downloads
---------

A few new covers added to the downloads section at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/dlds/fdlds.asp

George Hogg has contributed a great "Shine On Silver Sun", and a gentle version of Dave's lovely track from The Boy In The Sailor Suit, "The Smile You Left Behind". And a new pared-down take on "Lay Down" from Scottish singer songwriter Vivien Scotson.

Anyone else have Strawbs covers to contribute? Send your mp3s to dick.greener@gmail.com and send an email to the normal dick.greener@o2.co.uk address to let me know.

You can always find out what has recently been added to Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@newweb.asp


9 Feb 2016


========================
COUSINS BACK ON THE ROAD
========================

Great news - Dave has now been cleared to get back on the road for both the imminent acoustic shows and the forthcoming electric show on the Moodies Cruise, the US and the UK later in the year.

Really good to hear. I saw Dave a week or so back and he was fit and well and looking forward to the gigs.

The first few Acoustic gigs
---------------------------

Thu 11 Feb 2016 - The Hawth, Crawley
Fri 12 Feb 2016 - Astor Community Theatre, Deal
Sat 13 Feb 2016 - Worthing Piers Southern Pavilion, Worthing
Fri 19 Feb - Pontardawe Arts Centre

The Moodies cruise
------------------

Fri 26 Feb - Tue 1 Mar

More UK acoustic gigs
---------------------

Sat 12 Mar - The Old Chapel, Alfriston
Sun 13 Mar - Half Moon, Putney
Sat 26 Mar - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough
Fri 15 Apr - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sat 16 Apr - Guildhall, St Ives
Sun 17 Apr - Matthews Hall, Topsham

Fri 17 Jun - Cricket Club, Sunbury
Sun 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley

UK Electric tour
----------------

Fri 22 Apr - Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 23 Apr - Neil's Jazz and B, West Kensington
Sun 24 Apr - Anchor Arts , Wingham
Tue 26 Apr - TBC
Wed 27 Apr - Robin 2, Bilston + Accom
Thu 28 Apr - The Stables , Milton Keynes
Fri 29 Apr - Tivoli Theatre , Wimborne

US Electric tour
----------------

Thu 5 May - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Fri 6 May - ROSfest Majestic Theater, Gettysburg PA
Sat 7 May - Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA (afternoon and evening show)
Tue 10 May - BB King's, NYC NY
Wed 11 May - Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
Thu 12 May - Mohegan Sun/Wolf Dn, Uncasville CT
Fri 13 May - YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
Sat 14 May - St Ann's Hall, Wilmington DE
Sun 15 May - Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ
Tue 17 May - Rams Head, Annapolis MD
Wed 18 May - AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda MD
Fri 20 May - Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
Sun 22 May - Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN
Tue 24 May - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH
Wed 25 May - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY


=====================================
BRIAN WILLOUGHBY & CATHRYN CRAIG GIGS
=====================================

Advance warning of Brian & Cathryn gigs - more will no doubt be added at:

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/gigs.htm

4 Mar - Lymm Folk Club
11 Apr - Heart of Hawick Auditorium
14 Apr - Beamish Mary Folk & Acoustic
18 Apr - Stirling Folk Club
19 Apr - Cutty Wren Folk Club, Redcar
20 Apr - Otley Folk Club
22 Apr - The Hinckley Act
27 Apr - Culm Valey Club, Cullompton, Devon
28 Apr - St Pancras Old Church

6 May - Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport Co. Mayo
15/16 Jul - The Neely G Festival of Music, Long Creek, New Brunswick, Canada
12 Aug - Saltburn Folk Festival

20 Sep - The English Folk Music Club, Villacosta , Villamartin, Spain

25 Oct - Cramlington Folk Club
27 Oct - Black Swan Folk Club, York
3 Nov - Darlington Folk Club
14 Nov - Boston Folk Club
17 Nov - Commonfolk Folk Club, Pelsall, Walsall
29 Nov - Dartford Folk Club
2 Dec - The Ram Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey
4 Dec - Folk On The Moor, Plymouth




========
HUD GIGS
========

FEBRUARY
14th, Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL (BEAKY BAND)
18th, Riverside club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th, Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (BEAKY BAND)
27th, Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

MARCH
4th, Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (BEAKY BAND)
5th, The Bull, Basingstoke Rd, Risley, Reading, W BERKS RG7 1OL (ALI MAC BAND)
12th, General Eliott, St Johns Road, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (BEAKY BAND)
18th, Nettlebed Folk Club, High St, Nettlebed, Henley on Thames RG9 5DD (REPERTOIRE DOGS)
25th, The Dolphin, 1 Rockingham Road Uxbridge UB8 2UB (BEAKY BAND)
26th, Rose and Crown. Wrotham TN15 7AE (ALI MAC BAND)

APRIL
2nd, Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehurst RG 31 5BB (BEAKY BAND)
3rd, Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL (ALI MAC BAND)
9th, Dashwood Arms, Old Oxford Rd Piddington HP14 3BH (BEAKY BAND)
23rd, TBA (BEAKY BAND)
30th, Wheatsheaf, Albert Street, Slough Sl1 2BE (BEAKY BAND)

MAY
2nd, The Horns, Watford WD17 3RL 4pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
7th, Red Lion Isleworth, 92 94 Linkfield Road TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th, HWM club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
14th, Prince Albert, Hampton Road, Twickenham TW2 5QB 020 8894 3963 (BEAKY BAND)
20th, Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (BEAKY BAND)
21st, Red Lion Isleworth, 92 94 Linkfield Road TW7 6QJ (BEAKY BAND)
27th, Halfway House, 91 Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 7DQ (BEAKY BAND)


==========================
BULLY WEE - NEW 2016 ALBUM
==========================

Apologies, I missed the opportunity to let folks know about the usual Jan Bully Wee tour this year, featuring ace fiddler and Blue Angel Orchestra member, Ian Cutler. However, they have recorded a new album, Like The Snow, which is available from the Bully Wee Band shop page:

http://www.bullyweeband.com/the%20shop%20page.htm


15 Jan 2016


===========
GIG CHANGES
===========

Unfortunately, Dave's scheduled short stay in hospital for examination was cancelled as a result of the planned junior doctors' strike back in December last year (though it didn't actually happen, a number of non-urgent procedures were cancelled for that day before that became clear - unfortunately Dave's was one them).

This has now been rescheduled and unfortunately makes it impossible for a few shows in early February to stay in the calendar.

Accordingly, the following previously announced shows are to be rescheduled:

Wed 3 Feb - Red Lion, Kings Heath
Fri 5 Feb - Junction, Goole

The gig which was to be confirmed for Stockton was also in that time period.

So the first gig of the year will be 11th Feb, unless otherwise advised.


===============
RIP DAVID BOWIE
===============


Many Strawbs fans will have been saddened to hear of David Bowie's death last weekend - a truly influential musician of his generation.

In his early career, Bowie was well known to the Strawbs - he mimed on a Colour Me Pop TV showing of "Poor Jimmy Wilson" and his prototype Spiders from Mars (aka Hype) played at the Hounslow Arts lab that Dave ran.

Dave includes in his book "Exorcising Ghosts" a radio interveiew with Bowie at the release of The Man Who Sold The World, conducted for Danmarks Radio.

The producer of many of his albums was Tony Visconti, also involved with the Strawbs up to about 1972, and his breakthrough hit "Space Oddity" and other tracks featured the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman.

And finally, of course, the b-side of "Lay Down" is an affectionate parody of his Ziggy Stardust glam rock persona - "Backside".

13 Dec 2015




=========================
ELECTRIC LINE-UP FOR 2016
=========================

Pleased to announce details of the electric band line-up for the 2016 UK and US gigs, including the Moody Blues Cruise.

Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk are joined once again by Tony Fernandez, who will step behind the kit for a little light and dainty drumming {grin}. Seriously Tony's powerful performances will be much enjoyed on the tour.

And welcome to a new member of the Strawbs family - on keyboards, Dave Bainbridge - founder member of Iona, who headlined at US festival ROSfest 5 years ago - Strawbs will be there in 2016.

Check out Dave's background and music at:

http://www.davebainbridge.com/music
http://soundcloud.com/DaveBainbridge



9 Dec 2015


=============
DECEMBER GIGS
=============

Acoustic Strawbs WILL be playing the two gigs supporting Family in
Glasgow and London.

PLEASE NOTE that, owing to structural problems at the Empire in
Shepherd's Bush, the London venue has been switched to The Forum in
Kentish Town and moved from Sun 13 Dec to Mon 14th Dec.

http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/90212
for more details.

If that means you will not be able to attend, contact the vendor who
sold you your ticket (not me! {grin})to arrange a refund (or your
credit card company may be able to help if you used that card to buy tickets).

Thu 10 Dec - ABC, Glasgow (with Family)
Mon 14 Dec - The Forum, Kentish Town, London (with Family)

Hope to be at the Forum show - come and say hello if you spot me.

===========================
ACOUSTIC DATES JAN-MAR 2016
===========================

After a lengthy lay-off period, Acoustic Strawbs are back on the road
in the New Year. Here's a list of the confirmed dates - a few more:
Isle of Wight, Sunbury, Stockton and Newbury are still to be confirmed.

Wed 3 Feb - Red Lion, Kings Heath
Fri 5 Feb - Junction, Goole
Thu 11 Feb - The Hawth, Crawley
Fri 12 Feb - Astor Theatre, Deal
Sat 13 Feb - The Pier, Worthing
Fri 19 Feb - Pontadawe Arts Centre, Portadawe

Sat 12 Mar - The Old Chapel, Alfriston
Sun 13 Mar - Half Moon, Putney
Sat 26 Mar - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough

And advance warning of a summer Folk Festival gig:

Sun 19 Jun - Folk Festival, Beverley

===================
ELECTRIC DATES 2016
===================

Moody Blues Cruise
------------------
Electric Strawbs are once again treading the boards on the Moody
Blues Cruise, which runs from Fri 26 Feb to Tue 1 Mar.

Details of line-up above.

UK dates
--------
The aborted electric dates from last year have been rescheduled.

Fri 22 Apr - Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 23 Apr - Boom Boom Club, Sutton
Sun`24 Apr - Anchor Arts, Wingham
Wed 27 Apr - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 28 Apr - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Fri 29 Apr - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

Details of line-up above.

US dates
--------

And finally, a welcome return to the US for the electric band: a
decent series of dates, with a few more in Syracuse NY, Valparaiso
IN, Cleveland OH, Cincinatti OH, Rochester NY, Beverley MA yet to be confirmed.

Thu 5 May - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Fri 6 May - ROSfest Majestic Th., Gettysburg PA
Sat 7 May - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA
Tue 10 May - BB King's, NYC NY
Wed 11 May - Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
Thu 12 May - Mohegan Sun/Wolf Dn, Uncasville CT
Fri 13 May - YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
Sat 14 May - St Ann's Hall, Wilmington DE
Sun 15 May - Ukranian Cultural C., Whippany NJ
Tue 17 May - Rams Head, Annapolis MD
Wed 18 May - AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda MD
Fri 20 May - Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
Sun 22 May - Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN

Details of line-up above.

=====================================
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=====================================

Cathryn & Brian have a shiny new website at:

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/

which includes details of the new album they have just recorded "In
America". Review to follow.

The album was recorded at TJ Tunes in Nashville, Tennessee by
engineer/producer/guitarist/bass and mandola player Thomm
Jutz. Musicians include:

Jeff Taylor (Vince Gill / Time Jumpers) on whistles and accordion
Drummers Fran Breen (Waterboys, Saw Doctors, Mary Black, Paul Brady)
Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner / BeeGees) and Pat McInerney (Nanci
Griffith, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, Don Williams)
Guitarists Brent Moyer (Lynn Anderson) and Andy Reiss (Reba McEntire
/ Time Jumpers)
Cellist Ron de la Vega (Nanci Griffith)
and on banjo, "A Team" session player Richard Bailey of the
Grammy-winning Steeldrivers.

Mastered at Stuart Carter's Powerhouse Studios in New Haw, Surrey, UK
with engineer Rob Stanbury.

Track listing
-------------
Curragh
In America
A Soft Place To Fall
Malahide Moon
Eyes Open Wide
Walking Each Other Home
The Fire
These Old Stone Walls
Bullet
Whatever Is For You
The Middle
One More Song
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Those Were The Days
Alice's Song
I Will

You can buy the album from their website, using Paypal:

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/albums.htm

and listen to samples of the songs at:

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/albums/in-america.htm

==============
JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

A reminder that John's excellent new album "A Better Day" is
available on CDBaby:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnford15

And early warning of a live show:

Fri 8 Apr 2016 Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington NY

==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

DECEMBER 2015

11th Three Horseshoes, Shepperton TW17 9BL (THE ALI MAC BAND)
20th The Horns, Watford, WD17 3RL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
24th Feltham Constitutional Club, Ashfield House, 30 Hanworth Rd,
TW13 5AB (THE BEAKY BAND)
31st The Red Lion, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

2016
JANUARY
10th The Horns, Watford WD17 3RL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th Holmer Green (THE REPERTOIRE DOGS)
23rd Prince Albert, Hampton Road, Twickenham TW2 5QB (020 8894 3963)
(THE BEAKY BAND)

FEBRUARY
18th Riverside club, Staines (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th The Black Horse, Greenford UB6 OAS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

MARCH
4th Hayes Working Mens' Club, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)
26th The Rose and Crown, Wrotham TN15 7AE (THE ALI MAC BAND)

===============
AND FINALLY ...
===============

On Strawbsweb, a new feature showcasing Strawbs-related coffee
mugs! If you have any other examples, please let me know.

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/memor/mugs.asp


2 Oct 2015


=====================
DAVE COUSINS - UPDATE
=====================

Since my last update, Dave has been back into hospital for various treatments, most recently for a kidney infection, which is now in the process of clearing up. He is back at home and continuing to recuperate.

Most of the remaining gigs in 2015 are in late November and December. I'll be able to confirm that these will go ahead in due course.



==============================
DAVE COUSINS - MOVING PICTURES
==============================

Pre-ordering for this album via the Witchwood Records online shop will close at 5pm UK time on 5 Oct, for release 13 November.

THREE DAYS LEFT TO GO!!!

You can order it at:
http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/product_info.php?products_id=133


There's now a preview by Dick Greener "Command Performance" at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/albtrack/moving/movingre.asp

I am really enjoying this album, it's a fantastic recording which perfectly captures the solo Dave Cousins live experience. Wonderful!



===========================
NEW YORK FAN EVENT, 8th Oct
===========================

I'm going to be in New York City again next week, and we've organised a get together on the evening of Thurs 8th Oct at Rosie O'Grady's on 52nd Street/7th Avenue. (Thanks to Judi Cuervo for organising the space at Rosie's.)

If any of you can get along let me know, it'd be great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. A good number of the "usual suspects" for this event in past years have already confirmed they'll be around.

Full address:
800 7th Ave, New York City, NY 10019


=========================
HUD GIG 3rd OCT CANCELLED
=========================

Unfortunately due to some confusion over dates,The Good Old Boys will NOT be playing at Egham Bowls Club this Saturday, 3rd October. Apologies for inconvenience caused. The Good Old Boys' next gig will therefore be at Staines Riverside Club on Thursday 8th October.

OCTOBER
8th The Riverside Club. 6 Laleham Rd Staines TW182DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

16th Halfway House, Rickmandsworth. WD3 7DQ (THE BEAKY BAND)

17th The Black Horse, Greenford UB6 0AS THE BEAKY BAND

23rd The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR THE BEAKY BAND

24th The Kings Arms, 6 Park Lane, Harefield UB9 6BJ
THE BEAKY BAND


10 Sep 2015


============
DAVE COUSINS
============

Since the last message about Dave's health, he was quite slow to recover his full strength and had had problems with his voice after anaesthesia.

His consultant brought forward a planned operation to deal with a kidney blockage at the end of February when a gap became available and he was admitted on Tuesday 2 Sept.

I visited him in hospital on Wednesday 3rd and he looks to have made a much better recovery this time, and hasn't had nearly as much of the voice problems from anaesthesia.

He will be attending hospital once a week for the next 6 weeks for after care, but after that expects to be able to perform again.

Some fans have had reports from venues or promoters that he is terminally ill: please be reassured that that is absolutely NOT not the case. Whilst obviously still recuperating from surgery, his kidney function is reported to be very healthy despite his recent problems.

Best thanks to everyone for their good wishes, which I've conveyed to him, and for which he is very thankful.


================
RESCHEDULED GIGS
================

ALL OF THE GIGS IN SEPTEMBER ARE BEING RESCHEDULED - apologies to fans who were looking forward to them, but sure you understand.

Fri 11 Sep - The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Sat 12 Sep - The Old Courts, Wigan
Thu 17 Sep - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Fri 18 Sep - Guildhall, St Ives
Fri 25 Sep - The Brook, Chatham

NB - The gig at Chatham appears to have been promoted as the electric line-up and the date being the 24th, neither of which is correct.


===============
MOVING PICTURES
===============

The new solo live album will now be released in the third week of November.

It will be priced at 12, and you can now pre-order from Witchwood Records online shop.

http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/product_info.php?products_id=133

To have your name listed in the CD booklet, the last date for receiving orders is 5pm UK time on 5 Oct.

Moving Pictures is a live recording from Dave's only solo tour of the States, beautifully recorded and produced. Dave's songs were originally created with just Dave and his guitar, and this is a unique opportunity to experience the power and emotion of those songs, delivered on stage with all the passion that only Dave can bring. Tracks include some of his most epic works: "Blue Angel", "Ringing Down The Years", "Hanging In The Gallery", "Beside The Rio Grande" and the CD also includes the between-song intros, Dave with the audience in the palm of his hand as ever.

Track list
The Gallery (talk)
Hanging In The Gallery
The Sad Little Girl (talk)
Song Of A Sad Little Girl
The Troubadour (talk)
Ringing Down The Years
The Shepherd (talk)
The Shepherd's Song
Saving Grace (talk)
Grace Darling
Ways And Means
Action Station (talk)
The Call To Action
Feeling Blue (talk)
Blue Angel
New Mexico (talk)
Beside The Rio Grande
Farewell (talk)
We'll Meet Again Sometime



=============================
WAKEMANFEST POSTPONED TO 2016
=============================

Unfortunately Rick Wakeman has also had his health issues this year, which has led to the extravagant WakemanFest, at which the Electric Strawbs would have been united with their former keyboard wizard, for the first time since he left the band in 1971. One of the songs on the agenda was the epic "Where Is This Dream If Your Youth" which closed out Antiques And Curios, and Rick was planning to use a surviving example of the original organ he played in July 1970 - worth the price of admission for that alone!

Rick says (on rwcc.com):

September is already proving to have brought up its fair share of obstacles and I sadly have to start with the most pressing which is that we have regrettably had to put WAKEmanFEST on hold until next year.
We have made this decision early as we feel that is the fairest thing to do rather than leave the announcement until much later. All the participants have been informed and they are all on board for the rescheduling for next year and that also means that with a bit of luck, Adam, will be able to join us as well.

As most people are aware, I had quite a serious health scare just after Easter which necessitated my "culling" my diary quite drastically and although my health has improved and blood pressure heading the right way etc etc, it's meant, that on advice, I have had to take a really close look at what is currently in for the rest of this year and doing quite a lot more culling.
....

It's totally my fault as I allowed the diary to start filling up again and everything stemmed from that. My management, agents and indeed my wife basically read me the riot act.... AGAIN!!!........and I succumbed to the fact that I really do have to listen.

The deal that was struck was that of nothing being cancelled, just postponed and so announcements will be made as to new days, early next year, after my next medical!!!!......."

More news on the rescheduled gig when I have it.

==========================
ROY HILL GIG - TUES 15 SEPT
==========================

And, news just in - a rare public appearance from the self styled 'Man with No Name. Except it's Roy Hill.

The effervescent Mr Hill plays live in his native
Tonbridge in Kent at

Punch and Judy pub
11 St Stephen's Street
Tonbridge, Kent
01732 352368

9.00pm start (though you know Roy ...)

https://www.facebook.com/punchandjudytonbridge


=======================================
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - GIGS
=======================================

Very Hopkin - An evening without Mary Hopkin
--------------------------------------------

Three shows in early September Brian and Cathryn will be special guests, opening the show for Mary Hopkin's daughter, Jessica Lee Morgan before joining her on stage with Chris Thomas on bass and Simon Adams on percussion. Dates and venues on their website: www.craigandwilloughby.com

Also a selection of duo gigs for later in the year.

Friday, September 11
VERY HOPKIN @ Pontardawe Arts Centre
Herbert St, Pontardawe, Pontardawe,
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2015
VERY HOPKIN @ The Globe Live Music Venue
125 Albany Road, Cardiff
029 2023 0130
Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Clef & Cask
Dewley Cramlington, NBL NE23 6DT
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015
ROTHBURY ROOTS @ THE QUEENS HEAD
Rothbury, NBL NE65 7SR
01669 620470
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tolbooth Tavern
Tolbooth Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NL
Set: 8:00 PM

Friday, November 6, 2015
DENHOLM FOLK FESTIVAL @ DENHOLM FESTIVAL
Eastlea, Denholm, DENHOLM
01450 870664
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Eileen's Tea Rooms
Castleblayney, MOG
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sunflower Pub
65 Union Street, Belfast
028 9023 2474
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dorking Folk Club
Social Club, Friends Provident, Dorking, Surrey,
01306 888 530
Set: 8.00pm


==============================
BRIAN & CATHRYN RECORDING NEWS
==============================


Cathryn and Brian have been in Nashville, recording a new album with celebrated engineer / producer Thomm Jutz. Thomm also played bass, mandola and guitar, alongside these brilliant musicians...

* Jeff Taylor (Vince Gill / Time Jumpers) on whistles and accordion
* Drummers Fran Breen (Waterboys, Saw Doctors, Mary Black, Paul Brady)
* Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner/BeeGees) and Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, Don Williams)
* Guitarists Brent Moyer (Lynn Anderson) and Andy Reiss (Reba McEntire / Time Jumpers)
* Cellist Ron de la Vega (Nanci Griffith)
* and on banjo, "A Team" session player Richard Bailey of the Grammy-winning Steeldrivers.

More news on release date when I ahve it ....


==========
HUD's GIGS
==========


SEPT
6th Hillingdon Golf Club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
26th The Windmill Club, Nuneaton CV10 OHW (HE BEAKY BAND)

OCTOBER
2nd Surrey Blues Club, 128 Hersham Road, Walton on Thames KT12 5QL (THE ALI MAC BAND)
3rd Egham Bowls club, Mancrofts Rd TW20 9LX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th The Riverside Club. 6 Laleham Rd Staines TW182DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th Halfway House, Rickmandsworth. WD3 7DQ (THE BEAKY BAND)
17th The Black Horse, Greenford UB6 0AS (THE BEAKY BAND)
23rd The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th The Kings Arms, 6 Park Lane, Harefield UB9 6BJ (THE BEAKY BAND)


9 Jul 2015


=============================
DAVE COUSINS UNWELL
ELECTRIC SHOWS JUL/AUG POSTPONED
=============================

I am very sorry to announce that the electric shows from 17 July to 1 August will have to be postponed as Dave Cousins has been rather seriously unwell.

He was taken in to QEQM Hospital in Margate on 16 June after choking on a cup of tea outside his house. This caused him to lose consciousness and smash his head on the pavement. He was discharged after this on 19 June. Unfortunately this accident dislodged a kidney stone. On 23 June he was admitted to K&CH Hospital. He was operated on the next day under general anaesthetic and discharged on 26 June. He is recovering well, but is not yet fit enough to take the stresses and strains of a band tour.

However, a rumour in the US that Dave has prostate cancer is absolutely not true. He has had two full biopsies as part of other medical checks in the last five years and is totally free of prostate cancer.

We are all disappointed not to be able to see the electric band again in July/August. However, I know all Strawbs fans will understand that this decision is the right one to make sure that Dave is able to recuperate fully.

The intention is for the gigs to be rebooked for sometime in 2016.

Further news on the gigs and Dave when I have it.


================================
INN-OVATION FESTIVAL - 31 JUL TO 2 AUG
================================

This event has been cancelled by the promoters.


=======================
CHANGES TO ACOUSTIC DATES
=======================

The show at The Old Courts, Wigan has been moved to Saturday 12th September which is now confirmed.

The Worcester date is actually FRIDAY (not Sat) 27th November at Huntingdon Hall.

The Frome date is SATURDAY (not Sun) 28th November at The Cheese & Grain. (It's the Frome Mini Blues & Folk Festival with The Pretty Things, Robin Bibi and The Worried Men playing as well.

Acoustics giglist for remaoinder of the year as follows:

Fri 11 Sep - The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Sat 12 Sep - The Old Courts, Wigan (rescheduled date*)
Thu 17 Sep - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Fri 18 Sep - Guildhall, St Ives
Fri 25 Sep - The Brook, Chatham

Sat 7 Nov - Westcoast Bar, Margate
Fri (not Sat) 27 Nov - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester(*)
Sat (not Sun) 28 Nov - Frome Mini Blues & Folk Festival (also playing) The Pretty Things, Robin Bibi and The Worried Men - Cheese & Grain, Frome(*)
note corrections (*)

Sun 6 Dec - Great British Folk Festival, Skegness
Thu 10 Dec - ABC, Glasgow (with Family)
Sun 13 Dec - Empire, Shepherds Bush (with Family)


==================================
SANDY DENNY - 19 RUPERT STREET
SPECIAL AMAZON MP3 OFFER $5 TILL 16 JULY
==================================

This is available in MP3 format at a special price of $5 till 15 July.

http://tinyurl.com/pw6k8u8


23 Jun 2015


============================
WIGAN SHOW 27 JUNE POSTPONED
============================

Sorry to announce that this coming Saturday's show in Wigan has had to be postponed, owing to routing difficulties. It will be rescheduled later in the year.


===================================================
ACOUSTICS AT INN-OVATION FESTIVAL, 31 JULY to 2 AUG
===================================================

News in of an additional acoustic date, the day after the electric tour finishes on Sat 1 Aug. Sunday 2 Aug sees Acoustic Strawbs heading north to West Yorkshire headlining a bill on the third and last day of this festival which also includes Clive Gregson and Iain Matthews.

Treats over the first two days include Julian Dawson, The Poozies and The Alan Hull Songbook, with workshops on songwriting, tunings, fiddle and more, from the likes of Clive, Andy Roberts and Tom Leary (who played with Dave Lambert in Zeus a few years back).

Venue
The Brooksbank School
Victoria Road
Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 0QG

Tickets 15 Fri; 40 Sat; 40 Sun; weekend 70 (all plus a booking fee)

www.inn-ovationmusicfestival.uk


================================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS AT WAKEMANFEST, 30 OCT TO 1 NOV
================================================

News coming in of an extra-special Electric Strawbs gig, with Rick Wakeman joining the electric band on stage for the first time since 1971!

Rick says on his site: "The Electric Strawbs of course will be very special as I will be joining them for 2 pieces. The Hangman and the Papist and also Where is this Dream of our Youth... and I will be using an original Hammond L100 similar to the one I used on the original recording at the Queen Elizabeth Hall."

This is a three day event that would revolve around people Rick has worked with and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. Full day on Friday, full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home. It is hoped to be an annual event.

Line-up currently includes Ricks English Rock Ensemble, Wakeman Cubed, a performance of Viv Stanshall's Sir Henry At Rawlinson's End, and the Cadbury Sisters. There are various Q&A sessions scheduled.

The Gliderdrome
Spain Place
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE21 6HN

Details of the line-up at: http://www.wakemanfest.com/
You can also pre-register for tickets.



================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UPCOMING GIGS
================================

Some more acoustic dates running up to the year end, including, in December, a couple of large venue gigs supporting fellow 70s band Family, and another appearance at the Great British Folk Festival.

Sun 2 Aug - Inn-Ovation Festival (see above)
Fri 11 Sep - The Artrix, Bromsgrove
Thu 17 Sep - Square & Compass, Ilminster
Fri 18 Sep - Guildhall, St Ives
Fri 25 Sep - The Brook, Chatham
Sat 7 Nov - Westcoast Bar, Margate
Sat 27 Nov - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Sun 28 Nov - Cheese & Grain, Frome

Sun 6 Dec - Great British Folk Festival, Skegness

Thu 10 Dec - ABC, Glasgow (with Family)
Sun 13 Dec - Empire, Shepherds Bush (with Family)



=================================
ACCESS ALL AREAS - CD/DVD RELEASE
=================================

A new Strawbs release from Demon Records - a 1990 televised concert on CD and DVD, from Central TV's Bedrock show. The line-up is Cousins, Hooper, Hudson, Willoughby, Demick and Parren. The package comes with extensive sleeve notes.

The Access All Areas releases are a series of live shows fom various folk and rock legends including Lindisfarne, Rick Wakeman, Fairport Convention and many others.

The Strawbs CD+DVD was released on 8 June. There's a YouTube video of "Lay Down" taken from the release at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMmyzgiddFM
For an Amazon buy link see below:
http://goo.gl/CCWqpZ


=====================================
TOP 50 PROG ALBUMS - HERO AND HEROINE
=====================================

Rolling Stone magazine have voted Hero and Heroine number 44 in the Top 50 prog rock albums of all time!

http://tinyurl.com/q2otlj5


=========================
WILLOUGHBY AND CRAIG GIGS
=========================

Details from Brian and Cathryn's site at:

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/DATES.HTM

Includes some "Very Hopkin" shows with Mary's daughter Jessica Lee Morgan. You'll find the details on the Very Hopkin tour at: http://www.maryhopkin.com/veryhopkin/index.html

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
COTTINGHAM LIVE @ THE BACK ROOM
173 HALLGATE, COTTINGHAM, YKS HU16 4BB (United Kingdom)
01482 844543 Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015
PARKGATE FOLK CLUB @ THE BOATHOUSE
PARKGATE, CHES CH64 6RN (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 27, 2015
THE DAVY LAMP @ Washington Arts Centre
Biddick Lane, Fatfield, TWR NE38 8AB (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 23, 2015
FOLK EAST @ GLEMHAM HALL
Woodbridge, SFK (United Kingdom)
Set: 2:00 PM

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
VERY HOPKIN @ The Borderline
Manette Street, London, (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM

Friday, September 11, 2015
VERY HOPKIN @ Pontardawe Arts Centre
Herbert St, Pontardawe, Pontardawe, (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 12, 2015
VERY HOPKIN @ The Globe Live Music Venue
125 Albany Road, Cardiff, (United Kingdom)
029 2023 0130 Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Clef & Cask
Dewley Cramlington, Dewley Cramlington, NBL NE23 6DT (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015
ROTHBURY ROOTS @ THE QUEENS HEAD
Rothbury, NBL NE65 7SR (United Kingdom)
01669 620470 Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tolbooth Tavern
Tolbooth Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NL (United Kingdom)
Set: 8:00 PM


DENHOLM FOLK FESTIVAL @ DENHOLM FESTIVAL
Eastlea, Denholm, DENHOLM, (United Kingdom)
01450 870664 Set: 12:00 PM

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Eileen's Tea Rooms
Castleblayney, MOG (Ireland)
Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sunflower Pub
65 Union Street, Belfast, (United Kingdom)
028 9023 2474 Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dorking Folk Club
Social Club, Friends Provident, Dorking, Surrey, Dorking, (United Kingdom)
01306 888 530 Set: 8:00 PM

========
HUD GIGS
========

JUNE
----
27TH Prince Albert, Hampton road TW2 5QB Middlesex (THE BEAKY BAND)
(also on 27th - The Full Moon, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE - THE GOOD OLD BOYS without Hud)

28TH The Full Moon, Little Kingshill, HP16 0EE (2pm start) (THE BEAKY BAND )

JULY
----
3RD Nettlebed Club, High Street, Nettlebed, Oxon RG9 5DD (THE REPERTOIRE DOGS)
11TH The Black Horse, Greenford UB6 0AS (THE BEAKY BAND)
18TH Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
24TH The General Elliot, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (ALI MAC BAND)
25TH The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE BEAKY BAND)
31ST Halfway House, Rickmansworth WD3 7DQ (THE BEAKY BAND )

AUGUST
------
**1st Chestnut (THE BEAKY BAND)
**7th The General Elliot, Uxbridge UBB 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
**14th The General Elliot, Uxbridge UBB 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
**21st Sunbury Cricket Club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
**28th The Brushwood Inn, Hillingdon, UB8 3HY (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
**29th The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
**30th The Horns, Watford (8.30pm start) (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


=======================================
BOOKSHELF - ROCK ATLAS - SECOND EDITION
=======================================

David Roberts has extended his coverage of the Strawbs in this second edition of his fascinating book, which lists 800 music-related places in the UK.

https://www.facebook.com/rockatlas
http://www.redplanetzone.com/

NB. Amazon UK only seems to have his frst edition for sale, so try the publisher sites above.


==================================
BOOKSHELF - SINGING FROM THE FLOOR:
A HISTORY OF BRITISH FOLK CLUBS
==================================

Multiple quotes from Dave and many other leading lights of the folk world in this examination of the folk club culture in the 60s and early 70s, in their own words, collected by writer J P Bean. It really takes you back to those days of sitting on the floor at folk clubs....


=============
Y VIVA ESPANA
=============

And finally, in looking round the web the other day, I found a site which has Spanish translations of many many Strawbs songs. Check it out if you are linguistically minded ....

http://tinyurl.com/qxwl2rz


14 Apr 2015


---------------------
GERMAN GIGS CANCELLED
---------------------


Sad to announce that the German shows planned for later in April have been cancelled. One venue cancelled and the economics of the tour would not work out with only 3 venues left. Very sorry for any inconvenience, I know some German fans were looking forward to this very much.



==================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES TO END JUNE
==================================

UK dates
--------

Fri 15 May, Music Club Wokingham
Sat 16 May, Village Hall Aston

Netherlands dates
-----------------

Fri 29 May, Boerderij Zoetermeer
Sat 30 May, Roots Aan De Zaan Zaandam
Sun 31 May, Kloveniersdolen Middelburg

UK dates
--------

Fri 5 June, Greystones Sheffield
Sat 13 June, Harmans Cross V. Hall Swanage
Sat 27 June, Old Gate Theatre Wigan


31 Jan 2015


==========================
JOHN FORD GIG - FEB 6 2015
==========================

Eppy & Friends of My Father's Place Presents:
'Up Close & Personal' -- TWO ROCK LEGENDS: PAT DINIZIO of THE SMITHEREENS & JOHN FORD of the STRAWBS IN UNPLUGGED CONCERT

The VIEW GRILL Restaurant
111 Lattingtown Rd, (Glen Cove Golf Club)
Glen Cove, NY 11542

John and Pat will each perform a set then join for a rare Duo performance

Surprise Special Guest TBA!

$35 Tickets Online http://www.myfathersplace.com/ ;
Table Seating with Fabulous Food & Drinks!


30 Jan 2015


======================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES
======================

UK
---

Acoustic Strawbs had their first gig of the year in Birmingham, just beating the snows that have started to bother the UK - the US have already had theirs! Another gig in Frome on Sat 7 Feb with the Yardbirds and then the "Classic Legends of Rock & Folk" tour with Carl Palmer and Martin Turner takes the Acoustics off round the UK from 19 Feb to 15 March (dates below).

UK - Acoustics only
-------------------
Sun 29 Mar, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex (also the home of Roger Dean's artwork collection)

Fri 15 May, Music Club, Wokingham
Wed 3 Jun, The Sage, Gateshead
Fri 5 Jun, Greystones, Sheffield
Sat 13 Jun, Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage
Sat 27 Jun, Old Gate Theatre, Wigan

Germany
-------
Wed 15 Apr, venue TBA, Wetzlar
Thur 16 Apr, Unter Teck, Kircheim
Fri 17 Apr, Glem, Metzingen

Netherlands
-----------
Fri 29 May, Boerderij, Zoetermeer
Sat 30 May, Roots Aan De Zaan, Zaandam
Sun 31 May, Kloveniersdolen, Middelburg


======================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS DATES
======================

Fri 17 Jul, The Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 18 Jul, The Stables, Milton Keynes
Thu 23 Jul, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Fri 24 Jul, Robin 2, Bilston
Sat 25 Jul, Boom Boom Club, Sutton
Sun 26 Jul, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival
Fri 31 Jul, The Platform, Morecambe
Sat 1 Aug, Anchor Arts, Wingham


========================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY DATES
========================
Some further dates addeed for Spring/early Summmer (**) -more may be added - check out www.craigandwilloughby.com

Fri March 20 - The Rock, Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster
Sat March 21 - Big Sheep Little Cow Farm, Bedale
Sun March 22 - The Normandy Centre, Horsham
Tue March 24 - Dartford Folk Club
Thu March 26 - Uxbridge RNA
** Tue March 31 - Bob's Folk Show (Surrey Hills Radio) Leatherhead
Fri April 3 - Blackheath And District Liberal Club
Sun April 5 - Westward Inn, Lee Mill Ivybridge
** Fri April 10 - Beverley Conservative Club
Sat April 11 - Bookmark Theatre, Bloxwich
Fri April 17 - Westhoughton Golf Club
Fri April 24 - Sunset Suite, Carlisle FC
** Mon April 27, 2015- White Hill Centre, Chesham
** Sun May 31, 2015 - BAMFEST, Bedale
** Wed June 24, 2015 - The Back Room, Cottingham


==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

Some new dates added to Hud's gig list (marked **)

JANUARY
-------
30th - Brushwood Inn, Hillingdon UB8 3HY (THE BEAKY BAND)

FEBRUARY
--------
6th - Surrey Blues Club, 128 Hersham Rd, Walton on Thames KT12 5QL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th - The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
21st - Railway, 390 Oldfield Rd, Greenford UB6 OAP (THE BEAKY BAND)
28th - The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

MARCH
-----
5th - Sunningdale Lounge, London Rd, Sunnigdale SL5 0DQ (THE ALI MAC BAND)
13th - Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
** 27th - Brushwood Inn, Hillingdon UB8 3HY (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

APRIL
-----
1st - Dustys, Watchet Lane Holmer Green HP 15 6UF (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
3rd - The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND )
** 11th - Black Horse, Greenford UB6 0AS (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th - Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)

MAY
---
2ND Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE BEAKY BAND )
** 3rd - The Horns, Watford - 4PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th - The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
23rd - Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
30th - Northampton (more details to follow) (THE BEAKY BAND)


================================================
NEW CONNY CONRAD RELEASE, FEATURING DAVE COUSINS
================================================

Conny Conrad, who collaborated with Dave on the splendid Cousins & Conrad: High Seas album, has news of a new album, GENERATIONS 3.

In 2004, Conny invited Dave to collaborate on the first Generations album, which included two songs featuring Dave: "On The Horizon" and "Turn The Page", as well as an earlier version of "The Feng Shui Symphony" which also popped up on High Seas.

In 2006, Conny's band, Dark Ocean, followed up with Cosmica, which included two songs with Cousins lyrics and vocals - "Bloodless Sun" and "Skip To My Lou", which of course also was included on Dave's 2007 Blue Angel Orchestra album, The Boy In The Saiilor Suit.

Generations 2 included Cousins' contribution to a track called "Deep Inside" (which Amazon marks as "explicit", so we can draw our conclusions as to the subject matter [grin].

And now, Generations 3 has a completely new recorded version of "Bloodless Sun", and 25% of the income from the album goes to the charity "Rock For Your Children".

You can buy the album at:

http://www.amazon.com/Generations-Vol-Conny-Conrad-friends/dp/B00R7K6ZZ0

Press:
http://tinyurl.com/onwsokv
http://tinyurl.com/oj8c6uj


22 Dec 2014


=================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS - JAN-MARCH
=================================


Wednesday 28 January, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Saturday 7 February, Cheese and Grain, Frome (with The Yardbirds)

With Carl Palmer/Martin Turner..

Thursday 19 February, Town Hall, Cheltenham
Friday 20 February, City Hall, Hull
Saturday 21 February, White Rock Pavilion, Hastings
Sunday 22 February, Public Halls, Harpenden

Wednesday 25 February, Civic Theatre, Darlington
Thursday 26 February, Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
Friday 27 February, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
Saturday 28 February, The Woodville, Gravesend
Sunday 1 March, Cresset Theatre, Peterborough

Wednesday 4 March, Corn Exchange, Exeter
Thursday 5 March, Spinney Theatre, Northampton
Friday 6 March, Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Saturday 7 March, City Hall, Newcastle
Sunday 8 March, Palace Theatre, Southend

Wednesday 11 March, Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
Thursday 12 March, Cameo, Ipswich
Friday 13 March, Gala Theatre, Durham
Saturday 14 March, Capitol Theatre, Horsham
Sunday 15 March, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton


==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

January
16th General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (Beaky Band)
17th London Rowing club, Putney (Rockstock)
22nd Staines , Riverside Club. 6 Laleham Rd Staines TW182DX (GOBs)
23rd Nettlebed (Dogs)
24th Red Lion, Isleworth (Beaky)

February
6th Surrey Blues Club, 128 Hersham Rd, Walton on Thames KT12 5QL (GOBs)
20th General Eliott (Ali Mac)
21st Railway. 390 Oldfield Rd, Greenford UB6 OAP (Beaky)
28th Red Lion, Isleworth (GOBs)

March
5th Sunningdale lounge. London Rd, Sunnigdale SL5 0DQ (Ali)
13th Hayes WMclub, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (GOBs)

April
1st Dusty's. Watchet Lane Holmer Green HP 15 6UF (GOBs)
3rd General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (Beaky)
24th Hayes WMclub, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (Beaky)

May
2nd Tilehurst BL Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (Beaky)
9th Red Lion, Isleworth (GOBs)
23rd Tilehurst BL Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (GOBs)
30th Northampton (Beaky)



=======================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY GIGS
=======================

Some advance warning for March/April (more may be added - check out www.craigandwilloughby.com)

Friday, March 20 - The Rock @ Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster
Saturday, March 21 - Big Sheep Little Cow Farm, Bedale
Sunday, March 22 - The Normandy Centre, Horsham
Tuesday, March 24 - Dartford Folk Club
Thursday, March 26 - Uxbridge RNA
Friday, April 3 - Blackheath And District Liberal Club
Sunday, April 5 - Westward Inn, Lee Mill Ivybridge
Saturday, April 11 - Bookmark Theatre, Bloxwich
Friday, April 17 - Westhoughton Golf Club
Friday, April 24 - Sunset Suite, Carlisle FC


8 Oct 2014


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CANADIAN BOOK LAUNCH EVENT FOR TORONTO
TUES 21 OCTOBER
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Dave will be holding a book launch in the front foyer beside the bar in Hugh's Room on Tue 21 October at 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Dave will play a few songs solo and read some of his book. There's a bar too. "Exorcising Ghosts" will be on sale and you can get copies signed by Dave.


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NEW TIMELINE FEATURE AND GALLERIES ON STRAWBSWEB
================================================

Timeline
--------

Check out http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_tline.htm

As some of you may know, a long while back I did some research at the British Library on the Strawbs with a view maybe to writing a book myself. (To call it research might be a bit high-falutin' - I was allowed to read old copies of Melody Makers, Sounds and NME in lovely surroundings of the then quite new building on Euston Road). Anyhow, the book never happened (maybe one day ...) and when Dave started on his book, I passed over the results of that research to him - a timeline stretching from 1964 onwards. And then Dave discovered that he still had all his old diaries from those days, which also had a wealth of information.

From these two sources, Dave has compiled a composite timeline, the original plan being to include it in the book. However, it became apparent that it would take up an awful lot of space and that inclusion in print wasn't really practical, so we'd publish it online instead on Strawbsweb. I'm delighted to announce the first installment of the timeline, running from 1963 to 1972.

There are some entries for related bands (eg Fire, Velvet Opera) which I've added, and where we know we've added details of other bands/artists playing on the same gig as the Strawbs (or the Strawberry Hill Boys, as the case may be). I've also added a few relevant historical events to add a little bit of context, eg assassination of Martin Luther King. The intention is that we'll add further items that readers can supply - the third column will contain links to photos, setlists, other info. Suggestions for inclusion of material to dick.greener@o2.co.uk.

Galleries
---------
Also, a couple of new photo galleries added with old pictures from the 1980 tour with Andy Richards, Tony Fernandez and Brian Willoughby, as well as some pics from Trowbridge Festival in 1987.

See http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_newweb.htm for details


29 Sep 2014


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PROGNOSTIC - NEW WITCHWOOD MEDIA STRAWBS RELEASE
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This is a new CD release of prog rock material by the Strawbs, due in October 2014.

In a review in Rolling Stone in 1974, Ken Barnes wrote: "Strawbs moved from folkier days to a lush, stately and mellotron-dominated sound, with similarities to Yes, King Crimson and the Moody Blues. They wrote more compelling songs than the former two, and possessed more lyrical/musical substance than the latter."

"Prognostic" is the album that defines Strawbs once and for all as a prog rock force to be reckoned with. The music is powerful, yet melodic. The lyrics are biting, yet sensitive.
All the tracks have been remastered to bring the disparate tracks together as a satisfying whole.
The release of "Prognostic" ties in with the release of Dave Cousins' autobiography "Exorcising Ghosts" which has committed reviews in Mojo, Classic Rock Prog, Uncut, Record Collector, Shindig, R2 and Froots. The album will receive full PR exposure in the major music press.
Cover image added to the main page.

Track listing:
1. Heartbreak Hill
2. Through Aphrodite's Eyes
3. Something For Nothing
4. Starting Over
5. Deep In The Darkest Night
(featuring Rick Wakeman and German
progmeister Conny Conrad)
Archive Prog
6. The River/Down By The Sea (previously unreleased)
7. Blue Angel (remastered)
8. Tomorrow (remastered)
9. Lay A Little Light On Me/
Hero's Theme/
Round And Round (remastered)
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DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH
========================
A review of the very enjoyable book launch Dave held at the Astor Theatre in Deal now on the site along with some pictures. Check out:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_dealbk.htm
Do let us have your reviews and comments on the book if you haven't already - be great to know what you think.
Send to dick.greener@o2.co.uk
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UK ACOUSTIC DATES UPDATE
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Dates now up for the remaining gigs of this year - see:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1410uk.htm
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CANADA ACOUSTIC DATES
=====================
Dates and details now available for the upcoming Canadian tour. Please note a date change from the list previously announced:
The gig previously announced for Sat 25th Oct in Kingston, ON now replaced by a gig on Sun 26th in Waterloo, ON.
Full datelist now looks like this:
Fri 17 Oct - Studio at Hamilton Pl, Hamilton ON
Sat 18 Oct - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON
Sun 19 Oct - Schoolhouse, Burnston ON
Mon 20 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Tue 21 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Wed 22 Oct - Petit Campus, Montreal QC
Fri 24 Oct - Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sun 26 Oct - Princess Cinema, Waterloo, ON
Tue 28 Oct - Festival Place, Edmonton AB
More details at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1410ca.htm


8 Aug 2014


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS IN ITALY
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A couple of extra dates added into the Italy
trip, apologies for the short notice.

Sat 9 August, Castello di Torrechiara,
Langhirano, Parma - Festival di Torrechiara

Sun 10 August, Piazza del Republico, Montecatini, Pisa - Musicastrada Festival

NEW Wed 13 August, Castello de Pagazano, Bergamo

NEW Thu 14 August, Coumboscuro Centre, Monterosso Grana - 38 Festival

Sat 16 August, Castelnuevo Ne' Monti, Reggio Emilia - SuonaRErock

If any of you go and can send reviews or pics,
please send them to dick.greener@o2.co.uk

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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS NOT AT CLUMBER PARK ON 15 AUG
==============================================

As noted last time owing to a clash with the
Italian gigs Acoustic Strawbs will not be at
Clumber Park, though the website for the event
only reflected that recently. Some of those who
ordered tickets have received tickets which still list the Strawbs as playing.

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ROY HILL/STEVE WHALLEY GIG 16 AUG
===================================

A reminder that you can see Roy and Steve at the
Ram Jam Club in Kingston on Saturday 16 August.

Doors open 7.30PM.
Showtime 8.00PM
5

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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS CORRECTIONS/UPDATES FOR REST OF 2014
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Dates for the rest of 2014. Note:
Norwich gig on 9 Nov is at St Andrews Hall, not The Open as initially posted.

UK
--
Wed 1 Oct - Rope Tackle Centre, Shoreham
Fri 3 Oct - The Cellars, Eastney
Sat 4 Oct - Quartz Festival, Taunton
Sun 5 Oct - The Scene, Swansea

CANADA
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Fri 17 Oct - Studio at Hamilton Pl, Hamilton ON
Sat 18 Oct - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON
Sun 19 Oct - Schoolhouse, Burnston ON
Mon 20 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Tue 21 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Wed 22 Oct - Petit Campus, Montreal QC
Fri 24 Oct - Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sat 25 Oct - Chalmers Utd Church, Kingston ON
Tue 28 Oct - Festival Place, Edmonton AB

UK
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Sat 8 Nov - Arts Centre, Poole (with C Air M Turner)
Sun 9 Nov - St Andrews Hall, Norwich (with C Air M Turner)
Wed 12 Nov - St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth
Sat 15 Nov - Astor Theatre, Deal

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CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY GIGS
=======================

And watch out for Brian Willoughby and Cathryn
Craig appearing at a folk club or festival near you.

A couple of dates added since I last circulated this list.

Sat Aug 9 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Methodist Church Hall
Sat Aug 9 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Victoria Hotel
Sat Aug 9 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Spa Hotel
Sat Aug 9 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Emmanuel Church Hall
Mon Aug 11 - Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County RFC.
Tue Aug 12 - Star Folk Club, The "Hold" club of The Admiral, Glasgow
Fri Sep 26 - Pete Ryder & Friends, White Lion, Salford Swinton
Tue Oct 7 - The English Folk Music Club, The
Rendzevous Cafe/Bar, Villamartin (Spain)
Wed, Oct 8 - Crocanoir, Mullinahone, TIP (Ireland)
Fri Oct 10 - The National Forest Folk Club, Moira
Miners Welfare, Ashby de la Zouche
Thu Oct 16 - The Tump, The Humber, Coventry
Fri Oct 17 - Ireleth Temperance Hall, Askham in Furness
Sat Oct 18 - Playhouse 2, Oldham
Wed, Oct 29 - Culm Valley Music & Performance Club, Magelake Hall, Uffculme
Fri Oct 31 - Americana Weekend, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead

NEW Thu Nov 6 Sunflower Pub, Belfast

Fri Nov 7 - Eileen's Tea Rooms, Castleblayney (Ireland)
Sat Nov 8 - Crocanoir, Mullinahone, TIP (Ireland)
Sun Nov 9 - Tech Amergin Community Arts &
Education Centre, Waterville (Ireland)
Thu Nov 13 - The Copper Beech, Darlington
Fri Nov 14 - Saltburn Folk Club, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Sat Nov 15 - The Red Shed, Wakefield

NEW Sun Nov 16 - Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen

Mon Nov 24 - Ruskin House, Croydon,
Sun Dec 7 - Forest Folk Club, The Miners Arms, Lydney
Tue Dec 9 - The Priory Centre, St Neots
Fri Dec 12 - The Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Sports Club, Thames Ditton

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EXORCISING GHOSTS
=================

Most of you who have pre-ordered should have
received your copies by now. Some of you have
been sending in comments some of which I'll add
to the site when the book is published on 1 Sept.

There's a book launch event on 29 Aug at the
Astor Theatre in Deal, 6pm to 8pm, with Dave playing a few songs solo.

You can still order the book through Witchwood
Records (they may still have some numbered signed
copies of the special edition left), and it is
also available via Amazon for pre-order.


15 July 2014


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EXORCISING GHOSTS - BOOK UPDATE
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The books were delivered last week and Dave spent a day at the warehouse on Friday signing and numbering the bookplates.

Bookplates
----------
The bookplates are delivered loose with the book: Dave has signed and numbered them, but you then write your own name in under "EX LIBRIS", remove the backing and stick them in the book yourself. Mine is on the right hand page inside the hard cover - see picture on Strawbsweb front page.

Last few pre-sale copies available
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A few of the limited run pre-sale copies with the bookplate are still available. You can order them from the address below and they'll be despatched before publication date on 1 Sept.

http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=127


Book launches - UK
------------------
There's a book launch party to be held on Friday 29 August at the Astor Theatre in Deal, between 6pm and 8pm (though I'd imagine there'll be a sojourn to one pub or another afterwards). There'll be a few solo songs from Dave and copies of the book for purchase and signing (or you can bring your own ..)

Book launches - Canada and US
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Dave is hoping to be able to organise events for Canada (to coincide with the Toronto shows later this year (see below) and a trip to New York, no date as yet. More news as I have it.


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS CANADA DATES
=============================

Early warning of some dates in Canada in October.

Fri 17 Oct - Studio at Hamilton Pl, Hamilton ON
Sat 18 Oct - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON
Sun 19 Oct - Schoolhouse, Burnston ON
Mon 20 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Tue 21 Oct - Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Wed 22 Oct - Petit Campus, Montreal QC
Fri 24 Oct - Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sat 25 Oct - Chalmers Utd Church, Kingston ON
Sun 26 Oct - TBC
Tue 28 Oct - Festival Place, Edmonton AB


12 June 2014


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UPCOMING ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS
==============================

PLEASE NOTE that owing to a clash/clerical error, Acoustic Strawbs will NOT now be playing at Clumber Park on 15 August.

4 Jul - Hop Farm Festival

1 Aug - Gouveia Folk Festival (Portugal)

8-16 Aug - gigs in Italy - details below:

6 Sep - Stourbridge Folk Festival
7 Sep - Swansea The Scene

1 Oct - Shoreham Rope Tackle Club
3 Oct - Eastney (nr Southsea) The Cellars
4 Oct - Quartz Festival, Queens College, Taunton

8 Nov - Poole Arts Centre (with Curved Air & Martin Turner)
9 Nov - Norwich The Open
12 Nov - St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth
15 Nov - Deal Astor Theatre

There may be additional dates for Sep/Oct/Nov.

Italy
-----

Sat 9 Aug - Castello di Torrechiara, Langhirano, Parma (Festival di Torrechiara)
Sun 10 Aug - Piazza del Republico, Montecatini, Pisa (Musicastrada Fest)
Fri 15 Aug - TBC
Sat 16 Aug - La Pietra di Bismantova Castelnuevo, SuonaRErock, Nei Monti


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HUD'S GIGS
==========

An update on just where you can catch up with Hud playing live with his various bands.

JUNE
12th Sunningdale Lounge, 1 London Road, Sunningdale SL5 0DQ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
21st Ye Old George, Colnbrook 146 High St SL3 0LX (THE UPPERCUTS)
27th The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (ALI MAC BAND)
28th The Red Lion, Islewo rth (ALI MAC BAND)

JULY
11th The General Elliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath - 3PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill,Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th Hillingdon Golf Club 2PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

AUGUST
14th Eel Pie Club, Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th Brushwood Arms, 47 Harlington Rd, Hillingdon UB8 3HY (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill,Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (ALI MAC BAND)
17th Queen's Park (Details TBC) (GINNY BROWN BAND)
23rd Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
24th The Horns, Watford - 4PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th Parliament Hill, Hampstead. - 3PM START (GINNY BROWN BAND)
31st The Boot, St. Albans - 5PM START

SEPTEMBER
4th Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
6th AFC Hayes, Farm Park, Kingshill Ave Hayes UB4 8DD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th Corby (details TBC) (THE BEAKY BAND)
14th Redditch (details TBC) (THE BEAKY BAND)
20th Jailhouse Bistro, Chapel St, Nuneaton CV11 5QH (THE BEAKY BAND)
27th Egham United Service Club, 111 Spring Rise Egham, TW20 9PE (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

OCTOBER
4th The Red Lio n, Isleworth (THE BEAKY BAND)
11th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill,Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
24th The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough, LE16 9PL (THE BEAKY BAND)
31st Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

NOVEMBER
1st Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill,Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (THE BEAKY BAND)
14th The General Elliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
15th Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE BEAKY BAND)
21st The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (ALI MAC BAND)
22nd Oxhey Hall, Watford (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill,Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (ALI MAC BAND)
30th The Boot, St. Albans - 5PM START (ALI MAC BAND)

DECEMBER
7th The Horns, Watford - 4PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th Brushwood Arms, 47 Harlington Rd, Hillingdon UB8 3HY (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
31st The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


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AND ON STRAWBSWEB ...
=====================

I'm catching up with posting info about the various versions of CDs, 45s and albums:
* Japanese Thirty Days 45 - 1971 release
* Japanese CDs which have been coming out over the last few years;
* overseas editions of classic vinyl albums which I've picked up on eBay
* some rarities which have hitherto only been on Alison Brown's collection site at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/borobrowns/index.htm
* and various other memorabilia and Strawbs-related items

Checkout http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@newweb.asp to see what's been added recently.


9 June 2014


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ROY HILL GIGS
=============

ROY HILL and TY WATLING - TUESDAY 10 JUNE
PUNCH & JUDY, 11 St Stephen's St, Tonbridge TN9 2AB

Roy will play a set, Ty will play a set, then the two will play some Switzerland stuff together.
SHOWTIME 9PM Free


ROY HILL & TY WATLING SUNDAY 22 JUNE
RAM JAM CLUB, 46 Richmond Road, KINGSTON KT2 5EE
Same pattern as Tonbridge
DOORS OPEN 6PM SHOWTIME 7PM 5


RAM JAM CLUB KINGSTON - THE END OF AN ERA
ROY HILL and STEVE WHALLEY + SPECIAL GUESTS - SATURDAY 16 AUGUST
RAM JAM CLUB, 46 Richmond Road, KINGSTON KT2 5EE
DOORS OPEN 7PM SHOWTIME 8PM 5

On September 1st the Ram Jam Club will be no more. Great small venues run by nice people who go out of their way to make you welcome are a dying breed. Roy has played many gigs there and enjoyed every single one of them. Roy and Steve Whalley will be making their last appearance at the Ram Jam Club on Saturday 16 August.


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JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

11 June - British Invade The Cutting Room!
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John Ford & Edward Rogers with Special Guests:
Ian Lloyd of Stories & Alan Merrill
Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:30pm

The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd St.
NYC 10010
212.691.1900
http://thecuttingroomnyc.com/

Tickets: $15 Advance $20 Door
BUY AT:
http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/571167-british-invade-cutting-room-new-york/

The set will include a Surf Rock segment inspired by The Shadows/ Ventures off his new No Talkin' instrumental album, as well as classic hits from John's various band projects and solo material. Accompanied by his full band with John Cardone bass and vocals; John Ford Jr. on lead / rhythm guitar; and Richie Alan on drums / percussion.

Edward Rogers plans to play new tunes off his recent album, "Porcelain" and preview June 2014 release, "Kaye," inspired by the work of Kevin Ayers, and throw in a Ronnie Lane cover with another Brit cover for good measure.. Playing with Ed will be James Mastro on guitar (Ian Hunter/Bongos) and Don Piper on guitar (a Don Piper situation/Syd Straw)

NEW SPECIAL GUESTS CONFIRMED!
Alan Merrill from the British/American band, The Arrows whose original Hit "I Love Rock N Roll" (covered by Joan Jett & Britney Spears), "You Touch Too Much," "My Last Night With You," "When The Night Comes," and more! Thanks to Ed Rogers for pulling Alan on board!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AT_Pbtyid0

Ian Lloyd of Stories with #1 Hit "Brother Louie" whose distinctive vocals also heard on Foreigner, Billy Joel, YES, Peter Frampton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exl0oSfTSoY


No Talkin'
----------

A new instrumental album from John, in a Shadows vein, complete with tremolo. It includes "Joyce's Song", written for Jill's mother, a big music fan, who died recently.

You can hear short snippets from the new album, and buy it in MP3 or CD format from John's website on the Buy CDs page, along with John's other music.

It'll be available on other outlets, such as CD Baby shortly.
Tracks

The Reaper
Spanish Jive
No Talkin'
Tomorrow's World
Granny Takes A Trip
Looking For Django
Joyce's Song
36-34-36
Lost Horizon
Dead Ending


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CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY VIDEO & GIGS
===============================

Brian & Cathryn have posted a video on Facebook of their new song "Hard Luck Cafe":

https://www.facebook.com/cathryn.craig/posts/10152452065411070

A great list of dates to catch Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby during the rest of this year.

Full details at: http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/dates.htm

Sat July 5, 2014 - Acorn Folk, The United Reformed Church Hall, Minehead
Wed, July 9, 2014 - Faversham Folk Club, The Chimney Boy, Faversham
Fri July 11, 2014 - Grayshott Folk Club, Lecture Room at: Haslemere Educational Museum
Sat July 12, 2014 - White Horse Folk Club, Bodle Street Green Village Hall (nr Hurstmonceaux)
Sun July 13, 2014 - Hitchin Arts Festival, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin
Sat July 26, 2014 - Trowbridge Village Pump, White Horse Country Park, Westbury
Fri August 8, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Marine Hotel
Sat August 9, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Methodist Church Hall
Sat August 9, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Victoria Hotel
Sat August 9, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Spa Hotel
Sat August 9, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Festival, Emmanuel Church Hall
Mon August 11, 2014 - Stirling Folk Club, Stirling County RFC.
Tue August 12, 2014 - Star Folk Club, The "Hold" club of The Admiral, Glasgow
Fri September 26, 2014 - Pete Ryder & Friends, White Lion, Salford Swinton
Tue October 7, 2014 - The English Folk Music Club, The Rendzevous Cafe/Bar, Villamartin (Spain)
Wed, October 8, 2014 - Crocanoir, Mullinahone, TIP (Ireland)
Fri October 10, 2014 - The National Forest Folk Club, Moira Miners Welfare, Ashby de la Zouche
Thu October 16, 2014 - The Tump, The Humber, Coventry
Fri October 17, 2014 - An Evening With Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, Ireleth Temperance Hall, Askham in Furness
Sat October 18, 2014 - Playhouse 2, Oldham
Wed, October 29, 2014 - Culm Valley Music & Performance Club, Magelake Hall, Uffculme
Fri October 31, 2014 - Americana Weekend, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead
Fri November 7, 2014 - Eileen's Tea Rooms< Castleblayney (Ireland)
Sat November 8, 2014 - Crocanoir, Mullinahone, TIP (Ireland)
Sun November 9, 2014 - Tech Amergin Community Arts & Education Centre, Waterville (Ireland)
Thu November 13, 2014 - The Copper Beech, Darlington
Fri November 14, 2014 - Saltburn Folk Club, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Sat November 15, 2014 - The Red Shed, Wakefield
Mon November 24, 2014 - Ruskin House, Croydon,
Sun December 7, 2014 - Forest Folk Club, The Miners Arms, Lydney
Tue December 9, 2014 - The Priory Centre, St Neots
Fri December 12, 2014 - The Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Sports Club, Thames Ditton


8 April 2014


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EXORCISING GHOSTS = PRE-ORDER OFFER
===================================

Dave Cousins' long-awaited biography Exorcising Ghosts is to be published on 1 Sep 2014. The first 500 early purchasers will receive a numbered advance copy before publication date with a unique specially designed "ex libris" bookplate, their copy will be signed by Dave and their name will be included in the book.

THIS SPECIAL OFFER IS NOW LIVE via Witchwood Records online shop at

http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/index.php?cPath=127

Pre-ordering will close on 30 April 2014.

Prices:
UK 19.95 including p&p
EU and North America 21.99 including p&p
Rest of world 25.99 including p&p

I've had the pleasure of reading it in draft and there is loads of material in there which no-one (including ME!) ever knew about. It's an absolute must for Strawbs fans everywhere.


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS UK DATES APRIL TO AUGUST
=========================================

Early warning of some upcoming UK dates for Acoustic Strawbs.
Saturday 19 April 2014
Riverside, Chelmsford
with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash & Curved Air

Sunday 20 April 2014
The Kaff, Wigan

Saturday 26 April 2014
Town Hall, Selby

Saturday 17 May 2014 (previously annouced for 10 May)
Village Hall, Chaldon
This is a charity gig. Tickets are 15.00 each. Bookings can be made by contacting Paul at paul.dunford@virgin.net or by calling on 10883 348327 or 07525 479932. Details of payment by BACS, PayPal or Cheque will be provided when people contact Paul.


Wednesday 4 June 2014
The Greystones, Sheffield

Friday 15 August 2014
Clumber Park, Worksop
supporting Status Quo


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS, CANADA DATES, OCTOBER 2014
============================================

Early warning of some Canadian Acoustic dates in October. More may be added.

Fri 17 October, Studio at Hamilton Pl, Hamilton ON
Sat 18 October, Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON
Sun 19 October, Schoolhouse, Burnston ON
Mon 20 October, Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Tue 21 October, Hughs Room, Toronto ON
Wed 22 October, Petit Campus, Montreal QC
Fri 24 October, Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sat 25 October, Chalmers Utd Church, Kingston ON


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CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=========================

Touring
-------

A few more dates in Brian and cathryn's Spring tour. More details at their website at

http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/DATES.HTM

Friday, April 18, 2014
Westhoughton Folk Club

Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Davy Lamp @ Washington Arts Centre Biddick Lane

Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Boathouse
1 The Parade, Parkgate, Neston, Cheshire

Friday, April 25, 2014
Liverpool Acoustic @ the view two gallery, Liverpool

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe, Farncombe

Book
----

Brian has also written and self-published a book about his experiences: "40 Years On The Road...For Something I Didn't Even Do". It's available in the UK for 20 plus 3 p&p from Brian direct -

brianwilloughby1@aol.com


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HUD'S GIGS, APRIL TO JULY
=========================

You can catch Hud playing with various bands over the next three months.

APRIL
-----
12th Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD (ALI MAC BAND)
25th Hayes Working Men's club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)
27th The Boot, St Albans (ALI MAC BAND)

MAY
---
3rd Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th The Three Steps, Cowley UB8 2DX (THE BEAKY BAND)
10th The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
16th The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE BEAKY BAND)
17th Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill, Croxley Green, WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
23rd The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond Athletic Club,Twickenham Rd, TW9 2SF (ALI MAC BAND)
24th The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th The Horns, Watford 4PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
31st Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

JUNE
----
6th Cobham (ALI MAC BAND)
27th The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (ALI MAC BAND)
28th The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE BEAKY BAND)

JULY
----
11th The General Elliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath - 3PM START (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


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NEW BOOKS SECTION
=================

And finally, a new section for the two Witchwood books releases has been added to the logo (now I remembered how to do it ;-) In the coming weeks I'll add further items of interest to Strawbs fans to this part of the site.


5 December 2013


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RECORD COLLECTOR ARTICLE
========================

This month's Record Collector has a great piece by Patrick Humphries on the Strawbs, including interview material with Dave Cousins.


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UK ELECTRIC TOUR JAN/FEB 2014
=============================

Line-up
-------

I'm delighted to announce that for the UK tour Cousins, Lambert and
Cronk will be joined by Adam Wakeman on keyboards, whose playing we
all enjoyed so much last time. And, returning on drums, the
fabulous Tony Fernandez. We'll be in for a real treat.

Dates
------

Thu 30 January, Robin 2, Bilston
Fri 31 January, Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 1 February, The Touchline, Hullbridge
Sun 2 February, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon + W Ash
Wed 5 February, Borderline, London
Thu 6 February, Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Fri 7 February, Long Street Blues, Devises
Sun 9 February, Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Wed 12 February, Fibbers, York
Thu 13 February, Green Hotel, Kinross
Fri 14 February, Waterside, Sale
Sat 15 February, Anchor Arts, Wingham

NB the date previously announced for 8 Feb, Cheese & Grain, Frome, is
no longer in the list.

Poster
------

The tour poster is downloadable from:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_media.htm


=======================================
FEB/MAR 2014 UK ACOUSTIC GIGS WITH
CURVED AIR/MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH
=======================================

The Acoustics will be touring again with two other classic bands -
Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and Curved Air, featuring vocalist Sonja
Kristina. Sonja sang with the Strawbs after Sandy Denny left, and
rejoined the Acoustics on stage in 2009 at the 40th anniversary
weekend to sing some of the Sandy Denny songs. Let's hope there's an
opportunity to hear those again on this tour.

There are some Acoustic Strawbs only gigs as well.

Fri 22 February, Village Hall, Blackawton
Thu 27 February, Brook Theatre, Chatham
Sat 1 March, Newcastle City Hall (with C Air W Ash)
Tue 4 March, The Grand, Swansea (with C Air W Ash)
Fri 7 March, Town Hall, Hessle
Sat 8 March, Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
Sat 15 March, Kings Theatre, Southsea (with C Air W Ash)
Tue 18 March, Theatre Seven, Shrewsbury (with C Air W Ash)
Fri 21 March, Cameo Theatre, Ipswich (with C Air W Ash)
Sat 22 March, Fairfield Halls, Croydon (with C Air W Ash)
Sun 23 March, Corn Exchange, Exeter (with C Air W Ash)
Wed 26 March, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Sat 29 March, Palace Theatre, Southend (with C Air W Ash)
Sun 30 March, Cresset Theatre, Peterborough (with C Air W Ash)


==========================
JOHN FORD BAND, 14 DEC GIG
==========================

A seasonal gig from John Ford and Band for US fans.

Sat 14 Dec, 2013
The Living Room Concert Stage
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown NJ 08505

609 324-0880
7:30 PM Doors Open
Opening: Chuck Shaeffer & Full Moon Howlin
$15 Advance / $18 Door
http://www.the-record-collector.com/newLCS.htm


=====================================
GORDON GILTRAP AND OLIVER WAKEMAN GIG
=====================================

Gordon, Oliver and Paul Manzi are playing the Classic Rock Society
this Saturday 7 Dec 2013.

The Wesley Centre
Blyth Road, Maltby,
Rotherham
Doors 7.00pm

http://www.giltrap.co.uk/


========================
BULLY WEE GIGS, JAN 2014
========================

A reminder that Ian Cutler will be out on the road with the fabulous
Bully Wee Band in January, dates are:

16 Jan, Chatham, Kent, The Brook
17 Jan, South Petherton, Somerset, David Hall (with Phil Beer)
18 Jan, Topsham, Devon, Matthews Hall (with Phil Beer)
19 Jan, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Bishop's Cleeve Tithe Barn (with
Phil Beer)
20 Jan, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, Nettlebed Folk Club (with Phil Beer)
21 Jan, Ringwood, Hampshire, Ringwood Folk Club
23 Jan, Great Torrington, Devon, The Plough Arts Centre
24 Jan, Grayshott,Surrey, Grayshott Folk Club
25 Jan, Broadstairs, Kent, The Sarah Thorne Theatre (with Phil Beer)
26 Jan, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Hitchin Folk Club, (with Phil Beer)

http://www.bullyweeband.com/


==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

Here's a list of hard-working Hud's gigs into March next year:

DECEMBER 2013
-------------

8th The Red Lion, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
14th Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Rd, Tilehurst. Berks RG31 5BB
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th The Horns, Watford WD17 3RL, Tel: 01923 225020 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
21st Hayes Working Men's Club, UB3 3NB tel: 020 8573 1721 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
NEW YEAR'S EVE - The Red Lion, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

JANUARY 2014
------------

11th Egham United Service Club. 111 Spring Rise Egham TW20 9PE (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
17th The Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE BEAKY BAND)
18th The General Eliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th Nettlebed Folk Club (THE REPERTOIRE DOGS)
31st Weybrook Park Golf Club, Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke (ALI MAC BAND)

FEBRUARY 2014
-------------

8th Tilehurst British Legion. Downing Road, Tilehust RG31 5BB (THE BEAKY BAND)
15th Ealing Blues Club (ALI MAC BAND)
22nd The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE BEAKY BAND)
28th Sunbury Cricket Club,Kenton Crt Meadow.Lower Hamton Rd TW16 5PS
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

MARCH 2014
----------

5th Dusty's, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green HP15 6UF (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th General Elliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
14th Hayes Working Mens Club, Pump Lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th The Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
21st Weybrook Park Golf Club,Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke RG24 9NT
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th The Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


7 October 2013


========================================
IMMINENT ROY HILL GIG - TOMORROW (8 OCT)
========================================

Tuesday, 8th October, Punch and Judy, Tonbridge, Kent - Roy with Steve Whalley


==============================
UPCOMING ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS
==============================

Oct
26 Darlington Forum Music Centre

November
09 Wingham The Anchor
16 Northampton Spinney Theatre (w/C.Air & MTWA)
24 Leamington Spa Assembly (w/C.Air)
28 Nantwich Venue tbc
29 St Albans Alban Arena (w/C.Air & MTWA)
30 Great British Folk Festival
Skegness

December
01 Clitheroe The Grand


=============================
UK ELECTRIC GIGS JAN/FEB 2014
=============================

Early warning of some electric gigs in Jan/Feb 2014 in the UK is leaking out. Not complete yet but this is what we have so far:

January 2014
30 Wolverhampton Robin 2
31 Derby Flower Pot

February 2014
01 Hullbridge The Touchline
06 Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
07 Devizes Long Street Blues
08 Frome Cheese & Grain

As with the Moodies/Yes cruises, we don't yet know what the full line-up will be (other than Cousins, Lambert & Cronk of course!)


==========================
STORIES AND SONGS - THE CD
==========================

Up and coming for early 2014 is a solo live CD from Dave taken from his 2008 tour in the US. Stories and Songs is a splendid recording, which captures the essence of a solo DC performance.

It?ll be available for pre-ordering as usual beforehand, details to follow.


==========================
CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY DATES
==========================

Mon Oct 7th, The Processed Pea, Etton Beverley
Mon Oct 14th, The Eagle, Boston (UK)
Tue Oct 15th, Cramlington Folk Club, Cramlington
Thu Oct 17th, Topic Folk Club, Bradford
Fri Oct 18th, The Hinkley Act, Hinkley
Sat Oct 19th, Swinton Acoustic Music Festival, Swinton
Tue Oct 22nd, Dartford Folk Club, Dartford
Thu Oct 24th, Common Folk, Pelsall
Fri Oct 25th, Village Pump Folk, Trowbridge
Sat Oct 26th, Under The Edge Arts, Wotton-Under-Edge,
Sun Oct 27th, Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill

Full details on their website www.craigandwilloughby.com



=================================
BULLY WEE DATES 2014 (IAN CUTLER)
=================================

Advance warning of next year?s usual January outing for the fabulous Bully Wee Band, featuring the Strawbs? favourite fiddler, Ian Cutler.


16th January, Chatham, Kent, The Brook
17th January, South Petherton, Somerset, David Hall (with Phil Beer)
18th January, Topsham, Devon, Matthews Hall (with Phil Beer)
19th January, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Bishop's Cleeve Tithe Barn (with Phil Beer)
20th January, Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, Nettlebed Folk Club (with Phil Beer)
21st January, Ringwood, Hampshire, Ringwood Folk Club
23rd January, Great Torrington, Devon, The Plough Arts Centre
24th January, Grayshott,Surrey, Grayshott Folk Club
25th January, Broadstairs, Kent, The Sarah Thorne Theatre (with Phil Beer)
26th January, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Hitchin Folk Club, (with Phil Beer)

http://www.bullyweeband.com/


================
SON OF MY FATHER
================

Last time I saw Tony Hooper, he pressed into my hand an early copy of his son, Nick Elliott?s home-made CD. Just released on Strawbwseb is a review/interview with Nick by our very own Lindsay Sorrell. Check it out at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f_nicke.htm

Listen at/contact Nick at:
http://www.reverbnation.com/nickeliot
https://www.facebook.com/nick.eliot.12



=======================
THE DRUMS, THE DRUMS ..
=======================

Picking up the latest Computer Music Special on Home Recording, with a DVD with a huge selection of drum samples, on reading the small print I find that the drums have been played by none other that Strawbs? very own Adam Falkner! Pick up a copy and you can have Adam drumming for you in the comfort of your own home studio!


27 August 2013


==============================
US CRUISING 2014 - ELECTRIFIED
==============================

Strawbs were so well received on the 2013 Moody Blues Cruise that they have been invited back again, not only to the Moodies Cruise, but a further cruise featuring the music of Yes and associated bands.

But NBB - both cruises will feature the full electric band this time, the first US trip for the full band in a few years!!

The line-up (other than Cousins, Lambert and Cronk) is not yet confirmed, and there is the possibility that further electric band gigs may be booked in the US after the cruises finish, but PLEASE DON'T ASK FOR INFO AS I HAVEN'T GOT IT YET.


MOODY BLUES CRUISE
------------------

http://moodiescruise.com/
2 April - 7 April 2014
Departs Miami, Florida, visiting Grand Turk Island and Nassau

Guest bands: Strawbs, Zombies, Carl Plamer of ELP, Lighthouse and many many more.



YES - CRUISE TO THE EDGE
------------------------

http://www.cruisetotheedge.com
7 April to 12 April 2014
Departs Miami, Florida, visiting Isla de Roatan, Honduras, and Cozumel, Mexico

Guest bands: Strawbs, Steve Hackett, Marillion, UK, Queensryche, Tangerine Dream, Renaissance, and the art of Roger Dean and many many more.


==========================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS 2013 GIGS
==========================

Sun 1 Sep, Weyfest, Farnham (see below)
Mon 16 Sep, The Maltings, Farnham
Thu 19 Sep, Stables, Wavendon

Sat 26 Oct, The Forum, Darlington
Tue 29 Oct, The Regent, Ipswich
Sat 16 Nov, Spinney Theatre, Northampton (with Curved Air & Wishbone Ash)(evening - there is another gig in the afternoon)
Thu 7 Nov, Anchor Arts, Wingham
Sun 24 Nov, The Assembly, Leamington Spa (with Curved Air)
Thu 28 Nov, The crown Hotel, Nantwich
Fri 29 Nov, The Arena, St Albans (with Curved Air & Wishbone Ash)
Sat 30 Nov, Great British Folk Festival, Skegness (see below)
Sun 1 Dec, The Grand, Clitheroe

The September gig details are on the site:

Skegness Great British Folk Festival
-------------------------------------

Other acts include: Fairport, Steeleye, Barbara Dickson, Tir Na Nog, Bob Fox and Billy Mitchell, St. Agnes Fountain, Martyn Joseph, Cara Dillon and many more ...


WEYFEST
-------

See http://www.weyfest.co.uk/ for full line-up, which includes:
Fri 30 Aug - Stranglers, Nine Below Zero
Sat 31 Aug - Echo & The Bunnymen, Toploader, The Wurzels, Johhn Cghlan's Quo, Jackie Lynton Band, Eddie & The Hot Rods, True Deceivers, Fake Thackray
Sun 1 Sep - Acoustic Strawbs playing, UB40 (headlining), Hawklords, Heavy Metal Kids, Leatherat, 3 Bonzos and a Piano, Vikki Clayton, Merry Hell, Wychwood





======================
BRIAN AND CATHRYN NEWS
======================

RUMOURS OF RAIN REBORN
----------------------

Check out the YouTube video - http://youtu.be/q9jlYN8NpwABrian and Cathryn have started promoting their Folk For Peace 'Rumours of Rain' project again with string support from Facebook readers. Radio Warwickshire's Tamsin Rosewell has been very helpful and it's playing on RadioWarks - http://tinyurl.com/lp55b32. Radio Teesdale and Bishop FM are also keenly promoting it.The recording has a truly impressive international Folk Star line-up! Let's hope they can achieve their original goal, of collecting funds to help children injured in war zones.

REAL WORLD
----------

Their latest album "Real World" has had some brilliant reviews- check these out on their website - www.craigandwilloughby.com



==========================================
TEDDINGTON SOCIETY - BURSTING AT THE SEAMS
==========================================

Dave Cousins presents a video snapshot of Teddington. The film produced by local cameraman Alan Benns, is cut to edited music (*) by Strawbs from their album "Bursting at the seams": an apt title for the many and varied activities in the borough. Edited by Brian West, the film uses over 250 video images in just over 8 minutes. This is Teddington Society's entry to "Twickenham Alive Film Festival 2013", which won an award.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-JuKy7PsSc

* (The backing music is the instrumental bits from such tracks as Lay Down, Lady Fuschia, Flying and Tears and Pavan)


==========
HUD's GIGS
==========

Here's a round up of what Hud's up to over the coming months.

AUGUST
------
30th The Crown, Colham Green Road, Hillingden UB8 3QH (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

SEPTEMBER
---------
6th Crawdaddy Club. Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9 2SF (THE ALI MAC BAND)
13th The Royalist, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE BEAKY BAND)
15th The Horns, 1 Hempstead Rd, Watford WD17 3RL (2pm start) (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th The Beehive, St Albans AL1 1QL (ANDY HART)

OCTOBER
-------
5th Wickford Railway Club. Market Ave, Wickford SS12 OAD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
12th Tilehurst BL, Downing Rd, Tilehurst. BERKS RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th The Red Lion. Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
18th The General Elliot, St. John's Road, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
19th The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE ALI MAC BAND)
25th The Royalist, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

NOVEMBER
--------
1st General Elliott. St. Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
7th The Riverside Club, Staines, TW18 2DX, Tel: 01784 452302 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
10th The Boot. 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG (5pm start ) (THE ALI MAC BAND)
15th The Royalist, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE ALI MAC BAND)
16th Oxhey Hall Hampermill Lane, off Raglan Gdns WD19 4TT (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
17th The Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe, Surrey, (Nr Godalming) 01483 417605 (THE ALI MAC BAND)
22nd The General Elliott, St. John's Road, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
30th The Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA (020) 8778 4109 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

DECEMBER
8th The Red Lion, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
14th Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Rd, Tilehurst. BERKS RG31 5BB (THE BEAKY BAND)
15th The Horns, Watford WD17 3RL, Tel: 01923 225020 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
21st Hayes Working Men's Club, UB3 3NB tel: 020 8573 1721 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


================================
OLIVER WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP
The Ravens & Lullabies Tour 2013
================================

Advance warning of some gigs featuring Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap, featuring their splendid album Ravens and Lullabies.

All gigs except Sat 5 Oct are duo gigs featuring Oliver and Gordon.

The 5th October featyres a band line-up with:
Steve Anderson (bass) and Johanne James (drumns), both from Threshold
Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman Band, Arena) vocals

The duo supports John Lees' Barclay James Harvest on 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 21, 22, 23 Nov.

Dates
-----

Thursday, October 3: Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1JP
To book tickets: Phone: 01892 678 678 or visit www.trinitytheatre.net

Friday, October 4: 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 1XA
To book tickets: Phone: 01285 654228 or visit www.sundial-theatre.co.uk

Saturday, October 5: SUMMER'S END FESTIVAL - FULL BAND SHOW!
Lydney Town Hall, High Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 5DY
Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman with the full electric band
To book tickets: www.summersend.co.uk

Wednesday, October 9: 8pm - 10:30pm West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, GU11 3JD
To book tickets: Phone: 01252 330 040 or visit www3.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre

Friday, October 11: 7:30pm - 10:30pm The Regal Theatre 47 - 49 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8AE
To book tickets: Phone 01584 811 442 or visit www.regaltenbury.co.uk

Saturday, October 12: 7:30pm - 10:30pm Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch B98 8AE
To book tickets: Phone: 01527 65203 or visit www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/

Tuesday, October 15: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Village Hall, The Street, Walberton Arundel, Sussex BN18 0PQ
To book tickets: Phone: 01243 811 429 / 07740 105 555 or visit www.rootsaroundtheworld.com

Thursday, October 17: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Brook Theatre Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE
To book tickets: Phone: 01634 338 338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/leisureandculture/centralandbrooktheatres.aspx

Sunday, October 20: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Greystones, Greystone Road, Sheffield S11 7BS
To book tickets: Phone: 0114 266 5599 or visit www.mygreystones.co.uk

Friday, October 25: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Capitol Theatre North Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RG
To book tickets: Phone: 01403 750 220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

Wednesday, October 30: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Musician Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
To book tickets: Phone: 0116 251 0080 or visit www.themusicianpub.co.uk

Thursday, October 31: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Terry O Toole Theatre, North Kesteven Centre Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX
To book tickets: Phone: 01522 883 311 or visit www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk

Thursday, November 7: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Komedia, 22-23 Westgate St, Bath BA1 1EP
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone 0845 293 8480 or visit www.komedia.co.uk/bath/

Friday, November 8: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: visit www:assemblyhall.islington.gov.uk/

Saturday, November 9: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone 01908 280800 or visit www.stables.org

Sunday, November 10: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone 01902 401211 or visit www.therobin.co.uk

Tuesday, November 12: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants BH25 6DS
To book tickets: Phone: 01425 612 393 or visit www3.hants.gov.uk/forest

Saturday, November 16: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: visit www.picturedrome.net

Thursday, November 21: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone 01223 511 511 or visit www.junction.co.uk

Friday, November 22: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone 023 8055 5366 or visit www.the-brook.com

Saturday, November 23: Barclay James Harvest plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AT
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
To book tickets: Phone (01822) 611166 or visit www.tavistockwharf.com

Other Oliver and Gordon news
----------------------------

http://www.oliverwakeman.co.uk/
Oliver's "The 3 Ages Of Magick" (with Yes's Steve Howe) is due for re-issue in September.

http://www.giltrap.co.uk/
Some of Gordon's classic albums re-issued on CD


18 May 2013


================================================
FRI 24 MAY - ACOUSTICS ONLY - TRADING BOUNDARIES ================================================

A lone Acoustics gig on 24 May at the fabulous Trading Boundaries, nr Fletching, East Sussex - a stately home type music venue, which offers dinner gigs with some standing/non-dining places. A magical, candlelit, intimate experience.

Unfortunately this was missed off the last Strawbswebnews, my apologies - details are:

Trading Boundaries
Sheffield Green, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3RB
01825 790200
www. tradingboundaries.com
Dining starts 7.30; standing tickets arrive a bit later.

Dining tickets are 45, standing tickets 15. A few tickets are left but this is likely to be a sell-out so hurry.



==============================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/ZOMBIES SHOWS
==============================

Acoustic Strawbs are supporting the legendary Zombies on a selection of dates on their May/June tour. The Acoustics opened for the Zombies on a number of dates in the US a while back and, by all accounts, there was a great vibe between the two bands. The Zombies line-up features co-founders Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone.

Acoustic Strawbs/Zombies dates:
-------------------------------
Saturday 25 May, The Anvil Basingstoke
Thursday 30 May, G Live Guildford
Saturday 1 June, IndigO2 London

For other Zombies dates without the Acoustic Strawbs, see the Zombies website: http://thezombies.net/


================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS SEPTEMBER SHOWS
================================

Early warning of a few September dates:

* Sun 1 Sep - Weyfest, Farnham
* Thu 19 Sep - Stables, Wavendon

Most likely more to follow.


===============================
WHAT DAVE COUSINS DID NEXT ....
===============================

In case you are wondering, in the summer months when Dave is not touring, he is working on his autobiography, which is expected to come out next year as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations.

I've seen seven or so chapters work in progress and it's great stuff, a lot of which has never been made known before. Watch this space and hopefully we'll be able to bring you a few snippets to whet your appetite ...


====================================
FLIP SIDE TOUR - JUNE 2013
JIM McCARTY, JOHN HAWKEN, JANN KLOSE
====================================

This from the Jim McCarty website:

"I'm delighted to announce that I'll be hitting the road this summer with former Renaissance bandmate John Hawken (also of The Nashville Teens) and singer-songwriter Jann Klose. We've called it the 'Flip Side' tour to reflect the other side to Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds! We'll be performing music from my solo albums, plus Renaissance and Yardbirds favourites. We're really looking forward to playing these intimate and atmospheric shows."

Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Springlicious,
Niagara,
Canada

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
El Mocambo
Toronto,
Canada

Friday, June 7th, 2013
Polish Hall
Brantford, Ontario,
Canada

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Peter Players
Gravenhurst, Ontario
Canada


==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

And, last but by no means least, a collection of upcoming gigs over the next few months with the mighty Richard Hudson on drums.

MAY
18th - Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
25th - Golden Lion Sydeham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
31st - General Elliott, Saint Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

JUNE
1st - The Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE ALI MAC BAND)
2nd - Horns, 1 Hempstead Rd, Watford WD17 3RL (4pm start) (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
7th - Royalist, 29 Western Ave, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE BEAKY BAND)
9th - Red Lion. Isleworth (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
15th - Red Lion. Market Place, Northleach, Gloucester GL54 3EJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
28th - Beehive, St Albans (ANDY HART)
29th - Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe, Surrey, nr Godalming (THE ALI MAC BAND)
30th - The Boot. 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG (5pm start) (THE ALI MAC BAND)

JULY
5th - The General Elliot Saint Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
6th - Wickford, Barnhall Soc club, Wickford SS11 7NL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
11th - Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th - Full Moon, Hare Lane Little Kingshill, Bucks HP16 0EE (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th - Hayes Working Mens Club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th - The Royalist, Market Harborough LE16 9PL (THE ALI MAC BAND)
27th - Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE BEAKY BAND)
28th - Golf Club, Uxbridge (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

AUGUST
1st - Eel Pie Club, Cabbage Patch, Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
17th - Stokenchurch, Memorial Hall Social Club, Oxford Rd HP14 3RG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th - Red Lion, Isleworth (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
24th - Sportsman, 2 Scotts Hill Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th - Hampstead band stand, Parliament Hill Highgate Road, Gospel Oak - 3pm start. (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)


13 Apr 2013


=======================
UPCOMING ACOUSTIC DATES
=======================

Saturday 20 April, St Mary the Virgin Ingleton
Saturday 27 April, Corn Exchange Exeter
Sunday 28 April, St Andrews Hall Norwich (with Curved Air, Wishbone Ash)

Friday 24 May, Trading Boundaries Fletching

(Zombies) Saturday 25 May, The Anvil Basingstoke
(Zombies) Thursday 30 May, G Live Guildford
(Zombies) Saturday 1 June, IndigO2 London

Friday 21 June, Fishpond Ballroom Matlock Bath

Friday 30 August to Sat 1 Sep - Weyfest (date of show to be confirmed)


===============================================
JOHN HAWKEN DATES WITH JIM McCARTY & JANN KLOSE
===============================================

Anne Leighton (Strawbs US publicist) sends me details of some tour dates for Jim McCarty's Flip Side Tour with John Hawken & Jann Klose.

Sat 8 June, Gravenhurst, ON - Canada Peter's Players
Thu 13 June, Rochester, NY Lovin' Cup
Fri 14 June, Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theatre
Sun 16 June, Cambridge, MA Club Passim
Sun 23 June, Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater

And for us UK types - a long range forecast:
Oct 3, London - Eel Pie Club Twickenham

Check out the kickstarter campaign:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/919316216/the-jim-mccarty-flip-side-tour-with-john-hawken?ref=live

She is hoping to get some otyher UK and German dates: more news when I have it.



http://www.jimmccarty.co.uk
http://www.johnhawken.com
http://www.jannklose.com


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ROY HILL DATES
==============

Saturday 20 April: The Crown, 53 High Street, Old Oxted, Surrey RH8 9LN
Songwriter' Night: Roy Hill, Ty Watling, Geoff Easeman and Steve Gamble

7.50/15 with dinner
Tickets and details from The Crown 01883 717853

Tuesday 7 May: The Punch And Judy, 11 St Stephens Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2AB
Roy Hill and Steve Whalley 8.30 Free admission

Saturday 11 May: The Ivy Leaf, Darenth Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 1LS
Roy Hill and Steve Whalley 8.30 Free Admission

Friday 31 May: Folk Ale. The Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Kent TN8 5NT
Roy Hill and Friends (didn't know he had any ;)
5.15-6.00pm
Tickets and details: http://www.grantrule.org/folkale/folk-ale-2013/

Sunday 16 June: Sunday At Seven, Ram Jam Club: 46 Richmond Road, Kingston KT2 5EE
Roy Hill and Steve Whalley
Doors open at 6, Showtime 7pm sharp
(He means it! Still goes on quite late though, so damn good value.)


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ANNIVERSARIES
=============

As well as being the 40th anniversary of "Part Of The Union", let's not forget that it's also

the 40th anniversary of one Mr Chas Cronk joining the band

and the 30th anniversary of the reforming of the band to play first on Rick Wakeman's celebrated "Gastank" TV show and then later that year at the Cambridge Folk Festival - Brian, Blue, Hud and John hooked up with Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper a two barnstorming set comeback - a number of our friends were there (and are clearly visible in the audience on the film!)- more later in the year ...



And of course, next year, the 45th anniversary will roll around. After discussions at the Witchwood Board meeting this week, I can tell you that there are a few nice surprises on the drawing board (but I can't tell you what they are just yet). Watch this space!


2 Mar 2013


========================
ROY HILL GIG THIS SUNDAY
========================

Stop press - Seven on Sunday gig for Roy and
Steve Whalley at the Ram Jam Club at the Grey
Horse pub in Kingston Upon Thames this Sunday 3rd March. Well worth an outing!

Gig starts 7.00pm (clue is in the title of the
gig) so there's some hope Roy will finish before closing time!

=====================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS
=====================

At the foot of this e-mail there are details of
the upcoming gigs from now until end of May. We
haven't been able to get all of these on the
website yet, but are working on it.

==============================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY - NEW WEBSITE, ALBUM & GIGS
==============================================

Brian and Cathryn now have a new website at
www.craigandwilloughby.com, which includes news
of a brand new album from them - Real World.

The title reflects the nature of the honest,
gritty and un-doctored recordings, captured
'live' in the studio, by award winning engineer
Ron Angus. There are 5 new tracks, with 7
re-recordings of songs as we perform them on
stage. There are no overdubs of additional voices
or instruments and there is minimal use of studio
effects. I've got a copy and it's lovely - like
having the two of them do a gig in your living room, just for you ...

The official release date is 1 Apr 2013 - it is
available from their website and tracks will be
on iTunes and Amazon. You can hear samples on the
Flash MP3 player on the new site.

You can order Real World now via Paypal from the
site, along with Cathryn and Broan's other releases.

Also a listing at the foot of this e-mail of Brian and Cathryn's upcoming gigs.

========================================
CRY NO MORE/ROY HILL CDS - SPECIAL OFFER
========================================

If there's any Cry No More or Roy Hill CDs you
don't have in your collection then now is your
chance to fill the gap. Roy is selling them at five pounds each.

Simply email him at deepdene@fsmail.net for details.

=====================
BULLY WEE TOUR VIDEOS
=====================

If there's anyone who can't wait till 2014 for
the next Bully Wee Band gig, Colin Reece has
given Pete Bradley the OK to post a couple of videos from the Ram Club.

http://youtu.be/9VALJJQrHZE
http://youtu.be/Hqj5WZDY5DI

===============================================
GILTRAP & WAKEMAN - NEW CD RAVENS AND LULLABIES
===============================================

Guitar Legend and the next generation of keyboard
wizardry join forces for a new record!

4th March 2013 will see guitar legend Gordon
Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman (following
his years of touring with the classic progressive
rock band YES and playing with STRAWBS on their
2009 electric tour) release their debut
collaborative album 'Ravens & Lullabies' on the Esoteric Antenna label.

The album is a 13 song collection of hard hitting
memorable rock pieces coupled with thought
provoking lyrics alongside acoustic duets
featuring their fine instrumental interplay.

The project was initiated with a phone call from
Gordon to Oliver in early 2012 requesting
Oliver's keyboard services for a new rock album.
Within 24 hours Gordon had phoned again
suggesting a full collaboration instead and the
'Ravens & Lullabies' concept was born.

Gordon and Oliver spent 2012 writing and
recording the album which features a return for
Gordon to his rock roots following a 30 year
absence and Oliver's first recorded works since
his departure from both Yes and Strawbs.

It has been recorded and mixed by 'Threshold'
guitarist Karl Groom (who also mixed the Yes
'Live In Lyon' record which featured Oliver on keyboards).

The album will be available in two formats, a
single CD featuring 13 new pieces and double pack
special edition featuring a Bonus CD of live
recordings taken from their 2012 tour and
re-recordings of pieces from Oliver and Gordon's past catalogue.

The new album features performances by the following well respected musicians.

Paul Manzi - vocals. Paul has performed with the
Oliver Wakeman Band for the last 6 years
(appearing on the live DVD 'Coming to Town') and
is the current vocalist for the rock band Arena.

Steve Amadeo - Bass Guitar. Steve, an in demand
Jazz/Blues/Rock session bass player, is currently
performing with Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister.

Johanne James - Drums. Johanne has been the
Threshold drummer for the last 12 years.

The album also features a special vocal
appearance by Benoit David, Oliver's old band
mate from Yes, on the track 'From the Turn of a
Card' written by Oliver during the Yes recording sessions of 2010.

Many of the pieces were debuted and refined
during their acoustic duo tour in September and
October 2012 where they performed sell out
concerts across the UK. The tour will resume in
March 2013 to coincide with the release of the new album.

One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in
the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his
own unique style, much copied, but never
bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as
he coaxes incredible melodies from his
instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of
hands. He is well known for his varied musical
output and 'Heartsong' (a hit single from the
album 'Perilous Journey' in 1977) is instantly
recognized as the theme for the BBC TV's long running 'Holiday' programme.

Following ten solo albums in a variety of styles,
Oliver Wakeman joined the legendary band 'YES' in
2008, touring with them up until mid-2011. A live
CD and triple vinyl release, 'In The Present -
Live from Lyon', was a fitting bookend to his
period in the band. He also worked with 'The
Strawbs' and appeared on their last studio album
as well as their 40th Anniversary CD release.
Appearing in venues across North and South
America, Europe and the UK with YES, Strawbs and
as a solo artist, he has become a well respected
live performing musician to add to his other
talents as composer, songwriter, lyricist and producer.

Gordon says "Working with Oliver is like a breath
of fresh air. I knew of his reputation as a fine
musician, and it made perfect sense for me to tap
into his creative energy, not only to bring out
certain elements of my musical gifts but to
create something new and exciting, at the same
time giving a nod in the direction of our respective Progressive Rock roots"

Oliver adds, "After working with YES, the chance
of working with another legendary artist was an
opportunity too good to miss. I am having a
wonderfully productive time working with Gordon
and feel we are creating something genuinely
unique in our 'Ravens & Lullabies' project."

Many of Gordon's fans have been asking for years
when he is going to return to his rock roots and
others wondered what Oliver would write after the Yes experiences...

On 4th March 2013 they'll know...

Ravens and Lullabies now on pre-order - you can
now place a pre-order for the 2CD Signed Limited
Edition from Cherry Red Records for 11.99 + P&P

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/esoteric-exd.asp?id=4020

Release date is confirmed as 4th March.

There will be two different releases of the
album. A standard single CD with the following 13 tracks:

Moneyfacturing
Fiona's Smile
From the Turn of a Card
LJW
Maybe Tomorrow
Wherever There Was Beauty
Is This the Last Song I Write?
A Mayfair Kiss
Anyone Can Fly
A Perfect Day
Credit Carnival
One For Billie
Ravens Will Fly Away

The 2CD signed limited edition will have a second
CD featuring the following tracks

Live recordings taken from the 2012 tour:
Nature's Way
Isabella's Wedding
Progress of the Soul
On Camber Sands
Lutey and the Mermaid

New studio recordings:
Praeludium (from the Well Tempered Clavier)
The Forgotten King
Roots

Some live dates for the duo at the foot of this e-mail.

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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS - FULL LISTING MARCH TO MAY
=================================================

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2013
THE GREYSTONES, SHEFFIELD
Greystones Road
Sheffield
West Yorkshire S11 7BS
Showtime: 7.30pm
Ticket sales: www.wegottickets.com/event/193908
Website: www.mygreystones.co.uk
Email: info@mygreystones.co.uk

THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2013
THE FERRY, GLASGOW
25 Anderston Quay
Glasgow
Scotland G3 8BX
Doors: 8.00pm
Box Office: 01698 360085
Website: www.the-ferry.co.uk

FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2013
BANNERMAN'S, EDINBURGH
212 Cowgate
Edinburgh EH1 1NQ
Doors: 7.15pm
Ticket sales: bit.ly/W5fu1a
Website: www.bannermanslive.co.uk

SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2013
THE GREEN HOTEL, KINROSS
2 The Muirs
Kinross
Perthshire KY13 8AS
Doors: 8.00pm
Showtime: 9.00pm
Tel: 01577 863467
Website: www.mundellmusic.com

THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2013
PLAZA SUITE, SEVENOAKS
Stag Community Arts Centre
London Road
Sevenoaks
Kent TN13 1ZZ
Showtime: 8.00PM
Box Office: 01732 450175
Ticket Sales:
https://www.stagsevenoaks-tickets.co.uk/select_seats.aspx?perfid=8498
Website: www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
Email: enquiries@stagsevenoaks.co.uk

FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2013
NEW CUT ARTS, HALESWORTH
The Cut
New Cut
Halesworth
Suffolk IP19 8BY
Showtime: 7.30pm
Box Office: 0845 6732123
Tel: 01986 873285
Website: www.newcut.org
Email: info@newcut.org
Directions: Website directions

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2013
THE HAILSHAM PAVILION, HAILSHAM
George Street
Hailsham
East Sussex BN27 1AE
Showtime: 7.30pm
Box Office: 01323 841414
Website: www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk

FRIDAY 29 MARCH 2013
CITY VARIETIES, LEEDS
Swan Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire LS1 6LW
Showtime: 7.30pm
Box Office: 0113 243 0808
Website: www.cityvarieties.co.uk
Email: boxoffice@cityvarieties.co.uk

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2013
FOLK CLUB, GRAYSHOTT
Grayshott Village Hall
Headley Road
Grayshott
Surrey GU26 6TZ
Showtime: 7.30pm
Box Office: 01428 604798
Website: www.grayshottfolkclub.co.uk

FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2013
PARISH CHURCH, WIGAN
Crawford St
Wigan WN1 1NL
Doors: 7.15pm
Showtime: 8.00pm
Special Guests: John Ainsworth and T.E.Yates
Ticket info: All ticket enquiries via email address or tel. 01942 824291
Email: dtcartlidge@gmail.com
Tickets are GBP 15.00 in advance, GBP 17.00 on the night

SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2013
HRH PROG FESTIVAL, ROTHERHAM
Magna
Sheffield Road
Rotherham S60 1DX
Showtime: TBC
Box Office: 08700 110034
Website: www.hrhprog.com
Email: info@hardrockhell.com
Directions: from the venue website

FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2013
LANDMARK CENTRE, TEDDINGTON
Ferry Road
Teddington TW11 9NN
Doors: 7.15pm
Showtime: 8.00pm
Box Office: 020 8977 7558
Website: www.landmarkartscentre.org
Directions: from the venue website

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2013
THE BRICKYARD, CARLISLE
14 Fisher St
Carlisle
Cumbria CA3 8
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: Ticketweb on 08444 77 1000, or the venue website
http://www.thebrickyardonline.com/
Directions: http://www.thebrickyardonline.com/findus.html
NOT YET LISTED ON THEIR WEBSITE

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2013
ST MARY THE VIRGIN, INGLETON
Main Street
Ingleton
North Yorkshire LA6 3EB
Showtime: 7.30pm
Website: stmaryschurchingleton.wordpress.com
Email: strawbsatchurch@aol.com
Directions: from the venue website
All ticket enquiries via email address

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2013
CORN EXCHANGE, EXETER
Market Street
Exeter EX1 1BW
Doors: 7.15pm
Showtime: 8.00pm
Box Office: 01392 665938
Website: www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange
Email: cornexchange@exeter.gov.uk
Directions: from the venue website

SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2013
ST ANDREWS HALL, NORWICH
Details to follow

SATURDAY 25 MAY (WITH THE ZOMBIES)
THE ANVIL BASINGSTOKE
Anvil Arts
Basingstoke
Churchill Way
RG21 7QR
Dooors: 7.30pm
Tickets: 19.50
Buy tickets: http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/booking-information?event=A3AK
Website: http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/
Directions: http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/your-visit/how-get-here

THURSDAY 30 MAY (WITH THE ZOMBIES)
G LIVE, GUILDFORD
London Road
Guildford GU1 2AA
Doors: 7.30PM
Tickets: 20.50
Buy tickets online: http://tinyurl.com/bc99tkh
Website: https://glive.co.uk/
Directions: from the venue website

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CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY GIGS - FULL LISTING
========================================

Check their website at www.craigandwilloughby.com for updates.

Friday March 15, 2013
The Ram, Old Cranleighans Club
Portsmouth Rd., Thames Ditton, LO KT7 0HB
0208 686 9421 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages; Tickets: 9 members / 10 non-members

Monday, March 25, 2013
The Greys
105 Southover Street, Brighton, S BN2 9UA
01273 680734 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages; Tickets: 10 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/204921

Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Black Swan
Peasholme Green, YORK, NE YO1 7PR
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages: Tickets: 9 / Concs. 7 www.wegottickets.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Copper Beech
Neasham Rd., Darlington, NE DL1 4DH
07890 006204 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages;

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Great Knight, The Old White Hart
Far Cotton, Northampton, ML NN4 8BS
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dorking Folk Club
Social Club, Friends Provident, Dorking, Surrey, Dorking, S RH4 1QA
01306 888 530 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Chapel Arts Centre
St James's Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath, SW BA1 1QR
01225 461700; Set: 7:30 PM
All Ages; Tickets: 10

Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Spread Eagle
47 Eagle Brow, Lymm, NW WA13 0AG
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Playhouse 2
2 Newtown St, Shaw, Oldham, NW OL2 8NX
Set: 7:30 PM
All Ages

Monday, April 29, 2013
Chesham Folk Club
White Hill Centre, Chesham, LO HP5 1AG
01494 775190 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages; Tickets: 8 members 10 non-members

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Eastbourne Folk Club, The Lamb
High St., Eastbourne, BN21 1HH
(01323) 728268 or 638811; Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Friday, June 7, 2013
Porkies Folk Club @ Poynton British Legion
Georges Road, West Poynton, NW SK12 1JY
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place, Bishop Auckland, NE DL14 7NP
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

Friday, July 5, 2013
Burntwood Folk Club
Ogleyhay Rd., Boneyhay, ML WS7 2PH
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages

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GORDON GILTRAP AND OLIVER WAKEMAN DATES MARCH - MAY
===================================================

9 Mar - Theatre Royal Margate
Addington Street, Margate, Kent

15 Mar - Farncombe Music Club
St.John's Church, St.John's Street, Farncombe

22/23 Mar - Hunter Hall School, Frenchfield,
Penrith, Cumbria

13 Apr - St. Michael's Church
Bishops Itchington, West Midlands

17 Apr - The Island Hall, Sark

19 Apr - Jersey Arts Centre
Phillips Street, St Helier, Jersey

26 Apr - St Mary's Church
Church Lane, Lowdham, Nottingham

27 Apr - The Plough Arts centre
9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon

25 May - The Joseph Whitworth Centre
Station Road, Darley Dale, Derbyshire


2 Jan 2013


=====================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS UK DATES - JAN - MAR
=====================================

NB upcoming date on Sat 12 Jan, then some dates in Feb/March.

Sat 12 Jan, Village Hall, Kings Somborne
Thu 7 Feb, Civic Theatre, Doncaster
Sat 16 Feb, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
Thu 21 Feb, Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
Fri 22 Feb, Auden Theatre, Holt
Sat 23 Feb, Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe
Wed 27 Feb, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Wed 6 Mar, Greystones, Sheffield
Thu 7 Mar, The Ferry, Glasgow
Fri 8 Mar, The Caves, Edinburgh
Sat 9 Mar, Green Hotel, Kinross
Sat 16 Mar, Pavilion, Hailsham

================
BULLY WEE DATES
================

Bully Wee are a 70s folk band featuring Ian Cutler, Dave's fiddling friend.

Thu 17 Jan, The Brook Theatre, Chatham, Kent
Fri 18 Jan, Bridgewater Arts Center, Somerset
Sat 19 Jan - Devoran Village Hall, Cornwall - with Phil Beer
Sun 20 Jan - Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon - with Phil Beer
Mon 21 Jan - Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxfordshre - with Phil Beer
Tue 22 Jan - Ringwood Folk Club, Hants
Thu 24 Jan - Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants
Fri 25 Jan - Ram Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey
Sat 26 Jan - Sarah Thorne Theatre Club, Broadstairs, Kent
Sun 27 Jan - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts

==========
HUD'S GIGS
==========

JANUARY 2013

12th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th Sunbury Cricket Club, Kenton Court Meadow, TW16 5PS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th Stokenchurch, Memorial Hall Social Club Oxford Rd HP14 3RG (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe,Surrey Nr
Godalming 01483 417605 (THE ALI MAC BAND)
31st Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

FEBRUARY 2013

1st Hayes Working Men's Club Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th The General Elliott, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
9th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Broadfields Lane, Watford WD19 4TT (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th The Nags Head, 28 High St., Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE ALI MAC BAND)
16th Ealing Blues Club, The Red Room, (opp Ealing Broadway Station) Ealing
Broadway, London W5 2NP (THE ALI MAC BAND)

MARCH 2013

1st The Beehive, 2 Keyfield Terrace, St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1QL
(01727 811127) (ANDY HART)
2nd Wickford Barnhall Social Club, Alderney Gardens, Wickford, Essex.
SS11 7JP (01268) 765063 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
6th Dustys, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green HP15 6UF (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th Egham United Services Club, 111 Spring Rise, Egham TW20 9NE (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
10th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
16th Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club. Brian Westhead Pavilion,
Riverway, Stafford. ST16 3TH (01785-251660) (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
23rd The Railway Club, Wickford, Wickford Market Avenue Essex SS12
0AB (THE BEAKY BAND)
29th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Broadfields Lane, Watford WD19 4TT (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
30th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth, TW7 6QJ (THE BEAKY BAND)


14 Dec 2012


====================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - SPRING 2013 DATES
====================================

UK dates
--------

A few dates slotted in for next year, with no doubt a few more to be added in.

Thu 7 Feb, Civic Theatre, Doncaster
Sat 16 Feb, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
Sat 23 Feb, Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe
Thu 7 Mar, The Ferry, Glasgow
Sat 16 Mar, Pavillion, Hailsham
Sat 30 Mar, Folk Club, Grayshott
Sat 20 Apr, St Mary the Virgin, Ingleton
Sat 27 Apr, Corn Exchange, Exeter

20-25 Mar - Moodies Cruise
--------------------------
http://moodiescruise.com/



=======================
ROY HILL CHRISTMAS SHOW
=======================

According to Roy's latest newsletter "Christmas is a time to consider those less well off than ourselves, people like Chris De Burgh."

In the meantime, catch the last Roy Hill show of the year:

Sunday 23 December
Roy Hill And Steve Whalley + Special Guests
Christmas Special And Farewell Appearance
Ram Jam Club Kingston KT2 5EE
Doors Open 7.30
Showtime 8pm
5
A bargain !



==========
HUD's GIGS
==========

DECEMBER 2012

14th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (9pm start) (THE BEAKY BAND)
16th Red Lion, Market Place, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3EJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
21st Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
22nd Twin Foxes, 54 Rockingham Way, Stevenage SG1 1SJ 01438 364821(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
31st The Nags Head, 28 High St, Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE BEAKY BAND)

JANUARY 2013

12th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th Sunbury Cricket Club, Kenton Court Meadow, TW16 5PS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th Stokenchurch, Memorial Hall Social Club Oxford Rd HP14 3RG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe,Surrey Nr Godalming 01483 417605 (THE ALI MAC BAND)
31st Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

FEBRUARY 2013

1st Hayes Working Men's Club Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th The General Elliott, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)
9th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Broadfields Lane, Watford WD19 4TT (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th The Nags Head, 28 High St., Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE ALI MAC BAND)
16th Ealing Blues Club, The Red Room, (opp Ealing Broadway Station) Ealing
Broadway, London W5 2NP (THE ALI MAC BAND)

MARCH 2013

1st The Beehive, 2 Keyfield Terrace, St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1QL (01727 811127) (ANDY HART)
2nd Wickford Barnhall Social Club, Alderney Gardens, Wickford, Essex. SS11 7JP (01268) 765063 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
6th Dustys, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green HP15 6UF (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th Egham United Services Club, 111 Spring Rise, Egham TW20 9NE (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
10th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
16th Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club. Brian Westhead Pavilion, Riverway, Stafford. ST16 3TH (01785-251660) (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
23rd The Railway Club, Wickford, Wickford Market Avenue Essex SS12 0AB (THE BEAKY BAND)
29th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Broadfields Lane, Watford WD19 4TT (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
30th The Red Lion, Linkfield Road, Isleworth, TW7 6QJ (THE BEAKY BAND)


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BULLY WEE DATES
==============

Dave Cousins' talented fiddle-playing mate Ian Cutler takes to the road again with classic folk band Bully Wee. January 2013 dates announced as follows:

Thu 17 Jan, The Brook Theatre, Chatham, Kent
Fri 18 Jan, Bridgewater Arts Center, Somerset
Sat 19 Jan, Devoran Village Hall, Cornwall - with Phil Beer
Sun 20 Jan, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon - with Phil Beer
Mon 21 Jan, Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxfordshre - with Phil Beer
Tue 22 Jan, Ringwood Folk Club, Hants
Thu 24 Jan, Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants
Fri 25 Jan - Ram Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey
Sat 26 Jan - Sarah Thorne Theatre Club, Broadstairs, Kent
Sun 27 Jan - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts

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COVER VERSIONS
==============

One of our prolific fan cover artists, Geoff Alexander has uploaded a video of hi performing "Tell Me What You See In Me", and Rick Sarlo (guitars & bass) and his colleague Frank Muscato (vocals & piano) have offered up a version of "You And I When We Were Young".

Geoff's video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoKX2C8u610

Fan downloads page:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/ix_dlds.htm


6 Nov 2012


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SUPERSTORM SANDY FUNDRAISER GIG, 11 NOV
=======================================

John says: "We survived Hurricane Sandy.. now its time to HELP those in NEED!"

FUNDRAISER FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY
SUN NOV 11, 2012 4pm - 10pm
Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall
3232 Railroad Ave,
Wantagh, NY 11793
http://www.muls.com/
516.783.7500

As well as John, the bill includes Essence, Red, White & Blues Band,
Mark Newman, Peppy Castro (Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductee,
Barnaby Bye, Blues Magoos and Original production of Hair) Jerry
Demeo, Frank Carillo, Dennis Grimaldi, Phil Grande (Joe Cocker Band)
& many other Surprise Guests TBA.

Co-sponsored by WBAB & Mulcahy's in association with Jeff Krasner
Productions & Red White & Blues Band

Modest donation please with 100% of proceeds goes to Long Island
Cares Inc./Harry Chapin Food Bank -- also bring only new blankets,
socks, underwear and non-perishable food goods if you can.

Please check theEvents page for new updates:
https://www.facebook.com/events/298661236907242/

====================
JOHN FORD RECORDINGS
====================

Two Hallowe'en-flavoured offerings - a bit late but never min,
Superstorm Sandy is to blame. Both sngles now available for 99cent
Downloads on CDBABY.COM

JOHN FORD & IAN LLOYD - "Halloween: There's a Party Going" -
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fordlloyd

JOHN FORD'S SPACE DRAMA - "Halloween: I'm The Nightmare In Your
Dreams" - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/spacedrama


1 Nov 2012


====================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - UK TOUR, NOV 2012
====================================

LINE-UP
-------

And now with the Canadian jaunt at an end, our guys getting out just before Hurricane Dandy struck the Eastern seaboard, focus turns to the imminent UK tour with the electric line-up.

The front line is of course the DAVE COUSINS, DAVE LAMBERT & CHAS CRONK core of the the band.

Keys
----

Already announced on keyboards is the fabulous ADAM WAKEMAN, who needs little introduction to Strawbs fans, for obvious reasons. (Is Strawbs the only band in the world where three members of the same family have been keyboard players at different times ?)

Adam was born in 1974 and started playing classical piano at the age of eight. Much of his early touring was with his father Rick Wakeman in the UK, Europe, Russia, South America, and the USA and Canada. He played with the band in 1998 at the Chiswick 30th anniversary bash, and then filled in for Blue Weaver in 2000 and 2001.

At the age of 24 Adam won the award as "Best New Talent" in America's 'Keyboard Magazine'. He is currently in his eighth year as keyboard player with the Ozzy Osbourne band. He has recently toured with Black Sabbath and Slash and Friends, and has also recorded and toured with Annie Lennox. Most recent project is Headspace, a progerssive band project including Damien Wilson, which released I Am Anonymous this year. Check out Adam's site:

http://www.adamwakeman.co.uk/

Drums
-----

On drums and percussion is ADAM FALKNER who plays with the highly rated indie band One EskimO which has toured extensively in the USA for the past two years. Adam is also the Musical Director for Amy Macdonald.

For a sneak preview of Adam F's playing, see "Kandi" by One EskimO on YouTube (plenty more besides):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_tBHoRaxns

"Kandi" was the band's debut single in 2010 with 6-week No. 1 spot on the AAA charts, receiving the Song of the Year 2010 AAA Music Award.

Also, check out his website:

http://www.adamfalkner.com/

Please welcome the two Adams - looks like an exciting tour.


ITINERARY
---------

Cancellation
------------
News in recently that the London Borderline gig on 22 Nov has been cancelled by the venue. The confirmed date list is as follows:

Thursday 8 November 2012 - The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Friday 9 November 2012 - The BoomBoom Club, Sutton
Sunday 11 November 2012 - The Garage, Swansea
Tuesday 13 November 2012 - The Green Hotel, Kinross
Wednesday 14 November 2012 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 15 November 2012 - Citadel Arts, St. Helens
Friday 16 November 2012 - Exchange, Bristol
Sunday 18 November 2012 - Robin 2, Bilston
Friday 23 November 2012 - Astor Community Theatre, Deal
Saturday 24 November 2012 - Soundhouse, Otford

Look forward to seeing you on the tour - most likely I'll be at the first two and the last two or three dates.

Otford
------
PS. For those who have had difficulty getting tickets for the last gig at Otford - they are now available from Wegottickets.com

www.wegottickets.com/event/192633

and also direct on 07538 822115.


===========================
ACOUSTIC UK DATES, DEC 2012
===========================

And, after all that, don't forget the last two Acoustic gigs of the year:

Wed 5 Dec - Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Fri 14 Dec - West Cliff Theatre, Clacton


==================================
THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE, MARCH 2013
==================================

News in that the Acoustic Strawbs will be joining a stellar line-up aboard the Moody Blues Cruise ("The Voyage"), scheduled for 20-25 March 2013. It's a 5 night roundtrip, leaving from Fort Lauderdale, FL on the MSC Poesia, calling at Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Several performances by the Moodies of course, other artists include Greg Lake, Little River Band, and Strawbs touring mates the Zombies.
A few lucky Strawbs fans were already booked on this when they heard that the Acoustics would be playing as well. Some cabins still available, check out:

http://moodiescruise.com/


===============
JOHN FORD DATES
===============

Meanwhile for US fans, John's debut gig at the fantastic Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ is coming up on 17 Jan, as part of John's Fall 2012 "electro acoutsic tour":


THUR NOV 15, 2012
-----------------
JOHN FORD (& HIS TRIO - EDWARD ROGERS AND MIKE FORNATALE OF THE LEFT Banke)

ZIRZAMIN
90 West Houston St.
New York City, NY 10012
(646) 823-9617
http://www.zirzaminnyc.com/

Free Admission
Doors Open 7PM


SAT NOV 17, 2012
-----------------
JOHN FORD AND LARRY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY

THE STRAND CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Strand Center for The Performing Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 367-7789
http://www.strand.org

Backstage Pass Show: Seating Limited!
8PM (Doors Open 7PM)
TICKETS: $22.50


SAT DEC 1, 2012
---------------
HOLIDAY SHOW! THE RECORD COLLECTOR - LIVING ROOM CONCERT SERIES

THE RECORD COLLECTOR
358 Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ 08505
(609) 324-0880
http://www.the-record-collector.com/
Email: recordcollector@verizon.net

TICKETS: Advance $16. Door $20.
General Admission - All Ages


=======================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=======================

New single
----------

This from Brian:

"Cathryn Craig and I have written a sensitive song of encouragement for the survivors and families of the Hillsborough tragedy victims.

We have been in touch with BBC Merseyside's Caroline Dunlop and Sue Owen and also Margaret Aspinall of The Hillsborough Families Support Group. 50% of our download royalties from the single, will be donated to Margaret's organisation.

"Time Has Proved You Right" by Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby is now available on iTunes...

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/time-has-proved-you-right/id572068368?i=572069156&uo=4

and as an Amazon MP3 as well as being downloadable from Spotify.

We've recorded an interview with Merseyside's Morning Show presenter Sean Styles for broadcast this week. Allan Watkiss did a wonderful piece on the song on his BBC Radio Sheffield show on Sunday. All help greatly appreciated!"

Live
----

A few dates left on the 2012 tour list:

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Nailsea Tithe Barn
Saturday December 1, 2012 - The Red Shed, Wakefield
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Rocajuna Folk Club @ Rocajuna, Torrevieja, (Spain)



==============
HUD'S GIG LIST
==============

NOVEMBER
3rd Tilehurst British Lehion, Downing Road. Tilehurst, Reading Berks. RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th Rising Sun, 108 Oak Rd, Stanwell TW19 7LB (THE BEAKY BAND)
10th Plough, Wexham St. Wexham SL3 6NJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
11th Nags Head, 28 High St, Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th Cherry Tree, 32 Station Rd, South Norwood SE25 5AG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
17th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Hampermill Lane Watford WD19 4TT (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
23rd General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th Cressex Club, 203 Cressex Rd, H Wycombe HP12 4PZ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

DECEMBER
1st General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (THE BEAKY BAND)
14th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
16th Red Lion, Market Place, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3EJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
21st Hayes WM Club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
22nd Twin Foxes, 54 Rockingham Way, Stevenage SG1 1SJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)



=====================
SANDY DENNY BOXED SET
=====================

For those who missed out on the original 19CD limited edition boxed set (which now goes up for silly money on Ebay), Universal release a 4CD cut down version, called "The Notes And The Words", which includes the early demo recording of "Who Knows Where The Time Goes".

Info at:
http://www.sandydennyofficial.com/the-notes-and-the-words-a-collection-of-demos-and-rarities/

And there are various competions going on in various places where you can win the 19cds and book from the original box (clearly Uuniversal had one left with a damaged box!).

Details at http://sandydenny.org.uk/news/


=============
LAY DOWN 40TH
=============

And, finally: 40 years ago saw the release of the game-changing Strawbs single "Lay Down", which has been a constant feature since it hit the charts in late 1972. The first Strawbs record I ever bought at age 13 - the first step in a lifelong musical obsession with Strawbs' music. Released in many other countries as well,it reached number 12 in the official British charts.


Timeline:
---------

13 Oct - Release of Lay Down

4 Nov - Chart position: 34

11 Nov - Chart position: 31

16 Nov - First appearance on Top Of The Pops, alongside other acts including Slade (with "Gudbuy To Love"), the Osmonds (with "Crazy Horses") and the mawkish "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Full details at Popscene:
http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/index.php?showtopic=8544

There's a video from TOTP at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ5DhkHYYSY (black & white)
http://youtu.be/G0sJWfd2POc (restored colour)

18 Nov - Chart position 26

23 Nov - further play of the single on TOTP - over the closing credits
Other artists included Elton John ("Crocodile Rock"), veteran Neil Sedaka ("Oh Carol") and at number 1, Chuck Berry's dire "My Ding A Ling".

25 Nov - Chart position 20

30 Nov - yet another appearance on TOTP. Other featured artists included The Bee Gees ("Alive"), David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and the first outing of the truly appalling "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool", by Little Jimmy Osmond, which Strawbs parodied as part of their live shows in the following year.

2 Dec - Chart position: 13

9 Dec - Chart position: 12 (highest position)

16 Dec - Chart position: 14


Also released in:

Denmark
US
Canada
Holland
Germany
Spain
New Zealand
Japan
Israel
Portugal


11 Sep 2012


===============================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS LIVESTREAM WITH CONCERT WINDOW
12 SEPTEMBER, 8PM EDT, 1.00AM GMT
===============================================

The acoustic Strawbs' show from Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, New
Hampshire, will be live-streamed on Wednesday 12th September.

A ticket to watch costs US$3 and the show starts at 8pm EDT (1.00 am
on Thursday GMT).

You can reserve your ticket in advance by credit card payment and log
in to the link you'll be sent up to half an hour before the show starts.

More info at:

http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/acoustic-strawbs-with-john-wesley-harding

Two-thirds of ticket proceeds go directly to the performer and venue.


6 Sep 2012


==================================
US ACOUSTIC DATES - SEPTEMBER 2012
==================================

Reviews
-------
Acoustic Strawbs played the first night of the tour last night at Jamming Java, Vienna VA - an enthusiastic review received already.

We really want to hear what you think. So, as well as posting to Facebook if you are a member of the Strawbs Facebook page, please send your reviews and photos to:

dick.greener@o2.co.uk

so I can add them to Strawbsweb. Reviews and photos and other info about the tour (maps and start times etc. for all the shows) are at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1209.htm


Press
-----
There's an DC interview article by Rob Nagy about the Sellersville show (tonight 6 Sept) and the album "Of A Time" at:

http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120906/ENTERTAINMENT04/120909719/the-strawbs-return-to-the-sellersville-theatre-with-release-of-lost-album

And there's also a piece about support act John Wesley Harding at:

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2012/09/02/entertainment/doc503d3634643f0933834717.txt


================
DEADLINES UPDATE
================

Pre-ordering
------------
Don't forget that you have till 5pm UK time on 19TH SEPTEMBER to pre-order the fabulous Deadlines CD re-issue, to get your name in the booklet and be entitled to download the 3 exclusive bonus track MP3s.


Dave Cousins writes
-------------------

Dave has written about the recording of Deadlines for the website - see link below

Preview
-------
My review of the the Deadlines CD is now on Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/deadwm/deadwm.asp


===================================
UK SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER ACOUSTIC DATES
===================================

Don't forget the scattering of UK gigs between the US and Canadian trips:

Sun 30 Sep - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Thu 4 Oct - Festival, Tenterden
Fri 5 Oct - The Rock, Maltby


===================================================
CANADIAN ACOUSTIC DATES - OCTOBER - NEW DATES ADDED
===================================================

Some new dates have been added to the upcoming Canadian Acoustic Strawbs tour - date list is now as follows:

Saturday 13 October 2012
Gesu Theatre, Montreal QC

Sunday 14 October 2012
Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON

Tuesday 16 October 2012
Hugh's Room, Toronto ON

Wednesday 17 October 2012
Hugh's Room, Toronto ON

Thursday 18 October 2012
Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON

Friday 19 October 2012
Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, London ON

Saturday 20 October 2012
Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON

Sunday 21 October 2012
Festival Place, Sherwood Park AB

Monday 22 October 2012
Live At The Royal, Nelson BC

Tuesday 23 October 2012
Minstrel Cafe, Kelowna BC

Wednesday 24 October 2012
Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria BC

Thursday 25 October 2012
Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca AB

Saturday 27 October 2012
Crescent Heights Community Hall, Calgary AB

More details, including start times, maps etc, at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1210.htm


=============================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - NOVEMBER UK DATES - UPDATE
=============================================

Please note that the venue for the Bristol gig on 16 Nov has changed: it was at the Fleece, but is now being held at the Exchange.

Details of the November tour will be posted soonish at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1211.htm


===========================================
EXTRA UK DECEMBER DATE FOR ACOUSTIC STRAWBS
===========================================

Another December date has been announced for the Acoustics, as well as the Clacton date at West Cliff Theatre on 14 Dec they are also booked for:

Wed 5 Dec - Playhouse, Whitley Bay



===============================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY - UK DATES - NEW DATES ADDED
===============================================

Two new dates added to Brian and Cathryn's itinerary later this year.

Sat 6 Oct: Acorn Folk Club, Old Ship Aground, Quay St. Minehead TA24 5UL 01643 709394

Sat 1 Dec: The Red Shed, 18 Vicarage Street, Wakefield, WF1 1QX
01924 385000

Full date list for Brian and Cathryn now on gigs page at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm




====================
JOHN FORD - NEW DATE
====================
JOHN FORD AND LARRY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Sat 17 Nov 2012
Strand Center for the Arts - Lakewood, NJ

All Ages Show
Limited to just 165 seats, this intimate performance allows the audience to sit on stage with the performers.

Don't wait too long to buy your tickets as Backstage Pass shows regularly sell out! Doors open at 7:00pm; showtime 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 (plus service charge)


=====================================
BULLY WEE/IAN CUTLER DATES (JAN 2013)
=====================================

Early warning of some more opportunities to see the excellent Bully Wee Band, with Ian Cutler on fiddle.

Thu 17 Jan, The Brook Theatre, Chatham, Kent
Fri 18 Jan, Bridgewater Arts Center, Somerset
Sat 19 Jan, Devoran Village Hall, Cornwall - with Phil Beer
Sun 20 Jan, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon - with Phil Beer
Mon 21 Jan, Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxfordshre - with Phil Beer
Tue 22 Jan, Ringwood Folk Club, Hants
Thu 24 Jan, Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants
Fri 25 Jan - Ram Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey
Sat 26 Jan - Sarah Thorne Theatre Club, Broadstairs, Kent
Sun 27 Jan - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts



========================================================
GRACE DARLING: A STAGE CELEBRATION OF A NATIONAL HEROINE
========================================================

And finally, for Grace Darling devotees ....

The story of the Victorian sea rescue heroine Grace Darling is to be brought to the stage. Tyneside-based Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, whose international and national stage hits include Dirty Dusting, Waiting For Gateaux, Maggie's End and Son of Samurai, have penned Amazing Grace to celebrate the achievements of the first Victorian female heroine, who tragically died in 1842 aged only 26, four years after her heroic deed off the Northumberland Coast between Bamburgh and Seahouses.

Grace Darling and her lighthouse keeper father lived on Longstone island when, in a storm on September 7, 1838, the SS Forfarshire struck the notorious Harcar rocks, a part of the Farne Islands. Of the 63 people on board, nine managed to escape in the lifeboat while Grace and her father selflessly manned a coble to heroically rescue 9 people stranded on the rocks.

The play will tell the story of Grace Darling through the eyes of a modern-day writer called Grace who wants to make a film about her famous namesake.

Trevor Wood explained: "It's a funny, modern take on a wonderful story and will appeal to everyone aged from 13 to 113. We want to celebrate Grace's achievement whilst illustrating how the Hollywood machine can play fast and loose with the facts.

The three-week north east tour will begin with a world premiere at Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday, October 17, as follows:

Alnwick Playhouse: 01665 510 785 Wednesday, October 17; Thursday,
October 18 (evening and matinee); Friday, October 19

Consett Empire: 01207 218171 Saturday, October 20 (evening and matinee)

Hexham Queen's Hall: 01434 652477 Monday, October 22 and Tuesday,
October 23 (evening and matinee)

Gala theatre (Durham): 0191 332 4041 Wednesday, October 24 and
Thursday, October 25 (evening and matinee)

Hartlepool Theatre: 01429 890 000 Friday, October 26

Gateshead Old Town Hall: 0191 433 6965 Saturday, October 27

Customs House (South Shields): 0191 454 1234 Monday, October 29 and
Tuesday, October 30 (evening and matinee)

Blyth Phoenix theatre: 01670 367 228 Wednesday, October 31

Berwick Maltings: 01289 330999 Thursday, November 1 and Friday,
November 2 (evening and matinee)

Playhouse Whitley Bay: 0844 277 2771 Saturday, November 3 (evening and
matinee)

Tickets for Amazing Grace are on sale from the venues. For further information visit www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk

Amazing Grace is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


20 Aug 2012


=================================
DEADLINES - PRE-ORDERING NOW LIVE
=================================

You can now pre-order Deadlines from the Witchwood Records Online Shop at http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/.

The price is 12 plus P&P.

If you pre-order online before 12.00 MIDDAY UK time on 19 September, you wil get your name in the CD booklet AND be able to download 3 exclusive bonus MP3s we didn't have room for on the CD. Release date: 29 October.

BONUS MP3 DOWNLOADS
-------------------
* Sweet Voices (early version of New Beginnings - different lyrics)
* Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
* Words Of Wisdom

TRACK LISTING
-------------
Remastered album
1 No Return
2 Joey And Me
3 Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
4 I Don't Want To Talk About It
5 The Last Resort
6 Time And Life
7 New Beginnings
8 Deadly Nightshade
9 Words Of Wisdom

Out-take
10 Midnight (Out-take)

Dave Cousins - Acoustic demos
11 No Return (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)
12 Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)
13 Time And Life (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)
14 Deadly Nightshade (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)
15 Words Of Wisdom (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)
16 The Chosen Ones (Dave Cousins acoustic demo)

Band demo
17 Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss (Band studio demo)

Dublin sessions - Production mixes
18 No Return (Dublin production mix)
19 Joey And Me (Dublin production mix)
20 Deadly Nightshade (Dublin production mix)

There'll be a preview by me on Strawbsweb shortly at http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/deadwm/deadwm.asp


=========================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS US DATES
=========================

There's a photoshow been created to promote the US tour - check it out at:

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Ny5pW3JM


==================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UK AUTUMN DATES
==================================

Alterations to the previously announced mini tour in the UK for the Acoustics between their trips to the US in September and Canada in October:

The show on 27 September at the Ferry in Glasgow has been rescheduled to 2013. And the Isle of Man show announced for 6 October was incorrect and isn't happening.

So the mini-tour is:

Sunday 30 September, Maddermarket Theatre Norwich
Thursday 4 October, Festival Tenterden
Friday 5 October, The Rock Maltby


=============================================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - BIG NEWS AND CORRECTIONS TO NOVEMBER DATES
=============================================================

I'm delighted to be able to reveal than the keyboard player for this year's UK electric tour will be none other than Adam Wakeman. Adam played on both 2000 and 2001 tours with the "Bursting plus Brian" line-up; it'll be a pleasure to see him back again (though we're sorry not to have John Young with the band, as he has other commitments).

A couple of errors crept into the last mailing: the last two gigs should have been:

Saturday 24 November, Soundhouse Otford
Sunday 25 November, St Andrews Hall Norwich


================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - DECEMBER DATE
================================

And, news now in of a final opportunity to catch the Acoustic Strawbs in 2012:

Fri 14 Dec, West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
Tower Road, Clacton On Sea, CO15 1LE

===============================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY AUTUMN DATES
===============================

Some dates September and onwards from Brian and Cathryn's website at www.craigandwilloughby.com.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Banbury Folk Club @ The Mill Arts Centre
Spiceball Park, Banbury, Oxon, Banbury, OX16 5QE
01295 709881 Set: 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Otley Folk Festival
40 Bondgate, Otley, W. York, NE LS21
01943 464858 Set: 12:00 PM

Friday, September 28, 2012
Grayshott Village Hall
Headley Road, Grayshott, SGU26 6TZ
01428 604798 Set: 7:30 PM

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
JIMFOLK @ Cross Keys Pub
Running Hill Gate, Uppermill, Oldham, NW OL3 6LW
01457 833897 Set: 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Prestwich Legion Club
225 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, NW M25 1JE
07950 119151 Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Davy Lamp
Biddick Lane, Fatfield District 7, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8AB
Set: 8:00 PM

Friday, October 26, 2012
Rhyl Folk Club @ Tynewydd Community Centre
Coast Road (A548), Rhyl, WA LL18 3RD
Set: 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hepworth Village Hall
Towngate, Hepworth, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HEPWORTH, HD9 1TE
07845 921527 Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Cramlington Folk Club @ The Hind
Dewley, NE23 6DT
01670 715106 Set: 8:00 PM

Friday, November 23, 2012
Nailsea Tithe Barn
Nailsea, SW BS48 4NQ
01275 540231 Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rocajuna Folk Club @ Rocajuna
Punta Prima, Torrevieja, Vaa (Spain)
Set: 8:00 PM


3 Aug 2012


=========================
RHYTHM FESTIVAL CANCELLED
=========================

News just in that the Rhythm Festival on 24 August, at which Acoustic Strawbs were to appear, has been cancelled.

Jim Driver, the organiser, has posted this on the Rhythm Festival website ( http://www.rhythmfestival.com/index.html):

Rhythm Festivals 2012 "Postponed until 2013"

I am hugely saddened to have to announce that Rhythm Festivals 2012 can not take place as over the weekend of August 24-26 at the Mansion House, Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire, as planned.

A whole series of glitches and problems made it impossible to carry on. The weather, the Olympics, the Jubilee, the economic downturn and a dozen other factors, including the "domino effect" of other events not happening, all played their part. I fought long and hard to make it work for 2012, but today I have to admit defeat and hope that three week's notice will give you time to make alternative arrangements for the Bank Holiday.

Ticket-holders will be offered a full refund or will be able to use their tickets in 2013. Please give me a few days to sort out a returns procedure and do not send your tickets back yet as we need time to co-ordinate everything and notify the various agencies and outlets. (Anyone who has booked online over the last few days and whose order has not been processed, will receive an automatic refund over the next 5-10 days).

The aim is to postpone the festival until 2013 and we are inviting back the acts who were booked for 2012 and hope that they can make it next year.

I really am very sorry that we can't meet up with you at Old Warden Park in three week's time. My team and I really did work incredibly hard to try and make the festival happen, but over the last couple of days it became clear that was impossible. I can only apologize if you took time off work or booked hotels and travel.

I will send another email in a week or so to give more details and to outline the refund process.

I know you'll be disappointed, but believe me, nowhere near as "gutted" as I am.


27 July 2012


=============
US TOUR DATES
=============


News just in of three new additions to the US Acoustics tour schedule.


Thu 13 Sept, Catherine Cummings Theater, Cazenovia, NY
Wed 19 Sept, Winchester Music Hall, Lakewood, OH
Fri 19 Sept, Towne Crier,Pawling, NY



===================================
CORRECTED LINK TO LAMBERT INTERVIEW
===================================


The link to hte DL interview got garbled - thanks to Chris Bell from NZ who spotted this: - here is the correct link:


http://servanteofdarkness.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/dave-lambert-interview-conducted-by.html


26 July 2012


============
MONKS UPDATE
============

Don't forget the upcoming Monks Tribute gig in Toronto on 26 July - lots of publicity for this:

National Post
-------------
http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/07/25/the-monks-british-punks-that-ruled-canada-and-nowhere-else/

Toronto.com
-----------
http://www.toronto.com/article/739297--the-monks-bad-habits-hard-to-break

Alan Cross
----------
http://www.alancross.ca/a-journal-of-musical-things/2012/7/25/tribute-to-the-monks.html

Thomas D'Arcy presents:
Tribute to The Monks
Featuring John Ford of The Monks/The Strawbs
and SPECIAL Guests performing The Monks' BAD HABITS album LIVE in its entirety!

Thurs. July 26, 2012 10pm
Doors Open 8:30pm
Tickets: $10. @ The Door
Ages: 19+

The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Chris Murphy Sloan
Chris Colohan Cursed
Thomas D'Arcy Small Sins
PLUS Members of:
Sloan
Pursuit of Happiness
Cursed
Galore
The Order of Good Cheer
Small Sins
+ Surprise Guests


========
HUD GIGS
========

An update on Hud's vast array of upcoming gigs (those marked (**) are new to the gig list):

JULY

27th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)

AUGUST

3rd Bell Inn, Enfield 223 Baker St, Enfield EN1 3LA (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

4th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (BEAKY'S BAND)

11th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

12th The Horns. 1 Hempsted Road. Watford WD17 3RL. 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

18th West Byfleet Soc club. 41 Station Approach W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**24th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**25th Twin Foxes, 54 Rockingham Way, Stevenage SG1 1SJ 01438 364821 (BEAKY'S BAND)

**26th The Bees Knees, 133 Watermoor Road, Cirencester GL7 1LF 01285 652112 (BEAKY'S BAND)

**27th Hampsted band stand, Parliament Hill Highgate Rd.Gospel Oak. 3pm (THE GINNY BROWN
BAND)

29th The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch 67 London Rd Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

SEPTEMBER

1st Sydenham Blues Club. Golden Lion. Sydenham SE26 55X (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**7th The General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE ALI MAC BAND)

**13th Riverside club. 6 Laleham Road. Staines TW18 2DX (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**16th The Boot, 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG - 5pm start (THE ALI MAC BAND)

**22nd Barnhall Soc club, Alderney Gdns, Wickford SS11 7NL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**29th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR - 9pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

**30th Dashwood Arms, Oxford Road, Piddington High Wycombe HP14 3BH Tel 01494 881488 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


======================
DAVE LAMBERT INTERVIEW
======================

Dave Lambert was recently interviewed by Anthony Servante for his eclectic blog entitled "Servante of Darkness - Horror, SF and Noir. Words and Sounds for the Living".

http://servanteofdarkness.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/dave-lambert-interview-conducted-by.html
[corrected 27 July]


15 July 2012


=================
OF A TIME REVIEWS
=================

Some great reviews coming in for this release, due to post out in July.

Record Collector (issue 403 out now) has a 4-star review ("an absolutely fascinating work, .... a tantalising period piece") alongside a feature piece with a Dave Cousins interview in the reviews section.

There's also a great review in Shindig magazine.

You can still pre-order the album at the Witchwood Records online shop to get it delivered on release, price 12 plus P&P.

http://www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/



================
DEADLINES (PLUS)
================

What's coming
-------------

Work is now well under way for Witchwood Media's release of Deadlines, the last of the classic period (60s and 70s) albums not currently available on CD. As well as the original album, the package is likely to include (actual running order TBC):

- Midnight (the out-take)
- 6 acoustic demos and a band demo
- mixes from the original sessions (*)

* As you may recall, Deadlines had to be recorded twice, after a studio accident damaged one of the master tapes. Fortunately, 2-track studio mixes of those earlier sessions survived.

Release date probably September.

Pre-ordering - exclusive MP3s
-----------------------------
We'll be starting pre-ordering shortly - as well the usual name-in-the-booklet, there are some tracks we can't fit on the CD, so there'll be some exclusive MP3s to download for those who pre-order before the closing date from the Witchwood Records online shop.

I'll e-mail again when pre-ordering is live.


=============
UPCOMING LIVE
=============

COUSINS & CUTLER (20 JULY)
--------------------------

A reminder that there's a rare chance to see Dave Cousins with Ian Cutler this coming Friday 20 July.

Dave tells me that there will be a couple of new songs in the set, one written just a few weeks ago in Greece.

St Edith Hall
High Street
Kemsing, Sevenoaks
Kent TN15 6NA

Doors: 7.30pm
Box Office: 01732 440470
Website: www.brandywinemusic.co.uk


JOHN FORD (MONKS TRIBUTE GIG, TORONTO, 26 JULY)
-----------------------------------------------

A rather unusual John Ford appearance:

Thomas D'Arcy presents:
Tribute to The Monks
Featuring John Ford of The Monks/The Strawbs
and SPECIAL Guests performing The Monks' BAD HABITS album LIVE in its entirety!

Thurs. July 26, 2012 10pm
Doors Open 8:30pm
Tickets: $10. @ The Door
Ages: 19+

The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Chris Murphy Sloan
Chris Colohan Cursed
Thomas D'Arcy Small Sins
PLUS Members of:
Sloan
Pursuit of Happiness
Cursed
Galore
The Order of Good Cheer
Small Sins
+ Surprise Guests


ROY HILL LIVE (4 AUG)
---------------------

Saturday 4 August
(with Steve Whalley)
RAM JAM CLUB. Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE 8.30pm 5


HUD DATES
---------

JULY

15th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ 3pm start (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)

21st The Ealing Jazz Festival, 4.30pm start (
THE ALI MAC BAND)

21st The General Elliott, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR 9pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

27th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)

AUGUST

3rd The Bell Inn, Enfield (NOT YET CONFIRMED)
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

4th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ
(THE BEAKY BAND)

11th The Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

12th The Horns. 1 Hempsted Road. Watford WD17 3RL. 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

18th West Byfleet Social Club. 41 Station Approach, W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

29th The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch 67 London Rd Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

SEPTEMBER

1st Sydenham Blues Club. Golden Lion. Sydenham SE26 55X (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)



ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UK AUTUMN DATES
----------------------------------

Early warning of a mini tour in the UK for the Acoustics between their trips to the US in September and Canada in October:

RESCHEDULED TO 2013 Thursday 27 September, The Ferry Glasgow
Sunday 30 September, Maddermarket Theatre Norwich
Thursday 4 October, Festival Tenterden
Friday 5 October, The Rock Maltby
REMOVED FROM SCHEDULE Saturday 6 October, Centenary Centre Peel IOM



===================
OLIVER WAKEMAN NEWS
===================

WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP - DATES
--------------------------------

For those of stuck over here in the UK whilst Acoustic Strawbs are playing in the US and Canada this autumn, Oliver and Gordon have thoughtfully arranged a little diversion for us. Billed as "The Ravens & Lullabies tour", these two instrumental virtuosi will be playing on a series of dates. Oliver writes:

"It would be nice to see some familiar witchwooders. Some of the tour dates are in places I remember from the Strawbs tour which will bring back very happy memories for me."


22nd Sept - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
www.worcesterlive.co.uk - 01905 611 427

27th Sept - The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
www.theplayhouse.co.uk - 01934 645544

29th Sept - Trowbridge Arts Festival
www.trowbridgeartsfestival.co.uk - 01722 321744

2nd Oct - Band on The Wall, Manchester
www.bandonthewall.org - 0161 834 1786 or 08452 500500

12th Oct - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
www.guildhallartscentre.com - 01476 406158

13th Oct - The Wesley Centre, Maltby
www.classicrocksociety.co.uk - 01327 310088

17th Oct - Farnham Maltings, Farnham
www.farnhammaltings.com - 01252 745444

18th Oct - The Brook Theatre, Chatham
www.medwayticketslive.co.uk - 01634 338338

19th Oct - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
www3.hants.gov.uk/Ashcroft - 01329 223100

26th Oct - The Junction, Goole
www.junctiongoole.co.uk - 01405 763 652


WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP - ALBUM
--------------------------------

There's an album to come as well:

Gordon and Oliver first met during one of his Dad's Christmas concerts where they both performed back in 2009. Gordon recently contacted Oliver with the offer of performing on his next solo album but this soon changed into a full scale collaboration.

The following is taken from Gordon's website - "On the creative front I am currently collaborating with that outstanding keyboard player Mr Oliver Wakeman. He and I are working together on my first 'rock' album since the late 70's.This project will see a return to my 'Prog Rock' roots, and the prospect of working with a man considered by many to be one of the best in the business truly excites me!"


AND FINALLY ...
---------------
In the middle of all this, congratulations also to Oliver and his wife - their second child was born a short while ago. Lottie Alys Wakeman was born at 1.56am on Saturday morning so lots of sleepless nights ahead!


21 June 2012


============================================
STRAWBS ON TOP OF THE TOPS TONIGHT (21 JUNE)
============================================

Tonight's episode of the 1977 re-run series of Top of the Pops,
running on the UK's BBC4 channel will feature "Back In The Old
Routine", the Strawbs' last outing on the show (having previously
appeared with "The Hangman and the Papist", "Lay Down", Part Of The
Union" and "Shine On Silver Sun").

Originally shown on 2 June 1977, it is showing at 19.30 (British
Summer Time) and again at 1.00am early tomorrow morning.

Other acts include Elkie Brooks, the Muppets, Twiggy, Jesse Green,
Hot Chocolate, Genesis, the Four Seasons, Heatwave, Carol Bayer Sager
and Rod Stewart, with a dance sequence from Legs & Co.

==============
JOHN FORD GIGS
==============

Reminder that John is playing this Saturday:
Saturday June 23, 2012 - 7:30 PM

JOHN FORD of THE STRAWBS (Electro Acoustic Show)

THE RECORD COLLECTOR
358 FARNSWORTH AVE
BORDENTOWN NJ 08505
(609) 324-0880

$16. Advance / $20. Door

Email: recordcollector@verizon.net
http://the-record-collector.com/

Monks Tribute gig, Toronto, 26 July
-----------------------------------

Early warning of a rather unusual John Ford appearance:

Thomas D'Arcy presents:
Tribute to The Monks
Featuring John Ford of The Monks/The Strawbs
and SPECIAL Guests performing The Monks' BAD HABITS album LIVE in its entirety!

Thurs. July 26, 2012 10pm
Doors Open 8:30pm
Tickets: $10. @ The Door
Ages: 19+

The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Chris Murphy Sloan
Chris Colohan Cursed
Thomas D'Arcy Small Sins
PLUS Members of:
Sloan
Pursuit of Happiness
Cursed
Galore
The Order of Good Cheer
Small Sins
+ Surprise Guests

=====================================
ADDITIONAL SEPTEMBER US ACOUSTICS GIG
=====================================

New gig added to the schedule -
Sunday 9 September - Rams Head, Annapolis MD

The schedule now goes:

Wednesday 5 September, Jammin' Java Vienna VA
Thursday 6 September, Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
Friday 7 September, Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ
Saturday 8 September, Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ (no support)
Sunday 9 September, Rams Head, Annapolis MD
Tuesday 11 September, BB Kings Blues Club New York NY
Wednesday 12 September, Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
Friday 14 September, Tralf Music Hall Buffalo NY
Saturday 15 September, The Lovin' Cup Rochester NY
Tuesday 18 September, City Winery Chicago IL

The support for nearly all the gigs will be John Wesley Harding.


8 June 2012


=======================================
OF A TIME - PRE-ORDERING CLOSES 13 JUNE
=======================================

Just a reminder - you only have till 5pm UK time next Wednesday to pre-order "Of A Time" from the Witchwood Records online shop and get your name in the rather stylish booklet that I've just proofread for Dave.

Witchwood Records Online shop:
http://www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/

Price is 12 plus p&P. Release date in July.

There's a preview article by me coming shortly on the website.


===============================================
ADDITIONAL US ACOUSTIC GIG - STRAND LAKEWOOD NJ
===============================================

Not confirmed at the time of the last Strawbswebnews: one of my favourite US gigs for the band - Ray Coles writes:

"I am happy to announce we have just received confirmation that the Strawbs will be back at Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on Saturday, September 8th at 8:00PM. There will be no opener for this show so we will have 2 full sets from the boys. Tickets should be on sale now and are available at www.strand.org. This will be another of our "Backstage Pass" shows, where the audience and the band share the stage, so we are limited to just 160 general admission tickets. The previous Strawbs Backstage Pass shows sold out well in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment!"

I've travelled over for one of these and they really are a delight.


==============
JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

Electro Acoustic show
---------------------

Saturday June 23, 2012 - 7:30 PM
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown NJ 08505
(609) 324-0880

$16. Advance / $20. Door

Email: recordcollector@verizon.net
http://the-record-collector.com/


You Can't Keep Him From Singing
-------------------------------

Owing to renewed interest in John Ford's song, "You Can't Keep Me From Singing," used by Bank of America for television, cable commercials and online adverstisement -- which they DENY is his song - John has issued a new video for the song.

Discovered by Strawbs'fan Jon Buryk, and verified on Witchwood by Ken Stasion, John thanks them for bring to our attention! Check out the recently refurbished website:

http://www.johnfordofthestrawbs.com/


Videos
------

Some vids from John's gig on the 18th May.

http://youtu.be/GC4u9C2ZPSw
http://youtu.be/UbXs2FH2vS0
http://youtu.be/3Pd1rb2JIXY
http://youtu.be/MzI6wS3AXPs
http://youtu.be/6E8x_KZE_h8


=============
ROY HILL NEWS
=============

Upcoming gigs
-------------

Saturday 9 June
(with TY WATLING)
FOLK ALE FESTIVAL. Kentish Horse. Cow Lane. Markbeech. Edenbridge. Kent TN8 5NT
30 minute set at 7.20pm. Day ticket 12. Four day festival ticket 25

Friday 6 July
(with Steve Shearn)
WHITE LION. High Street, Bourton, Dorset. SP8 5AT. 9pm free entry

Saturday 4 August
(with Steve Whalley)
RAM JAM CLUB. Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE 8.30pm 5


Home Service
------------
Roy writes:

"I've had a glut of emails (two) complaining that my 2012 World Tour is largely confined to Kent, Kingston upon Thames and, occasionally, Dorset. Some people have even suggested it isn't really a world tour. Those people are vermin. I appreciate it must be vexing if you want to see me perform and don't live in Kent, Kingston upon Thames or Dorset but I can only play where I'm asked to play.

Anyway, I've come up with a scheme, the ROY HILL HOME SERVICE or RHHS for short. It couldn't be simpler, you get some friends round, I come to your home and play an unplugged set for a laughably reasonable fee. Bingo! Obviously, if you live in Biarritz or Brisbane, travel costs may be a deal breaker.

For details, contact me on deepdene@fsmail.net

Roy online:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roy-Hill/113777418665930

http://www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic

http://www.youtube.com/smallstories


==============
HUD'S GIG LIST
==============

Here is Hud's latest up-to-date gig list. Incidentally on 21st July both Hud and Chas are due to play at The Ealing Jazz and Blues Festival - at the same but on different stages. According to the schedule Chas is due to play with Bad Influence from 5 - 6.30 while in the blue corner Hud will be playing with The Ali Mac Band from 4.30 - 6.00.

JUNE

9th Wickford Railway Club. 23 Carlton Road, Wickford SS11 7NB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

16th The Nags Head, 28 High St, Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)

28th The Riverside club. 6 Laleham Road. Staines TW18 2DX (THE BEAKY BAND)

30th The General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)

JULY

7th Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe,Surrey Nr Godalming 01483 417605 (THE ALI MAC BAND)

8th The Boot, 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG 5pm start (THE ALI MAC BAND)

15th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ 3pm start (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)

21st The Ealing Jazz Festival, 4.30pm start (
THE ALI MAC BAND)

21st The General Elliott, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR 9pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

27th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)

AUGUST

3rd The Bell Inn, Enfield (NOT YET CONFIRMED)
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

4th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ
(THE BEAKY BAND)

11th The Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

12th The Horns. 1 Hempsted Road. Watford WD17 3RL. 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

18th West Byfleet Social Club. 41 Station Approach, W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

29th The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch 67 London Rd Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

SEPTEMBER

1st Sydenham Blues Club. Golden Lion. Sydenham SE26 55X (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)


30 May 2012


==============================================
OF A TIME - PRE-ORDERING NOW OPEN TILL 13 JUNE
==============================================

Apologies for the delay in getting this going. You can now pre-order the new release "Of A Time" on the Witchwood Records online shop, price 12 plus P&P.

http://www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/

If you order before 5pm UK time on 13 JUNE, you will get your name in the CD booklet.


=====================================
CRYSTAL PALACE GARDEN PARTY CANCELLED
=====================================


Unfortunately the Crystal Palace Garden Party gig on 23 June has had to be cancelled, owing to serious structural problems with the stage.

Under other circumstances postponement to a new date would be an obvious option but due to the Olympics, no Police support can be used until after the Paralympics and after then, the park already has other events in the diary up to the end of September after which it is unfeasible to have an outdoor concert.



================
UK ACOUSTIC GIGS
================

Sandwich Festival
-----------------

Acoustic Strawbs will not now be appearing at the Sandwich Folk and Ale Festival on 14 July.

Other Acoustic dates, July-August
---------------------------------
Friday 13 July, Wingfield Barns Wingfield
Saturday 14 July, Half Moon Putney
Saturday 21 July, Embassy Theatre Skegness
Friday 17 August, Clumber Park Festival, Worksop,
CANCELLED Friday 24 August, Rhythm Festival, Luton

Dave Cousins and Ian Cutler gig
-------------------------------
Friday 20 July St Edith Hall Kemsing



================
US ACOUSTIC GIGS
================

A return to the US of A for the Acoustic in September, the following gigs can be released, more likely to follow:

Wednesday 5 September, Jammin' Java Vienna VA
Thursday 6 September, Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
Tuesday 11 September, BB Kings Blues Club New York NY
Wednesday 12 September, Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
Friday 14 September, Tralf Music Hall Buffalo NY
Saturday 15 September, The Lovin' Cup Rochester NY
Tuesday 18 September, City Winery Chicago IL

The support for nearly all the gigs will be John Wesley Harding.


======================
CANADIAN ACOUSTIC GIGS
======================

The Acoustic Strawbs will be touring in Canada - the following dates have been released.

Saturday 13 October, Gesu Theatre Montreal QC
Sunday 14 October, Capitol Theatre Port Hope ON
Tuesday 16 October, Hugh's Room Toronto ON
Wednesday 17 October, Hugh's Room Toronto ON
Thursday 18 October, Peter's Place Gravenhurst ON
Friday 19 October, Aeolian Hall London ON
Saturday 20 October, The Place Studio Hamilton ON
Sunday 21 October, Festival Place Edmonton AB
Thursday 25 October, Nancy Appleby Theatre Athabasca AB
Saturday 27 October, Crescent Heights CH Calgary AB


================
UK ELECTRIC GIGS
================

Happy to announce that the electric band will once again be touring the UK late in the year. Can't confirm details yet, but these dates are in the calendar.


Thursday 8 November, Beaverwood Chislehurst
Friday 9 November, Boom Boom Club Sutton
Saturday 10 November, TBA
Sunday 11 November, The Garage Swansea
Tuesday 13 November, Green Hotel Kinross
Wednesday 14 November, Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Thursday 15 November, The Citadel St Helens
Friday 16 November, The Fleece Bristol
Saturday 17 November, Leatherhead Theatre Leatherhead
Sunday 18 November, Robin 2 Bilston
Thursday 22 November, Borderline London
Friday 23 November, Astor Theatre Deal
[corrected] Saturday 24 November, Soundhouse Otford
[corrected] Sunday 25 November, St Andrews Hall Norwich


8 May 2012


========================
OF A TIME - PRE-ORDERING
========================

Coming out in July, Dave Cousins has lovingly recreated the original version of the first A&M Strawbs album which was presented to A&M but rejected.

As usual you will be able to pre-order this SHORTLY from the www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk online shop. Those who do will have their names printed in the CD booklet. Price is 12 GBP plus P&P.

I'll e-mail as soon as pre-ordering opens, but NB pre-ordering will close on 31 May, so there's a limited window in which to order.

Dave says:

The album falls in between 'All our own work' - Sandy Denny and the Strawbs' and 'Strawbs'. We made our first single 'Oh how she changed'/'Or am I dreaming' which persuaded A&M to sign us the first British band on the label. By that time Sandy Denny had already left the group.

Gus Dudgeon (producer) selected the best tracks from 'All our own work' and had Tony Visconti orchestrate them. Gus did not plan on having the first single on the album. I have Gus's original track listing in his own handwriting.

A&M rejected the orchestral tracks as they thought we were a rock/folk band, not the Bee Gees! In the meantime Simon and Garfunkel had released 'Bookends' with speech bands, which was exactly what we were planning for our album. The album was abandoned.

I have now recreated it from the original tapes with speech bands and bonus tracks.

It is of its time!

TRACK LIST
----------

SIDE 1
Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth
Poor Jimmy Wilson
Just The Same In Every Way
Tell Me What You See In Me
Stay Awhile With Me
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus

SIDE 2
And You Need Me
All The Little Ladies
Ah Me, Ah My
And You Need Me (reprise)/Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
Whichever Way The Wind Blows
Sweetling

THE PLANNED SECOND SINGLE
All I Need Is You
How Everyone But Sam Was A Hypocrite

REMIX THE FIRST SINGLE (2006)
Oh, How She Changed
Or Am I Dreaming

REMIX ANOTHER LOOK AT JESUS (1971)
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus

REMIXES - DAVE COUSINS ALTERNATIVE VOCALS (1973)
Whichever Way The Wind Blows
And You Need Me
Just The Same In Every Way

OUTTAKES
Poor Old Man (read by Tom Browne)
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus (Richard Wilson interview)
Ed Sullivan (Tony Visconti impersonation)
Young Again (with child voices)

=======================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=======================

Radio show
----------

Cathryn Craig will be featured live on BBC Radio 2 on Thu 10 May at 2pm.

Simon Mayo is the presenter of this show, which is part of BBC Radio '2Day', where the DJs switch shows with each other. Cathryn will be live from Nashville, with a Nashville based band, put together by Mayo for this show and she will perform 2 songs, "Stand By Your Man" and "Grandma's Feather Bed". Each band member will chat with Simon and present a Nashville track that influenced them.

The band members are:
Cathryn Craig: Vocals
John Wheeler: Violin, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Daily: Dobro, Pedal Steel
Don Wayne Reno: Banjo
Dave Pomeroy: Bass
Dennis Bryon: Percussion

The show will be produced in Nashville by Joe Haddow who also produces Mayo's popular Drive-Time Show

Single
------

There is also "Whole Wide World" the new single by Craig & Willoughby featuring Righteous Brother Bill Medley, now available online via Amazon, iTunes, etc.

It features Cathryn's mentor, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, singing a duet with her, backed by Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner, BeeGees) on drums, producer Phil Rynhart on bass, a string quartet led by Antonia Pagulatos and Brian on acoustic and electric guitar.


I am hoping that all our friends will email/call/text/facebookboth Simon Mayo and BBC Radio 2 to compliment the show ...TEXT: 88291 or email: simonmayo@bbc.co.uk and suggest that BBC radio 2 should play Whole Wide


===========================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIG UPDATE
===========================

Crystal Palace Garden Party
---------------------------

Acoustic Strawbs will be playing Rick Wakeman's Crystal Palace Garden Party on Sat 23rd June. Rick is headlining, other acts include Curved Air (see below), Hawkwind, Focus, Johns Lees' Barclay James Harvest. Gig starts at 1.00pm. Tickets from:

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Crystal-Palace-Bowl-tickets-London/venue/436787

Rock Against Cancer
--------------------
New Acoustic Strawbs date at All Cannings Rock Against Cancer Festival on 26 May - The Kings Arms, Pub Lane, All Cannings Wiltshire SN10 3PA.

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE AND NEARLY SOLD OUT, SO HURRY, HURRY

Gates open - Midday
** Compere - Bob Harris **
The Dave Kelly Blues Band
The Wurzels
Acoustic Strawbs
The Sweet
SAS Band + special guests
Mike & The Mechanics
Brian May & Kerry Ellis
Madeline Bell, Midge Ure, Tom Robinson
Chris Thompson, Patti Russo & The Fabbagirls
Curfew - 22:30
Details at http://www.concertatthekings.co.uk/
Buy tickets at: http://www.wadworth.co.uk/store/products/gifts/index.html

Other changes
-------------

New Acoustic dates added:
Mon 18 June, Nettlebed Folk Club
Sun 22 July, Embassy Theatre, Skegness

11 May gig in Leeds has been postponed, will be rescheduled as an Electric gig in November

23 May gig at the Borderline in London postponed - it will be rescheduled as an electric gig in November.

So upcoming gig list now as follows:

POSTPONED - Fri 11 May, Wardrobe, Leeds
POSTPONED - Sun 13 May, Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Sat 19 May,Palace Theatre, Newark
POSTPONED - Wed 23 May, Borderline, London
NEW - Sat 26 May, Festival, All Cannings
Wed 6 Jun, Halls of Cornwall, Truro
NEW - Mon 18 Jun, Nettlebed Folk Club
NEW - Sat 23 June, Crystal Palace Garden Party
Fri 13 July, Wingfield Barns Wingfield
Sat 14 July, Half Moon Putney
Sun 15 July, Folk & Ale Festival Sandwich
Fri 20 July (Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler), St Edith Hall Kemsing
NEW - Sun 22 July, Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Fri 17 August, Clumber Park Festival Near Worksop (with Asia, Focus, Curved Air)
Fri 24 August, Rhythm Festival, Old Warden Park, nr Biggleswade


================
CURVED AIR DATES
================

News in from Sonja Kristina, of some dates for Curved Air - two of which (*) also feature Acoustic Strawbs:

9th May - York Fibbers
10th May - Derby Flowerpot
11th May - Sutton Boom Boom Club
12th May - Devises Long Street Blues Club
17th May - Mezingen-Glems GERMANY (www.zbglems.de)
18th May - Nurmberg GERMANY ( www.der-hirsch.de)
19th May - Wetzlar Frazis GERMANY ( www.franzis-wetzlar.de)
* 23rd June - Crystal Palace Garden Party (headline Rick Wakeman)
* 17th August - Clumber Park Festival near Worksop UK


==============
JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

Gig
---

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 8pm 11pm (Doors Open 7:30pm)
Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe at The Great Neck Arts Center
John Ford (electro-acoustic trio)

Great Neck Arts Center
Weinstein Playhouse
113 Middle Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
Phone: 516.829.2570
http://www.greatneckarts.org
$8 Students $10 General Admission (Non-Students)
Purchase Advance Tickets by calling: 516.829.2570 @ Great Neck Arts Center

John will be performing with his son, John Ford, Jr. on Guitar/Vocals and Richie Alan on Drums/Percussion, for an exciting Electro-Acoustic Trio set - see videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/JOHNFORDMUSIC

Vinyl
-----

Dust off your turntables vinyl record lovers and collectors! Whole Shot Records will be releasing a special limited edition in vinyl of John Ford's Big Hit In India album later this year. It will also feature a brand new track which John is currently recording in the studio. In addition, the album's cover art will be expanded on. More details when I have them.



===============================
LAY DOWN COVER BY DEBBIE CLARKE
===============================

A great cover version of "Lay Down" will be the first single from Debbie Clarke's new album 'Manhattanhenge'.

Debbie is a young welsh singer discovered by Tony Visconti who produced the album. It is on Warners and will be released shortly.

Dave Cousins went along and sang a bit of harmony and played 12 string on the session which was recorded in London. There's also a gospel choir on the record.

You can download the song for free at:

http://www.debbie-clarke.com/en/


==========================
SAIL AWAY TO THE SEA COVER
==========================

And thanks to Matthias Weston who just posted a cover of this number on Facebook, by Ceilidh-jo and Matthias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBHXWkqBBhs

Check it out.


29 Mar 2012


==================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - JULY/AUGUST, UK
==================================

News now in of some July and August UK gigs for Acoustic Strawbs including a couple of August Festivals:

Fri 13 July, Wingfield Barns Wingfield
Sat 14 July, Half Moon Putney
Sun 15 July, Folk & Ale Festival Sandwich
Fri 20 July (Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler), St Edith Hall Kemsing
Fri 17 [correction] August, Clumber Park Festival Near Worksop (with Asia, Focus, Curved Air)
Sat 25 August, Rhythm Festival, Old Warden Park, nr Biggleswade

ROCKIN' THE PARK
----------------
At Clumber Park is a one day festival on Sat 18 August with an opportunity to see Sonja Kristina' Curved Air again, as well as Acoustic Strawbs - who knows if she might join them on stage and relive those moments from te 40th anniversary ...

Also featuring
Hawkwind
British Pink Floyd
Focus
Carl Palmer


THE RHYTHM FESTIVAL
-------------------
Runs from Fri 24 August to Sun 26 with a huge array of acts including:

Hawkwind
The Men They Couldn't Hang
The Damned
Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys
Captain Sensible Band
The Groundhogs
Richard Digance
Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Show of Hands featuring Miranda Sykes
Lau
Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts
and many more.


15 Mar 2012


===================================
ACOUSTICS KINGS LYNN SHOW POSTPONED
===================================

The Acoustic Strawbs show on Sun 13 May has been postponed.



============================================
ZEUS PLAY CROMER "FOLK AT THE PIER" FESTIVAL
============================================

At last, another live date for Dave Lambert's Zeus, with cohorts Graeme Taylor, Jon Davie and Tom Leary (who also plays alongside Ian Cutler in Feast Of Fiddles). The band was last seen getting a really great reception at the 2009 40th anniversary celebrations in Twickenham.

Zeus plays on Sunday afternoon (13 May) in a concert which also features the inimitable Richard Digance. The show opens with Strawhead, who play "poular music of the olden time" with a great mixture of keyboard, eccentric instruments and ebullient vocalist Gregg Butler. (I booked them for my university folk club back in the late 70s, an excellent band). See http://www.strawhead.org.uk/albumsales.html for a few tasters of their material.

The Sunday evening gig features Harvey Andrews and the hugely brilliant Home Service, worth sticking around for as well.

Details of the festival which runs from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th
at: http://www.deckchairproductions.co.uk/fotp.html. Other attractions include: veterans Wizz Jones, Dave Swarbrick, the new Albion Band, Oysterband, Edward II and a couple of interesting pairing - Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock and Kevin Dempset and Rosie Carson.


=========================================
SANDY DENNY 19 RUPERT STREET NOW ON VINYL
=========================================

Now available on vinyl from www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk at 19.99 GBP plus p&p.


11 Mar 2012


Please note that the show on Sun 11 March at the Inn, Lathones has been postponed.


1 Mar 2012


================= GIG CANCELLATION ================

News just in that the Fri 11 May gig at the Wardrobe in Leeds is not going ahead. Hopefully it will be re-arranged for later in the year.


29 Feb 2012


=====================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/COUSINS & CUTLER DATES APRIL ONWARDS
=====================================================

NB - the Acoustics gig on 10 March at the Buck Hotel in Reeth was missed off the previous Strawbswebnews mails (my fault, apologies to the promoter). Details were included on the tour details/maps page though.

Here are some more upcoming dates for the next few months. All following dates Acoustic Strawbs except where noted.

ITALY
-----
Wed 28 Mar, Auditorium Flaiano, Pescara, Italy
Thu 29 Mar, Jailbreak Live Club, Roma, Italy (Way to Blue Festival)
Fri 30 Mar, Teatro Dell'Acquario, Cosenza, Italy
Sat 31 Mar, Il Giardino, Lugagnano di Sona, Verona, Italy

UK
--
Sat 14 Apr, Civic Hall, Chelmsford
Fri 20 Apr, The Arena, St Albans
Sat 21 Apr, Trading Boundaries, Fletchling
Fri 27 Apr, Town Hall, Birmingham

PORTUGAL
--------
Sun 29 Apr, Teatro-Cine, Gouveia, Portugal

UK
--
Fri 11 May, Wardrobe, Leeds
Sun 13 May, Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Sat 19 May,Palace Theatre, Newark
Wed 23 May, Borderline, London
Wed 6 Jun, Halls of Cornwall, Truro
Sun 15 Jul Folk Festival, Sandwich
Fri 20 Jul - DAVE COUSINS AND IAN CUTLER - St Edith Hall, Kemsing
Fri 17 Aug, Clumber Concerts 2012, Clumber Park nr Worksop

More dates to follow: this is turning out to be one of the band's busiest ever !


STOP PRESS
----------

Acoustic dates in Canada between 13 and 27 October - details to follow.

Moves afoot to book Acoustic dates in September for the US - not certain yet but more details as and when we have them.

Electric UK dates in November - more info in due course.

Please don't ask me about these yet, I usually get a few e-mails which I really can't answer.


==========================================
UPDATE ON ROY HILL SOLO/WITH STEVE WHALLEY
==========================================

ROY HILL SOLO SHOWS
-------------------

Fri 2 Mar, White Lion, Bourton Dorset SP8 5AT (free admission)
Thu 29 Mar, Ivy Leaf, Dartford, BB Slim's Chitlin' Club (40 min spot)
Sun 22 Apr, St Georges Day Shindig, Orpington Rugby Club (40 min spot)
Thu 3 May, Drakes, Maidstone, Fringe Festival (40 min spot)

ROY HILL AND STEVE WHALLEY
--------------------------

Sat 24 Mar, The Rifleman, Sevenoaks
Sat 21 Apr, Ivy Leaf, Dartford
Sun 6 May, Ram Jam Club, Kingston
Tue 22 May, Punch And Judy, Tonbridge

=================
HUD GIG POSTPONED
=================

The Good Old Boys' gig at the Windmill Sports Club, Nuneaton, has been postponed from 3 Mar until 26 May.



==============
JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

Live
----
John Ford has a gig on 16 Mar at 19:30 at the Port Washington Public Library.

On TV
-----
Jon Buryk points out that a Bank Of America commercial uses John Ford's music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF0lH3lzQEs&feature=related

Any takers on the background music?

Answer: http://tinyurl.com/7tbcy6q



=================
DAVE LAMBERT NEWS
=================

Guitar feature on Strawbsweb updated
------------------------------------
Dave has recently sent me pics and descriptions of the latest two guitars in his collection - check out:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/features/dlgtr.asp


Cold Steel #3 in Cape Town
--------------------------
Shiloh Noone, a presenter at Fine Music Radio in Cape Town, sewnt the news through that "Cold Steel" had been voted into 9th place on the Cape Town Folk Polls in December. Apparently since then it has risen higher and on 10th January it was at number 3.


Pet Shop Boy
------------
Remember when Dave Lambert found out through a chance conversation that the guitar riffs from his classic Fire song "Father's Name is Dad" had been sampled by The Pet Shop Boys in 2004? Dave's distinctive riffs featured on a song called "I Didn't Get Where I am Today" which was releaed as the "b" side of a single
called "Flamboyant". Dave had been credited as co-writer (quite an unusual occurrence as The Pet Shop Boys generally write all their own material).

The Pet Shop Boys have now released a double album of "b" sides and bonus tracks from their career on 6 Feb 2012. It's called "Format", and has been up to no. 3 on the Amazon bestseller chart. Here's a link to the album on Amazon, and also a link to the full PSB song on YouTube:

Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/7nu999b
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6R7Ym4w4oQ

There's also an interesting video clip of The Pet Shop Boys talking about Format. IDGWIAT gets a mention as one of their favourite tracks on the album - apparently it was going to be on an original album release but sounded too "happy" for the mood.

Here's the link to the page that has another link to PSB video clips on it (the second clip is the one to watch):

http://tinyurl.com/6lshutv

16 Feb 2012


News just in that the Cleethorpes Acoustic Strawbs show on Friday 24 February has been cancelled.

Note also, that as previously announced, the show on Hebden Bridge this Saturday 18 February has been postponed.

News of further Acoustic gigs later in the Spring to follow shortly.


9 Feb 2012


=============
ROY HILL GIGS
=============
Sorry, knew that as soon as I sent yesterday's Strawbswebnews that there'd be something else to report.

A few Roy Hill gigs just announced.

Friday 2nd March - Roy Hill solo - White Lion, Bourton, Dorset
Saturday 24th March, Roy plus Steve Whalley, Rifleman, Sevenoaks
Saturday 21st April, Roy plus Steve Whalley, Ivy Leaf, Dartford
Sunday 6th May, Roy plus Steve, Ram Jam Club, Kingston
Tuesday 22nd May, Roy plus Steve, Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge


8 Feb 2012


==========
Hebden Bridge
==========

Sadly, the Strawbs gig planned for the 18th of February at Hebden Bridge has been postponed. Keep an eye out on www.strawbsweb.co.uk for news of when it will be rescheduled.

=================
Ginny Brown Band gig
=================
In addition to the list of Hud's dates published earlier on Strawbswebnews, there's another Ginny Brown Band gig added to the list. They're playing at the Red Lion in Isleworth on Sunday March the 11th, starting at 3 o'clock. If you missed them there last time, there's a couple of videos on youtube which might tempt you along to the next one:

http://youtu.be/KNyJR9jmtM8
http://youtu.be/1gm04p0aRFo

==========
3 MGBs gigs
==========
The 3MGBs (ex Three Mustgetbeers) are playing at the Fox in Church Street on February 25th (9pm start) and at the Red Lion at Isleworth on Saturday March 3rd (9 pm start).

==========
Dr Bob Lewis
==========
A message from Brian Willoughby:

When I wasn't working with Strawbs or one of their many off-shoot bands, I took great delight in playing with Bob Lewis, a wonderful character in my home-town of Twickenham. Bob was a metronomic rhythm guitarist and a charismatic stage performer and there was always a queue of local celebrity musicians anxious to play with him.

Bob was the first person I met when I moved to Twickenham, in the '70s and we remained close friends. Latterly, Bob, Big John Evans and I were The Three Mustgetbeers, playing Bob's brand of country-blues and R'n'B and enjoying every minute! When Cathryn Craig and I formed our Rockin' Rhythm Revue, Bob
was the obvious choice as joint lead vocalist. I believe he was very proud of this position and he was loved by his fellow band-members. Cathryn and I recorded his unmistakeable voice for our latest album project, singing Spirit Is Stronger Than Truth.

Sadly, Bob passed away today (Friday 3rd February 2012) and this has left a huge void in my
life. I shall miss him answering the phone with "'allo maestro" whenever I called, but equally, I shall remember him fondly for his sense of humour, his life story, his loyalty and his love of red wine,
mussels, prawns, France, Spain, history and The Blues.

R.I.P. "Doctor" Bob!

============
Bully Wee Band
============
Another tour over for Ian Cutler's Bully Wee Band. They were joined by Phil Beer from Show of Hands for several of their gigs this tour. If you missed out on this tour and can't wait till next January, there's a couple of videos on youtube:

http://youtu.be/Gs0MWJhOdTU
http://youtu.be/ZUwoI5iMuvI
http://youtu.be/lcKO5xejRtk


====================
Craig And Willoughby Tour
====================
Brian and Cathryn Spring tour dates for 2012 are announced on their website.

Summary as follows:
March 6th, Dartford Club
March 7th, Old Ship Inn, Lowdham
March 16th, Ashcroft Arts centre, Fareham
March 22nd, Otterto Mill, Budleigh Salterton
March 24th, Pack O' Cards, Combe Martin
March 25th, Henley Farmhouse, Church Stretton
March 29th, The Boathouse, Parkgate
March 30th, Ashford Marine, Kingswinford
April 12th, Pelsall Sports Club
April 19th, Village Hall, Drigg
April 20th, Village Hall, Ullock
Aprill 21st, Village Hall, Ireleth

See www.craigandwilloughby.com for full details


17 Jan 2012


=============================
BULLY WEE TOUR - JANUARY 2012
=============================

Don't forget that Ian Cutler and his merry cohorts are out on tour again in January - always a great show from a fine band. Dates are:

19 - The Brook, Chatham Kent
20 - Budleigh Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter - with Phil Beer
21 - Bridgewater Arts Centre, Somerset - with Phil Beer
22 - Tavistock Arts Centre, Devon - with Phil Beer
23 - Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxfordshire - with Phil Beer
24 - Ringwood Folk Club
25 - Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham - with Phil Beer
26 - Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hampshire - with Phil Beer
28 - Grayshott Folk Club, Hindhead, Surrey
29 - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts

More details on www.bullyweeband.com


=====================================
SANDY DENNY 19 RUPERT STREET ON VINYL
=====================================

Witchwood Media (collaborating with Vinyl On Demand) have made this
album available on vinyl for collectors. Available from various
outlets already and coming soon from Witchwood Records.


=====================
HUD's GIGS EARLY 2012
=====================

Dates previously unreleased are marked with **).

PLEASE NOTE THE BEAKY'S BAND GIG ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 11TH FEBRUARY AT WICKFORD RAILWAY CLUB WILL NOW BE ON 28TH APRIL.


JANUARY
-------

21st The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

28th West Byfleet Soc club. 41 Station Approach,
W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240 THE GOOD OLD BOYS


FEBRUARY
--------

**10th Sunbury Cricket club, Kenton Court Meadow, Lower Hampton Road. Sunbury on Thames TW16 5PS THE GOOD OLD BOYS

**17th Dashwood Arms,Old Oxford Road,Piddington HP14 3BH THE GOOD OLD BOYS

18th Tilehurst BL. Downing Road. Tilehurst, Reading
Berks. RG31 5BB THE GOOD OLD BOYS

19th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (3pm start) BEAKY'S BAND

22nd Dustys, Holmer Green, Watchet Lane HP 15 6UF
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

25th The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD
BEAKY'S BAND


MARCH
-----

3rd Windmill Sports and Soc Club. Mancetter Road,
Nuneaton CV10 0HW. THE GOOD OLD BOYS

9th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

10th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR
THE ALI MAC BAND

14th The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch 67 London Rd
Twickenham THE ALI MAC BAND

16th The General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR
BEAKY'S BAND

17th Sydenham Blues Club. Golden Lion. Sydenham SE26 55X THE GOOD OLD BOYS

23rd General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2U
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

24th Three Lions, Scratchers, 55 Meadrow, Farncombe,Surrey Nr Godalming (01483 417605)
THE ALI MAC BAND

25th The Boot, 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG (5pm start) THE ALI MAC BAND

31st The Sportsman,2 Scots Hill,Croxley Green WD3 3AD
THE ALI MAC BAND

APRIL
-----

**7th West Byfleet Soc club. 41 Station Approach, W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240 BEAKY'S BAND

**8th The Horns. 1 Hempsted Road. Watford WD17 3RL. 2pm start THE GOOD OLD BOYS

**14th United Service Club, 111 Spring Rise. Egham TW20 9NE THE GOOD OLD BOYS

**28th Wickford Railway Club, 23 Carlton Road, Wickford SS11 7NB. BEAKY'S BAND


14 Dec 2011


==================
TWO IMMINENT DATES
==================

Don't forget:

Coming Monday (19 Dec) Acoustic Strawbs play at London's Barbican alongside Steeeleye Span with Martin Carthy guesting as well. Steeleye will be playing the whole of their 1974 album Now We Are Six, and have just released a live recording of the whole album with a bonus disc of other live favourites called "Now We Are Six Again". More info at: www.parkrecords.com

Mon 19 Dec
Barbican, London
Barbican Centre Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Doors 7.00pm
tickets@barbican.org.uk

Rockin' Rhythm Revue
--------------------
Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig's Rockin' Rhythm Revue plays at Bagster House this Friday (16 Dec). A rollicking evening, looking forward to it.

Line-up: Cathryn Craig, Brian WIlloughby, Mark Pickup, John Evans, Jim Mason and Jim Keane

Bagster House
Walton Lane
Shepperton

If you're planning on going by car, Bagster House can be a bit tricky to find as Walton Lane is one way. Approach it from the Walton Bridge end. Best post code for your sat nav to find is TW17 8LP.

Tickets are limited and are only 5 each, available by emailing Mark at
markpickup@btinternet.com


========================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES IN FEB/MARCH 2012
========================================

2012 is shaping up to be another busy year for the Strawbs. First to be announced are UK Acoustic gigs in Feb/March, with a quick trip to Norway to Drammen in the middle on 2 March.

For more on Drammen see: http://tinyurl.com/br3most

List of dates below (possible that further dates may be added)

Thu 2 February, The Tunnels, Bristol,
Fri 3 February, Village Hall, Blackawton (+support)
Sat 4 February, Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Wed 8 February, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Fri 10 February, Grammar School, Bourne
Sat 11 February, Square Chapel Arts, Halifax
Fri 17 February, Cox's Yard, Stratford Avon (+support)
Sat 18 February, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Thu 23 February, Flowerpot, Derby
Fri 24 February, Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes
Sat 25 February, Folk Club, Grayshott
Fri 2 March, Drammen, Norway
Fri 9 March, The Arc, Stockton
Sun 11 March, The Inn, Lathones (+support)
Fri 16 March, All Hallows Church, Gedling
Sat 17 March, Red Lion, Ousten (+support)
Thu 22 March, Pop Factory, Porth
Sat 24 March, The Atrix, Bromsgrove

Detailed information to follow on Strawbsweb shortly.


============
VIDEO TREATS
============

Brian & Cathryn with gospel choir
---------------------------------

Brian and Cathryn played at St John's Church in Farncombe about eighteen months ago. The organisers were so impressed they asked them if they'd like to come back again and whether they'd consider playing with the local Gospel choir. Brian and Cathryn were happy to agree. The evening started with the choir singing a few songs on their own, then Brian and Cathryn performed two full sets, and then they finished the evening with Brian and Cathryn performing three songs accompanied by the choir. They've kindly allowed Pete Bradley to post a clip of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" on YouTube and a new song "Spirit Is Stronger Than Truth", not released on an album yet - it'll be on their new album due for release next year.
Links below:

http://youtu.be/lJCh_j2GOlc
http://youtu.be/g0IrOaauZh4


Ruthless Blues
--------------

This is the blues band that Tony Fernandez plays with from time, which will be playing again in the UK next year (last time Chas was on bass!). As a taster, Pete Bradley has had permission to post a couple of videos he shot of them on the last tour onto YouTube. Links below.

http://youtu.be/VTM7Ae7YeMM
http://youtu.be/E803jsvVhlU


Video links on StrawbsWeb
-------------------------

Pete has updated various of the video pages on StrawbsWeb, and added a new page for Ruthless Blues. Check them out at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_yt.htm


=====================
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALISON
=====================

And finally, today, 14 Dec, is Alison Brown's birthday - Ali, as you know, helps me with the Strawbsweb site, mainly looking after the live gig details pages, and takes over when I'm away on holiday or caught up with the day job.

Thanks for your help Ali, I know how much work goes into getting the info for the gigs pages (we only get the dates and venue name and have to research everything else on the web).


22 Nov 2011


======================================
STRAWBS ELECTRIC TOUR - LAST FEW DATES
======================================

About to set off for the last three dates of the tour - they were really cooking when I last saw them in London, so I'm really looking forward to catching up - if you're at any of the last three, please do come and say hello.

Wed 23 Nov - The Brook, Southampton
Thu 24 Nov - Robin 2, Bilston
Fri 25 Nov - Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Do please send reviews and photos to dick.greener@o2.co.uk

There are plenty of reviews and photos from the front end of the tour - check out:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1111.htm

Really not not be missed - this band is good !


===========================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS @ BARBICAN
===========================

Don't forget the last show of the year, with the Acoustics joining up with Martin Carthy and Steeleye Span for a folktastic show at London's Barbican.

Mon 19 Dec
Barbican, London
Barbican Centre Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Doors 7.00pm

tickets@barbican.org.uk



==================================
ROY HILL & STEVE WHALLEY ENTERTAIN
==================================

26 Nov
------

Another chance to see Roy & Steve play whatever is in Roy's head that night (last time at the Ram Jam there were about three or four he'd never even told Steve about, including the first (or second) song he'd ever written, both about potential suicides in case you're wondering ...). Still Phil Martin who came along to play fiddle got about five minutes rehearsal time - that's more than Chas ever gets !!!

Saturday 26 Nov
The Ivy Leaf, 72 Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1LS
Free entry
8.30-11.00
Billed as "tales of Murder, Treachery & German Shepherds"

For The Children's Sake
-----------------------

Roy has put together a masterpiece of a video entitled For The Children's Sake, describing his working relationship with Steve Whalley.

http://youtu.be/iypXOva6r50


Join Me
-------

Roy now has a Facebook page as well - check him out and get up close and personal.


================================
BRIAN WILLOUGHBY & CATHRYN CRAIG
================================


Freeway To Her Dreams
---------------------

There's a new website at http://www.craigandwilloughby.com/

You can download or order a CD of their new single - Freeway To Her Dreams, taken from the forthcoming Feb 2012 album "Brit Americana".

Craig & Willoughby dates
------------------------

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ OTLEY
BONDGATE, Otley, LS21 1AD
01943 464858 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Thursday, November 24, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ ROTHBURY
Rothbury, NE65 7SR
01669620470 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Friday, November 25, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ CARLISLE
WARWICK RD., Carlisle, CA1 1LL
01228541779 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Saturday, November 26, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ RICHMOND, YORKS.
NEW RD., Richmond, YORKS., DL10 4QS
01748 824150 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Wednesday, November 30, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ FAVERSHAM
PRESTON ST., Faversham, ME13 8PG
01795 534368 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Thursday, December 1, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ PIG & WHISTLE
QUEENS RD., Bournemouth, BH2 6BE
01202 707498 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Friday, December 2, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ ST. JOHN's CHURCH
FARNCOMBE, GU7 3EH
01483 421520 Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


Sunday, December 4, 2011
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY @ CABBAGE PATCH
LONDON RD., TWICKENHAM, TW1 3SZ
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages


========
HUD GIGS
========

NOVEMBER
--------

24th The Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

25th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR
BEAKY'S BAND


DECEMBER
9th The Cathryn of Aragon,2 Station Rd, West Byfleet KT14 6DR
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

10th The Stag and Hounds, Church Road, Iver Heath SLO ORW BEAKY'S BAND

11th The Boot, 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DG (5pm start) (ALI MAC BAND)

16th The General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

17th The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD (ALI MAC BAND)

31st Barnhall Social club, Alderney Gdns, Wickford SS11 7NL (BEAKY'S BAND)

JANUARY
-------

7th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

14th The General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

21st The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)



==============
STRAWBS COVERS
==============

And finally, the covers page has had a bit of an update, adding THREE by David Claridge - a brilliant cover of "The Weary Song" as well as "This Song Is Sung For Me" and "The Journey's End".

David Lewis's "Hanging In The Gallery" is now on the site and there's also a link to a really lovely cover of "Two Weeks Last Summer" by a group called Winterflora - lovely Sandy Denny-esque vocals, great guitar and fiddle backing.

If you have recorded a cover of a Strawbs/related song, please let me know at dick.greener@o2.co.uk.

Send the track in MP3 format to dick.greener@gmail.com.


14 Oct 2011


Contents
------

* Craig and Willoughby Rockin' Rhythm Revue Xmas Show
* 2012 Bully Wee Dates

====================================
Craig and Willoughby Rockin' Rhythm Revue Xmas Show
====================================

Cathryn Craig, Brian WIlloughby, Mark Pickup, John Evans, Jim Mason and Jim Keane as the Rockin' Rhythm Revue are doing a one off Xmas show on December 16th at Bagster House, Walton Lane in Shepperton. Tickets are limited and are only 5 each, available by emailing Mark at
markpickup@btinternet.com

If you're planning on going by car, Bagster House can be a bit tricky to find as Walton Lane is one way. Approach it from the Walton Bridge end. Best post code for your sat nav to find is TW17 8LP.

===============
* 2012 Bully Wee Dates
===============

Ian Cutler's band the Bully Wee Band have announced their 2012 dates, and for several of them, they're going to be accompanied by Phil Beer.

19th January - The Brook, Chatham Kent
20th January - Budleigh Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter - with Phil Beer
21st January - Bridgewater Arts Centre, Somerset - with Phil Beer
22nd January - Tavistock Arts Centre, Devon - with Phil Beer
23rd January - Nettlebed Folk Club, Oxfordshire - with Phil Beer
24th January - Ringwood Folk Club
25th January - Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham - with Phil Beer
26th January - Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, Hampshire - with Phil Beer
28th January - Grayshott Folk Club, Hindhead, Surrey
29th January - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts

more details on www.bullyweeband.com

[ENDS]
===
PETE BRADLEY FOR STRAWBSWEBNEWS

STRAWBSWEB - www.strawbsweb.co.uk
You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside"
===


29 Sep 2011


============================================
HAWKEN/JIM MCCARTY/JANN KLOSE GIGS - 4/5 OCT
============================================

Old Renaissance chums John Hawken and Jim McCarty join forces with Jahnn Klose (who has supported Strawbs in the past) for a couple of special shows in Canada.

4 Oct - THIS AIN'T HOLLYWOOD, Hamilton, Ontario
9 PM $15
http://tinyurl.com/6h25scy

Oct. 5: HUGH'S ROOM, Toronto, Ontario 8:30 PM, $22.50
http://tinyurl.com/62wjz8z


=======================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UK OCT AND DEC DATES
=======================================

Wed 19 Oct 2011
The Jam House, Birmingham

Thu 20 October 2011
The Pop Factory, Porth

Mon 19 December 2011
STEELEYE SPAN, ACOUSTIC STRAWBS, MARTIN CARTHY
Barbican, London

This last looks like a real treat. Steeleye are playing the whole of "Now We Are Six" with Martin Carthy and our boys in support - would be lovely to hear "The King" .....

Full details/maps now added to Strawbsweb:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1110.htm



========================================
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - UK/TEL AVIV NOV DATES
========================================

Full details/maps now added to Strawbsweb:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1111.htm


Wed 2 Nov - The Duchess, York
Thu 3 Nov - The Ferry, Glasgow,
Fri 4 Nov - Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Sat 5 Nov - Green Hotel, Kinross
Sun 6 Nov - Buck Hotel, Reeth
Wed 9 Nov - The Borderline, London
Thu 10 Nov - The Musician, Leicester

Tue 15 Nov - Reading 3 Club, Tel Aviv

Wed 23 Nov - The Brook, Southampton
Thu 24 Nov - Robin 2, Bilston
Fri 25 Nov - Quay Theatre, Sudbury


===============================
NEW WILLOUGHBY CRAIG DATE/RADIO
===============================

Craig & Willoughby live on UK radio station BISHOP FM 105.9 on Sat 1 Oct at 13.00.

New date added:

Sat 26 Nov
Swaledale Outdoor Club
New Road
Richmond
N Yorks.
DL10 4QS
01748 824150


========================
JOHN FORD EVENT - 29 OCT
========================

John Ford has an event coming up - Chiller Theatre Expo on Sat Oct 29, 2011 - 11AM til 7PM All day Meet & Greet/Autograph signing, etc., 8 PM Fancy Dress Costume Contest then performing at After Party Live Music extravaganza going late into that night.

Chiller Theatre Toy, Model & Film Expo
Hilton Parsippany
One Hilton Court,
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
Tel: 1-973-267-7373

Event Website: www.chillertheatre.com


==========================
PART OF THE UNION CAMPAIGN
==========================

Andy Payne has launched a Facebook site to try to get "Part Of The Union to number 1 to coincide with a Union day of action here in the UK on 30th November.

Seems like a good idea....

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112037472#!/pages/Lets-get-the-Strawbs-to-number-1-week-of-the-30th-November/241456909239605


=========================
STRAWBS MELLOTRON ON EBAY
=========================

The Strawbs Mellotron mentioned last time is now being auctioned on eBay - check it out at:

http://tinyurl.com/6xp9k92


13 Sep 2011


==========================
UK DATES ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC
==========================

Acoustic
--------

A couple of dates slotted in after the band's return from the month long US/Canada tour with the Zombies. Details, maps etc. to follow shortly.

Wed 19 Oct - The Jam House, Birmingham
Thu 20 Oct - The Pop Factory, Porth


Electric
--------

A few more dates added into the schedule for the electric band, including a quick jaunt out to Tel Aviv in the middle of the UK dates.

Wed 2 Nov - The Duchess, York
Thu 3 Nov - The Ferry, Glasgow,
Fri 4 Nov - Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Sat 5 Nov - Green Hotel, Kinross
NEW - Sun 6 Nov - Buck Hotel, Reeth
Wed 9 Nov - The Borderline, London
NEW - Thu 10 Nov - The Musician, Leicester
[CANCELLED] NEW - Fri 11 Nov - Jooks@Victoria Hotel, Worthing
[DG - this gig has been pulled; those with tickets held over from the previously cancelled Acoustic gig should keep their tickets and apply for a refund]
NEW - Tue 15 Nov - Reading 3 Club, Tel Aviv

Wed 23 Nov - The Brook, Southampton
Thu 24 Nov - Robin 2, Bilston
NEW - Fri 25 Nov - Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Details, maps etc page to follow shortly.


=================================================
A WASSAILING WE WILL GO - BARBICAN, DEC 19
STEELEYE SPAN WITH ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/MARTIN CARTHY
=================================================

Mon 19 Dec - The Barbican, London - with Steeleye Span

This promises to be a stellar gig - Steeleye, now a six piece band again with the addition of Pete Zorn and Julian Littman to replace the departing Ken Nicol, joining long-term Spanners Prior, Knight, Kemp and Genockey, to revisit their classic 1974 album Now We Are Six, with Acoustic Strawbs and Martin Carthy as the icing on the cake.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=12516

7.30 showtime.


================
19 RUPERT STREET
================

For Sandy Denny fans, this unique recording is released on 19 Sept - you can get it from www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk or good online/offline record stores everywhere.


====================================
DRUMMING UP SUPPORT - HUD'S GIG LIST
====================================

Here is Hud's up-to-date gig list with ** before the latest additions/amendments as usual.


SEPTEMBER
10th The Crown, Colham Green Rd, Hillingdon UB8 3QH
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

16th The Catherine of Aragon, 2 Station Road, West Byfleet KT14 6DR THE GOOD OLD BOYS

**18th The Red Lion, Isleworth. 92 94 Linkfield Rd. TW7 6QJ. 3pm start THE GOOD OLD BOYS

23rd General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

24th Barnhall Soc Club, Alderney Gdns, Wickford SS11 7NL THE GOOD OLD BOYS

OCTOBER
29th The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green, WD3 3AD THE GOOD OLD BOYS

NOVEMBER
11th The Golden Lion, 111 High St, London Colney AL2 1RG. tel 01727 826596 THE ALI MAC BAND

18th Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N
THE GOOD OLD BOYS

24th The Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd, Staines TW18 2DX
BEAKY'S BAND

25th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR
BEAKY'S BAND

DECEMBER
**9th VENUE CHANGED - now at The Cathryn of Aragon,2 Station Rd, West Byfleet KT14 6DR THE GOOD OLD BOYS

**16th The General Elliot. Saint Johns Rd. Uxbridge UB8 2UR THE GOOD OLD BOYS


======================================
ADDITIONAL DATE FOR CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY
======================================

Nov.4th. DENHOLM FOLK FESTIVAL, BORDERS, TD9, SCOTLAND...01450 870664



=================
TO THE MANOR BORN
=================

For those with an interest in recording tech, there's a website devoted to classic studios:

http://www.philsbook.com/1.Buttons/studio-index.htm

For Strawbs fans, of interest particularly is Richard Branson's The Manor - where Two Weeks Last Summer, Deep Cuts and bits of Ghosts were recorded, as well as the King Earl Boogie Band album Trouble At t'Mill (featuring Lambert, produced by Cousins).

http://www.philsbook.com/manor.html

Also of interest:
Air Studios (From the Witchwood)
Morgan & Island (Grave New World)
Sarm Studios (rehearsal/audition for John Hawken)


7 Sep 2011


=================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES (WITH/WITHOUT THE ZOMBIES)
US AND CANADA SEPT - OCT 2011
=================================================

Our boys are about to set off from the UK for the
marathon tour of East Coast/West Coast US and
Canada. All details, maps, start times etc are now on Strawbsweb:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1109mp.htm

Please send your reviews, comments and photos to dick.greener@o2.co.uk.

EAST COAST DATES
----------------

Wed 14 Sep - Towne Crier, Pawling NY NB ACOUSTIC STRAWBS ONLY
Thu 15 Sep - MusikFest Caf, Bethlehem PA
Fri 16 Sep - Montgomery College, Silver Spring MD
Sat 17 Sep - Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA
Sun 18 Sep - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY
Mon 19 Sep - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD
Wed 21 Sep - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
Thu 22 Sep - Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH
Fri 23 Sep - Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT,
Sat 24 Sep - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino,
Uncasville CT (previously listed as NJ)
Sun 25 Sep - Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ NB
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS ONLY, limited numbers
Mon 26 Sep - City Winery, NYC
Tue 27 Sep - City Winery, NYC
Wed 28 Sep - State Theatre State College, PA

WEST COAST DATES
----------------

Fri 30 Sep, Celebrity Theater, Phoenix AZ
Sat 1 Oct, Canyon Club, Agoura Hills CA
Sun 2 Oct, The Coach House, San Juan Cap CA
Mon 3 Oct, Acoustic Music, San Diego CA NB ACOUSTIC STRAWBS ONLY

CANADIAN DATES
--------------

Wed 5 Oct, McPhillips Station Casino, Winnepeg MB
Fri 7 Oct, Casino Regina, Regina SK
Sun 9 Oct, Century Casino, Edmonton AB
Wed 12 Oct, Convention Centre, Kamloops BC
Thu 13 Oct, River Rock Casino, Richmond BC

====================
JOHN FORD APPEARANCE
====================

The Beatles' Magical Orchestra Annual Fundraiser Concert Sept. 18, 2011 3-5 PM

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, from 3 - 5 PM, John
Ford of the Strawbs will appear at The Beatles'
Magical Orchestra Annual Benefit/Fundraiser House
Concert in Huntington, NY, featuring Mostly
Moptop, Rich Stein & Jim Dexter, Marci Geller,
Andrew Lubman and the Vintage String Quartet.

Presented by Magical Orchestra Inc., proud
supporters of VH1 Save The Music Foundation and
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, is a
not-for-profit organisation, is dedicated to
providing educational musical programs through
various presentation formats such as concerts,
and support to existing musical charity
programs. Their primary goal is to inspire
school-age children to develop a lifelong love of
music, spreading out to the
community-at-large. Their activities will
encourage children to incorporate music into
their everyday lives, ultimately inspiring them
to study music themselves and/or supporting the arts in general.

Refreshments will be served, including gourmet cheeses, breads and crudites.

Location: Exact Concert Location in Huntington &
directions included with Ticket Purchase

Tickets:
Adults:
$30
Ages 10-16: $10
Children Under 10: Free!

Tickets by phone: 631-849-5343
Tickets via Paypal @Event Website: http://www.magicalorchestra.org
or send Check to: Magical Orchestra Inc. POB
320, Rocky Point, NY 11778-0236

=========================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY CANCELLATION - 16 SEPT
=========================================

Unfortunately the date in Worcester on 16 Sep has
had to be cancelled. All other dates as sent out
in July. Details on website at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/news/gigs.asp#briancathgigs

==================
KOREAN CD REISSUES
==================

Watch out for Korean "slipcase" re-issues of Two
Weeks Last Summer and Old School Songs - these
are legitimate and fully licensed by Witchwood
Media. Whilst the latter is the same as the UK
CD release, the Korean Two Weeks Last Summer has two bonus tracks:

* See How They Run - an early Cousins/Lambert track from the same period; and
* The Actor - an alternate mix


22 Jul 2011


================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS NOT ON AT HIGH VOLTAGE, 23 JULY
================================================

Please note that the Acoustic Strawbs have
withdrawn from High Voltage tomorrow Saturday 23rd July.

===================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS WITH RICK WAKEMAN, ABBEYFEST, BURY ST EDMUNDS, 24 JULY
===================================================

However they are of course playing at Bury St
Edmunds' Abbeyfest 2011 on Sunday 24 July.

The gig is in the Abbey Gardens in the open air,
so let us hope for reasonable weather.

Gates open: 5pm
Gig finishes: 10pm approx.

The Acoustics will be joined onstage for a few numbers by Rick Wakeman!!

Headline act is Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings,
featuring Bill Wyman, Andy Fairweather-Low,
Georgie Fame, Albert Lee and others.

Tickets from: http://www.abbeygardensfestival.co.uk/
You can collect at the gate if you are ordering
now. For those of you wondering whether to go
because f possible bad weather, I've had
confirmation that you can buy tickets at the show
if you make a last minute decision to go.

=============
ACOUSTIC GOLD
=============

A new release for Acoustic Strawbs, collecting a
selection of key tracks from earlier (in some
cases no longer available) Witchwood releaes and
a few surprises - live tracks of songs never
released before in acoustic form - "Jesus" and
"Grace Darling", and two Cousins/Willoughby
tracks - an unreleased version of "Beat The
Retreat" recorded in Italy, and the B-side of
"The King", the stunning acoustic version of "Ringing Down The Years".

Release date: 8 August

A preview from me coming shortly. A thoroughly
enjoyable collection with some real gems and some great unreleased stuff.

Tracks
------
1. Ghosts
(Baroque & Roll)
2. Copenhagen*
(Dancing To The Devil's Beat)
3. A Glimpse Of Heaven**
(Live At Hampton Court DVD - unreleased on CD)
4. Midnight Sun
(Hero And Heroine In Ascencia)
5. Evergreen***
(Baroque & Roll)
6. Grace Darling
(UNRELEASED - recorded live at Johnny D's,
Somerville MA)
7. Cold Steel
(Painted Sky)
8. Autumn
(Full Bloom)
9. Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
(Strawberry Fayre)
10. Witchwood**
(Live At Hampton Court DVD - unreleased on CD)
11. The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
(UNRELEASED - recorded live at The Fishpond,
Matlock Bath)
12. Benedictus
(Painted Sky)

Heritage Gold
-------------
13. Cousins And Willoughby: Beat The Retreat
(UNRELEASED - recorded 1979 in Bergamo Italy)
14. Ringing Down The Years
(B-side of "The King", recorded at
Tittenhurst Park, 1980)

Special Guests:
Ian Cutler*: Fiddle
Rick Wakeman**: Piano
Robert Kirby***: String Arrangement
Previously Unreleased

============================
OLD SCHOOL SONGS - RE-ISSUED
============================

Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby's highly
acclaimed acoustic album re-issued on CD with
bonus tracks "Song For Alex" and "You Never Needed Water".

The first 23 copies of Old School Songs to be
ordered from Witchwood Records are individually signed by Dave Cousins.

=============================================
SANDY DENNY & ALEX CAMPBELL: 19 RUPERT STREET
=============================================

A real find for Sandy Denny fans - some
unreleased/unheard material recorded informally
at Alex Campbell's house in Glasgow in 1967.

Stuart Douglas, Alex Campbell's cousin found a
tape of this when he cleared out Patsy Campbell's
flat in Glasgow when she died in 2005.

Carsten Linde provided the original tape, which
was recorded in the living room of 19 Rupert
Street, Glasgow, on 5th August 1967 on a quarter
track domestic machine. You can hear Sandy and
Alex laughing and joking as though you were in the room with them.

Says Dave:
"This newly restored recording shows Sandy as I
knew her, bright and cheerful ... Sandy's voice
could pin back your ears or melt your heart. I'm
so pleased to be able share this historic recording with you."

The last track is Alex's kids waking up and coming down to join the session.

This is an unexpected and astonishing new
addition to the Sandy archive. It's roughly
recorded to be sure, but the spirited performance shines through.

Release date: 19 September

Tracks
------
1. The Leaves Of Life (Trad. arr. Denny)
2. Willie Moore (Trad. arr. Denny/Campbell)
3. Balulalow (Trad. arr. Denny)
4. The Sans Day Carol (Trad. arr. Denny/Campbell)
5. Trouble In Mind (Trad. arr. Denny/Campbell)
6. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy (Carter)
7. The Midnight Special Trad. arr. Denny/Campbell)
8. Milk And Honey (Frank)
9. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Denny)
10. Fairy Tale Lullaby (McGeachy - aka John Martyn)
11. She Moves Through The Fair (Trad. arr. Denny)

And so to bed
12. Chuffa Chuffa Chuff/Clementine/Jesus Loves Me

========================================
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - NORTH AMERICAN DATES
========================================

A new East Coast date has been added at the front
of the tour - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, on 14
Sept. This is a SOLO Acoustics show without the Zombies, like Strand Lakewood.

As well as the West Coast dates, details below,
there are now some Canadian dates, all of which
(apart from San Diego) will be Zombies/Acoustics gigs.

EAST COAST DATES
----------------
Wed 14 Sep, Towne Crier, Pawling NY
ACOUSTICS SOLO
Thu 15 Sep, MusikFest Caf, Bethlehem PA @ ArtsQuest Centre
Fri 16 Sep, Montgomery College, Silver Spring MD @ Cultural Arts Centre
Sat 17 Sep, Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA
Sun 18 Sep, Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY
Mon 19 Sep, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD
Wed 21 Sep, Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
Thu 22 Sep, Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH
Fri 23 Sep, Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT,
Sat 24 Sep, Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT
Sun 25 Sep, Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ
ACOUSTICS SOLO
Mon 26 Sep, City Winery, New York NY
Tue 27 Sep, City Winery, New York NY
Wed 28 Sep, State Theater, State College PA

WEST COAST DATES
----------------
Fri 30 Sep, Celebrity Theater, Phoenix AZ
Sat 1 Oct, Canyon Club, Agoura Hills CA
Sun 2 Oct, The Coach House, San Juan Cap CA
Mon 3 Oct, Acoustic Music, San Diego CA
ACOUSTICS SOLO

CANADIAN DATES
--------------
Wed 5 Oct, McPhillips Station Cas., Winnepeg MB
Fri 7 Oct, Casino Regina, Regina SK
Sun 9 Oct, Century Casino, Edmonton AB
Wed 12 Oct, Convention Centre, Kamloops BC
Thu 13 Oct, River Rock Casino, Richmond BC

=======================
ACOUSTIC DATES ITALY/UK
=======================

A couple of Italian gigs to announce for August

Thu 18 Aug, Arcipelaghi Sonori, San Cesario sul
Panaro, Modena, Italy
Fri 19 Aug, Andar per Musica Moio de'Calvi
Bergamo, Italy

And early warning of a couple of UK Acoustics
dates when the boys get back from North America.

Thu 20 Oct, The Pop Factory, Porth
Fri 21 Oct, Gedling All Hallows, Nottingham

NB the previously announced gig on 10 September
at Nynehead will not now go ahead.

=================================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY "FREEWAY TO HER DREAMS" SINGLE
=================================================

Brian & Cathryn have recorded a new single, which
is now available on iTunes!! According to one
online source, it's a track from a forthcoming
new album to be called "Freeway".

========================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY DATES JULY - DECEMBER
========================================

JULY
SU 24 TROWBRIDGE...Village Pump... Mortimer St. BA14 8BN...01225 707346

AUG
F12 SALTBURN FEST... Marske Road, TS12
1PN...01287 622623
SA 13 " " "
TU16 RADIOWEY.CO.UK...BOB'S FOLK SHOW LIVE 9.00p.m.
TH 25 PARKGATE... The Boathouse, The Parade, CH64 6RN...0151 677 1840
SA 27 ITALY

SEP
F2 HINCKLEY, Sketchley Meadows Business
Park, Unit 7 Watling Close, LE10 3EZ, 01455 234000.
SA 3 WAKEFIELD FEST, Red Shed,Vicarage Street, WF1 1QX, 01924 385000
SU 4 WOODWORKS FEST, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR, 01234 762614
TU 13 CAMBERLEY THEATRE, Knoll Road, GU15 3SY, 01276 707600
F 16 WORCESTER, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, WR1 3LD, 01905 611427
F 30 BARNARD CASTLE, Nine Kings Bistro, DL12 8JJ

OCT
SA 1 COCKERMOUTH, The Kirkgate, CA13 9PJ,
01900 826448
NOV
W 2 BALDOCK, The Orange Tree, Norton Road,
SG7 5AW, 01767 683583 TH3 WREXHAM, The
Nag's Head, Mount Street , LL13 8DW
W9 KIRKHAM, Willows Catholic Club, Fern Lane, PR4 2BQ, 01772 673744
F11 MOIRA, Miners Welfare, Bath Lane, DE12 6BP, 01676 540219
F18 ROWLEY REGIS, Blackheath Club, John St, B65 0EP, 07847 307534
W23 OTLEY, Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, LS21 1AD, 01943 464858
TH24 ROTHBURY, Queen's Head, NE65 7SR, 01669 620470
F25 CARLISLE, Sunset Suite, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL, 01228 541799
W30 FAVERSHAM, Chimney Boy, Preston St, ME13
8PG, 01795 534368
DEC
TH1 BOURNEMOUTH, Pig & Whistle, Queens Rd, BH2 6BE, 01202 707498
F2 FARNCOMBE, St. John's Church, GU7 3EH, 01483 421520
SU4 TWICKENHAM, Cabbage Patch, London Rd, TW1
3SZ, twickfolk.co.uk

=============
ROY HILL NEWS
=============

I'm a cider drinker ..
----------------------
A reminder that Roy is billed to appear at the
White Lion Annual Cider Festival in Bourton, Dorset, on Sat 23 July:

White Lion, High Street, Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5AT

What a combo - devastating cider and Roy's
powerful and devastating repertoire ! Not to be missed.

The full line-up:
Blackmore Vale Folk
Dan Bovey
Heifer
Roy Hill
Jeb and the Ends
El Skanko
Stop Go Sixty
The Kitchen Sink Bnd
The Makinis
The Minority

Starts: 12 noon
Entrance free (apart from the cost of all those
20 local ciders! And the barbecue!)

Roy Hill/Steve Whalley gig
--------------------------
Roy plays again with Steve Whalley at Ram Jam
Club, Kingston on August 27, further announcements soon.

Sadly, no Cry No More news at present.

=========
ZEUS NEWS
=========

New edits of several tracks from the forthcoming
Zeus album are up on the band's Myspace now
http://www.myspace.com/zeusacoustic) along with one whole track, "Morning Dew".

No firm date for the album's release, or any
gigs, but the recordings are said to be complete at least.

=============
THE ONCE NEWS
=============

The up and coming Canadian folk band who recently
released a fabulous cover of Dave Cousins' "Sail
Away To The Sea" on their great first album "The
Once" - Dave says: "Please tell the band it's one
of the loveliest recordings I've ever heard,
irrespective of whether I wrote it or not!" Check it out -
http://theonce.ca/

They are visiting the UK in September, and playing a few gigs, details below.

Fri 9 Sep, Sun 11 Sep: BROMYARD - Bromyward
Folk Festival (www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk)
Tue 13th Sep: STANLEY (County Durham) -
South Causey Folk Music Club @ South Causey
Inn (01207 235555 /www.southcausey.co.uk)
Thu 15th Sep: OSWESTRY (Shropshire) - The
Ironworks (01691 679123 / www.the-ironworks.co.uk) 8pm
Fri 16th Sep: BANGOR (North Wales) - The Blue
Sky Cafe (01248 353020 / 01248 355444 / www.blueskybangor.co.uk) 8pm
Sun 18th Sep: RAMSBOTTOM (Lancashire) -
Ramsbottom Music Festival (0161 761 2216
/ www.ramsbottomfestival.com) 2pm

There are some great YouTube videos around if you
want to hear what they sound like, including an
accapella version of Leonard Cohen's "Coming Back To You":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bfkzKHeoBY


1 Jun 2011


=====================================
COUSINS & CUTLER - 3 JUNE, EDENBRIDGE
=====================================

A rare opportunity this Friday to see Dave play as a duo with fiddler supreme, Ian Cutler, on Friday 3 June at the Folk Ale Festival:

Kentish Horse Public House
Cow Lane
Markbeech
Edenbridge
Kent TN8 5NT

7.30 pm Concert in the Marquee - running order:
PIG'S EAR
CAPELLA
DAVE COUSINS & IAN CUTLER

Always a treat to see Dave interpret his vast repertoire of songs, with just a guitar and melodic, mellifluous fiddle accompaniment from Ian.


================================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN JUNE DATES
================================

Three John Ford dates coming in June, one with John Hawken !

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 - 7:30PM - 9:30PM
----------------------------------
JOHN FORD
Feelin' Groovy Concert Series
Gold Hall Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
1125 Broadway
Hewlett, NY 11557
Free Admission

John Ford will be appearing with full band.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting HWPL by email: hewlett@hwpl.org. Concert goers MUST have tickets to attend

Saturday, June 4 , 2011 7:30pm - 10:30pm
----------------------------------------
JOHN FORD & JOHN HAWKEN - TOGETHER!
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown, NJ 08505

The Living Room Concert Series At The Record
Collector is proud to present John Ford and John
Hawken - together for an evening of music with
each performing a social set. Tickets $15 Advance $20 Door

BUY: http://www.the-record-collector.com/newLCS.htm
email: recordcollector@verizon.net

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 4:00PM - 7:00PM
-------------------------------------
John Ford - Resurrected CD Release Party
The Turning Point
468 Piermont Ave.
Piermont, N.Y. 10968

Tickets: $20 Seating is General Admission
http://www.turningpointcafe.com


=====================
JOHN YOUNG BAND DATES
=====================

The Strawbs' most recent addition, John Young, has a series of dates with his own band, The John Young Band. He'd be delighted to see any Strawbs fans along - go say hello if you are there.

Fri 17th Jun The Stables 2. Milton Keynes
Fri 8th July Fat Lil's Witney
Sun 17th July Half Moon, London
Fri 29th July Riff's Swindon
Sun 7th Aug Cambridge Rock Festival
Fri 16th Sep The Bull Colchester
Fri 21st Oct Riffs Swindon


==========================
CRY NO MORE/ROY HILL DATES
==========================

Cry No More
-----------

The Dynamic Duo play again at the Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day on 26 June 2011, in the grounds of Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House
268 Waldegrave Road
Twickenham TW1 4ST

Starts 12 noon, running till 7pm. Also playing are Leaf Hound (early 70s prog rock band, recorded a very valuable rare album).

The line-up is:
The Mustangs
Skalectrix
Leaf Hound
Robin Bibi Band
Cry No More
Nark Drool & The Shudders
The Carnabys
The Orleans Park School Soul Band

It's been a grand day out in previous years. Hoping to get there myself.

Roy Hill
--------

And, Roy is billed to appear at the White Lion Annual Cider Festival in Bourton, Dorset:

White Lion
High Street
Bourton
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 5AT

on 23 July 2011. What a combo - devastating cider and Roy's powerful and devastating repertoire ! Not to be missed.

The full line-up:

Blackmore Vale Folk
Dan Bovey
Heifer
Roy Hill
Jeb and the Ends
El Skanko
Stop Go Sixty
The Kitchen Sink Bnd
The Makinis
The Minority

Starts: 12 noon
Entrance free (apart from the cost of all those 20 local ciders! And the barbecue!)



========================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY - JULY-DEC 2011 DATES
========================================

JUL
---
SUN 24 - TROWBRIDGE, Village Pump, Mortimer St. BA14 8BN, 01225 707346

AUG
---
FRI 12 & SAT 13 - SALTBURN FEST, Marske Road, TS12 1PN, 01287 622623
TU16 - BOB'S FOLK SHOW LIVE, Radiowey.co.uk, 9.00pm
TH 25 - PARKGATE, The Boathouse, The Parade, CH64 6RN, 0151 677 1840
SA 27- ITALY

SEP
---
FRI 2 - HINCKLEY, Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Unit 7 Watling Close, LE10 3EZ, 01455 234000.
SAT 3- WAKEFIELD FEST, Red Shed,Vicarage Street, WF1 1QX, 01924 385000
SUN 4 - WOODWORKS FEST, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR, 01234 762614
TUE 13 - CAMBERLEY THEATRE, Knoll Road, GU15 3SY, 01276 707600
FRI 16 - WORCESTER, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, WR1 3LD, 01905 611427
FRI 30 - BARNARD CASTLE, Nine Kings Bistro, DL12 8JJ

OCT
---
SAT 1 - COCKERMOUTH, The Kirkgate, CA13 9PJ, 01900 826448

NOV
---
WED 2 - BALDOCK, The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW, 01767 683583
THU 3 - WREXHAM, The Nag's Head, Mount Street , LL13 8DW
WED 9 - KIRKHAM, Willows Catholic Club, Fern Lane, PR4 2BQ, 01772 673744
FRI 11 - MOIRA, Miners Welfare, Bath Lane, DE12 6BP, 01676 540219
FRI 18 - ROWLEY REGIS, Blackheath Club, John St, B65 0EP, 07847 307534
WED 23 - OTLEY, Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, LS21 1AD, 01943 464858
THU 24 - ROTHBURY, Queen's Head, NE65 7SR, 01669 620470
FRI 25 - CARLISLE, Sunset Suite, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL, 01228 541799
WED 30 - FAVERSHAM, Chimney Boy, Preston St, ME13 8PG, 01795 534368

DEC
---
THU 1 - BOURNEMOUTH, Pig & Whistle,Queens Rd, BH2 6BE, 01202 707498
FRI 2 - FARNCOMBE, St. John's Church, GU7 3EH, 01483 421520
SUN 4 - TWICKENHAM, Cabbage Patch, London Rd, TW1 3SZ, twickfolk.co.uk

For more details see their website www.craigandwilloughby.com


25 May 2011


===================================
MAY 2011 US TOUR UPDATE/CORRECTIONS
===================================
Hi folks - a few new dates to add to the US tour details:

Venue confirmed for two dates in NYC with the Zombies - 26/27 Sept at the City Winery, in NYC.

And a Strawbs solo show, in the delightful surrounds of the Strand Theatre in Lakewood NJ on 25 Sept. It's a "backstage pass" show like last year's, where the audience sit on the stage looking out into the auditorium and our boys perform on the edge of the stage. Limited to 140 tickets - on sale now at www.strand.org.

And finally a correction - the 24 Sept date is in Connecticut, not NJ as previously posted. Apologies.

So the giglist currently looks like this:

Thu 15 Sep - MusikFest Caf, Bethlehem PA
Fri 16 Sep - Montgomery College, Silver Spring MD
Sat 17 Sep - Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA
Sun 18 Sep - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY
Mon 19 Sep - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD
Wed 21 Sep - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
Thu 22 Sep - Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH
Fri 23 Sep - Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT,
Sat 24 Sep - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT
Sun 25 Sep - Strand Theatre, Lakewood NJ (ACOUSTIC STRAWBS SOLO)
Mon 26 Sep - City Winery, NYC
Tue 27 Sep - City Winery, NYC
Wed 28 Sep - TBC

Details and maps etc. to follow soon.


20 May 2011


============
CRY NO MORE
============

The full schedule has not yet been published for the Strawberry Hill Music and
Fun Day (watch this space http://www.strawberryhillmusicday.co.uk/index.shtml),
but glad to report that Cry No More will be playing. It's on Sunday, the 26th
June and kicks off around lunch time. Entrance this year is by donation.


=================================================
THE THREE MUSTGETBEERS TEMPORARY NAME CHANGE
=================================================

Bob Lewis, the lead singer with Brian Willoughby's blues band, The Three
MustgetBeers is unwell at the moment. In the meanwhile John Evans and Brian are
continuing gigging, sometimes with Cathryn Craig standing in for Bob, more often
with Mark Pickup (from the Rockin' Rhythm Review) on sax and harmonica, and
sometimes, just occasionally, either with Brian and John as a duo, or as a
four piece with both Mark and Cathryn. In fairness to Bob, they are temporarily
called The Three MGBs.


===================
THREE MGBs GIG LIST
===================

For most of these, expect to see John Evans, Brian Willoughby and Mark Pickup,
but line-up could include Cathryn Craig, or Bob Lewis if he's well enough.

Thursday 26th May 9:00-11:00
The Fox, 39 Church Street, Twickenham

Friday 3rd June 9:00-11:00
The Queen's Head, 144 Richmond Road, Kingston

Thursday 9th June 9:00-11:00
The Fox, 39 Church Street, Twickenham

Sunday, 12th June Time TBC (between 12pm and 2pm)
Twickenham Green Fun Day, Twickenham Green

Saturday 18th June 6:00-9:00
The Bell, 85 Old Charlton Road, Shepperton

Friday 1st July 9:00-11:00
The Queen's Head, 144 Richmond Road, Kingston

Saturday 2nd July 9:00-11:00
The Red Lion, 94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth

Thursday 14th July 9:00-11:00
The Fox, 39 Church Street, Twickenham


=====================================
JOHN FORD FEATURED ON COTTAGE VIEWS
=====================================
The next installment of Cottage Views Classic Rock Music Hour will air on
www.RocklandWorldRadio.com this Friday May 20, at 2 PM (NY time). This season's
show features an exclusive interview with Joey Molland of Badfinger fame who
talked about his upcoming disc and his biography (written by yours truly).
Brand new music from the Doobie Brothers and John Ford of the Strawbs is
featured as well as some recent Rock from newcomers Gandalf Murphy & the
Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Mostly Autumn. The show will be archived for
future listening. Tune in Friday at 2 PM, and check www.cottageviews.com for
more Classic Rock News.


13 May 2011


===========================
HERO & HEROINE IN ASCENSCIA
===========================

Thanks to all who pre-ordered the album - hope you enjoyed the video footage.

The CD is released in the UK at the end of this month and in the US in early June.


==========================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/COUSINS & CUTLER DATES UK
==========================================

More dates
----------
As the boys gear up for some more UK dates, starting TONIGHT (13 May) at London's Borderline, a few more dates to add to the list:
There's a formerly electric gig converted to Acoustic at Chatham on Thurs 19 May.
A new folk club gig has been slotted in on 28th May - Grayshott Folk Club, Village Hall Grayshott

NB (there was a few errors in previous communications and on the website giglist:
- the Borderline London gig is FRIDAY 13 MAY, not SATURDAY 13 May
- the Chatham gig is Thurs 19 May not 22 May
- the Uttoxeter Acoustic Festival is on Sunday 22 May (previously listed as Friday)

Festivals
---------
The boys are playing at two Festivals in July:

Sat 23 July - the High Voltage Festival in East London (but NB this may be a backstage pass appearance (as last year), so you'll only be able to see them if you buy very expensive tickets). Further details on this when I have them.

Sun 24 July - AbbeyFest in Bury St Edmunds, alongside Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings (band includes Georgie Fame), where Rick Wakeman is credited as special guest both to Wyman and the Strawbs ! Not to be missed.
Website: http://www.abbeygardensfestival.co.uk/

Sunday only tickets 8.00 (11.00 children).
http://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/events/bill-wyman-s-rhythm-kings.aspx

Giglist
-------
Acoustic Strawbs gig list now as follows:

Fri 13 May - The Borderline, London
NEW Thu 19 May - Brook Theatre, Chatham
Sun 22 May - Acoustic Music Festival, Uttoxeter
Fri 27 May - The Rock Bognor Regis
(venue is at Bognor Regis Town Football Club)
Sat 28 May - Village Hall, Grayshott
Fri 10 June - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
NEW Sat 23 July - High Voltage Festival, London (but see above, possibly VIP access only)
NEW Sun 24 July - Abbey Fest, Bury St Edmunds


Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler
-------------------------
Fri 3 June - Kentish Horse Festival, Edenbridge


========================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - US GIGS, SEP/OCT 2011
========================================

News just in of Acoustic Strawbs dates in September in the US, which include some dates on the West Coast of the US, which hasn;t seen the boys in a while.

The tour is a "package tour" where they'll share the stage with another famous band - The Zombies.

Thu 15 Sep - MusikFest Caf, Bethlehem PA
Fri 16 Sep - Montgomery College, Silver Spring MD
Sat 17 Sep - Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA
Sun 18 Sep - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY
Mon 19 Sep - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD
Wed 21 Sep - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
Thu 22 Sep - Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH
Fri 23 Sep - Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT,
Sat 24 Sep - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville CT (correction)
Sun 25 Sep - TBC - see 25 May news item above
Mon 26 Sep - NYC venue to be confirmed - see 25 May news item above
Tue 27 Sep - NYC venue to be confirmed - see 25 May news item above
Wed 28 Sep - TBC

West coast shows, dates to be confirmed:
----------------------------------------
Celebrity Theater, Phoenix AZ
Canyon Club, Agoura Hills
Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana CA
Lincoln Theater, Napa Valley
Cannery Casino, Las Vegas

More details on Strawbsweb when we have them.


=======================
DAVE LAMBERT INTERVIEWS
=======================

Radio Oxford
------------

Dave Lambert's interview with Mark Watson of BBC Oxford went out on 25th April (Easter Monday) -among other topics Dave discussed was time spent recording at The Manor Studios. The show can be listened to online at www.bbc.co.uk/oxford.

This is a link to the page about the show, "Bringing Back the Good Times":

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/oxford/hi/tv_and_radio/newsid_8292000/8292861.stm


Blog
----

Dave Lambert was recently interviewed by a fan from Slovenia, Klemen Breznikar, who has now put the interview on his blog:

http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/2011/04/fire-king-earl-boogie-band-strawbs-my.html


==================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY VIDEO FOR JAPAN
==================================

Brian and Cathryn (amongst others) have recorded video messages of support for those involved in the horrific disaster in Japan. See their message and an acoustic performance of "Calling All Angels" at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtistsSupportJapan#p/u/3/DEH7IsIui1w

The film was shot by Blue Weaver, whilst Cathryn and Brian were out in Spain in April.


=====================
JOHN FORD LIVE DVD/CD
=====================

The recent John Ford live show on 8 April (Live@PWPL) was filmed and recorded and John is planning to release it as a video with accompanying CD later in the year. There'll be some interview footage as well.

It'll be available via CDBABY, Itunes and Amazon.com and other outlets, when
released. More details when I have them.


===========
VIDEO LINKS
===========

And, last but by no means least, Pete Bradley has done a major amount of work to put together a collection of video links to Strawbs and related material on YouTube. Pete's tried to ensure that the links are to material that has been sanctioned by the artists involved - if that's not the case, please let us know and we'll remove the offending links.

Check out:

www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_yt.htm

[ends]


1 Apr 2011


===================================
STRAWBS: HERO & HEROINE IN ASCENCIA
PRE-ORDERING NOW OPEN
CLOSES 4pm 18 APRIL
===================================

The album is now to be released at the end of May in the UK and early June in the US.

There's a taster on the main page at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/index0.htm

NB it's not the final mix.

Pre-ordering
------------
Available now for pre-ordering on Witchwood Records online shop:

www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk

If you order using the online shop before 4pm UK time on Monday 18 April, your name will as usual go into the CD booklet. You will also be able to download some exclusive audience-shot video material, from the live shows on the November UK tour, which captures the power of the current line-up in full live flow.

Price: 12 plus p&p

Video material
--------------

The video downloads will be made available on or before 11 April.

NB. There will be two downloads, which are non-Hero And Heroine tracks from the November UK tour: "Lay Down" and the beautifully sung "So Close And Yet So Far Away".

The videos will be in FLV format (Flash video) and are in password-protected ZIP files. You can get the password and the location from Witchwood Records when you buy, or from me (when I get back from holiday on 11th April).

If you need some free software to view FLV files, you can download some excellent software, available for both PCs and Macs called Videolan from:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Thanks to Sue Holton for filming them and to Les Cotton (aka Inspector Gadget) for amazing tech support.


CD track list
-------------

1. Prologue - Lay A Little Light On Me Autumn
2. Sad Young Man
3. Just Love
4. Shine On Silver Sun
5. Hero And Heroine
6. Midnight Sun
7. Out In The Cold/ Round And Round
8. Lay A Little Light On Me/ Hero's Theme/Round And Round (Reprise)

The tracks are now linked with new instrumental passages to provide continuity and flow.


==========================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN LIVE
==========================

Friday April 8 - 7:30pm
JOHN FORD BAND
Port Washington Public Library
Latham Meeting Room Auditorium.
1 Library Dr.
Port Washington, NY 11050
www.pwpl.org 516-883-4400
Free Admission

Thursday, June 2 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
JOHN FORD BAND
Feelin Groovy Concert Series
Gold Hall Hewlett Woodmere Public Library
1125 Broadway
Hewlett, NY
Free admission
Tickets can be obtained by contacting HWPL by email: hewlett@hwpl.org
Concert goers MUST have tickets to attend

Saturday, June 4 7:30pm - 10:30pm
JOHN FORD & JOHN HAWKEN - TOGETHER!
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown, NJ 08505

The Living Room Concert Series At The Record Collector is proud to present John Ford and John Hawken - together for an evening of music with each performing a social set. Tickets $15 Advance $20 Door

BUY: http://www.the-record-collector.com/newLCS.htm
email: recordcollector@verizon.net


=========================
JOHN FORD - RESURRECTED
THE BEST OF AND THEN SOME
=========================

This best of plus collection is to be released shortly - details on how to buy it to follow.

1 Going Back
2 Acoustic Sunrise
3 Perfect Day
4 Resurrected
5 The Crying Game
6 Strange Universe
7 I'm A Chameleon
8 Kissed By The Sun
9 Don't Blame Me
10 Together Apart
11 Natural High
12 Ball of Flame
13 Love Is A Highway
14 When Did I Ever Let You Down
15 You Can't Keep Me from Singing
16 Big Hit In India
17 Weird
18 Waiting
19 Forbidden Planet
20 Whatever Happened To Christmas

Some tracks on YouTube as a taster:

"Acoustic Sunrise"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7edntc2nDbg

"Resurrected" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z2sPVRSSlc


============================
DAVE COUSINS GUITAR FOR SALE
============================

Dave is selling his black Gibson EC10, as used on stage many times in the early 2000s.
He's selling it via Charlie Chandler's Guitar Experience, based in Hampton Wick, just round the corner from Chas's house.

Contact details below in case anyone is interested.

21 High St
Hampton Wick
KT1 4DA
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)20 8973 1441



============================
STRAWBS AT THE MANOR STUDIOS
============================

Advance notice of a radio interview Dave Lambert recorded earlier this week for BBC Oxford about his memories of The Manor Studios and playing in Oxford.

It will go out on Easter Monday (25th April) between 12.00 and 14.00 on a show entitled "Bringing Back The Good Times", presented by Mark Watson, and can be heard at 95.2FM across Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties or at the website:

www.bbc.co.uk/oxford.


==================
TONY VISCONTI NEWS
==================

Dave and Tony
-------------
As well as lunching with old friend Linda Thompson, Dave Cousins also met up with Tony Visconti, who was busy recording a cover of "Lay Down" by a girl singer called Debbie Clark; there'll be a gospel choir added to it in due course. Sunds great. Photo to follow on Strawbsweb.

May Pang event
--------------
Meet May Pang @ PWPL: An Evening with John Lennon's Former Girlfriend with Her New Book "Instamatic Karma"

Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30pm, Lapham Meeting Room Auditorium.

Pang will be speaking about her latest book, Instamatic Karma, an essential biographical reference book, filled with rare photographs of Lennon and his close friends taken by Pang which offers the reader an intimate view into the intriguing, private life of the former Beatle, as well as, an insight into her own personal relationship with him. A not to be missed Topical Tuesdays at PWPL! Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Website: http://www.pwpl.org
Phone: 516-883-4400
Email: library@pwpl.org
Price: Free


10 Mar 2011


==========================================
UK ELECTRIC TOUR RE-ARRANGED FOR NOVEMBER;
FURTHER ACOUSTIC DATES
==========================================

Electric
--------

The proposed electric tour for May 2011 has been re-arranged for November. Dates so far as follows:

Wednesday 2 November, The Duchess, York
Thursday 3 November, The Ferry, Glasgow
Friday 4 November, Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Saturday 5 November, Green Hotel, Kinross
Wednesday 23 November, The Brook, Southampton
Thursday 24 November, Robin 2, Bilston

Further dates are likely to be added.

Acoustic
--------

Some of the proposed May dates have switched to Acoustic Strawbs gigs, and a new one added in Worthing - the Spring Acoustic gig list is now CURRENTLY as follows (there may be further switches/additions):

Friday 11 March, Mission Theatre, Bath
Saturday 19 March, Village Hall, St Mary Bourne
Sunday 27 March, Nordern Farm, Maidenhead
Wednesday 30 March, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Friday 8 April , The Rock, Maltby
Friday 15 April, The Hat Factory, Luton
Saturday 16 April, The Jook House, Worthing (NEW)
Friday 13 May, The Borderline, London (was Electric)
Sunday 22 May, Acoustic Music Festival, Uttoxeter
Friday 27 May, The Rock, Bognor Regis (was Electric)
Friday 10 June, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

And early warning of ....

Friday 10 September, Nynehead , Memorial Hall

Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler
-----------------------
An opportunity to see Dave and Ian:

Friday 3 June, Kentish Horse Festival, Edenbridge


We'll be updating the gig details pages as soon as possible.


=========================
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
=========================

I've recently received several sets of vintage Strawbs photos for the site - some really excellent unseen pix.


Chelmsford Festival 1972
------------------------
Three shots from Steve Schechter of the first gig Dave Lambert played before Tony Hooper had left the band. DL's then wild hairstyle very much in evidence.

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_70g5.htm


Winterland, San Francisco 1973
------------------------------
Britrock By The Bay has published an excellent blog article on Strawbs with photos taken by Dan Cuny from the Strawbs gig at Winterland, San Francisco on May 24, 1973.

A selection of Dan's pix at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_73g14.htm

Read the article and see the full array of pix at:
http://britrockbythebay.blogspot.com/2011/02/strawbs-may-1973.html

One of the four contributors, David Miller, has created a Rock Scrapbook on the Strawbs - some great album scans and magazine articles. Check out:
http://britishrockmemorabilia.blogspot.com/2011/02/strawbs.html

Massey Hall 1975
----------------
Steve Jepson sent us some shots from the legendary Ghosts line-up Massey Hall gig in early 1975.

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_73g12.htm


Newcastle City Hall 1976
------------------------
Particularly excited about this one as it was the first Strawbs gig I ever attended. Thanks to Alan Pearson for these shots - some nice ones of Robert Kirby and John Mealing.

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_73g13.htm


15 Feb 2011


====================================
STRAWBS - HERO & HEROINE IN ASCENCIA
====================================

.. is the title for the recordings of the Hero & Heroine material by the most recent line-up in November last year.

It's expected to be released in April, in good time for the May Electric UK tour.

There's a near-final cover on the front page of the site. More details, track listings and preview to follow.


=======================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS UPDATE
=======================

Acoustic Festival, Uttoxeter 20-22 May
--------------------------------------

The Acoustic Strawbs play the Acoustic Festival at Uttoxeter on 22 May. Held at Uttoxeter Racecourse over 20-22 May, this has become a major festival, with a relaxed atmosphere for all generations. Camping is available.

Artist also appearing include:

Fairport Convention, Hayseed Dixie, Cerys Matthews, Steve Harley, Fish, Jazel O'Comnnor, The Spinners, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Sicknote Steve and many many others.

Details at: http://www.acousticfestival.co.uk/

Maltby correction and updated giglist
-------------------------------------

In January's Strawbswebnews, there was an error - the gig at The Rock, Maltby does take place on 8 April, but it's a Friday, not a Thursday - well done, eagle eyed Andy Slack for spotting that.

Updated list
------------

Wednesday 23 February, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Saturday 5 March, TBA, Isle of Man,
Sunday 6 March, TBA, Isle of Man,
Friday 11 March, Mission Theatre, Bath
Saturday 19 March, Village Hall, St Mary Bourne
Sunday 27 March, Nordern Farm, Maidenhead
Wednesday 30 March, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Friday 8 April, The Rock, Maltby
Friday 15 April, The Hat Factory, Luton

Other Acoustics updates
-----------------------

Early warning of another Acoustics gig coming up in June:

10 Jun - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne


===========================
COUSINS & CUTLER RIDE AGAIN
===========================

Early warning too of a rare opportunity to see Dave play as a duo with fiddler supreme, Ian Cutler on Friday 3 June at the Kentish Horse Festival in Edenbridge. More details in due course.


=========================
ROY HILL/CRY NO MORE NEWS
=========================

Switzerland not yet finished
----------------------------
Roy comments that "The mastered version of Switzerland revealed some previously unheard hiss and rather too much evidence of my primitive production techniques. In theory, you can't get hiss on a digital recording but I managed it." Net result is a little more tweaking. Roy solemnly promises that next month's newsletter will refer to Switzerland in the past tense.

Roy Hill and Steve Whalley
Live at the Ram Jam CD
--------------------------
Roy comments " This will be an altogether quicker affair as two track recording gives very limited scope for tinkering. Projected release date March 2018. However, more cheerfully, we enjoyed the last gig so much we're going to do another..."

Roy Hill and Steve Whalley
Live at the Ram Jam Sunday 6 March
----------------------------------
Featuring Steve's inimitable acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and ukulele stylings. Roy says "He's a better singer than me too so I'll try to keep his vocals to a bare minimum."

Doors open at 6pm. Showtime 7-10.
Admission 5.
The Ram Jam Club at The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE

Cry No More as you've never seen them before
--------------------------------------------
It's a way off but on Sunday 1 May Cry No More return to the The Royal Oak in Hampton to play an evening of cover versions. Cover versions! What larks!

Cry No More CD Spring Sale
--------------------------
Deepdene Records has a few copies left of the following titles available at 5 each for a limited period (until they've sold them).
Cry No More
Love And Power
Brown Paper Bag
Live In Germany

Mailing costs
UK: 1.50 for one + 50p per additional CD.
Europe: 2.00 for one + 50p per additional CD
Rest of World: 2.80 for one + 50p per additional CD

Contact Roy at deepdene@fsmail.net for further info
Listen to tracks on www.myspace.com/crynomoremusic

He'll be adding some Switzerland and Roy Hill / Steve Whalley tracks to the MySpace music player over the next few days.


===================
TOP OF THE POPS ...
===================

For fans of those "Top Of The Pops" cover version albums, which included Strawbs material from time to time - there's a page dedicated to them at:

http://www.easyontheeye.net/albums/totp/index.html


=============================
SUMMERHOUSE RECORDS/FRIENDS
=============================

Forgive me if I pass on some non-Strawbs-related info from time to time.

Some of you may know that from time to time I've assisted fellow Strawbs fan William Jones with his Summerhouse Records website which features his band Friends and various other band signed to the label (some of whom went to school with me in Stockton-on-Tees!). William used to work in the 80s at Stockton's Dovecot Arts Centre - opposite Radio Tees where our own Mr Cousins was station controller. (The Dovecot was also the venue of the first live gig I ever played, as one half of a folk duo !)

I particularly like the Friends stuff, and maybe other Strawbs fans will as well. There are quite a few MP3 clips to listen to on the site by way of a trial.

Summerhouse currently has a sale on until 27 February where nearly all the prices have been reduced substantially. You can buy online and pay by Paypal, or order from William via a print order form (sorry, no credit cards).

Check out www.summerhouserecords.co.uk

William has also started a blog, which features, amongst other things, an article on Jonathan Kelly (who toured with Strawbs on their 1972 Grave New World tour) and Hudson Ford.

http://fromthesummerhouse.wordpress.com

And finally, there's also a rare opportunity to see Friends live in the UK at the Half Moon in Putney on 15 March. Their other gigs are in Berlin, Osaka and Tokyo ! Tickets for the Half Moon from the venue ( www.halfmoon.co.uk) or e-mail Summerhouse if any difficulties. 4 in advance, 5 on the door. Friends should be on sometime after 9.30pm.


9 Feb 2011


====================
CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY
====================

Wednesday 2nd March - Spalding - South Holland centre, Market Place, PE11 1SS.
01406 380100
Thursday 3rd - Wednesday 9th March - Italy
Thursday 10th March Pembroke - Ilys Meddyg East Street, Newport. 01239 820008
Friday 11th March - Trowbridge, Lamb Inn, Mortimer St, BA14 8BN. 01225 707346
Saturday 12th March - Bournemouth Festival, BIC Tregonwell Hall. 0844 576 3000
Sunday 13th March - Brighton , House Concert
Friday 18th March - Thames Ditton, Old Cranleighan Sports Club, Portsmouth
Road, KT7 0HB. 0208 686 9421
Saturday 19th March - Halstead, Queen's Hall, Chipping Hill, C09 2BY. 01787
477086
Friday 25th March - Reeth, Memorial Hall, DL11 6QT. 01748 884708
Saturday 26th March - Lincoln, Unison Club, Beaumont Fee, LN1 1EZ/ 01526 352153
Thursday 12th April - Spain, Torrevieja
Sunday 1th April - Hitchin, Sun Inn, SG5 1AF. 01462 812391
Sunday 1st May - Wath Festival, Montgomery Hall, S63 7RD. 07982658467

For more details see their website www.craigandwilloughby.com


8 Feb 2011


============
CRY NO MORE
============
Surprising news to those who went to see Cry No More play at the Royal Oak recently is that the Royal Oak still have a music licence! Guess the neighbours must all work night shifts. Not only have they somehow managed to retain their licence, but they've booked Cry No More again. They're playing at the Royal Oak in Hampton on May 1st.
==========================
ROY HILL AND STEVE WHALLEY
==========================
Another gig with Roy and Steve Whalley lined up for the Ram Jam Club in Kingston on the 6th March. No word yet as to the release of the live album that they recorded last time they played there.

============
JUST A MINUTE
============
Rick Wakeman made his debut appearance on Just A Minute, the Radio 4 panel game this week. The show was aired on Monday, and is repeated on Sunday at mid day (12:00 UK time), or you can listen to it on the BBC's i-player at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5dp. For those who haven't heard of the show before, the panel are invited to speak on a subject for one minute without repetition, hesitation, deviation or repetition.


21 Jan 2011


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CRY NO MORE REVISITED
=====================

Just a quick reminder of tomorrow night's (22 Jan) Cry No More Christmas show at the Royal Oak in Hampton.

45 Oak Avenue
Hampton
Middlesex
TW12 3NR

Usual routine - free admission, showtime 9pm, with a hopelessly optimistic curfew at 11.00 which Roy inevitably exceeds.

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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UPCOMING
===========================

Some forthcoming gigs for Acoustic Strawbs coming up in February and beyond.

Wednesday 23 February, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Saturday 5 March, TBA, Isle of Man,
Sunday 6 March, TBA, Isle of Man,
Friday 11 March, Mission Theatre, Bath
Saturday 19 March, Village Hall, St Mary Bourne
Sunday 27 March, Nordern Farm, Maidenhead
Wednesday 30 March, Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Thursday 8 April , The Rock, Maltby
Friday 15 April, The Hat Factory, Luton


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HERO AND HEROINE - RECORDED & ON TOUR
=====================================

And last but not least, the very welcome news that the H&H live tour was recorded and plans are being made for a release to coincide with some further Electric band gigs in the UK in May.

Dates released so far:

Saturday 7 May, The Duchess, York
Sunday 8 May, The Ferry, Glasgow
Thursday 12 May, The Brook, Southampton
Friday 13 May, The Borderline, London
Thursday 19 May, Brook Theatre, Chatham

More info when I have it.
====================
ADDENDUM - JOHN FORD
====================
And don't forget John Ford's upcoming gig with Ian Lloyd which has been announced in previous Strawbswebnews bulletins.

SAT 29 JAN
The Record Collector ~ The Living Room Concert Series: Ian Lloyd's STORIES + John Ford of the Strawbs

The Record Collector
358 FARNSWORTH AVE
BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY 08505 US
Phone: (609) 324-0880
email: recordcollector@verizon.net
http://www.the-record-collector.com/

Doors open 7:30pm - Show starts: 8pm
Tickets: $15 Advance / $20 Door


8 Jan 2011


Apologies - whilst this went out as a Strawbswebnews from Pete Bradley on 8 Jan, I forgot to post it here until after the first of these gigs had gone by - DG.

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THREE MUST GET BEERS GIG LIST

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List of gigs so far confirmed for The Three Mustgetbeers (Brian Willoughby, John Evans and Bob Lewis)

Saturday 15th January 9:00-11:00
The Windmill, 80 Windmill Road, Hampton Hill - (with Dean Barnes stepping in for Brian)

Friday 4th February 9:00-11:00
The Queen's Head, 144 Richmond Road, Kingston

Saturday 5th March 9:00-11:00
The Red Lion, 94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth

Thursday 17th March 9:00-11:00
The Fox, 39 Church Street, Twickenham

Saturday 19th March 9:00-11:00
The Windmill, 80 Windmill Road, Hampton Hill - (with Dean Barnes stepping in for Brian)

Friday 1st April 9:00-11:00
The Queen's Head, 144 Richmond Road, Kingston

Saturday 2nd April 9:00-11:00
The Windmill, 80 Windmill Road, Hampton Hill

Thursday 21st April 9:00-11:00
The Fox, 39 Church Street, Twickenham

Friday 6th May 9:00-11:00
The Queen's Head, 144 Richmond Road, Kingston

Saturday 7th May 9:00-11:00
The Red Lion, 94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth


21 Dec 2010


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XMAS EVE AT THE RED LION
========================

Those disappointed by the lack of a farewell Xmas Cry No More gig, might take comfort from the fact the Brian, Scratch and Mark Pickup are playing at the Red Lion in Shepperton on Xmas Eve from 8:30 till 11:30 (p.m)


20 Dec 2010


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STRAWBSWEBNEWS - STOP PRESS - CRY NO MORE 23 DEC SHOW CANCELLED
================================================================

This just in from Roy:

"I'm afraid that due to the dire weather and travel conditions we've had to cancel the Christmas Show. Deja vu eh? Maybe we can add a Christmas Show that never actually materialises to our list of farewells. An annual farewell non-appearance?

Sadly this also means I can't master Switzerland with the estimable Mr Cronk until the snow clears."

Sorry to disappoint, but we have had many farewell Cry No More concerts this year to make up for this one - looking forward to more sad goodbyes in 2011.


13 Dec 2010


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HERO AND HEROINE TOUR RECORDED, REPEATED
========================================

Contrary to some answers I gave individuals earlier on, various dates on the UK tour were recorded for posterity. No release date as yet. And, there's likely to be some UK dates in May of 2011. No info about Canada/US as yet.
More when I have it.


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JOHN FORD - PORT WASHINGTON GIG - 15 DEC
========================================

This just in from John, along with news that his new album Resurrected will be out soon.

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Port Night Out Dec. 15: John Ford of the Strawbs Gives Back To PW With Christmas Show @ TAVA Brasserie & Restaurant
Where: Tava Restaurant and Bar, 166 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050
Date: December 15, 2010
Time: 7:00pm10:00pm
Keeping with the Holiday spirit of giving, Wednesday, Dec. 15, British musician John Ford from the legendary band, the Strawbs and a Gold and multi-Platinum Awards winner is lending his musical talents and a bit of Britain once again, to help with efforts to revitalize and bring vibrancy to Main St. in Port Washington, NY for the Holiday Season with Port Night Out: "A Magical Shopping Experience," to Shop & Stroll Main St. from the Boulevard to the Bay. Ford will be performing his special John Ford Christmas Show at Tava Restaurant at 166 Main St., beginning at 7 PM (located in the Cultural Hub), as an encore performance after the inaugural Port Night Out, Dec. 1 was such a success. This second event of Port Night Out promises to be even better! Admission is Free for All Ages.

The invite to Port Night Out is extended to visitors from all over Long Island for a chance to experience a very real and unique "Hometown Holiday" here in this lovely North Shore community. Holiday shoppers will have an opportunity to enjoy festive shopping, entertainment and dining up and down Main St. beginning at 4:30 PM with stores staying open until 9:30 PM, brimming with a fun-filled atmosphere of Christmas cheer and merriment, done "Port Washington Style." Participating stores and restaurants will be offering special discounts, food, beverages, entertainment inside and out with street performers, carolers, live music, jugglers, along with special events for young and old to enjoy throughout the evening. Expect to find Santa and his Elves, candy canes, roasting chestnuts and hot cocoa, along with a free, open-air trolley to bring shoppers up and down Main St. Sponsors for making this event possible include Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington, PW Business Improvement District, PW Chamber of Commerce, Town of North Hempstead and PW civic groups and organizations. http://www.pwcalendar.com/portnightout.html

John Ford's Christmas Show at highly rated Tava Brasserie Restaurant starts at 7 PM which will be offering price Drink Specials & Burger Specials. Ford will feature favourite Holiday songs which the audience is invited to join on some for a Sing-A-Long. As an added treat, he will perform some of his classic Top of the Pops hits. Ford has played, toured and shared the bill with other music legends such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Mason, The Eagles, Frank Zappa, Ritchie Blackmore, Rick Wakeman, Ian Lloyd, Marc Bolan, T. Rex, Blue Oyster Cult and ZZ Top, among others. Recently, he shared the bill with supergroup, YOSO, comprised of Bobby Kimball of TOTO, along with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, both former members of the band, YES, as well as, special British Rock Concerts at Port Washington Public Library with his band. http://www.myspace.com/johnfordofthestrawbs http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Ford-of-the-Strawbs/102997249739320

Tava Brasserie Restaurant which is a meeting point for many local residents is very excited to again be host to such a world renowned artist for Port Night Out. Tava, cited as one of the best Mediterranean-style restaurants on Long Island by Pulse Magazine, was also recently bestowed the Golden Storefront Award from Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington and Greater PW Business District. http://www.tavarestaurantandbar.com/

TAVA Brasserie Restaurant 166 Main St., Port Washington, NY 516-767-3400

Article Link:
http://portwashington.patch.com/events/port-night-out-dec15-john-ford-of-the-strawbs-gives-back-to-pw-with-christmas-show-tava-brasserie-restaurant


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CRY NO MORE/ROY HILL UPDATE
===========================

Switzerland
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Word from himself that Switzerland is nearly nearly nearly finished, and will be mailing out before Christmas to those who have ordered it.

Roy Hill/Steve Whalley live
---------------------------

Roy has this to say in his latest newsletter

"I'm delighted to report the gig with Steve Whalley was an absolute blinder. ... Steve was on staggeringly good form, playing and singing up a storm. The live recording, of course, was not an incident free zone and would have been aborted without the help of Steve's son, Quinn, who saved the day by pointing out my wiring was the work of an imbecile. I've just sent the first tracks to the formidable Mr Whalley for his opinion. Must admit I'm delighted with the results. Got some good video footage too and will upload the prime cuts to YouTube as soon as Switzerland is finished. Prime cuts! My idle boast that the CD would be ready this month was of course, an idle boast, but January looks realistic. Steve's stellar performances on mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals will be enjoyed by all

Not by me they won't, I hate the mandolin. Mrs GK of Lancs.

except Mrs GK of Lancs."


9 Dec 2010


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CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY ROCKIN' RHYTHM REVUE
10 DEC, TOP CLUB, SHEPPERTON
======================================

An opportunity to see the Craig & Willoughby rock and roll combo "Craig & Willoughby's Rockin' Rhythm Revue" on Fri 10 Dec:

Top Club
Station Approach
Shepperton TW17 8AR
8pm

Tickets 5
01932 221466



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CRY NO MORE - 23 DEC, RAM JAM CLUB, KINGSTON
============================================

It's been a frenetic year, packed with an absolute explosion of Cry No More activity - well beyond those days of old when the Annual Christmas Farewell gig was our one annual opportunity to bid adieu to these reprobates

As much a part of Christmas as Morecambe and Wise, mince pies and christmas crackers, the Annual Farewell gig is at:

The Ram Jam Club at the Grey Horse pub
46 Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE
020 8541 4328
Doors: 7.30; showtime 8.30
Admission 7.00


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ROY HILL - SWITZERLAND RELEASED 10 DEC
======================================

Reliably informed that Roy releases Switzerland at last as of 10 December 2010. On the basis of the EP, which I heard recently on my way to the last Strawbs gig of the tour in Cardiff, it's strong stuff, but well worth a listen.

Buy it at Roy's Myspace site:
www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


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BULLY WEE TOUR - JAN 2011
=========================

Bully Wee's usual January tour, featuring the amazing fiddle playing of Ian Cutler takes in the following dates:

20th Jan 2011
Brook Theatre, Chatham

21st Jan 2011
The Village Pump, Trowbridge

22nd Jan 2011
Bridgwater Arts Centre
with Phil Beer

24th Jan 2011
Nettlebed Folk Club
with Phil Beer

25th Jan 2011
Ringwood Folk Club

26th Jan 2011
Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

28th Jan 2011
The Ram Folk Club, Thames Ditton

Details, addresses and booking office numbers at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm

and check out the Bully Wee website at:

http://www.bullyweeband.com/


24 Nov 2010


Happy Thanksgiving day. Just a couple more news items and reminders .

Pete
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Contents
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* Cry No More Xmas gig
* Switzerland Release
* Group photo on Roy/ Steve CD cover


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CRY NO MORE XMAS GIG
=====================

Cry No More's Farewell World Tour finally reaches its climax (for this year
anyway) with their annual Xmas bash. It will be at the Ram Jam Club in Kingston
on the 23rd of December. Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:30. Ticket
price is a mere 7. What better way to celebrate Xmas?


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SWITZERLAND RELEASE
=====================


Those of you holding your breath waiting for the release of Roy's album,
Switzerland, might be keen to know that the wait is almost over. Roy has
announced that the release date will be December 10th, 2010, yes, 2010. He's
taking advance bookings.


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GROUP PHOTO ON ROY/STEVE CD COVER
====================================


Don't forget Roy Hill and Steve Whalley are recording a live album at the Ram
Jam on the 28th of November at the Ram Jam Club. (Doors open 7:30, ticket price
5). The plan is, they'll take a group photo of the audience, which will be used
for the CD cover, so if you fancy a photo of yourself on a CD, and if you're not
in Cardiff, make sure you are in Kingston.

And finally, don't forget Brian and Cathryn's Rockin' Rhythm Revue band are
playing at The Top Club, 1a Station Approach, Shepperton on December the 10th at
8:00. Entrance 5. I was lucky enough to catch the Three MustGetBeers there this
weekend, and it was crowded, so do get there early.


22 Oct 2010


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STRAWBS ELECTRIC UK TOUR
========================

The Cardiff show, scheduled for 9 Nov has been rescheduled for Sun 28 Nov. The datelist is as follows:

(Full details at: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1011.htm)

Wed 10 Nov - Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 11 Nov - The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri 12 Nov - The Buck Hotel, Reeth
Sat 13 Nov - The Flower Pot, Derby
Sun 14 Nov - Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Mon 15 Nov - Stanley Theatre, Liverpool
Tue 16 Nov - The Green Hotel, Kinross
Thu 18 Nov - The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Sat 20 Nov - Astor Community Theatre, Deal
Sun 21 Nov - Mr Kyps, Poole
Mon 22 Nov - Bierkeller, Bristol
Thu 25 Nov - The BoomBoom Club, Sutton
Sat 27 Nov - The Borderline, London
Sun 28 Nov - The Globe, Cardiff

There are plenty of reviews and pictures on Strawbsweb from the US Acoustic tour in September and the Electric tour in Canada in November - check them out:

US - http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1009.htm
Canada - http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1010.htm

And I'm looking forward to getting your reviews and pictures from the UK tour - we're all looking forward to the "Hero And Heroine Experience" and to see the newly returned "Promised Land", "Turn Me Round" and others.

Send your reviews and pictures to:

Please enable Javascript to view Strawbsweb



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CRY NO MORE GIGS
================

Roy comments: "With the Ramrod safely returned from the colonies the Cry No More Farewell World Tour 2010 enters its final phase - two shows this month. Good news for those of you who say we shouldn't call it a World Tour when we only ever play in Twickenham, the first date, in Hampton, is three miles south of Twickenham, the second, in Kingston, is three miles east. The atmosphere at the Royal Oak is boisterous, the Ram Jam Club more refined. I'm sure you'll find this information fascinating if you live in Reykjavik."

SAT 23 OCT - ROYAL OAK
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Royal Oak 45 Oak Avenue Hampton Middlesex TW12 3NR FREE ENTRY - showtime 8.30pm-11.00pm with a short intermission. Pub open till 12.00

SUN 31 OCT - RAM JAM CLUB
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The Ram Jam Club at the Grey Horse pub 46 Richmond Road Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE 020 8541 4328

Admission 5


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A SHIRT FOR EVERY SEASON
========================

Recently on my trip to the US I met a fan (who wishes to remain nameless), who has, for a long while now, been producing very limited edition (i.e. 1 copy) Strawbs t-shirts (most showcasing various artists whose work he admires) for each of the US gigs he's attended (just for fun - not on any commercial basis !!!). Many of these have been signed by the band.

I saw the Towne Crier (18 Sep 2010) t-shirt and he was kind enough to give it to me (thank you very very much). At my re quest he's sent me images of his previous designs - I think you'll be impressed by what he's done.

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_usshrt.htm


15 Oct 2010


STOP PRESS - SANDY BEACOCK

Some sad news in for those fans who remember the Strawbs Information Service, the newsletters mailed out by Denise and her cousin Sandy in self-addressed stamped envelopes - which, before Strawbsweb was born, was the only way for fans to keep up with Strawb-related matters. They produced 59 issues of the SIS newsletter with that familiar signature "Denise and Sandy" between 1986 and 2000 - all those old SIS newsletters are up on Strawbsweb at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_nlfz.htm for anyone who wants to reminisce.

From 1997 onwards, I spent quite a lot of time in their company at Strawbs gigs and on tour - always a lively and somewhat noisy affair and great fun, though I saw less of them after a while - Sandy after she moved out of London to the North, followed later on by Denise to take over a pub in Nuneaton.

Hud called me today and I'm sorry to announce that Sandy passed away on Thursday 14 October. I'm sure all those who remember her will want to pass on their sympathy to Denise, who I also spoke to earlier today. I'll collect any messages and send them on to her.


DICK


13 Oct 2010


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YET ANOTHER CRY NO MORE GIG
===========================

Cry No More Farewell World Tour continues with a free concert at the Royal Oak in Hampton on Saturday October 23rd.

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BRIAN AND SCRATCH MUSIC NIGHTS
===============================

Brian Willoughby, Scratch, (who not only sings, plays guitar, but also drums), and Mark Pickup, (guitarist, saxophonist, vocalist, and also bassist) had started an open mic night at Brian's local in Shepperton, as reported here on Strawbswebnews in July. The manager of the Red Lion is leaving as she is pregnant, so the Open Mic night has now relocated to Bagster House, which is a club just off Walton Lane. Walton Lane is a one way road, and you enter it just to the North of Walton Bridge. (easily within walking distance of the Red Lion) Open Mic nights are every Monday, and the evenings always start with a session from Brian, Scratch and Mark. Not a bad price for the beer there, at 2.40 a pint, either. A great night, especially if you want to get up and sing or play. You could find yourself accompanied by Brian.

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THREE MUSTGET BEERS ALIVE AND KICKING
====================================

The Three MustGetBeers (Brian Willoughby, Bob Lewis and John Evans) are back! Both John and Bob have been fairly seriously ill recently, but happy to report that they are well on the way to recovery and all three are playing at the Barley Mow in Watersplash Road in Sheperton this Saturday (16th October)

=======================================
TONY FERNANDEZ INTERVIEW ON STRAWBSWEB
=======================================

Lindsay Sorrell has added another fantastic interview to her collection on Strawbsweb, this time with Tony Fernandez. You can find it at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/features/tfint10.asp


1 Oct 2010


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JOHN FORD GIGS
==============

FRIDAY 1 OCT 2010

6-10 PM

John Ford & Ian Lloyd - Together As Acoustic Duo @
A Feast For All Six Senses
@ TAJ Lounge
48 WEST 21St. BET. 5th & 6th Ave.
NEW YORK CITY NEW YORK 10019
Free Admission

John Ford & Ian Lloyd perform together at "A Feast For The Six Senses" Hosted by Andy Troy and TastingNYC.com @ TAJ - one of NYC Flat Iron District's beautiful venues!

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SIX Senses!":

THE DATE: Friday, October 1st from 6-10pm.

THE LOCATION: Taj, 48 West 21st Street, between 5th and 6th Ave.

THE SENSES:

SOUND: 9-9:30pm
Delight your ears as we present a special acoustic musical performance Ian Lloyd & John Ford! These two 70s rock stars have had numerous hits including Brother Louie, which reached #1 on the charts and Part of The Union, a classic in both the US & Great Britain!
Ian Lloyd, Legendary lead vocalist for STORIES [#1 Global Hit 1973], also appears on most FOREIGNER records and is currently promoting his CD "In The Land Of O-de-PO" as well as performing live with SOCIAL HERO.
http://www.machinedreamrecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ianlloydsStories
http://www.socialhero.com/

As a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, John Ford's talent has made an enduring impact in music through the years - his biggest hit - "Part of The Union," spent 59 weeks on the Charts and still popular today.
http://www.myspace.com/johnfordofthestrawbs

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SIGHT: 7:30-8:00pm
Feast your eyes as we proudly present a fashion show by Decotach!
At this fourth annual event, Decotach, a dance fashion innovator, unveils it's 2010 collection with bellydance-inspired beach & clubwear! Visit their website:
http://decotach.com/

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TASTE: 6-8pm
Complimentary samples sponsored by Hennessey Black.

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TOUCH: 6-10pm
Free chair massages will be offered by several of New York's most talented massage therapists.
Karen E Yanco, LMT
http://massagetherapists.healthprofs.... /cam/prof_detail.php?profid=505247&sid=1 283316117.5776_28227&zipcode=10016&county=New+York&state=New+York
Fuad Phillip Alan Osceola L.M.T., C.M.T., A.P.T., M.Ed.
646-825-0969
http://www.osceolamassage.com./

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SMELL: 6-10pm
There's Magick in the Air!...Aromatherapist Robin Mansfield
will hold you spellbound with her intoxicating essential oils and potions.
Come & experience what aromatherapy can do for you!
http://www.goddessineden.com/

***********************************************************

PSYCHIC ABILITY: 6-10pm
The Rock Girl is a professional Psychic, Healer and Transformational Speaker.
She is a regular guest on radio and television throughout the nation and hosts her very own radio show *RockTalk* with The Rock Girl on BlogTalk Radio. Guaranteed to Rock Your World!
Web: http://www.therockgirl.com/ Email: info@therockgirl.com

We invite you to indulge all your means of perception at our first Feast for All SIX Senses!
Admission: FREE!
Further details:
AndyfTroy@aol.com or 917-754-4329
Official Site: http://www.TastingNYC.com

Age Requirement: 21+
http://events.myspace.com/Event/7135442/TAJ--A-Feast-for-All-Six-Senses--John-Ford--Ian-Lloyd--more

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15 OCT 2010

7:30-9 PM

Back By Popular Demand! John Ford of the Strawbs
Port Washington Public Library
1 Library Drive,
Port Washington, NY 11050
Phone number: 516-883-4400
Website: http://www.pwpl.org
Free Admission

Back by popular demand, John Ford returns for another performance at the Port Washington Public Library on Long Island's North Shore on Friday, October 15, 2010. John Ford's performance will include his Top of the Pops hits from his different band projects and Solo repertoire with his band. The performance is free and all age groups are welcome to attend the show, starting at 7:30 PM, in the Lapham Meeting Room auditorium. The Port Washington Public Library is located right off Main St., at 1 Library Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050. Phone number: 516-883-4400 Website: http://www.pwpl.org

http://portwashington.patch.com/events/live-pwpl-john-ford-of-the-strawbs-back-by-popular-demand

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SAT 28 NOV 2010

BEATexpo 2010

IAN LLOYD/JOHN FORD

Ian Lloyd of The Stories ("Brother Louie") & John Ford of (The Strawbs) will be performing a set of Beatles music and will be at a booth for Meet & Greet signing autographs.

STAMFORD-DOWNTOWN Holiday Inn
700 E. MAIN STREET
STAMFORD CONNECTICUT 06901
Tickets: Adv $15.75 / Door: $20

Celebrating the fans of The Beatles
Celebrating the music of The Beatles
Celebrating the magic of The Beatles

Join fellow fans from "across the universe" in celebration of the fans and the music of The Beatles and 60's pop music, as Liverpool Productions LLC presents "BEATexpo 2010" on Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 28th, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford, 700 E. Main Street in Stamford, CT. The event is back by popular demand, after returning to Connecticut last year for the first time in 12 years.

There will be special guests, concerts by tribute bands, a gigantic rock & roll flea market/memorabilia marketplace; rare video screenings; special exhibits and displays; a "penny" auction and many other features, events and attractions.

Check website for complete details, Guests & Info:

http://www.toursandevents.com/BEATexpo.htm

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SAT 29 JAN

Doors open 7:30pm - Show starts: 8pm

The Record Collector ~ The Living Room Concert Series: Ian Lloyd's STORIES + John Ford of the Strawbs

The Record Collector
358 FARNSWORTH AVE
BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY 08505 US
Phone: (609) 324-0880
email: recordcollector@verizon.net
http://www.the-record-collector.com/

The Record Collector welcomes John Ford of the Strawbs and Ian Lloyd's Stories - together for a rockin night of music!

Tickets: $15 Advance / $20 Door
Buy your tix early!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++

About The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ -Great store! Great venue! "Voted as the favorite independent record store in the tri-state area; Details Magazine.
Received honorary mention in Spin Magazine online. The only New Jersey record store mentioned. Servicing Princeton, Trenton, Burlington, North, Central & and South New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York to Buy, Sell, or Exchange vinyl records, CDs, memorabilia, DVDs, and more for over 25 years!
Customer oriented, you will always feel at home at The Record Collector. Easy commute from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. No car? Use public transportation! Take the River Line Train or NJ Transit bus line.
*We reimburse students travel cost on any purchase of $25 or more. Including Princeton, Rider, Lawrence and Trenton students.
Age Requirement: 0+

Read more: http://events.myspace.com/Event/7659965/The-Record-Collector--The-Living-Room-Concert-Series-Ian-Lloyds-STORIES--John-Ford-of-the-Strawbs-#ixzz10r79IBOg


15 Sep 2010


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JOHN YOUNG GIG - WITNEY - 19 SEP
================================

An opportunity to grab a sneak preview of John Young's playing with the John Young Band who are playing a show this Sun 19 Sept at Fat Lil's in Witney Oxfordshire. All original material.

The John Young Band are:
John Young (keys and vox)
Robin Boult (gtrs) (Howard Jones. Fish)
Frosty Beedle (drums) (Cutting Crew)
Ian Salmon (bass) (Arena)

Fat Lil's
64a Corn Street
Witney
Oxfordshire OX28 6BS
01993-703385
http://www.fatlils.co.uk/main.asp
7.00pm

Tickets: priced on John's 'pay what you can afford' concept. Recommended price is 10, but you can pay more or less or come in for free.


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ROY HILL - 26 SEPT GIG - INCLUDES FREE 4-TRACK CD
=================================================

Just a reminder about Roy's gig on 26th Sept.

The Ram Jam Club at the Grey Horse
46 Richmond Road
Kingston-Upon Thames
8-10.30.
Doors Open 7pm.
Admission 5
INCLUDES A FREE SWITZERLAND FOUR TRACK CD

Sadly, Roy's long-awaited second solo album ever, Switzerland, due to be launched and on sale that night, is not quite yet finished. Roy comments:
"After six short years Switzerland, the highly anticipated (anticipated by who? Mrs GK of Lancs) follow-up to my 1978 debut album, Roy Hill, is almost finished. A few days ago I thought it actually was finished but decided against a premature, George Bush-type, the war with Iraq is over, announcement. Good job really as there are a couple of tracks that need improving so improve them I must. Anyone who was coming to my solo show at the Ram Jam Club in downtown Kingston on Sunday 26 September to purchase a copy may be disappointed but, let's be honest, probably not that surprised. However ...
Everyone who does come to the Ram Jam Club on Sunday 26 September will get a FREE FOUR TRACK SWITZERLAND SAMPLER CD ... Yes, that's right, FREE. Four tracks, from Switzerland, on CD, FREE and it's only 5 to get in! To good to be true you say? Rubbing your eyes in disbelief? Got one of those quizzical, I must be dreaming looks going on? Well, dear heart, it's true ..."
The completed album will be available by mail order from Deepdene Records in October, price 10 + postage. Order in advance from deepdene@fsmail.net and He'll mail it post free.


9 Sep 2010


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ADDITIONAL CANADA DATE - 4 OCT
==============================

New date for London ON on 4 Oct, venue to be advised.


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ROBERT KIRBY MEMORIAL CONCERT - 3 OCT
=====================================

A memorial concert for Robert Kirby is being held at Cecil Sharp House in London on 3 Oct at 2.00pm.

A number of people Robert worked with will perform songs with his arrangements plus some of Nick's songs. Confirmed so far are:

Luke Jackson
Ben & Jason
Teddy Thompson
Vashti Bunyan
Steve Ashley
Paul Weller
The Gentle Power of Song (a vocal group that Robert was in during his years at Cambridge).

Sadly Strawbs are off in Canada, but will be there in spirit....


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WITCHWOOD RECORDS - CONTACT DETAILS
===================================

If you have any queries about any of your orders there are contact details on the Witchwood Records site:

phone +44 1536 399006
fax +44 1536 399012

There's also an e-mail contact (at the very bottom of the front page):
Jane@hamilton-house.com

And a "Contact us" link once you are in the shop - last item on the Information box to the right of the screen (in the same column as the Shopping Cart)..

I will field queries to Witchwood Records, but please try them directly in the first instance. Thanks.


8 Sep 2010


============================================
WAKEMAN/COUSINS 40th ANNIVERSARY DVD PREVIEW
============================================

There is now an embedded link to a YouTube video preview of the forthcoming Wakeman/Cousins DVD release on Strawbsweb. It's available in both ordinary (640 wide) size (on the main front page) and HD high resolution (on the album page) at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/40rwdc/40rwdc.asp

Looks absolutely fabulous, and really reflects the captivating nature of the warm and relaxed performance of the two old friends, reunited on stage at last.

You can pre-order at Witchwood Records:

http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/product_info.php?products_id=118

Price is 15.99 plus P&P on its own. If you buy both this and Strawberry Fayre at the same time from Witchwood Records, price is 27 plus P&P.


============================================
ELECTRIC TOUR CANADA - HERO AND HEROINE LIVE
============================================

The Canada tour dates will feature the whole of Hero And Heroine played live (never before attempted) !!

Also uploaded, a copy of the new Electric band poster, featuring John Young and Tony Fernandez.

Another date (Gravenhurst, ON, 3 Oct) has been added to the Canadian tour schedule, which now looks like this.

Sat 2 Oct, The Place, Hamilton ON
Sun 3 Oct, Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON
Tue 5 Oct, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wed 6 Oct, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Thu 7 Oct, Outremont Theater, Montreal QC

Maps and details now on Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1010.htm


======================================
ELECTRIC TOUR UK - NEW DATES ANNOUNCED
======================================

New dates in Liverpool (15th) and Kinross (16th) added to the tour schedule, which now looks like this:

Wed 10 Nov, Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 11 Nov, The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 12 Nov, Buck Hotel, Reeth
Sat 13 Nov, Flowerpot, Derby
Sun 14 Nov, The Stables, Wavendon
Mon 15 Nov, Stanley Theatre, Liverpool
Tue 16 Nov, The Green Hotel, Kinross
Wed 17 Nov, The Globe, Cardiff
Thu 18 Nov, The Beaverwood, Chislehurst,
Sat 20 Nov, Astor Theatre, Deal
Sun 21 Nov, Mr Kyps, Poole
Thu 25 Nov, Boom Boom, Sutton
Sat 27 Nov, Borderline, London

Maps and details now on Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_1011.htm


===========================================
SANDY & STRAWBS TOPS AMAZON BLUEGRASS CHART
===========================================

On 5 Sep, the remastered All Our Own Work was TOP of the Amazon Bluegrass bestsellers list, and is still at the time of writing this, up there at number 2. It also features in the folk charts.


====================================
CATHRYN & BRIAN - TRIBUTE SHOW IN US
====================================

As some of you may know, Cathryn's father Judge John G Sowder died on 23 August and Cathryn stayed over in the US (with Brian joining her) for the funeral, which meant that some UK gigs had to be deferred. Cathryn has sent her thanks for the many messages of condolence she and her family received.

They have decided to institute an annual benefit concert for one of the causes her father supported - the local Volunteer Rescue Squad and the future Station 4, at Lanexa.

The first annual concert will be at Sportsmen Tavern, 3560 North Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, on Sunday September 12th, from 6.00 - 8.00pm. Tickets are $10, available in advance, or at the door ... 804 966 2990.

Cathryn and Brian are looking forward to resuming their gigging schedule on September 24th, with their appearance at the Madame Guitar Festival, Tricesimo, Italy.


=======================================
ROY HILL - SWITZERLAND LAUNCH - 26 SEPT
=======================================

And last, but not least, a reminder that Roy's long awaited second solo album, Switzerland (the first came out in 1978!) will launch at the Ram Jam Club on 26 Sept, an event that some have been waitng most of their lives for ....

The Ram Jam Club at the Grey Horse pub
46 Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE
020 8541 4328
Doors: 7.30; showtime 8.30
Admission 5.00

Do check out Roy's regularly updated MySpace at:

http://www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


27 Aug 2010


========================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY DATES
========================

Unfortunately due to a family bereavement, Cathryn has had to
postpone her return to the UK and regretfully Craig and Willoughby
will be unable to fulfil the following dates:

Aug
Sat 28th COMBE MARTIN Pack o' Cards, EX34 0ET 01271 882366
Mon 30th BARNES, Bull's Head, 07956553609, SW13 9PY
Sep
Fri 3rd FAVERSHAM FESTIVAL Chimney Boy, ME13 8PG 01795 534368
Sat 4th WAKEFIELD Red Shed, WF1 1QX 019243 85000
Sun 5th WOODWORKS FESTIVAL, MK43 0PR 01234 767037
Wed 8th GT BARDFIELD High Barn, CM7 4SL 01371 811291
Fri 10th MOIRA Miners Centre, DE12 6BP 01676 540219

Their appearance from Fri 24 Sept to Sun 26 Sep at the MADAME GUITAR
FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY will not be affected.

I'm sure all their fans will wish to extend their sympathy to Cathryn
and her family at this sad time.


17 Aug 2010


==============================================
STRAWBSWEBNEWS - STOP PRESS - SNEAK PREVIEW
==============================================

A sneak preview of one of the tracks from the forthcoming Strawberry
Fayre - Vol 1 of the recordings made at the 40th Anniversary last year.

Visit Strawbsweb - click on the Heartbreak Hill line-up picture on
the main page to listen to an excerpt from their live version of
"Heartbreak Hill" from the 40th anniversary, mixed and mastered by
our very own Chas Cronk. Turn it up good and loud - I think it'll
knock your socks off!


16 Aug 2010


============================================================
STRAWBSWEBNEWS - STOP PRESS - AUGUST 2010 - ELECTRIC LINE-UP
============================================================
Some big news just in about the electric band line-up for both the Canadian dates in October and the UK dates in November.

Neither Rod Coombes nor Oliver Wakeman are available for these tours - Rod has educational commitments, and Oliver is committed to recording a new Yes album in the States I October/November.

So:

On drums, we welcome the return of a familiar face to many longtime Strawbs fans - Tony Fernandez, who played on Deadlines and Heartbreak Hill, the latter an album which Cousins considers one of their best. After 34 years in Rick Wakeman's band, Tony was reunited with the Heartbreak Hill and Blue Angel line-ups at the 40th anniversary weekend. His enthusiasm for playing Strawbs material again was both obvious and infectious. It'll be a great pleasure to see him behind the drumkit again.

On keyboards, we welcome a new face - John Young, who has supported the Strawbs in the past at Bilston. As well as running his own John Young Band, he writes with Jon Anderson, is MD for Bonnie Tyler, has played in Quango alongside John Wetton and Carl Palmer and in Greenslade amongst other credits.
Check out his Myspace at:

http://www.myspace.com/johnyoungband

Whilst we will of course miss Rod and Oliver, we look forward to seeing Tony's return and John's debut with the Strawbs.

Acoustic tour
-------------
The September tour of the USA is the Acoustic Strawbs line-up: Dave Cousins/Dave Lambert/Chas Cronk.


13 Aug 2010


==========================================
STRAWBERRY FAYRE - PRE-ORDERS CLOSE 20 AUG
==========================================

Please note that pre-ordering will close at 5.00pm UK time on 20 August.

That's the last opportunity to pre-order Vol.1 of the 40th Anniversary releases - Strawberry Fayre (2CD) - via Witchwood Records' online shop and get your name in the CD booklet.

You can order Vol. 2 the Rick Wakeman/Dave Cousins (CD/DVD) at the same time (not including names in this release).

Track listings are on the website front page.

Prices: both packages are priced at 15.99 plus p&p from Witchwood Records; we'll be offering a pre-order special price for both at 27.00 plus p&p.

The Witchwood Records online shop is at: http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/
Links to the actual CDs on the front page of Strawbsweb.

Both albums are scheduled for release in October.


=================================
DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH - 14 Aug
=================================

Just a reminder about this on 14th August at the Deal Hoy in Deal, 1.30pm onwards, free entry.

Dave and Ian Cutler will be playing for around 45 minutes.

16 Duke Street
Deal
Kent
CT14 6DU


Reviews of the book and your online comments are coming in - check out:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/books/sss/sss.asp


================================
DAVE COUSINS INTERVIEW
ISLE OF WIGHT RADIO - SUN 15 AUG
================================

Every Sun 2 - 4pm Britain's longest running non-stop radio chat show. This Sunday August 15 - features an interview with Dave Cousins.

"Also on the show is DAVE COUSINS from the legendary STRAWBS. He's been in the band since the 60s and has a remarkable story. He will also talk about the re-release of the album they made with the late Sandy Denny."

The show can be heard all along the South Coast of England on 107FM and all over Britain via our website www.iwradio.co.uk


========================================
ROY HILL/CRY NO MORE AND OTHERS - 15 AUG
========================================

Another reminder for this mini-festival.

Playing so far, Roy Hill (singer-songwriter), Cry No More, Steve Whalley, Phil Martin. More to come!

Guests will play solo slots and join in with the Roy Hill (singer-songwriter) set.

Runs from 5.00-10.00PM. Admission 5. Capacity 70.


=========================================
THE GREAT BRITISH FOLK FESTIVAL - 3-5 DEC
BUTLINS HOLIDAY CAMP, SKEGNESS
=========================================

Early warning of this mega event at which Acoustic Strawbs are playing on 4 Dec. Essentially the idea is that you book into Butlins Holiday Camp for a weekend and see lots of mega acts.

Book at: www.bigweekends.com

Announced so far:

* Donovan
* Kate Rusby
* Acoustic Strawbs
* Sandi Thom
* John Renbourn & Jacqui Mcshee
* Oyster Band
* Hunter Muskett
* Deborah Bonham Acoustic
* Richard Digance
* Gary Fletcher Band
* Phil Cool
* The Dylan Project
* Gordon Giltrap
* Jiggerypipery
* Shinjig
* Away With The Faeries
* Legends Of Folk Rock The Gathering (including current/former members of Lindisfarne, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Fairport, Magna Carta)
* Rod Clements
* Stackridge
* Nine Below Zero Unplugged


================================
RICK WAKEMAN/ JON ANDERSON DATES
OCT/NOV 2010
================================

A series of dates towards the end of 2010 featuring both Rick and Jon Anderson. The concert series will feature the music of YES, some new songs and of course, the legendary banter between them. There is a tour flyer available to download from the Rick Wakeman website - www.rwcc.com.

Cambridge, Sat Oct 09, Corn Exchange 01223 357851
Crawley, Mon Oct 11, The Hawth 01293 553636
Croydon, Tue Oct 12, Fairfield Halls 0208 688 9291
Ipswich, Thu Oct 14, The Corn Exchange 01473 433100
Stevenage, Fri Oct 15, Arts & Leisure Centre 01438 363200
Tunbridge Wells, Sat Oct 16, Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530613
Liverpool, Tue Oct 19, Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789
Wolverhampton, Thu Oct 21, Civic Hall 08703 207000
Basingstoke, Fri Oct 22, The Anvil 01256 844244
Leeds, Sun Oct 24, Grand Theatre 0844 848 2701
Buxton, Mon Oct 25, Opera House 0845 1272190
Poole, Fri Oct 29, Lighthouse 0844 406 8666
St Albans, Sat Oct 30, Alban Arena 01727 844488
Bristol, Mon Nov 01, Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
Southend, Tue Nov 02, Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
Edinburgh, Sat Nov 06, Playhouse 0870 6063424
Perth, Sun Nov 07, Concert Hall 01738 621031
Gateshead, Mon Nov 08, The Sage 0191 443 4661
Manchester, Thu Nov 11, Palace Theatre 0870 4013000
London, Mon Nov 15, indigo2 at the O2 0844 844 0002


=========================================
RICK WAKEMAN SOLO DATES - SEP/DEC 2010
A VERY INTIMATE EVENING WITH RICK WAKEMAN
=========================================

Rick's plan to do 1 solo show a month has snowballed a little: a few dates in September and one in December. Keep any eye on Rck's website for further details: www.rwcc.com

Shrewsbury, Fri 10 Sep, Theatre Severn 01743 281281
Chelmsford, Thu Sep 16, Civic Theatre 01245 606505
Dartford, Fri Sep 17, Orchard Theatre 01322 220000
Durham, Sat Sep 18, Gala Theatre 0191 332 4041
Inverness, Mon Sep 27, Eden Court 01463 234234
Beccles, Norfolk, Fri Dec 3, The Granary


===============================================
CONNY CONRAD & FRIENDS - ROCK FOR YOUR CHILDREN
===============================================

Conny Conrad (Dave's collaborator on the High Seas album) has recorded a charity song (in 6 different formats). "Rock For Your Children" is intended as a weapon against child poverty worldwide. You can listen to clips from the songs at this English language website:

( http://tinyurl.com/32z57my)

And check out the main Rock For Your Children website (German language):

http://www.rockforyourchildren.de/.


Read more about the CD/MP3s and some words from Conny about his initiative on the Rock For Your Children page on Strawbsweb:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_rfyc.htm


8 Aug 2010


=====================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN
=====================

This news in from Jill Morrison:


Regret to say YOSO + John Ford of Strawbs & John Hawken show on Wed. Aug 11th at Keswick
Theater Glenside, PA has been cancelled/postponed for now. Ticket holders can contact the
venue for refund. Fans are encouraged to make the Fri. Aug 13th show Strand
Theater show in Lakewood, NJ with YOSO + John Ford. Apologies for any
inconvenience!

Cancellation Announcement from YOSO:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the first date of our American tour
(Wednesday, August 11th at the Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA) must be
postponed. We are so disappointed to miss our Philadelphia-area fans,
and will reschedule as soon as possible.

And if you don't mind taking a drive, we'll be about 65 miles away on
Friday, August 13th in Lakewood, NJ (The Strand Center for the Arts).
We'd love to see you there!

Bobby, Billy & Tony
YOSO


4 Aug 2010


=======================
SANDY DENNY DOCUMENTARY
=======================

News just in that Radio 2 in the UK will be airing the Sandy Denny documentary TONIGHT (Aug 4th), which includes interview material from Dave Cousins and many others.

10.00pm UK time
Radio 2

Apologies to those who may not be able to get this station outside of the UK.


================
US GIGS - UPDATE
================

NEW gig - Sunday 12 Sept - Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh

As far as I know, no more dates likely to be added.

List follows:

Thursday 9 September, The Ark Ann Arbor MI
Friday 10 September, Abbey Chicago IL
Saturday 11 September, Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH
Sunday 12 September, Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburg
Tuesday 14 September, The Turning Point Cafe Piermont NY
Wednesday 15 September, Music on Main Street Woodbridge NJ
Thursday 16 September, Sellersville Theatre Sellersville PA
Friday 17 September, Strand Theatre Lakewood NJ
Saturday 18 September, Towne Crier Pawling NY
Sunday 19 September, University Caf Stony Brook NY
Tuesday 21 September, BB King's New York NY
Wednesday 22 September, Showcase Live Foxborough MA
Thursday 23 September, GE Theatre Schenectady NY
Friday 24 September, Redhouse Syracuse NY
Saturday 25 September, Lovin' Cup Rochester NY


======================
CANADIAN GIGS - UPDATE
======================

The Montreal gig venue is now confirmed - see below. Other dates may be added.
No confirmation yet as to the band line-up - hope to be in a position shortly to let you know.

List follows:

Saturday 2 October - The Place, Hamilton ON
Tuesday 5 October - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wednesday 6 October - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Thursday 7 October - Outremont Theater, Montreal QC
Friday 8 October - Barrymore's, Ottawa



=======================================
DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH - DEAL, 14 AUG
=======================================

Don't forget that Dave is holding a book launch at the Deal Hoy in Deal on 14 Aug. Dave and Ian Cutler are playing and the whole thing starts at 1.30.

The Deal Hoy
16 Duke Street
Deal
Kent
CT14 6DU


===========================================
ROY HILL/CRY NO MORE GIG - KINGSTON, 15 AUG
===========================================

And also - the private gig that grew into a festival: 35 YEARS IN SHOWBIZ AND STILL NO HITS

Ram Jam Club
The Grey Horse
46 Richmond Road
Kingston KT2 5EE

5-10pm. 5.

Roy Hill
Cry No More
Steve Whalley
Phil Martin

And you get a piece of cake to celebrate Roy's 60th birthday which is a few days later.


============================================
MORE CRY NO MORE FAREWELL WORLD TOUR GIGS
============================================

And finally, some more CNM gigs.

Thu 19 August - The Antelope, 87 Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4AW. Free admission.

Fri 3 September. The Ram Jam Club, Kingston.

Roy says in his recent newsletter:

"150 per person, entry includes free glass of non-alcoholic "bubbly" and a chance to win a squirrel. Sorry, no students, no single males. Admission price subject to change as I haven't spoken to the Ramrod about it yet. Perhaps it's a bit high at the moment."


30 July 2010


=========================================
CUMBERLAND (WE ARE TENNESSEE) ON ITUNES
=========================================

Brian and Cathryn have released Cumbria (We Are Tennessee) on Itunes. You can download it for 79p from

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cumberland-we-are-tennessee/id385125470?i=385125487

The song, as you probably already know if you've seen the video on youtube at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rakua2Ij5CE

and is about the severe floods that occurred in May this year when
several rivers including the Cumberland, Loosahatchie, Duck, Harpeth and Red River burst their banks and flooded large areas of Kentucky , Tennessee, Virginia, and Ohio.


===============================
BRIAN AND SCRATCH MUSIC NIGHTS
===============================

Many of you may already have been to the Red Lion in Shepperton as Brian and Cathryn ended a tour at a nearby school a few years ago, and then everyone adjourned to the Red Lion for a post gig tipple. The pub closed last year but has recently re-opened under new management. Brian Willoughby and a friend of his, a guitarist called Scratch from New Zealand, are running music nights every Monday there. The evenings kick off at around eight o'clock, with Brian and Scratch playing a set, usually joined by guest musicians such as Mark Pickup on saxophone, then the floor is open to any musicians in the audience. If you have a talent, come along. If, like me, you don't have a talent but enjoy listening to good music, come along as well.


30 July 2010


===================================================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN - ROCKCON 2010 - THIS WEEKEND
===================================================

A reminder that John Ford and John Hawken will both be at ROCKCON
2010 this weekend.

FRI JULY 30th 2010: 6pm11pm
SAT 31st JULY: 1pm-10pm
SUN AUG 1st 2010: 1pm-9pm
Tickets $20 Advance /$30 Door & up - VIP Early-Bird Passes & Special
Hotel Rates Available
@ Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center 2 Meadowlands Plaza, E.
Rutherford, NJ 07073

John Ford & Ian Lloyd will be doing a 30 min set together on Saturday
at 6 PM and later again that evening. Impromptu jams may occur
throughout the weekend!

Along with John Ford, John Hawken will be at the Strawbs table (with
an occasional trip to other bands he's been involved with). Do go
and see them there.

Website: http://www.nationalrockcon.com

========================================
HUD GIGS - UPDATE - GIGGING THIS WEEKEND
========================================

From Lindsay:

Here is an updated list of Hud's forthcoming gigs.

Somehow the gigs for tomorrow and Saturday (30th and 31st July) were
left off my previous list. Several more gigs have also appeared for
August and September (I have added them preceded by asterisks).

One gig with The Beaky Band has been rescheduled to 24th December.

Gigs for October/November/December weren't listed previously.

JULY
30th Wellington Arms Hotel, Stratfield Turges RG27 OAS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
31st Truimph Club, Abbey Rugby Club, Peppard Rd, Emmer Green, Reading
RG4 8XA, 0118 972 2881 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

AUGUST
** 4th EEL PIE CLUB, CABBAGE PATCH, 67 London Rd,Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
** 6th THE GLOBE, 104 Windmill Rd, BRENTFORD TW8 9NA (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
7th The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD Tel: 01923
443360 (THE ALI MAC BAND)
20th The Coach & Horses,183, London Road, Brentford TW7 5BQ Tel: 020
8560 1447 (THE BEAKY BAND)

22nd Red Lion, 92-94 LInkfield Road Isleworth,Middlesex TW7 6QE Tel:
020 8560 1457(THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
** 27th THE BLACK HORSE, High Rd, EASTCOTE, Pinner HA5 2EN, Tel: 020
8866 9106 (THE AMBA BAND)
28th The Crown, Ley Hill Common, Nr Chesham, Bucks HP5 1PY Tel: 01404
783910 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS) (LUNCHTIME)
29th The Crown, Colham Green Rd Hillingdon UB8 3QH Tel:01895 442
303‎ (THE GOOD OLD BOY)
30th The Bandstand, Parliament Hill, Highgate Road. (3pm start)(THE
GINNY BROWN BAND)

SEPTEMBER
1st Dustys, Holmer Green, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green HP15 6UF Tel:
01628 521112 (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
4th Hayes Working Men's Club, Pump lane, Hayes Tel: 020 85730205 (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
5th The Horns, 1 Hempsted Rd, Watford WD17 3RL Tel: 01923 225020 (THE
GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Rd Staines TW18 2DX Tel 01784 452302
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
** 12th THE BOOT, 4 Market Place, ST. ALBANS AL3 5DG (THE ALI MAC BAND)
17th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR Tel: 08721 077
0770 (THE BEAKY BAND)
** 23rd Wellington Arms Hotel, Stratfield Turges RG27 OAS (THE ALI MAC BAND)

ALL NEW DATES FROM HERE ON: (and please note THE BEAKY BAND date
originally scheduled for 21st August at The Barnhall Social Club in
Wickford has been rescheduled to 24th DECEMBER.

OCTOBER
1st The Globe, 104 Windmill Rd, Brentford TW8 9NA (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
8th Wellington Arms Hotel, Stratfield Turges RG27 OAS (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
10th Northwood Golf Club (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th The Crown, Cowley UB8 2NL (THE BEAKY BAND)
17th Red Lion, Isleworth (LUNCHTIME) (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
24th The Cherry Tree, 22 Station Rd, South Norwood SE25 5AG 6PM START
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th Black Horse, High Rd, Eastcote, Pinner HA5 2EN, 020 8866 9106
(THE AMBA BAND)
30th Fox Inn, Higham on the Hill CV13 6Ah (THE BEAKY BAND)

NOVEMBER
6th The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
12th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
20th Barnhall Soc Club, Alderney Gdns, Brock Hill, Wickford SS11 7NL
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)

DECEMBER
3rd Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
11th The Globe, 104 Windmill Rd, Brentford TW8 9NA (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
24th Barnhall Soc Club, Alderney Gdns, Brock Hill, Wickford SS11 7NL
(THE BEAKY BAND)


22 July 2010


=============================================
40TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASES - PRE-ORDERING LIVE
=============================================


There's now a cover image for the Wakeman/Cousins 40th Anniversary release - a CD/DVD package.

http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/40rwdc/40rwdc.asp

The Wakeman Cousins CD/DVD release and the 2CD Strawberry Fayre are now available for pre-ordering.

If you order either Strawberry Fayre or both releases online with Witchwood Records before 21 August your name will be included in the Strawberry Fayre booklet only (we're not including names in the Wakeman/Cousins release).

The Witchwood Records online shop is at: http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/

The albums are scheduled for release in October.


=================================================
MORE NEWS ABOUT DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH - 14 AUG
=================================================

As previously announced, Dave is holding a book launch for Secrets, Stories & Songs at the Deal Hoy pub in Deal on 14th August, starting at 1.30pm. Free entry.

Dave and Ian Cutler will be playing. They are looking into the possibility that the event may be web-cammed and viewable over the net. More info when I have it.

The Deal Hoy is a great Shepherd Neame pub, situated at:

16 Duke Street
Deal
Kent
CT14 6DU

====================================
DAVE COUSINS INTERVIEW ON RADIO KENT
====================================

Dave has been interviewed by Roger Day on Radio Kent and talks about the remastered Sandy Denny & The Strawbs release All Our Own Work. It's still available on iPlayer at for a short while:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p008t970/Roger_Day_Sandy_Denny/

The interview starts at 28 minutes into the show.


==================================
ROY HILL/CNM & OTHERS - 15 AUG GIG
==================================

The economically titled "35 Years In Showbiz And Still No Hits Gala Performance" at the Ram Jam Club in Kingston on 15 August has morphed into a mini-festival of Roy Hill-related delights. The Ram Jam's a great, intimate venue - virtually a festival for a fiver!

Playing so far, Roy Hill (singer-songwriter), Cry No More, Steve Whalley, Phil Martin. More to come!

Guests will play solo slots and join in with the Roy Hill (singer-songwriter) set.

Runs from 5.00-10.00PM. Admission 5. Capacity 70.

Reservations via deepdene@fsmail.net


=======================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=======================

Cumberland (We Are Tennessee) on YouTube
----------------------------------------

An original song by Cathryn & Brian about the devastating floods in middle Tennessee, May 2010,) has had community video and factual comments added to it to make a powerful YouTube video at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rakua2Ij5CE

The song is available on iTunes.

Live dates
----------

A couple of additional dates added to Brian & Cathryn's live itinerary for the rest of the year (14 Oct and 4 Dec). Full list below.


Aug
Sat 28th COMBE MARTIN Pack o' Cards, EX34 0ET 01271 882366

Sep
Fri 3rd FAVERSHAM FESTIVAL Chimney Boy, ME13 8PG 01795 534368
Sat 4th WAKEFIELD Red Shed, WF1 1QX 019243 85000
Sun 5th WOODWORKS FESTIVAL, MK43 0PR 01234 767037
Wed 8th GT BARDFIELD High Barn, CM7 4SL 01371 811291
Fri 10th MOIRA Miners Centre, DE12 6BP 01676 540219
Fri 24th MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
Sat 25th MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
Sun 26th MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
Wed 29th HINCKLEY HinckleyACT, LE10 3EZ 01455 631609
Thur 30th COVENTRY Coombe Club, CV3 2HY 02476 714370

Oct
Fri 1st CANNOCK Four Ways Inn, WS12 3HL 01543 271269
Sat 2nd KIRKBY STEPHEN Masonic Hall, CA17 4QN 017683 72123
Tue 5th CRAMLINGTON The Hind, NE23 6DT 01670 715106
Wed 6th UPPERMILL Cross Keys, OL3 6LW 01457 833897
Fri 8th TENBURY WELLS St Michaels, WR15 8TG 01584 810291
NEW - Thur 14th NARBERTH Queen's Hall, SA67 7AS 01834 861212

Nov
Tu 30th CROXDALE Daleside Arms, DH6 5HY 01388 815162

Dec
Wed 1st IRVINE Vineburgh Centre, KA12 0TH 01294 551047
Thu 2nd FALKIRK Argyll's, FK1 1LS 01324 630922
Fri 3rd KINGSWINFORD Ashwood Marina, DY6 0AQ 01384 831263
NEW Sat 4th TORQUAY Blue Walnut Cafe 01803 394113
Sun 5th LEE MILL Westward Inn, PL21 9EE 01752 708770



===========================
HUD GIGS - AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
===========================
DELETED = SEE UPDATED LIST 30 JULY


19 July 2010


=============================================
40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
VOL 1: STRAWBERRY FAYRE (2CD)
VOL 2: RICK WAKEMAN & DAVE COUSINS (CD+DVD)
=============================================

STRAWBERRY FAYRE (2CD)
----------------------

I now have information on the much-awaited first recordings from the 40th Anniversary last September. Scheduled for release on 5th October, Vol. 1 is a 2CD set of highlights from the whole weekend, with a 16 page booklets with photographs and line-up details. The track listing is below.

There's a cover image and further info on musicians and, in due course, previews/reviews on the main Strawberry Fayre page at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/fayre/fayre.asp

Pre-ordering
------------

We will shortly open up the usual pre-ordering process with Witchwood Records where, if you order online before a date in August (TBC, but either 14th or 21st) your name will be included in the Strwaberry Fayre booklet only (we're not including names in the Wakeman /Cousins release). I hope you will be able to support this release in this way, as many of you have before. I'll e-mail the Strawbswebnews list/Witchwood as soon as this is available.

Both packages are priced at 15.99 plus p&p from Witchwood Records; we'll be offering a pre-order special price for both at 27.00 plus p&p.

Strawberry Fayre track listing
------------------------------

CD1

Heartbreak Hill Strawbs (Heartbreak Hill line-up)
Starting Over Strawbs (Heartbreak Hill line-up)
Landslide Cry No More
Don't Leave Me Here Cry No More
Skip To My Lou Dave Cousins & Blue Angel Orchestra
Hellfire Blues Dave Cousins & Blue Angel Orchestra
On My Way Acoustic Strawbs With Sonja Kristina
All I Need Is You Acoustic Strawbs With Sonja Kristina
Autumn Strawbs (current line-up)
Lay Down Strawbs (current line-up)
Angie Zeus
True Love Zeus
October To May Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman
Can You Believe Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman

CD2

Blue Angel Strawbs (Blue Angel line-up)
Cry No More Strawbs (Blue Angel line-up)
Alice's Song Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
That Ol' Guitar Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
Copenhagen Acoustic Strawbs
Josephine Acoustic Strawbs
Together Apart John Ford
Floating In The Wind John Ford
Song Of A Sad Little Girl Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler
Grace Darling Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler
Flies Like A Bird Fire
Father's Name Is Dad Fire
Evergreen - Acoustic Strawbs &The Royal Artillery Orchestra (conducted by Robert Kirby)
Where Silent Shadows Fall - Strawbs (current line-up) & RA Orchestra (conducted by Robert Kirby)



================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/HIGH VOLTAGE, VIP ONLY, 25 JULY
================================================

Acoustic Strawbs will be appearing for VIP attendees only at this festival in Victoria Park, London on 25th July (no details of timing, sorry); Rick Wakeman is also there, at the Cinema tent for a Q&A session (no date information).

The Festival runs over 2 days, 24th/25th July. VIP ticket prices are: Day 135, Weekend 250

For further info - please contact the Festival organisers. Details at:

http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/vip-packages/vip-entertainment/


==========================================
DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH - 14 AUGUST, DEAL
==========================================

Early warning of this event to take place at lunchtime in the Hoy pub in Deal on 14 August. Dave and Ian Cutler will be playing a set.


====================================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN - ROCKCON 2010
====================================

John Ford and John Hawken will both be at ROCKCON 2010: Weekend of 100 Rock Stars - The National Rock & Roll Celebrity Show, Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center 2 Meadowlands Plaza, E. Rutherford, NJ:

FRI JULY 30th 2010: 6pm11pm
SAT 31st JULY: 1pm-10pm
SUN AUG 1st 2010: 1pm-9pm
Tickets $20 Advance /$30 Door & up - VIP Early-Bird Passes & Special Hotel Rates Available
@ Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center 2 Meadowlands Plaza, E. Rutherford, NJ 07073

John Ford & Ian Lloyd will be doing a 30 min set together on Saturday at 6 PM and later again that evening. Impromptu jams may occur throughout the weekend!

Along with John Ford, John Hawken will be at the Strawbs table {with an occasional trip to other bands he's been involved with). Do go and see them there.

Website: http://www.nationalrockcon.com


12 July 2010


========================
DAVE COUSINS LYRICS BOOK
========================

The official Dave Cousins lyrics book "Secrets,
Stories and Song" has gone to press and should be
available to those who pre-ordered in a few weeks.

It's now available through Amazon, and will be released 2 August.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Stories-Songs-Bonus-Exclusive/dp/0956588700/

PLEASE BEWARE !!!
-----------------

There is another book being sold on Amazon:

"Songs Written by Dave Cousins: Grace Darling,
Lay Down, I Only Want My Love to Grow in You,
Autumn, Benedictus, Lemon Pie, Charmer
(Paperback)", published by LLC Books at 14.50.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Songs-Written-Dave-Cousins-Benedictus/dp/1155492781/

This is a very strange publication, basically
taken from a very odd Wiki site - which collects
information - NOT lyrics - about a very small
selection of Strawbs songs (most of Grave New World and a few singles).

Avoid like the plague !!

=========================================
STRAWBS AT THE BBC - RELEASE DATE 12 JULY
=========================================

The two Strawbs at the BBC CD releases are out today.

Nearly got my review done .... watch the site for further news.

==========================
NEW US ACOUSTIC GIGS ADDED
==========================

Thur 9 Sept, The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
NEW - FRI 10 SEPT, ABBEY, CHICAGO IL
Sat, 11 Sept, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sun 12 Sept, TBA
Mon 13 Sept, TBC
NEW - TUE 14 SEPT, THE TURNING POINT CAFE, PIERMONT NY
Wed 15 Sept, Music on Main Street, Woodbridge NJ
Thu 16 Sept, Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville PA
Fri 17 Sept, Strand Theatre, Lakewood NJ
Sat 18 Sept, Towne Crier, Pawling NY
NEW - SUN 19 SEPT, UNIVERSITY CAF, STONY BROOK NY
Tue 21 Sept, BB King's, New York NY
Wed 22 Sept, Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
NEW - THU 23 SEPT, GE THEATRE, SCHENECTADY NY (EIGHTH STEP AT PROCTOR'S)
Fri 24 Sept, Redhouse, Syracuse NY
Sat 25 Sept, Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY
Sun 26 Sept - TBC

===========================================
UK ELECTRIC GIGS - NOV 2010 - EARLY WARNING
===========================================

Details are emerging of UK electric band dates planned for November 2010

Wed 10 Nov, Robin 2, Bilston
Thu 11 Nov, The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 12 Nov, Buck Hotel, Reeth
Sat 13 Nov, Flowerpot, Derby
Thu 18 Nov, TBC
Sat 20 Nov, Astor Theatre, Deal
Sun 21 Nov, Mr Kyps, Poole
Thu 25 Nov, Boom Boom, Sutton
Sat 27 Nov, Borderline, London

=========================
40TH ANNIVERSARY - CD/DVD
=========================

Latest intelligence on this 2 audio CD
compilation from the 40th is that it's likely to
be released in September, 1 year on from the
great event. Working title - Strawberry Fayre !

Next 40th related release likely to be a DVD of
the Dave Cousins/Rick Wakeman set.

==================================
A DAY OUT AT HAMPTON HILL, 17 JULY
==================================

Cry No More are playing as part of the first
ever Hampton Hill Summer Festival, which takes
place on Saturday 17 July in Hampton Hill High Street.

Starts at 12, ends at 7.00. CNM are due onstage
at about 4pm in the courtyard of The Mews, 53
High Street, helping to raise money for the
Shooting Stars charity, playing for about 45 minutes.

The Mayor and Mayoress and local M.P., Vince
Cable will open the festival at 12pm outside the
Farmers' City Market. They will be joined by
Whitton's Town Crier, plus children's characters
including Tinky Winky and Dipsy from the
Teletubbies plus Phil the Frog and Dave the Bear.

Cry No More in good company then ;-)

More info at http://www.hhfestival.org.uk/

=====================================
A DAY OUT AT STRAWBERRY HILL, 18 JULY
=====================================

A reminder that you can see Acoustic Strawbs and
Brian Willoughby's band, the Three Mustgetbeers
at the Strawberry Hill Fun Day, at Strawberry Hill House, on Sunday 18 July.

It's an all day open air event from 11.30 am to
7.30 pm - with The MGBs on first and the
Acoustics on at around 4pm. Entrance "by donation", kids free.

Other acts include:
* Tom Nolan and The Bluescasters (ace drummer Chris Hunt in attendance)
* Robin Bibi Band
* The Downliners Sect
* The Mustangs
* BibleCode Sundays
* The Draytones

More info: http://www.strawberryhillmusicday.co.uk/

===========================================
BRIDGEWATER ACOUSTICS GIG 31 JULY CANCELLED
===========================================

News in that the Acoustic Strawbs gig on 31 July
in Bridgewater has been cancelled by the promoter.

==============================
JOHN FORD (& JOHN HAWKEN) GIGS
==============================

Fri 16 July 2010
Port Washington Public Library
Ian Lloyd's STORIES - Special Guest: John Ford
1 Library Drive (off Main Street), Port Washington, NY 11050.
Phone: 516-883-4400
7:30 pm
FREE Admission All Ages
Website: http://www.pwpl.org
Ian Lloyd website: http://www.myspace.com/ianlloydsstories

---------------------------

Fri 30 July 2010: 6pm11pm
Sat 31 July 2010: 1pm-10pm
Sun 1 Aug 2010: 1pm-9pm
ROCKCON 2010: Weekend of 100 Rock Stars - The
National Rock & Roll Celebrity Show
@ Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center 2 Meadowlands Plaza, E. Rutherford, NJ
Tickets $20 Advance /$30 Door & up - VIP
Early-Bird Passes & Special Hotel Rates Available
John Ford & Ian Lloyd - 30 min set Sat 31 July, 6
pm, and later again that evening.
Impromptu jams may occur throughout the weekend!
Website: http://www.nationalrockcon.com

-------------------------

Two upcoming gigs by John Ford as support to
supergroup YOSO (a combination of Yes and Toto -
Tony Kaye & Billy Sherwood from Yes and Bobby Kimball from Toto).

11 AUG 2010 - YOSO + John Ford/John Hawken
Keswick Theater Glenside, PA
8 PM
John Ford guests with a special appearance by John Hawken.
Tickets $29 /$35 Keswick Theater 291 N. Keswick
Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 215-572-7650
Website: http://www.keswicktheatre.com/
YOSO website: http://www.yosohq.com

13 AUG 2010 YOSO + John Ford
The Strand Theater Lakewood, NJ
8 PM
John Ford guests.
Tickets $35 The Strand Theater 400 Clifton Ave.,
Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-367-7789
Website: http://www.strand.org/
YOSO website: http://www.yosohq.com

==================================
WITCHWOOD GROUP - 10TH ANNIVERSARY
==================================

And finally, July 10 saw the 10th ann8iversary of
the Yahoogroups Strawbs discussion forum,
Witchwood. Populated by 300 or so hardly souls,
it was founded by Steve Young on 10 July 2000,
who sent the first message at 5.51am that morning.

To date there have been 55282 posts (this will be 55283).

It's amazing to think that this has been going on
for a decade!!! In addition to all the great
comments on matters (mainly) Strawb-related, from
all around the world, we've introduced the noun
"Witchwooder" to the world, and added to the
number of fancy badges you can wear to gigs.

Happy birthday Witchwood, here's to the next
decade ! Check out some of the messages at:

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Witchwood/

You'll need to be a YahooGroups member, but
otherwise, the message archive is open to all.


26 June 2010


News of another Cry No More gig and some Bad Influence dates featuring our own Chas Cronk

================
Another Cry No More gig

================

The Shooting Star trust have arranged a charity gig on Sat 17th July at the mews off Hampton Hill High St where the Shooting star offices are. It runs between 12:00 lunch time to 18:00 with a few "acts" planned to appear. Running order not yet defined, but one of the acts will be Cry No More. It is part of an overall Hampton Hill event, so there may be other things to do locally.

===================
Bad Influence dates with Chas

===================

There's a very good Rhythm and Blues band called Bad Influence, who sometimes find them selves without a bassist. When that happens they often uses the services of Bob Skeats from Wishbone Ash or of Chas Cronk.

Chas is playing five dates with them in July as follows:

Fri 9th - White hart Inn,
Ardingley, West Sussex
Sat 10th - Cardinal Wolsey, Hampton
Court
Sat 17th - The Globe, Brentford
Sun 18th - Pub in Godalming
Sat 24th - Poyntz Arms, East Molesy


18 June 2010


=============================================
SANDY DENNY & THE STRAWBS - ALL OUR OWN WORK:
THE COMPLETE SESSIONS - OUT NOW
=============================================

This is now released on Witchwood Media - sounds fabulous with its Chris Tsangarides remastering and is getting great reviews in the press - Daily Express on 10 June gave it four stars and commented that:

"Legend surrounds this alliance between the first lady of British folk and the much loved Strawbs, which many now think of this as the original folk-rock album.... Songs such as Who Knows Where The Time Goes and Tell Me Where You See In Me are flawless while the original album with out-takes and unreleased demo tracks make it perfect for all music fans."

More reviews and feature reviews in the pipeline.

You can now buy it at Witchwood Records in the usual way, and it's widely available through other outlets.

http://www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk
or
* By phone to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399006
* By fax to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399012
* By post to Witchwood Records, Hamilton House Mailings, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northant, NN17 4HH


======================================
STRAWBS AT THE BBC - VOL. 1 AND VOL. 2
======================================

A reminder - Vol.1 is a single CD with sessions recorded for the BBC and Vol.2 is a 2CD set with three "Live In Concert" programmes recorded in front of a live audience in 1971, 1973 and 1974 respectively.

Universal's release date now 12 July, available in good music outlets everywhere.

You can order on Amazon:
Vol 1 (7.99) - http://tinyurl.com/2vdtqwf
Vol 2 (11.99) - http://tinyurl.com/37pyew2

Preview review coming soon on Strawbsweb.


==========================
COUSINS & CUTLER - 22 JUNE
==========================

Dave and Ian play another one-off show at the Ringwood Folk Club on 22 June.

Venue details:
Elm Tree Inn
Hightown
Ringwood
BH24 3DY

Showtime: 8.00pm
Tickets: available at club from 4 May at 8.50 or on the night at 10.00 (if available)
Info: Rod Biggs 01425 673713
Website: www.ringwoodfolk.org.uk/


=================================
CRY NO MORE - REVISITED - 19 JUNE
=================================

Don't forget that CNM return to the Royal Oak on Friday evening for another free show in convivial surroundings.

Royal Oak
45 Oak Avenue
Hampton
Middlesex TW12 3NR.

FREE ENTRY - showtime 8.30pm-11.00pm with a short intermission. Pub open till 12.00


=======================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
=======================

NEW DATES ADDED
---------------
Two new Craig & Willoughby dates in Carlisle and Cockermouth (9 and 10 July respectively) added to their datelist, which is set out below (further details, including post code and box office number on Strawbsweb at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm

ROCKIN RHYTHM REVUE (BAND GIG, 23 JUNE)
---------------------------------------
Special mention of the upcoming Band show at the Cabbage Patch in Twickenham on 23 June, featuring Brian & Cathryn with a full band for a change, including Big John Evans and Dr. Bob, Brian's partners in crime from his rock'n'roll band the Three Must Get Beers

I'll report further as I'm definitely not going to miss that.

Datelist
--------

W 23 TWICKENHAM (BAND), CABBAGE PATCH

JULY
TH 1 HEREFORD, THE COURTYARD
TU 6 DARTFORD, ESSEX RD. CLUB
* NEW - F 9 CARLISLE, MORTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
* NEW - SA 10 COCKERMOUTH, KIRKGATE CENTRE

AUG
SA 28 COMBE MARTIN, PACK o' CARDS

SEP
F 3 FAVERSHAM FESTIVAL, CHIMNEY BOY
SA 4 WAKEFIELD, RED SHED
SU 5 WOODWORKS FESTIVAL
W 8 GT.BARDFIELD, HIGH BARN
F 10 MOIRA, MINERS CENTRE
F 24 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
SA 25 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
SU 26 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL, TRICESIMO, ITALY
W 29 HINCKLEY, THE ACT
TH 30 COVENTRY, COOMBE CLUB

OCT
F 1 CANNOCK, FIVE WAYS INN
SA 2 KIRKBY STEPHEN, MASONIC HALL
TU 5 CRAMLINGTON, THE HIND
W 6 UPPERMILL, CROSS KEYS
F 8 TENBURY WELLS, ST.MICHAEL'S

NOV
TU 30 CROXDALE, DALESIDE ARMS

DEC
W 1 IRVINE, VINEBURGH CENTRE
TH 2 FALKIRK, ARGYLL'S
F 3 KINGSWINFORD, ASHWOOD MARINA
SU 5 LEE MILL, WESTWARD INN

===================================================
AN EVENING WITH RICK WAKEMAN - 16 JULY - BATH ABBEY
===================================================

Bath Abbey Concert Series is delighted to announce that the legendary rock pianist, Rick Wakeman, will be performing his one-man show in the Abbey on Friday 16 July.

According to my info, his one-man show pretty much came about by accident. Quite simply, his gear didn't arrive for a show one night and all there was available was a piano. The audience were given the choice of their money back or an evening with Rick performing on the piano and telling funny anecdotes. Only three people took up the offer of their money back, and An Evening With Rick Wakeman was born! These performances don't happen very often, which is why each one is very special to Rick, and hopefully to the audience as well.

The show takes place in Bath Abbey on Friday 16 July at 7.30pm. Tickets, costing 25, 20 & 15, are available from Bath Festivals Box Office by calling 01225 463362 or by visiting their website www.bathfestivals.org.uk


===============================
ROY HILL DATES AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
===============================

Advance notice: Roy celebrates 35 years in show business this year, with a solo, My Life in Showbiz Gala Performance, on Sunday 15 August at the Ram Jam Club in picturesque Kingston upon Thames.

A further show at the Ram Jam on Sunday 26 September to launch the album we thought was a figment of Roy's imagination - the legendary Switzerland.

Venue details:
The Ram Jam Club at the Grey Horse pub
46 Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE
020 8541 4328

Do check out Roy's regularly updated MySpace at:
http://www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


3 June 2010


====================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS US TOUR - SEPT 2010
====================================


9 Sept - The Ark, Ann Arbor
10 Sept - TBC
11 Sept - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
12 Sept - TBC
13 Sept - TBC
14 Sept - TBC
15 Sept - Music on Main Street, Woodbridge NJ
16 Sept - Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville PA
17 Sept - Strand Theatre, Lakewood NJ
18 Sept - Towne Crier, Pawling NY
19 Sept - TBC

21 Sept - BB King's, New York NY
22 Sept - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA
23 Sept - TBC
24 Sept - Redhouse, Syracuse NY
25 Sept - Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY
26 Sept - TBC


22 May 2010


==================================================
SECRETS, STORIES & SONGS - PRE-ORDER BY END 23 MAY
==================================================

The book is a limited edition of 1000 copies and is available to pre-order now. Those who pre-order by 23 May will get their names included in the printed book which will be available in July (exact date to be announced shortly). Pre-ordered copies will be signed and numbered by Dave Cousins.

The price of the volume from Witchwood Records will be:

UK - 22.49 (19.99 plus 2.50 p&p)
EUROPE - 25.49 (19.99 plus 5.50 p&p)
REST OF WORLD - 29.49 (19.99 plus 9.50 p&p)

WHEN YOU ORDER ONLINE YOU NEED TO CHOOSE WHICH OF THE THREE YOU WANT - MAKE CERTAIN YOU PICK THE RIGHT OPTION !!!

Over this weekend you can pre-order

* On-line from Witchwood Records - http://www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk

Please be sure to tell us what name you would like in the book and exactly how you would like it written.

After pre-ordering closes on 23 May, you can also order the book:

* By phone to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399006
* By fax to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399012
* By post to Witchwood Records, Hamilton House Mailings, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northant, NN17 4HH


=======================================
SANDY DENNY AND THE STRAWBS
ALL OUR OWN WORK: THE COMPLETE SESSIONS
=======================================

Due for release on 14 June: the expanded collector's edition of the Strawbs' very first abum, recorded with Sandy Denny in Copenhagen in 1967. The lavishly illustrated packaging includes extracts from Dave Cousins' diary of the time and never before seen pictures of Sandy.

The master tapes have been remastered by Chris Tsangarides and sound fantastic, bringing out elements of the music we've never heard before on either the old Pickwick release in 1973 or the Hannibal release (Sandy And The Strawbs).

And there are various demos and outtakes from the period, including two Dave Cousins songs "Indian Summer" and "The Falling Leaves" which have never before seen the light of day, and a version of "Pieces of 79 and 15" with a Cousins lead vocal.

Full track listing on Strawbsweb at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co./albtrack/all10/all10.asp


=======================================
SANDY DENNY - UNIVERSAL 19 CD BOXED SET
=======================================

News just in of a limited edition 19 CD (!) Sandy Denny box set, scheduled for release 4 Oct 2010, entitled "Sandy Denny".

11 of the CDs feature Sandy's complete studio recordings with Alex Campbell, Johnny Silvo, Fotheringay, Strawbs, Fairport Convention and solo with additional content; outtakes, demos and live recordings.

There are 8 CDs of bonus material; unreleased songs, demos, unreleased BBC recordings, alternate takes, live recordings, acoustic versions, and rare radio interviews, including the legendarily 'long lost' Lord Bateman".

The set is lavishly packaged and features all new artwork. It comes with a 72 page 11" square hardback book containing over 100 rare and mostly unseen photographs, Sandy's handwritten lyrics (many of which are unrecorded songs) and fascinating memorabilia. Each CD is housed in an individual gatefold digipak sleeve. The box also contains a reproductions of a beautiful original Island press pack, an exceptionally rare A3 promo colour poster for Northstar Grassman and the Ravens, a set of Postcards, the receipt for the purchase of her first piano and one of Sandy's handwritten notebooks.

Price: 149.00 on Amazon, but has been quoted higher.


=====================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/COUSINS CUTLER DATES
=====================================

Cousins & Cutler
----------------

* Tuesday 1 June, Cellar Central Theatre, Chatham
* Tuesday 22 June, Folk Club, Ringwood

Acoustic Strawbs
----------------

Two new dates for Acoustic Strawbs in July:

* Sunday 18 July, Music Day, Strawberry Hill (12 noon to 7.30pm)
Also featuring The Three Must Get Beers (aka Brian Willoughby and his chums)

* Saturday 31 July, Knowle Hall, Bridgwater


=======================================
STRAWBERRY FOOLS - TWO DAYS IN MAY TOUR
=======================================

Last weekend the Fools played their first two full concerts, at Aldermaston Village Hall (14 May) and the Hythe Centre, Staines (15 May). Sincere thanks to those who came along and supported us - we had a great time and hope you did too.

We've added some of the photos and videos that were taken at the gigs and will be adding some more photos and audio material shortly. Check out the Strawberry Fools site at:

http://www.strawberryfools.co.uk


=====================
CRY NO MORE - AGAIN !
=====================

The dynamic duo are back again with a further free show on Saturday 19 June at:

45 Oak Avenue, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3NR

Show 9.00pm till 11.00pm, pub open till midnight.


=========
HUD DATES
=========

A range of dates featuring Hud on drums with various bands over the summer months.

MAY
---

28 - Luxters Barn, Hambleden, Henley on Thames RG9 6JW(The Reservoir Dogs)

30 - The Lamb, Norwood Road. Southall UB12HB (The Beaky Band)

JUNE
----

4 - Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N(Good Old Boys)

5 - Barley Mow, Watersplash Rd, Shepperton TW17 OEE(Ginny Brown Band)

JULY
----

3rd Chinnor MAGs Biker Dayz, Little Housendon Farm, Bedlow, Princes Risborough HP27 9QE(bands 12 noon-1am) tickets 075282 16686 (Good Old Boys)

9 - General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (Good Old Boys)

11 - The Red Lion, Isleworth, Linkfield Road TW7 6QJ. 3PM START (Good Old Boys)

16 - Barnhall Soc Club, Alderney Gdns, Brock Hill, Wickford SS11 7NL (Good Old Boys)

24 - The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD(Good Old Boys)
30 - Wellington Arms Hotel, Stratfield Turges RG27 OAS(Good Old Boys)

31 - Triumph Club, Abbey Rugby Club, Peppard Rd, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8XA, 0118 972 2881(Good Old Boys)

AUGUST
------

4 - Eel Pie Club, Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham (Good Old Boys)

6 - The Globe, 104 Windmill Rd, Brentford TW8 9NA (Good Old Boys)

7 - The Sportsman, 2 Scots Hill, Croxley Green WD3 3AD (The Ali Mac Band)

21 - Barnhall Soc Club, Alderney Gdns, Brock Hill, Wickford SS11 7NL (The Beaky Band)

27 - Black Horse, High Rd, Eastcote, Pinner HA5 2EN, 020 8866 9106 (Amba band)

28 - Crown, Ley Hill Common, Nr Chesham, Bucks HP5 1UY (Lunchtime) tel 01404 783910 (Good Old Boys)



=============================
JOHN FORD/JOHN HAWKEN US DATE
=============================

One for our US readers:

On August 11, the Kewwick Theater in Glenside, PA is presenting Yoso (Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood of Yes and Bobby Kimball of Toto) - support act is John Ford with a special appearance by John Hawken.

Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038

(phone) 215-572-7650
(fax) 215-572-1894
www.keswicktheatre.com


30 Apr 2010


================================================
SECRETS, STORIES AND SONGS
DAVE COUSINS' COLLECTED LYRICS - LIMITED EDITION
WITH CD OF READINGS BY DAVE COUSINS
PRE-ORDERING LIVE - PUBLISHING JUNE 2010 (tbc)
================================================

This newly produced full colour book (including some lyrics from the depths of Dave's archived notebooks which have never seen the light of day) runs to some 300pp.

Each song includes a commentary from Dave Cousins about the song, and where non-standard, information about the guitar tuning the song is played in.

The book comes with a 17-track CD which features Dave reading various lyrics.

On the website you can see sample pages and listen to Dave read "Beside The Rio Grande".

The book is a limited edition of 1000 copies and is available to pre-order now. Those who pre-order by 23 May will get their names included in the printed book which will be available in July (exact date to be announced shortly). Pre-ordered copies will be signed and numbered by Dave Cousins.

The price of the volume from Witchwood Records will be:

UK - 22.49 (19.99 plus 2.50 p&p)
EUROPE - 25.49 (19.99 plus 5.50 p&p)
REST OF WORLD - 29.49 (19.99 plus 9.50 p&p)

WHEN YOU ORDER ONLINE YOU NEED TO CHOOSE WHICH OF THE THREE YOU WANT - MAKE CERTAIN YOU PICK THE RIGHT OPTION !!!

You can order in one of the following ways:

* On-line from Witchwood Records - http://www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk
* By phone to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399006
* By fax to Witchwood Records +44 (0)1536 399012
* By post to Witchwood Records, Hamilton House Mailings, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northant, NN17 4HH

Please be sure to tell us what name you would like in the book and exactly how you would like it written.


==================
STRAWBS AT THE BBC
==================

News in that Universal are putting together a major compilation of live tracks from BBC sessions/live appearances. No details yet of timing, number of CDs and price, but given the amount of material it's going to be a biggie.

Volume 1 (In Session) features sessions tracks from 60s and 70s shows Top Gear, Sounds Of The Seventies etc. Volume 2 ("In Concert") comprises three hour long concerts broadcast by the BBC in 1971 (Wakeman's last show with Strawbs), 1973 (BATS line-up) and 1974 (Hero And Heroine line-up).

Track details on Strawbsweb:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_bbc10.htm


======================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES
======================

Tonight/Tomorrow
----------------
Friday 30 April, Astor Community Theatre, Deal
Saturday 1 May, Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham by Sea

I'm going to both of these - see you there ?

Four Churches Festival
----------------------
Saturday 29 May at the Four Churches Festival - St Peter and St Paul, Brockdish - showtimes 6.30 and 8.30 pm.
This is organised by one Rick Wakeman. Check out their website at: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/www.thefourchurchesfestival.co.uk


=========================================
STRAWBERRY FOOLS - LIVE 14 MAY AND 15 MAY
=========================================

Dick Greener, David Claridge, Les Cotton, Pete Rand and Ralph Tonge are the Strawberry Fools Strawbs tribute band - they played the Strawbs Christmas Party in 2008 and will be playing their first two full live shows on 14/15 May.

Fri 14 May
WITH VARIOUS SUPPORT AND SOLO SPOTS
Aldermaston Village Hall, The Street, Aldermaston, Berkshire RG7 4LW - 7.00
Doors 7.00pm, Show 8.00pm
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/y6kyw8r

Sat 15 May
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS - Roy Hill and Wychwood
The Hythe Centre, Thorpe Road, Staines, Middlesex. TW18 3HD - 8.00
Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/y42wc66

The first night will be a more relaxed affair, the venue does not have a bar, but allows "bring your own" and there's a pub just down the road. There is a licensed bar at the Hythe Centre.

You can buy tickets on Ebay! Follow the links above. NB Tickets MUST be purchased ahead of the show. Please e-mail

Please enable Javascript to view Strawbsweb

when you have placed your order and let me know who is coming so I can watch out for the payment. (No actual tickets will be sent out, but your name(s) will be recorded on the guest list. If you don't know the names of your guests please specify Your Name plus 1, 2, 3 etc.) Any queries, please e-mail



Please come along and support us if you can.

Check out the website which has some downloadable MP3s - www.strawberryfools.co.uk.


==========================================
CRY NO MORE - ONCE MORE - KINGSTON, 16 MAY
==========================================

And yet another Cry No More show - we're getting spoilt this year: 4 so far instead of the usual hardy annual. A different venue this time:

Ram Jam Club
Grey Horse
46 Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT2 5EE

Sunday, 16 May 2010, 8.30 show time


=================================================
40TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORABILIA AT WITCHWOOD RECORDS
=================================================

Copies of the 40th anniversary programme are still available for 3 from Witchwood Records, along with the printed fabric bags (4), and the poster, both signed (5) and unsigned (3).

Same ordering arrangements as for Secrets, Stories and Songs above.


16 Apr 2010


=============================================
CRY NO MORE - SAT 17 APR - ROYAL OAK, HAMPTON
=============================================

Another opportunity this Saturday to catch the excellent CNM at a free gig:

The Royal Oak, 45 Oak Avenue, Hampton, Greater London, TW12 3NR.

Show time 8.00pm prompt as they have to finish by 11.00.

=====================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS
=====================

New Acoustic Strawbs gig to announce - Acoustic
Strawbs appearing as part of the Four Churches
Festival (Artistic Director, one Rick Wakeman, formerly of this parish ;-)

The Acoustics will be appearing on Sat 29 May at
St Peter and St Paul, Brockdish - showtimes 6.30 and 8.30 pm.

http://www.thefourchurchesfestival.co.uk
http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/brockdish/brockdish.htm

Also coming up for the Acoustics:
---------------------------------

Fri 30 Apr, Astor Theatre, Deal
Sat 1 May, Rope Tackle Centre, Shoreham

Two Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler dates:
----------------------------------

Tue 1 June, Cellar Central Theatre, Chatham
Tue 22 June, Folk Club, Ringwood

========================
SECRETS, STORIES & SONGS
========================

Dave Cousins' collected lyrics - including some
lyrics from the depths of Dave's archived
notebooks which have never seen the light of
day. The book runs to some 300pp. Each song
includes some commentary from Dave about the
song, and where non-standard, infornation about
the guitar tuning it's played in. The book comes
with a 17-track CD which features Dave reading
various of the lyrics. I've had the pleasure of
proofreading this and it's a fantastic
package. I'll be loading up some sample pages
from the book onto Strawbsweb shortly.

It's going to be a limited edition of 1000 copies
and will be available to pre-order from Witchwood
Records shortly. I'LL E-MAIL AGAIN WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE TO ORDER.

Those who pre-order by (deadline tbc) will get
their names included in the printed book which
will be available in July: only pre-ordered
copies will be signed and numbered by Dave Cousins.

Price from Witchwood Records will be 19.99 plus post & packaging as follows:
UK - 2.50
Europe - 5.50
Rest of the world - 9.50

========================
OTHER WITCHWOOD RELEASES
========================

Work is under way on putting together the first
release from the Twickenham 40th Anniversary show
- a 2 CD set with highlights from the show, which
will be available we hope in July.

And we've hopefully got another surprise to
follow later in the year .... watch this space.


11 Mar 2010 - SUPPLEMENT


====================================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY FORTHCOMING DATES
====================================

MAY
F 21 FARNCOMBE...ST.JOHN'S CHURCH... 01483 421520... GU7 3EH
SA 29 WASHINGTON...ARTS CENTRE...0191 4166999... NE38 8AB

JUNE
W 2 LOWDHAM...THE OLD SHIP INN...0115 9663596... NG14 7BE
TH 3 DARLINGTON...ARTS CENTRE...01325 261179...DL3 7AX
F 4 PRIVATE FUNCTION
SA 5 WIRRAL FESTIVAL...0151 6789902...CH62 6AR
SA 12 WIMBORNE FESTIVAL... 01202 623 740... BH21 1HR
W 23 TWICKENHAM (BAND)...CABBAGE PATCH...02089733605 ...TW1 3SZ
F 25 PRIVATE FUNCTION

JULY
TH 1 HEREFORD...THE COURTYARD... 01432 340555...HR4 9JR
TU 6 DARTFORD...ESSEX RD. CLUB... 01322 222553... DA1 2AU
SU 11 PRIVATE FUNCTION

AUG
SA 28 COMBE MARTIN...PACK o' CARDS...01271 882366...EX34 0ET

SEP
F 3 FAVERSHAM FESTIVAL...CHIMNEY BOY...01795 534368...ME13 8PG
SA 4 WAKEFIELD...RED SHED...019243 85000...WF1 1QX
SU 5 WOODWORKS FESTIVAL...01234 767037...MK43 0PR
W 8 GT.BARDFIELD...HIGH BARN... 01371 811291... CM7 4SL
F 10 MOIRA...MINERS CENTRE...01676 540219... DE12 6BP
F 24 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL...TRICESIMO...ITALY
SA 25 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL...TRICESIMO...ITALY
SU 26 MADAME GUITAR FESTIVAL...TRICESIMO...ITALY
W 29 HINCKLEY...THE ACT...01455 631609...LE10 3EZ
TH 30 COVENTRY...COOMBE CLUB...02476 714370...CV3 2HY

OCT
F 1 CANNOCK...FIVE WAYS INN... 01543 271269...WS12 3HL
SA 2 KIRKBY STEPHEN...MASONIC HALL...017683 72123...CA17 4QN17 QN
TU 5 CRAMLINGTON...THE HIND... 01670-715106...NE23 6DT
W 6 UPPERMILL...CROSS KEYS...01457 833897...OL3 6LW
F 8 TENBURY WELLS...ST.MICHAEL'S...01584 810291...WR15 8TG

NOV
TU 30 CROXDALE...DALESIDE ARMS...01388 815162... DH6 5HY

DEC
W 1 IRVINE...VINEBURGH CENTRE... 01294 551047... KA12 0TH
TH 2 FALKIRK...ARGYLL'S...01324 630922...FK1 1LS
F 3 KINGSWINFORD...ASHWOOD MARINA...01384 831263...DY6 0AQ
SU 5 LEE MILL... WESTWARD INN... 01752 708770...PL21 9EE


11 Mar 2010


=====================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS
=====================

A few additional Acoustics gigs over the next couple of months.

Friday 19 March 2010
Parc Hall, Cwmparc
Special guests: Blue Rhondda

Friday 30 April 2010
Astor Community Theatre, Deal

Saturday 1 May 2010
Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham by Sea

Booking office, maps, etc. details on:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_10sprmp.htm


=========================================================
CRY NO MORE - FURTHER ANNUAL FAREWELL GIG ON SAT 13 MARCH
=========================================================

After a triumphant showing at the Turks Head on 5 March, a second Annual Farewell Gig has been scheduled for Sat 13 March at the Royal Oak in Hampton (45 Oak Avenue, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3NR).

FREE ENTRY - showtime 9.00pm-11.00pm with a short intermission. Pub open till 12.00.


==================
JOHN FORD FREE GIG
==================

John Ford is invited to play on Friday, March 19, 2010, at Port Washington Public Library, in the Lapham Meeting Room auditorium with a great sound system. He will be performing two sets starting at 7:30PM.

This venue is located at One Library Drive (right off Main St), Port Washington, NY 11050, phone 516-883-4400 and website at
http://www.pwpl.org " for more information.

FREE Admission!!


========
HUD GIGS
========

As usual, lots of gigs coming up with Hud busy behind the drum kit, playing with various bands.

Sunday March 14th - THE ALI MAC BAND (4.30/5.00 PM START)
The Boot, 4 Market Place, St Albans AL3
Tel. 01727 857533

Sunday March 21st - THE GINNY BROWN BAND (3PM START)
The Red Lion, 92 94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ
Tel: 020 8560 1457

Sunday April 4th - THE GOOD OLD BOYS (3PM START)
The Horns, 1 Hempstead Road, Watford WD17 3RL
Tel: 01923 225020

Saturday April 10th - THE GINNY BROWN BAND
The British Legion, Whitton Road, Hounslow TW3 2DB
Tel: 020 85726468

Saturday April 24th - THE BEAKY BAND
The Fox Inn, 81 Main St, Higham on the Hill, Nuneaton CV13 6AH
Tel: 01455 212241

Saturday May 1st - THE BEAKY BAND
Barnhall Soc club, Alderney Gdns, Brock Hill, Wickford SS11 7NL
Tel: 01268 765 063 (after 7pm)

Sunday May 2nd - THE BEAKY BAND
The Crown, High St, Cowley, Middx UB8 2NL
Tel: 01895 236415

Friday May 7th - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Aldenham Road,
Bushey WD23 2TR
Tel: 01923 243947

Friday May 14th - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
The Globe, 104 Windmill Rd, Brentford TW8 9NA
Tel: 020 8580 0086

Sunday May 16th - GINNY BROWN BAND (3PM START)
The Red Lion, 92/94 Linkfield Rd, Isleworth TW7 6QJ
Tel: 020 8560 1457


====================================
AT LAST - THE STRAWBERRY FOOLS LIVE
====================================

And finally, having sorrowfully missed the opportunity to play at the "big 40th gig" last year, at last the Fools are getting themselves ready for their first full scale gig(s).

Two shows are planned:

Fri 14 May - Aldermaston Village Hall
Sat 15 May - venue to be confirmed, but somewhere near the Twickenham/Teddington/Feltham area

The first night will be a more relaxed affair, the venue does not have a bar, but allows "bring your own" and there's a pub just down the road.

The second will have some special guests (to be announced) and feature some numbers that won't be played on the previous night.

Ticket prices are likely to be 5 and 7 (or 10 for both nights) to help cover our costs.

Mark the dates in your diary - more info to come shortly.


4 Mar 2010


============
FRED WEDLOCK
============
I have just received the very sad news from Dave Cousins, that Fred Wedlock died today following a heart attack.

Those of us who attended the 40th anniversary really enjoyed Fred's role as compere, and the set of his own material he gave us on Sunday morning, including his classic hit "The Oldest Swinger In Town".

A huge comic talent, and an all round thoroughly nice guy, I know those fans who were at the show and those who have seen Fred in the past during his long and successful career, would want to pass on their condolences to Fred's family.

Dave Cousins later commented:

At the end of January I did a gig with Ian Cutler in Trowbridge at the Village Pump. Before we went on Fred Wedlock did a few songs.

After the show we went and had a curry next door, just like the old days. Fred was in great form and we reminisced about the fact that we first met in Bath at the Lansdown Club over 40 years ago.

Last week I had the sad news that Fred had died from a heart seizure. No-one had a bigger heart than Fred so it must have been a serious one.

In the early 1980s I became Programme Controller of Radio Tees. Fred gave me a copy of his new album and asked if I could give it a spin. I got the morning show presenter to play 'The Oldest Swinger In Town'. It was the first time it was ever played on radio anywhere. The reaction was immediate people phoning in asking where they could buy it. I called his manager. A few weeks later it came out as a single and hit the charts. By way of thanks, Fred presented me with a silver disc celebrating 250,000 sales, a bottle of whisky, and a bottle of gin.

The disc hangs proudly on my office wall. The contents of the bottles hang proudly round my waistline.

Thanks Fred. God bless.


27 Jan 2010 - UPDATE/AMENDMENTS


===============================================
HUD'S DATES WITH THE BEAKY BAND AND THE GOOD OLD BOYS
===============================================

Following on from the Strawbswebnews sent out earlier today, apologies for my not passing on various snippets of information to Dick earlier and sorry for any inconvenience.

==========================
THE BEAKY BAND - DATE CHANGE
==========================

Hud's date with The Beaky Band which was previously arranged for 28th Feb has been switched to FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY and please note it is at THE CROWN in COWLEY, not The Crown in West Drayton.

Full details of the venue:

The Crown, Cowley, Uxbridge UB8 2NL. Tel 01895 239450

=========================
THE GOOD OLD BOYS (FULL LIST)
=========================

In addition to the dates which were included previously, The Good Old Boys have several more currently scheduled which I'll type in capital letters for clarity:

30TH JANUARY - BARNHALL COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CLUB, ALDERNEY GARDENS,
BROCK, HILL, WICKFORD SS11 7NLTEL: 01268 765063 OR VISIT http://www.barnhallclub.co.uk FOR DETAILS

As per Dick's earlier Strawbswebnews, the one and only ROY HILL will now be making a guest appearance to the good people of Wickford - Roy is due onstage at 8.30

3RD FEBRUARY - DUSTY'S, HOMER GREEN SPORTS CLUB, WATCHET LANE, HIGH WYCOMBE,
HP15 6UF
TEL: 01494 714985 OR 711485 FOR DETAILS

5th March - The Globe, 104 Windmill Road, Brentford, TW8 9NA
Tel: 020 8580 0086

6th March - Hayes Working Mens' Club & Institute, Pump Lane, Hayes
UB3 3N Tel:
020 85730205

12TH MARCH - THE UNICORN, 38 GALLOWS HILL, KINGS LANGLEY, HERTS WD4 8LU
TEL: 01923 262287

13th March - Barley Mow, 67 Watersplash Road, Shepperton, TW17 0EE
Tel: 01932 255326

20th March - The Sportsman, Croxley Green,
2 Scots Hill, Rickmansworth WD3 3AD - Tel: 01923 443 360

27th March - West Byfleet Social Club.41 Station
Approach, West Byfleet, KT14 NE
Tel. 01932 346240

16TH APRIL - THE ROYAL OAK, 45 OAK AVENUE, HAMPTON, MIDDX. TW12 3NR
TEL: 0208 979 3943

30TH APRIL - THE WELLINGTON ARMS, STRATFIELD TURGIS, NR. BASINGSTOKE, HAMPSHIRE, RG27 0AS
TEL: 01256 882214


27 Jan 2010


============================================
COUSINS & CUTLER - TROWBRIDGE, FRIDAY 29 JAN
============================================

One-off chance to see Dave and Ian perform -
Folk Club At The Village Pump, Trowbridge
Behind The Lamb Inn
Mortimer Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8BN
Doors: 8.00pm
Showtime: 8.30pm
Box Office: 01225 707346 or 01225 865107


=================
TWICKENHAM UPDATE
=================

Work is well underway on the recordings from Twickenham. Witchwood Media expect to produce a double CD in the first instance, release date April/May, with some DVD material being made available later in the year.


============================
DAVE COUSINS COMPLETE LYRICS
============================

Dave is working hard on his Complete Lyrics project. Each song will have some commentary from Dave, and, excitingly for the musicians amongst us, details of the tuning it was played in.
Haven't got a publication date for this yet, but I'll let you know when I have.


=================================================
ACOUSTIC DATE MISSED FROM PREVIOUS STRAWBSWEBNEWS
=================================================

My apologies - eagle-eyed Barry Smith spotted that the gig on 10 February in Bungay has been repeatedly missed off my Strawbswebnews updates and the front page of the site (though not the Gig details page that Ali looks after).
So, here are the details of the missing gig:
Wednesday 10 February 2010
Fisher Theatre
10 Broad Street
Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EE
Showtime: 7.30pm
Box Office: 01986 897130
Website: www.fishertheatre.org
Email: boxoffice@fishertheatre.org
And here's the full list again:
Wednesday 10 February Fisher Theatre, Bungay
Thursday 18 February, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Friday 19 February, St Johns Church, Newhall
Saturday 20 February, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh,
Sunday 21 February, The Ferry, Glasgow
Tuesday 23 February, The Globe, Cardiff
Thursday 25 February, Borderline, London
Friday 26 February, Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Saturday 27 February, Mission Theatre, Bath


===========================
CRY NO MORE GIG RESCHEDULED
===========================

Friday 5 March.
Turks Head,
28 Winchester Road,
St Margaret's,
Twickenham,
Middx. TW1 1LF.
Admission 10.
Doors 8.00pm (tbc)
Showtime 9.00pm (tbc)


===================
ROY HILL APPEARANCE
===================

Roy will be playing a support slot for the Good Old Boys gig at the Barnhall Club in Wickford, Essex, on Saturday 30th January. Roy on stage at 8.30pm.
Gig address:
30th Barnhall Soc Club
Alderney Gdns
Wickford SS11 7NL


=============
MORE HUD GIGS
=============

A few more upcoming gigs with Mr Hudson at the drum stool.
Ginny Brown Band
----------------
20th Feb. Barley Mow, 67 Watersplash Road, Shepperton, TW17 0EE
Tel: 01932 255 326
21st Feb The Red Lion, 92-94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth, TW7 6QJ
Tel: 020 8560 1457
The Beaky Band
--------------
SEE UPDATE ABOVE

The Good Old Boys
-----------------
SEE UPDATE ABOVE




======================
OTHER CRY NO MORE NEWS
======================

CDs
---
The following CDs are all available from Deepdene Records:
Cry No More: Live at the Mulberry Tree
Cry No More: Cry No More
Cry No More: Love and Power
Cry No More: Brown Paper Bag
Cry No More: Live at the Cry No More Social Club
Roy Hill: Hello Sailor
Roy Hill: Fun with Dave
and now:
Cry No More: Live in Germany (what it says on the tin!)
Cry No More: Temptation (unreleased late 80s recordings by Roy and Chas).
Just email your requirements to deepdene@fsmail.net and pay by PayPal at deepdene@fsmail.net or send your order with a cheque made payable to Roy Hill to Deepdene Records, Deepdene, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3QQ.
MySpace
-------
Roy has now taken over the Cry No More Myspace and is bringing his own brand of webmaster creativity to it - "a heady brew of scurrilous revelations, half-true anecdotes and carefully airbrushed pictures".
Check it out at:
http://www.myspace.com/crynomoremusic
And check out Roy's own Myspace at:
http://www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


7 Jan 2010


=========================
CRY NO MORE GIG POSTPONED
=========================

The following received from Chas:

"Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions, Roy & I have decided that we will have to cancel tomorrow night's gig and reschedule it as soon as possible. He is virtually snowed in where he is in Kent & with heavy snow still falling there & forecast to for some while, he has doubts as to whether he could actually make it himself.

The forecast for West London is not good either, having changed overnight from light flurries to (more) heavy snow today.

We are very worried for people who would have to travel from afar, as roads and rail links are suffering further disruption today with no let up in sight.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause anyone, but feel it is the only sensible thing to do.

A new date will be arranged asap for the earliest available Friday."

[ends]

29 December 2009


======================
COUSINS & CUTLER DATES
======================

I missed two very important dates off the
December mailout: two opportunities (one coming
up in January) to see Dave playing with stellar fiddle player Ian Cutler.

Friday 29 January, The Village Pump, Trowbridge
Tuesday 1 June, Cellar Central Theatre, Chatham.

========================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - EDINBURGH DATE CHANGE
========================================

The venue for the Edinburgh gig on 20 Feb has switched from The Caves to:

The Cabaret Voltaire, 36 Blair Street, Edinburgh. 01312267010.

===========================
MORE ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES
===========================

Information about a few more Acoustics gigs for the Spring.

Friday 19 March, Parc Hall Cwmparc
Saturday 24 April, Howden Shire Hall, Goole
Friday 30 April, Astor Theatre, Deal
Saturday 1 May, Rope Tackle Centre, Shoreham

=======================
CRY NO MORE - Fri 8 Jan
=======================

And last, but by no means least, your annual
opportunity to bid farewell to the truly
fantastic Cry No More - Chas and Roy will be
strutting their stuff at the Turks Head, 28
Winchester Road, St Margarets, Twickenham,
Middlesex, TW1 1LF. Doors open 8.00. Showtime 9.15. Admission 10.

A splendid way to finish off - and I do mean finish off - the festive season.

As previously noted there are two newly released
Cry No More CDs to acquire: Live In Germany, and
Temptations (some unreleased CNM gems).


23 December 2009


==============================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS JAN/FEB DATES
==============================

Saturday 16 January, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Thursday 18 February, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Friday 19 February, St Johns Church, Newhall
Saturday 20 February, The Caves, Edinburgh,
Sunday 21 February, The Ferry, Glasgow
Tuesday 23 February, The Globe, Cardiff
Thursday 25 February, Borderline, London
Friday 26 February, Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Saturday 27 February, Mission Theatre, Bath


======================
HUD/HIGH SOCIETY DATES
======================

HIGH SOCIETY
------------
The chaps are playing another show on 6th Feb 2010:

The Fox Inn
Higham on the Hill
CV13 6AH
(nr Nuneaton)



Some 2010 dates for Hud's other various bands:

THE BEAKY BAND
--------------
NB PLEASE NOTE: The band are not now playing on New Years Eve, at The Union Inn, Market Harborough, as previously advertised.

24 Dec 2009 - Barnhall Soc Club, Wickford
28 Feb 2010 - The Crown, West Drayton

GOOD OLD BOYS
-------------
6 Jan 2010 - Dustys, Nr High Wycombe
9 Jan 2010 - Bushy Police Club
15 Jan 2010 - The Royal Oak, Hampton
22 Jan 2010 - The Globe, Brentford
30 Jan 2010 - Barnhall Soc Club, Wickford

GINNY BROWN BAND
----------------
10 Jan 2010 (lunchtime) - Red Lion, Isleworth.
20 Feb 2010 - Barley Mow, Shepperton
21 Feb 2010 (lunchtime) - Red Lion, Isleworth

ALI MAC BAND
------------
17 Jan 2010 (5pm start)- The Boot, St Albans town square


===============
BULLY WEE DATES
===============

19th January - Ringwood Folk Club
21st January - The Brook Theatre, Chatham
22nd January - Topsham Folk Club, Exeter
23rd January - The Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
24th January - Hitchin Folk Club, Herts
25th January - Nettlebed Folk Club, Henley On Thames
26th January - Dartford Folk Club.


22 December 2009


=========================
Cry No More Farewell Concert reminder
=========================

Don't forget. Cry No More will be appearing at the Turks Head in Twickenham on Friday 8 January. This will be positively the last farewell appearance until they decide to do another one.
Turks Head. Winchester Hall. 28 Winchester Road.St Margarets, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1LF. Doors open 8.00. Showtime 9.15. Admission 10.

=================
Cry No More - Temptations
=================
A new Cry No More album of previously unreleased tracks is being released and should be available to buy on the night of the Farewell concert.

====================
Cry No More - Live in Germany
====================

A new Cry No More live album recorded during their 1990 tour with Marillion is being released and should be available to buy on the night of the Farewell concert.

=================
Cry No More - Re-releases
=================

Love and Power, Brown Paper Bag and Live at the Social Club are being re- released on CD and should also be available to buy on the night of the Farewell concert.


9 November 2009


=========================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS POSTPONED/CANCELLED
=========================================

Friday, 20 November, Parc Hall, Cwmparc will be rescheduled for 2010,
no confirmed date as yet.

Friday 11 December, Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon is now cancelled - it
seems that The Dylan Project are booked there instead.

===================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIGS, JAN/FEB 2010
===================================

Saturday 16 January, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Thursday 18 February, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Friday 19 February, St Johns Church, Newhall
Saturday 20 February, The Caves, Edinburgh,
Sunday 21 February, The Ferry, Glasgow
Tuesday 23 February, The Globe, Cardiff
Thursday 25 February, Borderline, London
Friday 26 February, Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Saturday 27 February, Mission Theatre, Bath

And early warning of another Acoustics gig, a return to the excellent
Boom Boom Club
Friday 26 March, Boom Boom Club, Sutton

Details and maps to follow.

===================================
DAVE COUSINS & IAN CUTLER GIGS 2010
===================================

Friday 29 January, The Village Pump, Trowbridge

and early warning of a June gig:
Tuesday 1 June, Cellar Central Theatre, Chatham

Details and maps to follow.


5 November 2009


The Ginny Brown Band scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 6th November at The Clubhouse in Twickenham has unfortunately been CANCELLED.

Three new dates with various bands at which Hud will be playing (including a New Year's Eve bash):
Friday 20th Nov - THE REPERTOIRE DOGS
Luxters Barn,
Hambledon
OXRG9 6JW
Tel: 01189 845990

Friday 4th Dec - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Winkers Night Club
Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter
BUCKS
SL9 OQZ
Tel: 01753 888704

New Year's Eve - THE BEAKY BAND
The Union Inn
Market Harborough
LE16 7AY
Tel: 01858 433277

The above are in addition to Hud's dates notified earlier (repeated below):

Sunday 8th November - LUNCHTIME - GINNY BROWN BAND
Red Lion
92-94 Linkfield Road
Isleworth
TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457

Saturday 14th November - GINNY BROWN BAND
Barley Mow
67 Watersplash Rd
Shepperton TW17 OEE
01932 225326

Sunday 15th November - LUNCHTIME - HIGH SOCIETY
92-94 Linkfield Road
Isleworth
TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457

Saturday 21st November - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Cherry Tree
32 Station Rd
South Norwood
SE25 5AG
020 8653 3279

Sunday 22nd November - LUNCHTIME - GINNY BROWN BAND
The Royal British Legion
Whitton Road
Hounslow
TW3 2DB
020 85726468

Friday 27th November - ALI MAC BAND
The Drill
101 Cheam Common Rd
Worcester Pk
KT4 8TA
020 8337 4784

Saturday 5th December - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Hayes Working Mens' Club & Institute
Pump Lane
Hayes
UB3 3NB
020 85730205

Saturday 12th December - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
The Globe
104 Windmill Rd
Brentford
TW8 9NA
020 8580 0086

Please ring to check times before setting off!


28 October 2009


=========================================
CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS TOUR - CANCELLATIONS
=========================================

News in at 18.00 hours GMT tonight.

Thu 29 - Abersystwyth - was cancelled and then reinstated. It is now definitely cancelled.

Sat 31 - Bournemouth is also now cancelled.


===============
ROY HILL UPDATE
===============

Fri 13 Nov
----------
The Turks Head
St Margarets, Twickenham

Doors 8pm
Showtime 9pm
Just Roy, no guests
Admission 5 only

Thu 17 Dec
----------
The Big Ask is not the name of the venue but the organisation in aid of the gig is being staged - the venue is:

Lowton Labour Club
196 Newton Road
Lowton
Warrington WA3 2AQ

Doors 7.30pm
Roy on about 9pm
A number of other acts playing, no names as yet.
Admission free


[ends]


26 October 2009


Hi folks

The Acoustics are now well into the Classic Rock Legends tour, where they've been receiving accolades from both existing and new fans.

Some live date news for the Acoustics and other friends and family to take us to the year end.

DICK


Contents
--------
* Acoustic Strawbs live
* John Ford - live gig news
* Roy Hill - live - 13 Nov - Turks Head, Twickenham
* High Society - live - 15 Nov - Red Lion, Isleworth (lunchtime)



=====================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS LIVE
=====================

After the Classic Rock Legends tour finishes on 8 Nov, a few more Acoustics solo shows before the year end:

Thursday 19 November, Central Theatre, Chatham
Friday, 20 November, Parc Hall, Cwmparc
Friday 11 December, Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon


=========================
JOHN FORD - LIVE GIG NEWS
=========================

FRI 30 OCT 2009 8-10PM HALLOWEEN WEEKEND SHOW
KENNY'S CASTAWAYS - JOHN FORD & IAN LLOYD
---------------------------------------------

157 Bleecker Street -
NYC, New York 10012 US
Cost: $10 for both shows

John and Ian play one of the last legendary NYC Rock Clubs. Best fancy dress costume/mask wins a prize! Can you guess what John & Ian will be going as ?


SAT 28 Nov 2009 8PM-10PM
THE SONG BOX HOUSE CONCERT SERIES JOHN FORD (& BACKING BAND)
------------------------------------------------
Private residence in Seaford, NY
Seaford, New York 11783 US
Cost: $10

Part of the Song Box House Concert series, now in its 10th season. Two sets, the first with John solo and the second with backing band. The show is held at a private residence in Seaford , seating is limited to about 35-40, with a pot-luck buffet. Advance reservations by email to Songbox@optonline.net or by phone at (516) 579-5365. An alternative to the Bar/Club scene, hear great music and an enjoyable evening without a doubt!


SUN 29 Nov 2009 12NOON-8PM
BEAT EXPO 2009 BEATLE CONVENTION - JOHN FORD & IAN LLOYD
---------------------------------------------------
Stamford Holiday Inn
700 East Main St
Stamford, Connecticut 06901 US
Cost: - Adv: $15 -- @ Door: $20
http://www.toursandevents.com/BEATexpo.htm

The first Beatles convention of its kind in Connecticut in 12 years. Other guests include Peter Tork of The Monkees and many many more. Check out their website for details.


=================================================
ROY HILL - LIVE - 13 NOV - TURKS HEAD, TWICKENHAM
=================================================

Don't forget - an unmissable opportunity to see Roy Hill solo at the Turks Head in Twickenham - the spiritual home of Cry No More

Turks Head, St Margarets
Twickenham TW11 1LF

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/47/4750/Turks_Head/St_Margarets
For a map go to http://tinyurl.com/96ddpu

Tickets 5 only


And on 17 December, Roy appears at the Big Ask in Warrington - further details to follow.

Check out Roy's MySpace: www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


===========================================
HIGH SOCIETY - 15 NOV - RED LION, ISLEWORTH
===========================================

It's been a while since we've had a public High Society, but here they are, playing at lunchtime on Sunday 15 Nov.

92-94 Linkfield Road
Isleworth
TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457

And there's a whole bunch of other gigs (which we've listed in an earlier Strawbsweb) featuring our friend Mr Hudson on the drums with a variety of bands (The Good Old Boys, Ali Mac Band and the Ginny Brown Band).

For details check out http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_hudgi.htm


[ENDS]


23 October 2009


=============
DEAD LIKE HARRY
=============

Not Strawbs' news exactly, but of interest to several who saw Sheffield-based Dead Like Harry support Strawbs on a UK tour in 2006 - a recent interview with the band's founders, Matt and Sam Taylor, is at the following link:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/features/dlh09.asp

(if the link doesn't work, go to the "Features" section on Strawbsweb to read the interview).

Dead Like Harry are playing tonight (Friday 23rd October) at St. Andrew's Inn at Lathones, tomorrow (Saturday 24th October) in Newcastle at The Dog and Parrot, and have a special Christmas concert arranged at Sheffield's Library Theatre on Saturday 12th December. Their new CD is also due out shortly - keep watching for details at http://www.deadlikeharry.co.uk and http://www.myspace.com/deadlikeharrymusic .

------------------------------------------

==========
HIGH SOCIETY
==========

High Society got together for a private show in Hampstead recently and enjoyed the experience so much they have arranged another undoubtedly civilised outing, this time at The Red Lion, 92-94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth, TW7 6QJ (Tel: 020 8560 1457) at LUNCHTIME on Sunday 15th November. Visit their myspace at:

http://www.myspace.com/highsocietyukband

[ENDS]


22 October 2009


Having been informed that the Aberystwyth gig for Acoustic Strawbs with Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash was cancelled, the show has now been reinstated. Details below:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3DE

Showtime: 8.00pm

Box Office: 01970 623232
Website: www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
Email: artstaff@aber.ac.uk
Directions: from the venue website


16 October 2009


Some "public" gigs coming up in the near future at which Hud will be playing with a variety of bands:

Saturday 17th October - THE BEAKY BAND
The Barnhall Community & Social Club
Alderney Gardens
Wickford
Essex SS11 7JP
01268 765063

Friday 6th November - GINNY BROWN BAND
The Clubhouse
65 Richmond Rd
Twix TW1 3AW
07833 580944

Sunday 8th November - LUNCHTIME - GINNY BROWN BAND
Red Lion
92-94 Linkfield Road
Isleworth
TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457


Saturday 14th November - GINNY BROWN BAND
Barley Mow
67 watersplash Rd
Shepperton TW17 OEE
01932 225326

Sunday 15th November - LUNCHTIME - HIGH SOCIETY
92-94 Linkfield Road
Isleworth
TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457

Saturday 21st November - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Cherry Tree
32 Station Rd
South Norwood
SE25 5AG
020 8653 3279

Sunday 22nd November - LUNCHTIME - GINNY BROWN BAND
The Royal British Legion
Whitton Road
Hounslow
TW3 2DB
020 85726468

Friday 27th November - ALI MAC BAND
The Drill
101 Cheam Common Rd
Worcester Pk
KT48TA
020 8337 4784

Saturday 5th December - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
Hayes Working Mens' Club & Institute
Pump Lane
Hayes
UB3 3NB
020 85730205

Saturday 12th December - THE GOOD OLD BOYS
The Globe
104 Windmill Rd
Brentford
TW8 9NA
020 8580 0086


14 October 2009


Just heard that the following shows on the Classic Rock Legends Tour have been cancelled.

17 Oct Grimsby Auditorium

20 Oct Talbot, Leicester

27 Oct Oakengates Teatre, Telford,

29 Oct Aberystwyth Arts Centre [LATER REINSTATED]

There is a change of venue for the Ipswich gig on 2 November
Was at the Regent Theatre; now at the Corn Exchange.


12 October 2009


Rick Wakeman has written a sequel to his book "Grumpy Old Rock Star", called "Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star". He claims it contains all the stories his lawyers said he couldn't tell last time. Apparently he is reminiscing about times past when rock stars were horrible drunken louts making the likes of Jeremy Clarkson look like one of those cuddly meercats with the cute faces.

He is appearing at the Electric Theatre, Guildford on Friday 23rd October at 8:30pm, to read extracts of it, (violinists falling out of trees, playing golf with kangaroos, and being mauled on live TV by a German Shepherd (a dog I hope)), see www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk for details.


10 October 2009


=============================
ROY HILL WORLD TOUR - EXTENDED
=============================

A second gig for Roy's tour announced.
17th December at The Big Ask, Warrington

===========================
ROY HILL CD - IMMINENT RELEASE
===========================
Roy is hoping to have his first album "Roy Hill" available on CD in time for his Turks Head gig. Bring plently of money. Would make a lovely Xmas present for Granny.

=======================
INSTRUMENTAL COMPANION
=======================
Roy's son and Roy's nephew have formed a group called Instrumental Companion. You can check them out on their Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/instrumentalcompanion

========================
BULLY WEE DATES FOR 2010
========================
Some dates for January 2010 have been announced for the Bully Wee Band (featuring Ian Cutler).

19th January - Ringwood Folk Club
21st January - The Brook Theatre, Chatham
22nd January - Topsham Folk Club, Exeter
23rd January, The Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
24th January, Hitchin Folk Club, Herts
25th January, Nettlebed Folk Club, Henley On Thames
26th January, Dartford Folk Club.

Full details see: http://www.bullyweeband.com/the%20tour%20dates%20page.htm

[ENDS]


4 October 2009


=============
ROBERT KIRBY
=============

Very sorry indeed to have pass on the news I've just had from his closest friend Geoff James, that Robert died yesterday (Saturday 3rd Oct).

Difficult to believe it's only three weeks ago that Robert conducted the Royal Artillery Band through his arrangements for the Acoustic Strawbs' "Evergreen", John Ford's "Heavy Disguise" and the full band's "River/Down By The Sea" and the magnificent "Where Silent Shadows Fall", which had many fans in tears as the grand finale of an emotional weekend-long celebration of Strawbs' 40th anniversary.

I met him on a number of occasions, and he was always the nicest of men, approachable, amusing and self-effacing. Whilst we Strawbs fans know him for his contributions to Strawbs and Dave Cousins albums, both arranging and playing, he was well known outside our world for his contributions to Nick Drake's fantastic albums, underrrated when released, but these days quote as an influence far and wide. He has contributed to artist as wide ranging as The Magic Numbers to Vashti Bunyan, Paul Weller to Roger McGough. See the list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kirby.

He will be very much missed.


2 October 2009


============================
ROY HILL - ANOTHER WORLD TOUR
============================

Friday 13th is not normally known as a day for good luck, but for once it will be.

Roy Hill returns to the Turks Head for yet another World Tour on Friday thirteenth of November.

Tickets are priced at only 5.00.

[ENDS]


25 September 2009


Some corrections, a cancellation and a reinstatement:



1. Waterfront, Norwich, Tues 29 Sept - has been cancelled.

2. Palace Theatre, Southend - gig with Acoustic Strawbs is on 9th October not 8th as previously - other artists playing on the bill that night are Curved Air and Stackridge.

(Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash appear at the Palace Theatre without Acoustic Strawbs the night before on 8th Oct, and are at the Cressett in Peterborough, without Acoustic Strawbs, on 9th Oct.)

3. On Friday 16th October, Acoustic Strawbs play a solo gig at the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley Co. Durham.

(Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash are appearing in Tunbridge Wells without Acoustic Strawbs that night.)

4. Acoustic Strawbs are now able to play on the 17th October at Grimsby Auditorium, Cromwell Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN31 2BH. (But will they ever be able to leave ? ;-) [GIG LATER CANCELLED]

5. Friday 6 November - the line-up at the City Hall Salisbury is Focus, Acoustic Strawbs and Eddie And The Hot Rods.

Sorry for the confusion.

So - Acoustic Strawbs dates list now as follows:

Wednesday 30 September - Royal & Dearngate Northampton
Thursday 1 October - Civic Centre Aylesbury - (with Focus, Wishbone Ash AND Curved Air)
Friday 2 October - The Anvil Basingstoke
Saturday 3 October - Fairfield Hall Croydon
Sunday 4 October - Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Monday 5 October - Wyvern Theatre Swindon
Friday 9 October - Palace Theatre Southend (with Curved Air and Stackridge)
Saturday 10 October - Orchard Dartford
Sunday 11 October - Winding Wheel Chesterfield
Monday 12 October - Corn Exchange Cambridge
Tuesday 13 October - Octagon Theatre Yeovil
Thursday 15 October - Hall for Cornwall Truro
Friday 16 October - Stanley (Acoustic Strawbs only, not part of Focus/Wishbone Ash tour)
Saturday 17 October - Grimsby Auditorium [LATER CANCELLED]
Sunday 18 October - Parr Hall Warrington
Monday 19 October - Guildhall Preston
Tuesday 20 October - The Athena Leicester [LATER CANCELLED]
Wednesday 21 October - Marina Theatre Lowestoft
Thursday 22 October - Town Hall Cheltenham
Friday 23 October - Assembly Hall Worthing
Saturday 24 October - Palace Theatre Newark
Sunday 25 October - Theatre Southport
Monday 26 October - Swan Theatre High Wycombe
Tuesday 27 October - Oakengates Telford [LATER CANCELLED]
Wednesday 28 October - Journal Tyne Newcastle
Thursday 29 October - Arts Centre Aberystwyth [LATER REPORTED CANCELLED, BUT REINSTATED]
Friday 30 October - Lees Cliff Hall Folkestone
Saturday 31 October - Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth
Sunday 1 November - Alban Arena St Albans
Monday 2 November - Regent Theatre Ipswich [VENUE NOW CHANGED TO THE CORN EXCHANGE]
Tuesday 3 November - Playhouse Epsom
Wednesday 4 November - The Dome Morecambe
Thursday 5 November - Robin 2 Bilston
Friday 6 November - City Hall Salisbury - (with Focus and Eddie And The Hot Rods)
Saturday 7 November - Arts & Leisure Centre Stevenage
Sunday 8 November - Opera House Buxton
[ends]


23 September 2009


Hi all,
After the fun and games at Twickenham (is it really only a week and a bit ago ?) here's some upcoming news.
Contents
--------
* Strawbs' 40th anniversary - reviews and photos
* Acoustic Strawbs - Classic Rock Legends tour
* Roy Hill solo gig - 25 Sep 2009 - Open House Cafe, Brentford
* Acoustic Strawbs - World Cafe interview and performance online

==============================================
STRAWBS' 40TH ANNIVERSARY - REVIEWS AND PHOTOS
==============================================
Lots of reviews and pictures from Strawbs' triumphal 40th anniversary celebrations now on Strawbsweb - keep them coming.

============================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS TOUR
============================================
The Acoustic Strawbs take to the stage alongside Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash in a nationwide tour starting 29 Sept and ending on 8th Nov.
Correction:
Contrary to dates circulated previously - Palace Theatre Southend show is on 9 Oct not 8 Oct. There is no Acoustic Strawbs show on 8 Oct.
List of dates:
Tuesday 29 September 2009 - Waterfront, Norwich
Wednesday 30 September 2009 - Royal And Derngate, Northampton
Thursday 1 October 2009 (plus Curved Air) - Civic Centre, Aylesbury
Friday 2 October 2009 - The Anvil, Basingstoke
Saturday 3 October 2009 - Fairfield Hall, Croydon
Sunday 4 October 2009 - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Monday 5 October 2009 - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Friday 9 October 2009 - Palace Theatre, Southend
Saturday 10 October 2009 - Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Sunday 11 October 2009 - Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Monday 12 October 2009 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Tuesday 13 October 2009 - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Thursday 15 October 2009 - Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Friday 16 October 2009 - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Sunday 18 October 2009 - Parr Hall, Warrington
Monday 19 October 2009 - Guildhall, Preston
Tuesday 20 October 2009 - The Athena, Leicester
Wednesday 21 October 2009 - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Thursday 22 October 2009 - Town Hall, Cheltenham
Friday 23 October 2009 - Assembly Hall, Worthing
Saturday 24 October 2009 - Palace Theatre, Newark
Sunday 25 October 2009 - Southport Theatre, Southport
Monday 26 October 2009 - Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Tuesday 27 October 2009 - Oakengates Theatre, Telford
Wednesday 28 October 2009 - The Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Thursday 29 October 2009 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Friday 30 October 2009 - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Saturday 31 October 2009 - Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
Sunday 1 November 2009 - Alban Arena, St Albans
Monday 2 November 2009 - Corn Exchange, Ipswich
Tuesday 3 November 2009 - Epsom Playhouse, Epsom
Wednesday 4 November 2009 - The Dome, Morecambe
Thursday 5 November 2009 - Robin 2, Bilston
Friday 6 November 2009 (Acoustic Strawbs, Focus and TBA artist) - City Hall, Salisbury
Satday 7 November 2009 - Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
Sunday 8 November 2009 - Buxton Opera House, Buxton

============================================================
ROY HILL SOLO GIG - 25 SEP 2009 - OPEN HOUSE CAFE, BRENTFORD
============================================================
An update from Roy announcing his one-date 2009 World Tour on Fri 25 Sept at the Open House Cafe in Brentford. He's been rehearsing [yes, really - DG] with violin maestro Phil Martin who will be joining him for a few songs and will also perform with gospel choir, The Brentford Belles.
Open House Cafe, St Paul's Church, St Paul's Road, Brentford TW8 0PN.
Licensed bar and snacks
Tickets 10 in advance from St Paul's Parish Centre 020 8568 7442
or from www.wegottickets.com
Tickets 10 on the door
Doors open 7.00pm Show time 7.30pm
Website: http://www.parishofbrentford.org.uk/openhousecafe.htm
Read the whole update from Roy - it's a hoot! - at: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_rhnews.htm
Lindsay's done a new interview with Roy at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/features/royint09.asp

==============================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - WORLD CAFE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE ONLINE
==============================================================
As previously announced, NPR's World Cafe broadcast a session by the Acoustic Strawbs on Tuesday 22 Sept. National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide.Now available online at:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113088400&sc=emaf


20 August 2009


==================================
STOP PRESS - JOHN FORD RADIO/SHOWS
==================================

20 August
---------
Sorry for short notice for these, but news just in:

On 20 August John Ford & Ian Lloyd are:

* on the radio - B103.1 FM - Thurs morning 20 Aug - with DJs The Wisseman & Frank. There'll be an on-air impromptu performance. The show runs from 5AM-10AM (New York time).

* at Lily Flanagan's Thurs 10PM (New York time)
345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY 11702 631-539-0816.
Heineken Summer Music Concert Series presented by 94.3FM WMJC - http://wmjcfm.com/event-ianlloyd.htm.
There's a WMJC FM promo online: http://tinyurl.com/pscw4u.

John will be doing a warm up set for his upcoming appearance at the Strawbs 40th anniversary weekend, to include new release Big Hit In India.
You can listen online to:
B-103.1FM http://www.b103.com/
94.3FM WMJC http://www.wmjcfm.com/

More upcoming John Ford performances
* Sept 12/13 - Strawbs 40th Anniversary Weekend London
* OCT 30 - Kenny's Castaways NYC with Ian Lloyd

=====================
40TH ANNIVERSARY NEWS
=====================

Fred Wedlock - compere
----------------------
Delighted to announce that Dave Cousins' old mate from his West Country days, Fred Wedlock, has agreed to be the compere for the 40th anniversary event.

Programme & stuff
-----------------
There will be a programme for this event - I know - we had to write 250 words about the Strawberry Fools and provide a band photo (sorry!)

As well as CDs and DVDs of course, there'll also be various other bits and pieces including a poster organised by Canadian fan Jon Connolly, helped by artist Angela Taylor. Jon is coming over for the event and is involved in the filming.

Fan gallery
-----------
Do keep your pictures coming in for the galleries of those coming to the show and absent friends. Owing to workload in my day job, I'm a little behind in getting these done, so my apologies - they should get loaded in the next few days.

Food supplement
---------------
I'm also told that, as well as the various restaurants, there's a good value restaurant in the Tesco superstore just 5 minutes away from the venue.

============================================
CLASSIC LEGENDS OF ROCK TOUR - SEPT-NOV 2009
WITH FOCUS AND MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH
============================================

Big news just in that the Acoustic Strawbs will be joining their fellow rock legends Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash on a lengthy tour round the UK, running from 29 September to 8 November.. Dates below.

Tuesday 29 September - Waterfront Norwich
Wednesday 30 September - Royal & Dearngate Northampton
Thursday 1 October - Civic Centre Aylesbury - (with Focus, Wishbone Ash AND Curved Air)
Friday 2 October - The Anvil Basingstoke
Saturday 3 October - Fairfield Hall Croydon
Sunday 4 October - Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Monday 5 October - Wyvern Theatre Swindon
Thursday 8 October - Palace Theatre Southend
Friday 9 October - Cressett Peterborough
Saturday 10 October - Orchard Dartford
Sunday 11 October - Winding Wheel Chesterfield
Monday 12 October - Corn Exchange Cambridge
Tuesday 13 October - Octagon Theatre Yeovil
Thursday 15 October - Hall for Cornwall Truro
Friday 16 October - Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells
Saturday 17 October - Leisureworks Stanley (not part of Focus/Wishbone Ash tour which is in Grimsby that night - perhaps they'll never leave - Strawbs new album joke, DG ;-)
Sunday 18 October - Parr Hall Warrington
Monday 19 October - Guildhall Preston
Tuesday 20 October - The Athena Leicester
Wednesday 21 October - Marina Theatre Lowestoft
Thursday 22 October - Town Hall Cheltenham
Friday 23 October - Assembly Hall Worthing
Saturday 24 October - Palace Theatre Newark
Sunday 25 October - Theatre Southport
Monday 26 October - Swan Theatre High Wycombe
Tuesday 27 October - Oakengates Telford
Wednesday 28 October - Journal Tyne Newcastle
Thursday 29 October - Arts Centre Aberystwyth
Friday 30 October - Lees Cliff Hall Folkestone
Saturday 31 October - Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth
Sunday 1 November - Alban Arena St Albans
Monday 2 November - Regent Theatre Ipswich
Tuesday 3 November - Playhouse Epsom
Wednesday 4 November - The Dome Morecambe
Thurday 5 November - Robin 2 Bilston
Friday 6 November - City Hall Salisbury - (with Focus and TBA)
Saturday 7 November - Arts & Leisure Centre Stevenage
Sunday 8 November - Opera House Buxton

====================================
OTHER ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES IN 2009
====================================

Saturday 17 October - Leisureworks Stanley (as noted above)
Thursday 19 November - Central Theatre, Chatham
Friday 20 November - Parc Hall, Cwmparc
Friday 11 December - Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon
More already pencilled in for 2010 ... the beat goes on !

==========================================================
REVIEWS OF DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT / HAMPTON COURT DVD
==========================================================
There are a few reviews and comments on the new CD and DVD which have started arriving with pre-release purchasers ahead of the official release date of 24 August. These will be posted very shortly.
There's also been a good raft of press/online reviews - including Classic Rock - Prog, Bournemouth Echo, the Scottish Sunday Post, the October issue of Guitar and Bass, the Classic Rock Society's magazine, to name but a few.

I'm hoping to add a few of these to Strawbsweb shortly. Meanwhile check out: Stuart Hamilton - http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-strawbs-dancing-to-the/
There'll be an album review in the next issue of R2/Rock'N'Reel and apparently a track will be on the next CD covermount.

Various interviews/features in the pipeline .....

===================
INTERVIEWS/SESSIONS
===================

Acoustic Strawbs - World Cafe session, 22 Sept
----------------------------------------------
NPR's World Cafe will be broadcasting a session by the Acoustic Strawbs on Tuesday 22 Sept.
National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station at the following link by selecting a state from the pull-down menu:
http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/?prgId=39
or, worldwide, fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST, here:

http://www.xpn.org/listen-live/listen-live

Later in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available on the National Public Radio website if permission has been granted for this session (to be confirmed):

http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=39&agg=1

The broadcast date above reflects the date on which the show is fed to World Cafe's affiliates. Although most stations conform to this schedule, individual affiliates may choose different broadcast dates.

69 Faces Of Rock Interview - Dave Cousins
-----------------------------------------
Mark Kadzielawa from 69 Faces of Rock interviewed Dave Cousins recently in Chicago - lots of interesting stuff about the new album:

http://69facesofrock.com/strawbs_interview.html

There's also a live show review:

http://69facesofrock.com/strawbs_concert.html

Thanks for the info Mark.

Dave Lambert interview archived
-------------------------------
DL Interview from August 10 on Express FM is now archived at:

http://tinyurl.com/obsegw

===================================
AND FINALLY - STRAWBS ON THE MENU
===================================
Blue Weaver sends in a menu from "a special night of Strawbs music" held in a restaurant in Spain, in which he participated with a local musician who "does a great cover of" Dave Cousins .... the due called themselves "Los Fresons".

The menu reads:

Starter - Caviar, oysters and pate de foie
"And caviar, oysters and pate de foie invite the discerning tongue"
Main course - Lamb, Salmon or Omelette
"To catch the mirrored salmon as it rose to take the fly"
"New born lambs that sweetly played, Speckled eggs all newly laid"
Sweet - Lemon Pie
"Lovely lemon lady, you make me feel so shy
But lovely lemon lady, I love your lemon pie."

Nice one Blue !! Image coming shortly on Strawbsweb.


12 August 2009


========================================================
STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY - DAY TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
========================================================

Saturday 12th - price 42
Sunday 13th - price 37
Artists playing - details below

Weekend tickets are also still available at 72.

This is an "e-ticketed" event. Please READ THE INFORMATION by clicking on the tickets link on the main Twickenham page THEN order your tickets from Witchwood Records following the link from that page.

12/13 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE LIVE ROOM, TWICKENHAM STADIUM
South Stand, Twickenham Stadium
Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DZ

Saturday 12th September | Ticket price 42
Start time: 2pm | Finish time: 10pm | Check-in: 12 noon
RICK WAKEMAN & DAVID COUSINS - First appearance as a duo in over 20 years
STRAWBS HEARTBREAK HILL LINE-UP - featuring
Andy Richards, Jo Partridge, and Tony Fernandez
JOHN FORD - Strawbs 1970-1973 | Hudson Ford | The Monks
STRAWBS BLUE ANGEL LINE-UP featuring Blue Weaver and Brian Willoughby
CRY NO MORE - Roy Hill and Chas Cronk relive the EMI hits
ZEUS - Dave Lambert's new band with Graeme Taylor, Tom Leary and Jon Davie
DAVID COUSINS AND IAN CUTLER - Strawbs songs with the purple fiddle
Sunday 13th September | Ticket price 37
Start time: 1pm | Finish time: 8 pm | Check-in: 11 am
STRAWBS CURRENT LINE-UP - with David Cousins,
Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, and Rod Coombes
featuring Oliver Wakeman, Rick's eldest son,
fresh from a US tour with Yes, with the support
of musicians from the Royal Artillery Orchestra
FIRE - 1960s psychedelia from Dave Lambert, Dick Dufall, and Bob Voice
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - David Cousins, Dave Lambert,
and Chas Cronk with special guest Sonja Kristina
CATHRYN CRAIG AND BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - Nashville
singer songwriter with virtuoso guitarist Brian Willoughby
BLUE ANGEL ORCHESTRA - David Cousins' other
band featuring Ian Cutler from Feast of Fiddles,
Melvin Duffy, Chas Cronk and Chris Hunt
STRAWBERRY FOOLS - The Strawbs fans' own Strawbs tribute band

======================================================
STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND - BRASS AND STRINGS !
======================================================

Dave Cousins has arranged for members of the Band
of the Royal Artillery to play alongside the
current Strawbs line-up on Sunday 13th, conducted
by our old friend Robert Kirby. Should be a
real treat to combine the electronic orchestral
sounds provide by Oliver with the real thing.

Witchwood Media is making a donation to the
charity 'Help for Heroes' which supports service
personnel wounded in current British conflicts.

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STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND - HOUSEKEEPING STUFF
=====================================================

PHOTOGRAPHY
-----------

Please not that, owing to the video filming
requirements there will be NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
PERMITTED. Photography without flash is fine.

DON'T BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK
-----------------------------------

Ticket holders will NOT be allowed to bring food
or drink into the venue. There will be hot
food, sandwiches etc in the bar. There is a
restaurant in the Marriott Hotel, 25 yards away
and a good selection of restaurants,pubs,cafes
and food shops in Twickenham town centre which is
15 minutes walk or a short bus ride away.

The show finishes at a reasonable time on both
days so that people still have time to get there
to eat if they choose before they go home.

==================================================
STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND - YOUR PICTURE ON STRAWBSWEB
==================================================

Ever been at a conference looking for people you
know from e-mail but don't know what they look
like ? Conference badges are helpful, but if
you're short-sighted like me you spend far too
much time gazing at peoples' chests for comfort (yours or theirs!).

So - a new feature on Strawbsweb for the 40th
anniversary, so we can all recognise each other
in September. If you're coming to the
anniversary weekend, send a photograph of
yourself with your name and a short caption to

Please enable Javascript to view Strawbsweb

, and we'll post it on Strawbsweb.

And, even if you're not able to make it, send us
a pic anyway and we'll post it on the Absent
Friends page, so you can be there in spirit ....

UPDATE
------
I'll be adding the first round of pictures
received in the next day or so, including yours if you send it to me!!!

So give it a while then check out your fellow
Strawbs fans at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_fangal.htm.

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DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT/HAMPTON COURT DVD
=============================================

Release date
------------

Release date for both these titles is now 24th
August. The DVD will include 4 live in the
studio audio tracks with Rick playing alongside
the Acoustic Strawbs - for details see below.

Prices
------

The pre-order bundle deal (both for 23) is now
closed and the titles are available separately -
you can order from Witchwood Records using the links below.

Dancing To The Devil's Beat - 12
http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/product_info.php?products_id=101

Acoustic Strawbs Live At Hampton Court Palace - 14.99
http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/wwr/product_info.php?products_id=103

You can hear some previews of tracks from DTTDB
on Strawbsweb at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/ix_dlds.htm

Cover pictures of the DVD (featuring our own
Chris Parkins' photography) now on Strawbsweb:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_dvd.htm

DVD track info
--------------

Acoustic Strawbs - video tracks
1. Lay Down
2. New World
3. Shine On Silver Sun
4. Ghosts
5. Midnight Sun
6. A Glimpse Of Heaven
7. Oh How She Changed

Acoustic Strawbs with Rick Wakeman piano (Audio)
8. Witchwood
9. We'll Meet Again Sometime
10. A Glimpse Of Heaven
11. Oh How She Changed

Preview Rick Wakeman, his band, choir, and orchestra
12. Excerpt from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'

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WYCHWOOD PLAY CROPREDY - 13 AUGUST
==================================

Longtime Strawbs fan Kevin West and Lyndsay Hempshill are folk duo Wychwood.

They play the Red Lion, Cropredy, 3.30pm on Thursday 13th August.

75 min set to include their lovely version of "Who Knows Where The Time Goes".

See www.MySpace.com/wychwoodmusic


4 August 2009


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MEMORIES OF WOODSTOCK 8TH AUGUST - CANCELLED
============================================

Unfortunately I have now had confirmation that the Strawbs, along
with a large number of other bands have pulled out of this festival,
which has now been completely cancelled.

The festival organisers have apparently undertaken to provide refunds
for tickets purchased - I'm sorry I don't have details of how to
obtain these refunds - you'll need to check with your ticket
agency/the box office etc. where you bought them.

=================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES - AUG/SEPT
=================================

Wednesday 5 August 2009
Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London

Sunday 23 August 2009
Rhythm Festival, Clapham

Saturday 5 September 2009
Sedgefield Folk Festival, Sedgefield

Sunday 6 September 2009
Live Lounge at Baby Blue, Liverpool

===================================================
RELEASE DATE FOR DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT (CD) /
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS LIVE AT HAMPTON COURT (DVD)
===================================================

Release date for these two releases has now been confirmed as 24th August.

===========================================
40TH ANNIVERSARY - BETTER THAN BADGES .....
===========================================

Ever been at a conference looking for people you know from e-mail but
don't know what they look like ? Conference badges are helpful, but
if you're short-sighted like me you spend far too much time gazing at
peoples' chests for comfort (yours or theirs!).

So - a new feature on Strawbsweb for the 40th anniversary, so we can
all recognise each other in September. If you're coming to the
anniversary weekend, send a photograph of yourself with your name and
a short caption to

Please enable Javascript to view Strawbsweb

, and we'll post it on Strawbsweb.

And, even if you're not able to make it, send us a pic anyway and
we'll post it on the Absent Friends page, so you can be there in spirit ....

Check out your fellow Strawbs fans at
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_fangal.htm.


2 Jul 2009


=================================
STRAWBS 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT
12/13 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE LIVE ROOM, TWICKENHAM STADIUM
South Stand, Twickenham Stadium
Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DZ
=================================

Please note the entrance to The Live Room is on Whitton Road

A number of you have been e-mailing asking about ticket availability: I now have details for you.
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY.


LIMITED NUMBERS AND TICKET PRICES
---------------------------------

There is a limit on the number of people who can attend (imposed by the venue capacity) approx 400 including artist guests.

We are only releasing full weekend tickets at first - price for a weekend ticket is 72.

If there is space available, then 1 day tickets for Saturday or Sunday only may be made available later on priced at 42 for each day. If we sell out of weekend tickets, then day tickets will not be made available.


E-TICKETS
---------

We are going to use an e-ticketing process. You will get a voucher with a voucher number e-mailed to you, which can be exchanged for armbands for the number of tickets you have bought when you get to the venue.

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE VENUE EITHER A PRINTOUT OF THE VOUCHER E-MAIL OR THE PRINTED VOUCHER IF YOU BUY BY POST
AS WELL AS SOME FORM OF ID (PREFERABLY PICTURE ID SUCH AS PASSPORT/DRIVING LICENCE).

If you buy for a number of people, please make sure you all turn up together, or let us know if that isn't possible.
SORRY, BUT TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.

YOU MUST KEEP THESE ARMBANDS ON FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND YOU WILL NOT BE READMITTED WITHOUT AN ARMBAND.


TICKET SALES
------------

FROM WITCHWOOD RECORDS ONLY

Please if possible use the online shop on the Witchwood Records site at www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk ordering by credit card.

NB. If you order online, you will receive an automatic order confirmation straightaway by e-mail, which is generated by the system. This does NOT contain your voucher number. DO NOT PANIC !! This will be sent to you MANUALLY by Witchwood Records along with other information.

Orders can also be taken by fax, phone (phone sales - 9.15am to 4.45pm, UK time) and post if need be. Details on the Witchwood Records site. (Please note that the phone may be answered under the name "Techron" as Witchwood Records doesn't have a dedicated phone line for sales.)

If you want to pay by cheque, cheques should be payable to Witchwood Media Limited, and sent to Witchwood Media, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH. Cheques in UK currency only.

Even if you book by fax or post, if possible please provide an e-mail address for us to send your e-ticket to. There is an administration charge where e-tickets have to be sent out by post.

Details are now on www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk.


SHOW TIMES, DOORS OPEN
----------------------

The show is intended to run as follows:
Saturday 12th - from 14.00 through to 21.40
Sunday 13th - from 13.00 through to 19.20

WE SUGGEST YOU GET THERE EARLY ON SATURDAY AS THERE MAY BE QUEUES TO EXCHANGE YOUR TICKET FOR ARMBANDS.

DOORS OPEN (BOTH DAYS): 12.00 noon

We will have volunteers supporting front of house on Saturday, but if the queues are long you might miss some of the music. The bar will be open and we think there will be some form of entertainment going on there.


ARTISTS UPDATE
--------------

I'm delighted to announce two new additions to the bill - Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby will be there, as will Zeus (who are Zeus ? See below).

Timings of each artist's performance are not yet finalised

PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ME ABOUT THIS THIS INFO WILL BE INCLUDED ON STRAWBSWEB AND MAILED OUT AS SOON AS IT IS FINALISED.
The link for the main page for this event is: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0909.htm

So the current list of artists is:

* Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins
* Electric Strawbs current line-up
* Electric Strawbs Heartbreak Hill line-up (including Andy Richards and Tony Fernandez)
* Electric Strawbs Blue Angel line-up (including Blue Weaver and Brian Willoughby)
* Acoustic Strawbs (with Sonia Kristina guesting)
* Blue Angel Orchestra
* Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
* Cry No More
* Fire
* Zeus (READ THE NEXT ITEM BEFORE YOU ASK !)
* John Ford
* The Strawberry Fools

(Info about one more slot still to be confirmed)

Everyone appearing is getting pretty excited about the event - thinking about what's going to be played, and whether they can get a mellotron etc.


OTHER INFORMATION
-----------------

PARKING - There is plenty of free parking at Twickenham for those who need it. The car park is off Rugby Road at the north end of Twickenham Stadium - follow signs for Main Car Park. Cars can be left overnight at your own risk.

BAR/CASH MACHINE - Don't worry, there is a bar associated with the venue and a cash machine very close at hand in case you run out of beer vouchers!

HOTELS - There is information available about local hotels/other useful information on Strawbsweb - see:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0909acc.htm


=======================
WHO THE **** ARE ZEUS ?
=======================

Zeus features Dave Lambert along with Tom Leary (Feast Of Fiddles) Graeme Taylor (Gryphon/John Tams Band/Albion Band/Home Service/John Kirkpatrick Band/Rolf Harris Band etc.) and Jon Davie (Gryphon/Home Service/John Williams etc).

According to a recent interview with DL, this should be a bit "different", as they were hoping to use traditional folky instruments but be looking to achieve something different from a traditional folky sound.

Watch this space for more info


==============================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS ON TOUR IN US
==============================

Some pictures and comments on Strawbsweb on the Acoustics' triumphant return to the US at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906.htm
and more to come.

Please send your reviews and comments to strawbsweb@gmail.com.

Their last night as very special guests of Van Der Graaf Generator was last night's (1 July) show in Annapolis, thereafter there is a short run of gigs on their own:

Thu 2 Jul 2009 - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
Fri 3 Jul 2009 - The Strand, Lakewood, NJ
Sat 4 Jul 2009 - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY
Sun 5 Jul 2009 - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Details, maps etc on Strawbsweb.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906.htm

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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC STRAWBS DATES - REST OF 2009
==============================================


There are various dates booked after their return from the US, including some gigs with other bands - going out on a number of occasions with Curved Air & Stackridge, and one gig with Focus and Groundhogs - an autumn that promises some surprises.

Further dates may be added.

Details, maps etc to September (only) at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_09sump.htm

Gig list
--------

Saturday 25 July 2009
Doncaster Rocks Festival, Doncaster

Wednesday 5 August 2009
Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London

Sunday 9 August 2009
ELECTRIC BAND
Memories Of Woodstock Festival, Shrewsbury

Sunday 23 August 2009
Rhythm Festival, Clapham

Saturday 5 September 2009
Sedgefield Folk Festival, Sedgefield

Sunday 6 September 2009
Live Lounge at Baby Blue, Liverpool

Thursday 1 October 2009
Civic Centre Aylesbury
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Saturday 3 October 2009
Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Friday 9 October
The Palace Theatre Southend 2009
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Thursday 15 October
Regent Theatre Ipswich
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Saturday 17 October
Leisureworks Stanley

Friday 6 November
City Halls Shrewsbury
(with Focus and Groundhogs)

Friday 11 December
Unicorn Theatre Abingdon


18 May 2009


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RICK WAKEMAN AND OTHERS CONFIRMED FOR STRAWBS 40th ANNIVERSARY
==============================================================

Big news indeed. Rick and Dave Cousins will be headlining the Sunday night show with a duo performance.

Also added to the bill:

* Sonja Kristina (briefly a Strawb after Sandy left the band)
* Andy Richards
* Tony Fernandez

I hope to have information about ticket availability and how you order them by the end of this month.



=======================================================
DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT / LIVE AT HAMPTON COURT DVD
=======================================================

The early-bird pre-ordering is now up and running on Witchwood Records online shop at www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk.

See: http://tinyurl.com/pxpky9

Deal is:

You pay 23
* You get the CD and the DVD when released.
* You also get a signed photo of Dave Cousins writing the lyrics.
* If you order before 12 June you get your name in the Devil booklet (if you order after that date, but before the offer closes, you'll still get the other components).

NB the release date is likely to be brought forward from September. Confirmation when I have it.

This offer is ONLY available via Witchwood Records online shop, not any other purchasing routes through Witchwood.

Dancing To The Devil's Beat
---------------------------

Final Track listing:
Revenge (Can Be So Sweet)
Beneath The Angry Sky
Copenhagen
Pro Patria Suite
Where Silent Shadows Fall
The Man Who Would Never Leave Grimsby
The Ballad of Jay and Rose Mary
Dancing To The Devil's Beat
Oh How She Changed 2009

I had the opportunity to listen the album last week and should be posting a review fairly shortly. Watch this space.

Live at Hampton Court
---------------------

As well as the Acoustics tracks from the two night show (in surround sound and other audio formats) there are going to be some interesting additional features - more news as these are firmed up.


==================
STRAWBS AT THE BBC
==================

We hear news of a multi-CD collection of Strawbs material from the BBC archives, along the lines of the recent Fairport and Sandy Denny sets. There's a wealth of material there which hasn't yet seen the light of day, including Rick's last concert with the band from 1971. More news when I have it.


23 Apr 2009


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NEW YORK
--------


I'm planning to be in New York in May, and hope to organise the usual get together for Strawbs fans who are able to make it into the city. Thursday 21 May - the usual venue unless otherwise advised - The White Horse Pub, 567 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014 (at 11th St) 212-243-9260 - from about 6.00pm onwards.

Always great to see old friends again and to meet new faces. Let me know if you're able to make it
Cheers
DICK

===============================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - HAMPTON COURT PALACE 1-2 MAY
===============================================


Rick Wakeman is playing two open air evening concerts at Hampton Court Palace on 1st and 2nd May and the Acoustic Strawbs will be supporting on both nights. These two concerts will be the only performances of The Six Wives of Henry VIII anywhere in their entirety. More details are available at The Hampton Court site: http://tinyurl.com/6s7wyl.

The Wakeman show will be filmed for release as a DVD, as will the Acoustic Strawbs set. The Acoustic Strawbs DVD will be released later in the year, but will be per-sold as a package along with the new Strawbs album, Dancing To The Devil's Beat.

==============================================
40th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM/DVD - PRE-ORDER PACKAGE
==============================================

Work on the new Strawbs album, Dancing To The Devil's Beat, is going well. I spoke to Dave this morning and he gave me chapter and verse on the all-new songs which will be featured - working titles are:

Dancing To The Devil's Beat
Beneath The Angry Sky
Copenhagen (harks back to days with Sandy Denny when they were there)
Pro Patria
Revenge (Can Be So Sweet)
The Ballad of J and Rosemary
The Man Who Wouldn't Leave Grimsby (a Lambert song which he played at the Xmas Party last December)
Where Silent Shadows Fall

As before, we will be offering a special deal for those who are prepared to buy the album upfront and help us defray the cost of creating the album. The offer is only available when you purchase online from Witchwood Records online shop at www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk and comprises:

* Dancing To The Devil's Beat - the official 40th anniversary album
* exclusive signed photo of Dave Cousins writing the lyrics to the album
* Purchasers before Fri 6 June will get their names included in the album packaging as on previous occasions
* Acoustic Strawbs - live at Hampton Court DVD

PLEASE NOTE - THE PACKAGE IS NOT YET AVAILABLE ON WITCHWOOD ERCORDS - WE WILL E-MAIL TO LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS IT IS.

Price of the package is to be 23. Purchases will be sent out when the album/DVD are released, which is expected to be round September, to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations.

NB The package may remain available after the closing date for names to be included, and in due course the CD and the DVD will be available separately.

==================================
STRAWBS UK TOUR/FESTIVALS UPCOMING
==================================


Ahead of the main part of the UK tour, the electric Strawbs with Oliver Wakeman will be paying at two festivals:



SWEEPS FESTIVAL - ROCHESTER - 3RD MAY
-------------------------------------
Don't miss the opportunity to see the first UK outing of the new electric band line-up, with Oliver Wakeman on keyboards, at the Sweeps Festival in Rochester, Kent on Sunday 3rd May. Chatham-based Lupen Crook will be supporting and the Strawbs gig starts at 7.30pm in the concert marquee in Rochester Castle Gardens.


There are loads of other events during the day, so if the weather is nice you might want you might want to come down early and make a day of it Other events include Kate Rusby earlier that afternoon, Colin Reese (lead singer of Bully Wee) doing a set at the Enigma Wine Bar from 4-6pm and longtime Strawbs fan Keith Rule playing with his band Pig's Ear at the City Hall Wine Bar stage..


Full details at the Sweeps Festival page - http://www.medway.gov.uk/sweepsfestival



FOLK ON THE PIER - CROMER - 8TH MAY
-----------------------------------
The electric band are also headlining at the Folk On The Pier Festival at Cromer, Norfolk on Friday 8th May. It's an all day event, starting at 2pm, with Strawbs on at 9.30pm.


The website warns that very few tickets are left unsold, so hurry if you want to book up for this one. Also on just before Strawbs is veteran folkie Harvey Andrews. Fairport Acoustic Convention headline the Sunday night with Vin Garbutt on earlier in the day.


Full details of the festival at:
http://www.deckchairproductions.co.uk/fotp-programme.html



UK ELECTRIC TOUR - STARTS 15TH MAY
----------------------------------
Please note that the venue at Worthing on 17 May has moved from the Half Brick to the Empress Suite (above Connaught Leisure, opposite the Pier)



Friday 15 May 2009 - The BoomBoom Club, Sutton
Saturday 16 May 2009 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Sunday 17 May 2009 - Empress Suite, Worthing (above Connaught Leisure, opposite the Pier)
Tuesday 19 May 2009 - Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth
Wednesday 20 May 2009 - Robin 2, Bilston
Thursday 21 May 2009 - The Ferry, Glasgow
Friday 22 May 2009 - The Flower Pot, Derby
Saturday 23 May 2009 - Cheese And Grain, Frome
Tuesday 26 May 2009 - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Wednesday 27 May 2009 - The Playhouse, Alnwick
Thursday 28 May 2009 - The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Friday 29 May 2009 - The Civic Hall, Bedworth
Saturday 30 May 2009 - The Globe, Cardiff
Sunday 31 May 2009 - The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford


Full details, maps etc at
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0905mp.htm




DAVE COUSINS/IAN CUTLER GIG - 24 MAY
------------------------------------
A rare opportunity to see the duo performance which went down so well in March 2008 in the US.


Sunday 24 May 2009 - Dave Cousins and Ian Cutler - Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin



========
US DATES
========


Unfortunately, plans for a string of dates across the US for the electric line-up in a package with other well-known acts has fallen through, largely owing to the economic climate.


Instead discussions are underway to put together a limited number of Acoustic Strawbs shows towards the end of June running over into early July, on a double bill with prog rock band Van Der Graaf Generator. Some dates have appeared on the web, but I'm advised that the tour is still being firmed up, so be aware that there may be some changes.


Dates so far:


June 21 - New York
June 24 - Falls Church
June 25 - Cleveland
June 26 - Chicago
June 27 - Milwaukee
June 29 - Buffalo
June 30 - Pittsburgh
July 1 - Annapolis


More news as and when available.



============================================
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - MAY DATES
============================================


Sun 3 May - Wath Festival, Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne S63 7RD, 07982 658467
Fri 8 May - Thames Ditton, The Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, KT7 0HB, 0208 686 9421
Mon 11 May - Stourbridge, Katie Fitzgeralds, Enville St, DY8 3TB, 01384 374410



=====================================
ADVANCE WARNING OF SOME UPCOMING GIGS
=====================================


DONCASTER ROCKS FESTIVAL 25 JULY 2009
---------------------------------------
An indoor music festival running from 3pm to 11pm, including Acoustic Strawbs, Steeleye Span and Jethro Tull..


Details at: http://www.solidentertainments.com/doncaster/index.html



MEMORIES OF WOODSTOCK 7-9 AUGUST 2009
---------------------------------------
Strawbs feature in a festival to be held at the East Midlands showground in Shrewsbury.


Sponsored by Classic Rock magazine, artists include Strawbs, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Steve Howe, Jefferson Starship, Carl Palmer Band, Focus, Asia, Mostly Autumn, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash


Strawbs play on Sunday 9th August, with John Lees' Barclay James Harvest headlining also on the bill that day are Jethro Tull and Melanie.


Ticket price for Sunday 9th August 36.00 plus 3.95 plus p&p
Show starts at 12noon with expected finish at 11:30pm.
Price for the whole weekend 100.00 plus 3.95 p&p


All details at: http://www.new-dawn-events.co.uk/



=========================================
OLIVER WAKEMAN - TRAVELOGUE AND NEW ALBUM
=========================================


Oliver has posted an account of his March 09 Canadian tour with the Strawbs on his website at:


http://www.oliverwakeman.co.uk/html/stories_strawbs.html


Great reading, thanks Oliver.


Oliver also has a CD out (released Feb 2009). It's a live album called Coming To Town recorded by his band in Poland. Check out the home page of his site; there's a link there to one of the tracks on Youtube.





========================================
STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND UPDATE
========================================


Ticket sales now expected to open up in May.


I've had confirmation from Dave that Fire and Andy Richards (from the Heartbreak Hill line-up) will now be playing. More info to follow.


20 Apr 2009


======================================================================
DAVE LAMBERT INTERVIEW ON GLASTONBURY RADIO THIS FRIDAY, 24th APRIL
======================================================================

Dave Lambert will be interviewed by Ross Hemsworth, to air this Friday on Ross's Feel Good Friday show between 12.00 - 14.00 GMT. Listen online at www.glastonburyradio.net. Ross is a great Strawbs fan and frequently reads out Strawbs-related emails while on air, so listen in and drop him a line if you feel so inclined!

Likely topics for discussion include acoustic Strawbs' forthcoming appearances at Hampton Court Palace on 1st May and 2nd May as they open for Rick Wakeman (who will be performing "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" album, in this 500th anniversary year of Henry's accession to the throne), the forthcoming UK Strawbs tour with Rick's son Oliver on keys (first show is the very next day - 3rd May - in Rochester, Kent), and the recording of a new Strawbs album to coincide with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations later this year (weekend of 12th and 13th September in the Live Room at Twickenham Rugby Ground).

Details of Strawbs May UK tour and the 40th anniversary weekend are listed on strawbsweb.co.uk.

Tickets to see acoustic Strawbs supporting Rick Wakeman are available from either Rick's site - www.rwcc.com, or from ticketline.co.uk.


11 Apr 2009


================================
THREE MUST GET BEERS WORLD TOUR
================================

Brian Willoughby is playing with the Three Must Get Beers again.

Thursday April 16th - The Fox - Church Street - Twickenham

Saturday April 18th - The Red Lion - Linkfield Road - Isleworth.


30 Mar 2009


====================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS PLAY AT RICK WAKEMAN SIX WIVES SHOW
====================================================

News just in that the Acoustic Strawbs will play a support set at the Six Wives shows on 1 May and 2 May at Hampton Court.



=============================================
NEW BRIAN & CATHRYN LONDON "SHOWCASE" - 3 APR
=============================================

Brian & Cathryn are doing a short "showcase" for Music Maker on Fri 3 Apr, at The Dick Collins Hall, Redhill St. (off Albany St.) London NW1. at 8.00pm-ish. (timing flexible)! We're expecting a set of no more than 40 minutes.

Nice to have a show in Central London - I can nearly walk from the office !



====================================
BRIAN & CATHRYN SHOW 2 APR CANCELLED
====================================

Owing to a problem at the venue, their show in Upton-on-Severn on Thursday 2 Apr is cancelled.



20 Mar 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS - MARCH 2009

Hi folks

Strawbs have now completed their EXTREMELY well received Canadian tour with new keyboard player Oliver Wakeman and anticipation is mounting over here in the UK for the forthcoming May tour.

More big news - the new album to be recorded shortly by this line-up; the DVD of the making of BHB and the forthcoming Dave Cousins lyrics book.

We expect more news/information will begin emerging about the 40th anniversary weekend in April. Watch this space.


DICK

Contents
--------
* Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat
* Dave Cousins - Complete Lyrics
* The Making Of The Broken Hearted Bride
* Paul Brett's Sage & Fire - forthcoming CD releases on Esoteric Records
* Good Old Boys March/April dates
* Goldmine Interview
* Strawberry Fools - The Boof Boof Song


=====================================
STRAWBS - DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT
=====================================

News just in - the current Strawbs line-up - with Oliver Wakeman - will be recording a new album for release to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations. Its title is expected to be Dancing To The Devil's Beat. More news when I have it


==============================
DAVE COUSINS - COMPLETE LYRICS
==============================

Dave has also been busy putting together a long awaited project - a complete set of his lyrics over the last 40 years - over 400 songs, he tells me. Again more details of price/availability when I have them.


======================================
THE MAKING OF THE BROKEN HEARTED BRIDE
======================================

For those who have always wondered what it is like to be in the studio with the Strawbs, here's a chance to find out. The making of the last album was filmed and is currently being edited into a DVD. More details as and when .....


==========================
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY ON TOUR
==========================

Still time to catch Brian and Cathryn on their Spring tour - remaining dates as follows:

MARCH
Sat 21st, Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Head Street, Halstead, CO9 2BY
Tue 24th Dartford Folk Club, Essex Road Club, Dartford, DA1 2AU
Wed 25th, Friends Provident Club, Dorking, RH4 1QA
Thu 26th, Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR
Fri 27th, Sunset Suite, Football Club, Brunton Pk, Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 1LL
Tue 31st, Cramlington Folk Club, The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, NE23 6DT

APRIL
Thu 2nd The King's Head, Upton-on-Severn, WR8 0HF
Mon 6th, Zebra Bar, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BA

See the following link for more details/booking office numbers etc.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm


=========================
GOOD OLD BOYS MARCH DATES
=========================

And a smattering of Good Old Boys shows too.

Sat 21 Mar, Chertsey Social Club
Fri 27 Mar, Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis, Hook
Sat 4 Apr, Hayes Working Mens Club

See the following link for more details/booking office numbers etc.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm

======================================================================
PAUL BRETT'S SAGE & FIRE - FORTHCOMING CD RELEASES ON ESOTERIC RECORDS
======================================================================


All three albums released by Paul Brett's Sage (Paul Brett Sage, Jubilation Foundry and Schizophrenia) are due for release on CD by Esoteric Recordings (an imprint of the Cherry Red Records group) at the end of March. Bob Voice and Dick Dufall (previously members of Fire) played drums and bass respectively on the albums, and Schizophrenia has guest contributions from Dave Lambert and Rod Coombes. The releases will make the entire Paul Brett's Sage catalogue available on CD in the UK for the first time.

The original recording of the classic "fairytale opera" The Magic Shoemaker by Fire is also due to be reissued on CD by Esoteric Recordings at the end of April.

The albums may be pre-ordered direct from Esoteric at www.esotericrecordings.com and will also be widely available from normal sources.

And ... our own Lindsay Sorrell, prolific contributor to Witchwood and Strawbsweb, has written the sleevenotes !!


==================
GOLDMINE INTERVIEW
==================

Other news - an interview with Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk is featured in the 27th March issue of Goldmine (along with an (uncredited) photo taken by Alison Brown).



=====================================
STRAWBERRY FOOLS - THE BOOF BOOF SONG
=====================================

The Strawberry Fools have recently been rehearsing in the depths of the East Yorkshire countryside at a secret location jealously protected by our management ;-)

On the first night we put aside all Strawberry-flavoured items and wrote and recorded a single in support of UK charity Comic Relief's Red Nose Day (slogan: "do something funny for money").

The words were mostly supplied by the public in exchange for a donation to Comic Relief, then compiled/adapted/supplemented after several lethal Bacardis/cans of Stella etc., so there is some pretty surreal material in there.

To get your copy of "The Boof Boof Song" (see!) right click on http://tinyurl.com/c5lmzs.

If you enjoy the song and are able to/feel like making a small donation to the work of Comic Relief then please feel free to do so via the following link. We raised 820, which was more than we had expected but I am sure we can do more via the wider Strawbs fan community.

And there's a "promotional video" too, so you can see us "Fooling" around, Lord help us!

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.channel&channelid=112895944

The video got to number 44 on the YouTube Comedy charts shortly after its escape last Sunday. Do feel free to chase it up those charts some more {grin}

http://www.myrednoseday.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=155768

[ends]

DICK GREENER
STRAWBSWEB- www.strawbsweb.co.uk
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."


24 Feb 2009


Hi all

The two really really big pieces of news are the Strawbs 40th weekend and the tentative US tour. We hope as many as possible of you can make it to Twickenham - it'll be like Chiswick, only over 2 days !! Fantastic !!!

Cheers

DICK
----


Contents
--------
* Strawbs 40th Anniversary Weekend Event - 12/13 Sept 2009
* Electric Tour - Canada - March 2009
* Electric UK Tour
* Electric US tour with Classic Bands
* 2nd International Mellofest
* John Ford - Progressive Rock Hall Of Fame/UK Dates
* Acoustic Strawbs play Great British Beer Festival - 5 August 2009
* Good Old Boys dates
* Shindig
* Thunderfingers
* Strawberry Foolin'

--------------------



========================================================
STRAWBS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND EVENT - 12/13 SEPT 2009
========================================================

I am delighted to announce that there will be a Strawbs 40th Anniversary Weekend event, to take place in the UK on Sat/Sun 12/13 September 2009. There's a nice connection with Strawberry Hill House Trust who will receive a donation from the proceeds of the weekend.

Whilst details are being finalised as to who will appear, we wanted to get the date in your diaries as soon as possible so that you can think about travel plans.

We expect to be able to announce more details shortly. As with the 30th anniversary celebrations at Chiswick House, we expect various Strawbs line-ups will perform, and there'll be related band/artist appearances. We hope there'll be some really big surprises.....

Already confirmed in principle and lots more to come:
* Strawbs including Oliver Wakeman
* Acoustic Strawbs
* John Ford
* Blue Weaver
* Cry No More
* Ian Cutler
* Strawberry Fools

NB Please don't e-mail me about other possible guests - I will tell you as soon as I can.

The venue is the Live Room in the new South Stand at Twickenham Rugby Ground. Check it out at: www.twickenhamexperience.com. There is a licensed bar in the Rose Suites, which we'll be able to use.

Attendance will be limited. Weekend tickets only will be available: prices to be announced - I expect the weekend ticket price to be around 80-85 GBP.

There's a Marriott Hotel associated with the venue which some visitors may wish to stay at: we may be able to facilitate a reduced room rate. We'll let you have details of other possible hotels in the area.

It is intended that the whole weekend will be filmed/recorded for audio and video release in 2010. But we think you'll want to be there in person! As will a certain collection Fools who will be performing at this extravaganza !



Addendum - why 30 plus 11 equals 40
-----------------------------------
To forestall any smart**** questions as to why the 40th anniversary is 11 years after Chiswick: the anniversary we are celebrating is the 40th anniversary of the release of Strawbs first album in 1969. That's our story and we're sticking to it.


===================================
ELECTRIC TOUR - CANADA - MARCH 2009
===================================

A new date has been added to the tour - Sun 8 March 2009 - Empire Theatre, Bellville ON


================
ELECTRIC UK TOUR
================

The Letchworth date previously announced as 14 May 2009 is in fact taking place on 19 May 2009. Apologies for the duff information.

There has been some confusion over the gig at the Stables, Wavendon on 26 May, but I'm able to confirm that the gig is definitely on. It is not currently on their website, as the tickets are not yet available for general sale: they will be as of 2 March, and the show will be added to the Stables website at that point.

http://www.stables.org


===========================
2ND INTERNATIONAL MELLOFEST
===========================

YES IT'S BACK!!! (No sign of DC being involved again though, shame.)

Continuing the new festival celebrating the Mellotron keyboard and the music it inspires. Onstage at MelloFest 2 will be three Mellotrons (at least!) and a guest list of classic rock and contemporary artists. The 'unplugged' night features music, so far confirmed, from Jakko Jakszyk with special guests (from King Crimson alumni 21st Century Schizoid Band), and Martin Orford (IQ) - plus a Mellotron workshop. And, if time permits, we'll even have an 'open Mellotron' session... More details at www.mellofest.com or phone +44(0)7961 154590.

Saturday May 2nd, 7.30pm
at The Luminaire
311 High Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7JR
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7372 7123
(www.theluminaire.co.uk/live-music/May/2009/934)

Tickets 7 in advance (9 at the door)
available at WeGotTickets (www.wegottickets.com/event/44393).


===================================
ELECTRIC US TOUR WITH CLASSIC BANDS
===================================

News in:

TCI Artists (Strawbs US booking agent) has indicated that there are tentative plans for a June/July US Tour where Strawbs will be sharing a bill with several UK bands. Further details will be announced in
the coming months.

Likely time period is from mid June to mid July.



==================================================
JOHN FORD - PROGRESSIVE ROCK HALL OF FAME/UK DATES
==================================================

News just in - John Ford has been voted the Progressive Rock Indie Artist of the Year by the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame.

http://www.progressiverockhalloffame.com/2009_Inductees_Winners.html

Also announced that John will play some UK dates in September 2009.


=================================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS PLAY GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL - 5 AUGUST 2009
=================================================================

Great news just in that the boys will play another date at the Campaign For Real Ale's GBBF at Earls Court in London on Wed 5 Aug 2009.

Wednesday's a good day to visit the Festival as it's not too busy, and I think there'll be a strong Strawbs fan contingent there to meet up as there was a couple of years ago. Strawbs plus exotic beers - how could anyone resist ?

The Festival is open 12noon to 10.30pm on that date.
Time of performance: TBC

Day Tickets (on the door)
8 (CAMRA members)
10 (Non-CAMRA members)

Advance Day Tickets
6 (CAMRA members)
8 (Non-CAMRA members)

Tickets will be available online from March 2009.

http://www.camra.org.uk/page.aspx?o=195496


===================
GOOD OLD BOYS DATES
===================

20 Feb 2009
Union Inn
Leicester Road
Market Harborough, LE16 7AY
Please tel. 01858 433277 for details.

21 Feb 2009
West Byfleet Social Club
41 Station Approach
West Byfleet, KT14 6NE
Please tel. 01932 346240 for details.

28 Feb 2009
The Sportsman
Scots Hill
Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, WD3 3AD
Please tel. 01923 443360 for details.

21 Mar 2009
Chertsey Social Club
Pyrcroft Road
Chertsey, KT16 9HN
Please tel. 01932 563265 for details.

27 Mar 2009
Wellington Arms
Stratfield Turgis,
Hook, RG27 0AS
Please tel. 01256 882214 for details.

4 Apr 2009
Hayes Working Mens Club & Institute
Pump Lane Hayes, UB3 3NB
Please tel 0208 5731721 for details.

3 May 2009
The Red Lion
92 - 94 Linkfield Road Isleworth,
TW7 6JQ
Tel: 0208 5601457
Nearest train stations Isleworth (0.2 miles), Syon Lane (0.6 miles), St Margarets (1.5 miles)

13 May 2009
Dusty's, Homer Green Sports Association
Watchet Lane, Homer Green
nr High Wycombe, HP15 6UF
Please tel: 01494 714985, or 711485 for details.

4 Jul 2009
The Sportsman
Scots Hill, Croxley Green
Rickmansworth,
WD3 3AD
Please tel. 01923 443360 for details.

31 Jul 2009
Wellington Arms
Stratfield Turgis
Hook, RG27 0AS
Tel: 01256 882214 for details.

7 Aug 2009
Hayes Working Mens Club & Institute
Pump Lane
Hayes, UB3 3NB
Please tel 0208 5731721 for details.


=======
SHINDIG
=======

There's an excellent article on Strawbs in a back issue of Shindig magazine which I've only just become aware of.

You can buy Vol 2, Issue 7 (Nov/Dec 2008) from:

http://www.shindig-magazine.com/backissues.html

We've already told you about a similar article on Dave Lambert/Fire.


==============
THUNDERFINGERS
==============

The TV documentary "THUNDERFINGERS", which includes Dave Lambert and various other musicians (including Rick Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap) recounted numerous tales of their friendships with John, following his sad and untimely death, is now available in DVD format


==================
STRAWBERRY FOOLIN'
==================

Courtesy of Mr Les Fool, there's some new wallpaper loaded onto the Strawberry Fools site - www.strawberryfools.co.uk.

There's also some more audio recordings of the final rehearsal before our debut on 6 Dec last year - on the "fugues" page.


[ENDS]


DICK GREENER
STRAWBSWEB- www.strawbsweb.co.uk
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."


12 Feb 2009


Hi all

Some upcoming gigs this weekend for John Ford, as well as news of
Brian & Cathryn's upcoming tour (at which their recently released new
album Calling All Angels (previously titled Surrender) will be on
sale - also available from www.brianwilloughby.com.

More big news later in the month, including the dates for a special
Strawbs 40th anniversary weekend event being planned to take place in
the UK in September.

Cheers

DICK

Contents
--------

* Further Date Added To Acoustic Jan/Feb Tour
* John Ford News
- John Ford And Ian Lloyd - 14 Feb, Pittsburgh
- John Ford And Ian Lloyd - 15 Feb, Pittsburgh
- Radio Show Interviews For PA Shows
- John Ford - 4 Apr , Amityville, NY
- John Ford interview on Strawbsweb
* Roy Hill - 22 Feb gig
* Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - Spring tour dates

===========================================
FURTHER DATE ADDED TO ACOUSTIC JAN/FEB TOUR
===========================================

Sunday 22 February 2009
Riga Music Bar, Westcliff On Sea
Riga Music Bar
228 London Road
Westcliff On Sea
Essex
SS0 7JG

Doors: 8.30pm

Box Office: 08700 600 100
Ticket sales: tinyurl.com/g2ovx
Tel: 01702 348 020
Website: www.rigamusicbar.co.uk
Directions: see Website

==============
JOHN FORD NEWS
==============

Some upcoming shows (Feb 14 and 15, and Apr 4) for John Ford who will
be splitting the bill with Ian Lloyd (Stories) In addition, 3 radio
shows are scheduled for the weekend in conjunction with the concerts.

Recipients of this e-mail all know who John is, but some may not know
Ian Lloyd, who, as the former lead singer/founding member of Stories
is cemented in Rock n Roll history with a global hit "Brother Louie"
- appearing on many movie soundtracks. Six notable albums hallm ark
his prolific solo career. New release O-de-PO embraces both Ian's
distinctive spirit and tone.

--------------------------------------------
JOHN FORD AND IAN LLOYD - 14 FEB, PITTSBURGH
--------------------------------------------

DATE: SAT 14 Feb 2009
TIME: 7 PM (EARLY SHOW - DOORS OPEN 6:30PM)
VENUE:
Club Cafe
56-58 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 1520 3
PHONE: 412- 431- 4950
TICKETS: $10
TICKETS BY PHONE 1- 866- 468-3401
WEBSITE: http://www.clubcafelive.com
See also http://www.clarion.edu/83416/

-----------------------------------------
JOHN FORD AND IAN LLOYD - 15 FEB, CLARION
-----------------------------------------

"ROCK A SUNDAY Benefit for WCUC & SAFE"
DATE: SUN 15 Feb 2009
DOORS OPEN 3:00PM for VIP Meet & Greet with John Ford & Ian Lloyd
TIME: SHOW begins 4 PM
VENUE:
THE CELL BLOCK of Clarion, PA
105 6 East Main St.
Clarion, PA 16214
PHONE: 1-814-393-2330
TICKETS: $10 All-Ages Show
TICKET S BY PHONE: 1-814-393-2330
or email: s_mdmainhart @ clarion.edu

WEBSITE: http:///ww.myspace.com/cellblockclarion
This is a benefit concert on behalf of Clarion University's student
run radio station, 91.7FM WCUC and the area's only domestic violence
shelter - SAFE.

----------------------------------
RADIO SHOW INTERVIEWS FOR PA SHOWS
----------------------------------

SAT 14 FEB 2009 10:30-10:55AM - John Ford in studio interview on The
Saturday Light Brigade with host Larry Berger. Hear The Saturday
Light Brigade live Saturday Mornings from 6AM - Noon on 88.3FM WRCT,
90.1FM WIUP, 91.1FM WSAJ, 91.7FM WNJR, 91.7FM WCUC and
http://www.slbradio.org Award Winning Public Radio for Kids & Adults -
Broadcasting from Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, The Saturday Light
Brigade is a radio program featuring acoustic music and family fun.
Broadcast since 1978, it is one of the longest-running public radio
programs in the United States. Quality music, on-air telephone calls
from kids and adults, inno vative participatory puzzles and games,
and interesting guests have made The Saturday Light Brigade a family
radio tradition for tens of thousands of people. Kids listen with
adults, adults listen with kids, and everyone has fun listening to
the radio together!

SUN 15 FEB 2009 2:00PM - 91.7FM WCUC Clarion, PA - Kris Campbell's
Your Favourite Radio Show - John Ford and Ian Lloyd in-studio
interview before show at The Cell Block.

MON 16 FEB 2009 8:00AM - 91.7FM WCUC Clarion, PA - The Fat Guys
Morning Show - Hosts Matt Mainhart and Tito Baksaya have John Ford as
special guest.

----------------------------------
JOHN FORD - 4 APR , AMITYVILLE, NY
----------------------------------

DATE: SAT 4 APRIL 2009
EVENT: "The Second Annual Sound Success For ALS Show" - Benefit
TIME: 8 PM
VENUE: Ollie's Point
140 Merrick Rd.
Amityville, New York 11701
PHONE: 631-264-7712
TICKETS: $25
WEBSITE: http://myspace.com/olliespointbarandgrill
Proceeds fromn the show are to be donated to benefit the Eleanor and
Lou Gehrig ALS Research Center at Columbia University in Manhattan.
The show will be a tribute to the Beatles, featuring "Mostly Moptop"
joined for the second set by celebrity guest musicians - John Ford of
the Strawbs, Kerry Kearney, Blues Brothers Band members - Tommy Pipes
McDonnell and Birch Johnson, and singer/actress Phoebe LeGere and
more TBA. Special guest - Paulene Sutcliffe, sister to the late Stu
Sutcliffe - original bass player for the Beatles. Stu left behind an
amazing collection of his original artwork in his estate. Raffle
Prizes - including guitars autographed by Todd Rundgren and others
TBA! Directions: From the LIE: LIE to Exit 49S (Rte 110). Follow Rte.
110 South towards Amityville. At split in road once you get into the
Town of Amityville, stay to the left - Ollie's Point is last building
on the right corner of Broadway & 27A (Montauk Hwy).

---------------------------------
JOHN FORD INTERVIEW ON STRAWBSWEB
---------------------------------

And finally, there's a great interview been added to the site with
John Ford, interviewed by Judi Cuervo. Check it out at:

http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/features/jf_jc.asp

=====================
ROY HILL - 22 FEB GIG
=====================

The Load of Hay
33 Villier Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex UB8 2PU

====================================================
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - SPRING TOUR DATES
====================================================

MARCH
Tuesday 3rd
Processed Pea Folk Club, Light Dragoon, Etton, Nr Beverley, HU17 7PG
01430 810669

Wednesday 4th
Kork's, 40 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 1AD
01943 464858

Thursday 5th
The Rake, Rake Lane, Little Stanney, nr Ellesmere Port, CH2 4HS
0151 678 9902

Saturday 14th
House Concert, Blaxton, DN9 3AZ
01302 771354

Saturday 21st
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Head Street, Halstead, CO9 2BY
01787 477086 / 475397

Tuesday 24th
Dartford Folk Club, Essex Road Club, Dartford, DA1 2AU
01322 222553

Wednesday 25th
Friends Provident Club, Dorking, RH4 1QA
01306 888530

Thursday 26th
Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR
01904 679131

Friday 27th
Sunset Suite, Football Club, Brunton Pk, Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 1LL
01228 515061

Tuesday 31st
Cramlington Folk Club, The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, NE23 6DT
01670 715106

APRIL
Thursday 2nd
The King's Head, Upton-on-Severn, WR8 0HF
01684 592621

Monday 6th
Zebra Bar, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BA
01622 744481


21 Jan 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS JAN 2009 - UPDATE No. 2

Contents
--------

* Strawbs - Montreal QC - 6 March
* Strawbs - Wakefield QC - 7 March
* Oliver Wakeman - award
* Fire News
* Roy Hill - Uxbridge - 22 Feb
* Wychwood - Banbury - 21 February

-----------------------------------------------------------------------


=============================
STRAWBS IN MONTREAL - 6 MARCH
=============================

Great news for Montreal Strawbs fans ....

The FMPM team (who booked Strawbs for their festival in 2007) is very proud to welcome back the Strawbs in Montreal for a special concert on Friday, March 6 2009 at the Caf Campus (57 Prince Arthur East, 514-844-1010).

Advance tickets are $43.85 (+ taxes) available through www.progquebec.com starting today, and through www.admission.com and the Caf Campus box office beginning Thursday January 22. Entry is general admission and there are a limited number of tickets available.



==================================
STRAWBS IN WAKEFIELD, QC - 7 MARCH
==================================

NOT as previously advertised on 8th March. Apologies for any inconvenience.


====================
OLIVER WAKEMAN AWARD
====================


News just in from Dave Cousins that Oliver Wakeman has been voted Keyboard Player of the Year by the Classic Rock Society. This is the third year in succession!!
Congratulations to Oliver - we're all looking forward to seeing you play with the Strawbs.


=================================
ROY HILL - UXBRIDGE - 22 FEBRUARY
=================================

Let us not forget that the man Hill is treading the boards as a solo artist ie without the faithful Chas Cronk as a safety net.

The Load of Hay
33 Villier Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex UB8 2PU
Tel: 0871 917 0007

Admission will be FREE, and the evening's entertainment is likely to start at 8.00 p.m.

Hopefully Roy's new album "Switzerland" will be available on the night.


=========
FIRE NEWS
=========


Fire In Goldmine Magazine
-------------------------

Goldmine magazine online have published another nice article about
Fire, which also mentions the Fire feature which will be in the hard
copy magazine of Goldmine on 30th January.

Here's the link to the latest online article:

http://blog.goldminemag.com/forgottenboy/The+Story+Behind+Fires+Fathers+Name+Is+Dad.aspx


Fire - Four Page Spread in Shindig! Maqazine - Jan/Feb 09 Issue
---------------------------------------------------------------

There's an excellent four page spread all about Fire in the Jan/Feb copy
of Shindig! magazine - currently available in the UK at most branches of W H Smiths and various other outlets.
The Shindig! website is at http://www.shindig-magazine.com/ and details of where to how/where to buy outside the UK are also given.

Not only have Fire got their own four page spread, but there's also a four page
article about Apple Publishing, with several more mentions of Dave
Lambert, his involvement with Fire and Strawbs, various quotes from him etc.

And yet more..."Father's Name is Dad" is also listed first in the "Top ten stunners
from the Apple Publishing catalogue", with mention made of The Pet
Shop Boys sampling the song in 2005.


================================
WYCHWOOD - BANBURY - 21 FEBRUARY
================================

Kevin & Lindsay (aka Wychwood) who played a short opening set at the Strawbs Christmas Party in Dec 2008 will playing again in Banbury on 21 Feb for those who can't get to Nottingham for Acoustic Strawbs - details:

The Jolly Weavers
South Bar
Banbury, Oxon.

8.45 pm Start
Free Admission



[ENDS]


19 Jan 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS - JANUARY 2009 UPDATE

Contents
--------
* Acoustic Strawbs/Dave Cousins - Isle of Wight gigs off
* UK government makes live music even more difficult
* Strawbsweb/Dick Greener e-mail change

------------------------------------------------------



======================================================
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/DAVE COUSINS - ISLE OF WIGHT GIGS OFF
======================================================

The two shows previously advertised at the Quay Arts Centre on 8 Feb (Acoustic Strawbs) and 9 Feb (Dave Cousins solo) are not taking place. Whilst signed contracts were received by the Acoustics/DC, it appears that the promoter has not been able to secure the venue.



==================================================
UK GOVERNMENT MAKES LIVE MUSIC EVEN MORE DIFFICULT
==================================================

News from Dave Cousins of another piece of proposed legislation that will adversely affect live music in the UK.

It appears that the government wish to introduce laws insisting anyone applying or re-applying for an entertainment license must have a noise control device fitted to the venue. This will be the final NAIL for ALL entertainment in the UK as the level at which these devices off is dreadfully low. In a blog in November about this the proposed level mentioned then was 70Db, about the same as a hair dryer.

Someone has organised a petition on the Government Petition Site. We urge all UK Strawbs fans to sign it (it's for Brititsh citizens only). Not only will this law affect musicians but the whole musical instrument industry, fans, venues.......

PLEASE DON'T DISMISS THIS. Spread the word and get everyone you know who loves live music to sign the petition.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE:
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/NoNoiseControl/



=====================================
STRAWBSWEB/DICK GREENER E-MAIL CHANGE
=====================================

My e-mail has now changed to

Please enable Javascript to view Strawbsweb

(that's lower case letter O2 not zero 2)

I'll be killing off the old address at some point in the future, so please get the new address in your address books.


10 Jan 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS JAN 2009 SUUPPLEMENT

Contents
--------
* The Good Old Boys dates
* Roy Hill date - Sunday 22nd February
* The Monks' "Suspended Animation"/High Society "I Never Go Out In The Rain" - UK release delayed by fortnight

=========================================
THE GOOD OLD BOYS - PLAYING TONIGHT AND SUNDAY
=========================================

After rocking the joint at Strawbs' Christmas party last month, Hud has various gigs lined up with The Good Old Boys as follows:


11th Jan AFTERNOON (15.00 start)
The Red Lion
92 - 94 Linkfield Road,
Isleworth, TW7 6JQ
Tel: 020 8560 1457

16th Jan
The Woodman
Joel Street
Eastcote
HA5 2PR
Tel: 020 842 94717

24th Jan
Barnhall Community and Social Club
Alderney Gardens
Brock Hill
Wickford SS11 7NL

20th Feb
Union Inn
Leicester Road
Market Harborough
LE16 7AY
Tel. 01858 433277

21st Feb
West Byfleet Social Club
41 Station Approach
West Byfleet
KT14 6NE
Tel: 01932 346240

28th Feb
The Sportsman
Scots Hill
Croxley Green
Rickmansworth WD3 3AD
Tel: 01923 443360

6th March
The Woodman
Joel Street
Eastcote
HA5 2PR
Tel: 020 842 94717

21st March
Chertsey Social Club
Pyrcroft Road
Chertsey KT16 9HN
Tel: 01932 563265

27th March
Wellington Arms
Stratfield Turgis
Hook
RG27 0AS
Tel. 01256 882214


More Good Old Boys dates are constantly appearing on the Myspace:
(http://www.myspace.com/thegoodoldboysofficialmyspace)


================================
NEW ROY HILL DATE
================================

Early notice of a new Roy Hill experience (so much more than a gig...) on Sunday 22nd February

Roy will be playing at

The Load of Hay, 33 Villier Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex,
UB8 2PU
Tel: 0871 917 0007

Admission will be FREE, and the evening's entertainment is likely to start at 8.00 p.m.

Hopefully Roy's new album "Switzerland" will be available on the night.

http://www.myspace.com/royhillwordsandmusic


========================================================
THE MONKS/HIGH SOCIETY - CD RELEASES DELAYED IN UK UNTIL 26TH JAN.
========================================================

The release dates for both The Monks' "Suspended Animation" and High
Society's "I Never Go Out In The Rain" have been delayed until 26th
January by Angel Air Records, following recent difficulties with the original UK distributors.

The albums will still be released on 12th January elsewhere however.

Both are available now for pre-order from most major retailers, or
direct from Angel Air Records:

http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd279.htm (Suspended Animation)
http://www.angelair.co.uk/sjpcd290.htm (I Never Go Out In The Rain)



[ENDS]

===
LINDSAY SORRELL FOR STRAWBSWEBNEWS

STRAWBSWEB - www.strawbsweb.co.uk
You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside"
===


7 Jan 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS JAN 2009 SUPPLEMENT

Contents
--------
* Three Must Get Beers world tour
* Bully Wee Band gigs in January

================================
THREE MUST GET BEERS WORLD TOUR
================================

Brian Willoughby is playing with the Three Must Get Beers on the Halfway House in Barnes on Saturday 10th.

================================

BULLY WEE BAND GIGS
================================
Ian Cutler's other band, The Bully Wee Band, have some gigs in January.

16th January - The Ram Club - Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB
Tel. 0208 686 9421
email: ramclub@btinternet.com

18th January - Horsham Folk Club - The Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JF
Tel. 01483 279862

20th January - Dartford Folk Club - Dartford Working Men's Club
Essex Road. Dartford, Kent
DA1 2AU
Tel. 01322 222553

22nd January - The Brook Theatre Chatham Kent - Old Town Hall, The Brook,
Chatham, Kent
Tel. 01634338338

24th January - The Red Lion Folk Club - The Red Lion, Vicarage Road,
Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LY
email: acef@redlionfolkclub.co.uk

25th January - Hitchin Folk Club - The Sun Hotel, Sun Street,
Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1AF
Tel. 01462812391

26th January - Nettlebed Folk Club - The Village Club, High Street,
Nettlebed, Nr Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire
Tel. 01628636620
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16 Dec 2008


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SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII LIVE
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In 1972, Rick Wakeman, the keyboard player with the supergroup Yes, released one of the most iconic albums of all time, The Six Wives of Henry VIII. album was a massive success all over the world and to date has sold more than 15,000,000 copies on both vinyl and CD.

Amazingly, the music has never been performed in its entirety but all that is about to change. On 1 and 2 May, The Six Wives of Henry VIII will be performed in spectacular style on HamptonCourtPalace's West Front, to a limited audience of 5000 for each performance.

To purchase tickets visit the link below:

http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WhatsOn/RickWakemansSixWivesofHenryVIII.aspx

On stage, performing with Rick, will be an expanded band, The English Chamber Choir, an orchestra and a guest narrator. There will also be dancers and side film screens.

In addition to The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Rick has also composed three additional pieces to perform that evening; Tudor Overture, Defender of the Faith and Tudor Rock.

The whole event will be a 'mock rock Tudor experience' from the outset with a variation of tickets available, such as Platinum tickets which give access to Hampton Court Palace itself from 3.30pm and includes meet and greet and other special opportunities throughout the day.

These will be the only performances of The Six Wives of Henry VIII anywhere in their entirety. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this unique and spectacular event.

Tickets will be on sale from 15 December, 09.00.
Prices:

VIP Platinum package (including pre-show canape reception and chance to meet Rick Wakeman) - 150

Top - 72.50
Middle - 59.50
Bottom - 49.50

The concert will start at 7.30pm with The Six Wives of Henry VIII performed at 8.45pm, lasting one and a half hours.

Thanks from all at The Classic Media Group visit: http://www.classicdvdshop.com


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