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SETLISTS - UP TO JULY 1973

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This is Part 1 of a listing of all concerts known to me which have setlists available. Part 1 covers from up to the split of the Bursting At The Seams band in July 1973.

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11 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Rick Wakeman (kybds)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
We'll Meet Again Sometime
Martin Luther King's Dream
The Antique Suite
Or Am I Dreaming
It's In Your Hands
(features Hud performing a wild African drum solo)
Forever
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
The Battle
Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
Raga and Lime (Ford/Hudson duet sitar/bass)
Temperament of Mind (Wakeman solo)
Fingertips
Song of A Sad Little Girl
Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth (last song before the encores)

Encores (apparently three):
Dance On (last number was Shadows parody)

This is the Strawbs' debut London concert, set up before Rick, Hud and John joined the band; they had around 6 weeks to prepare, and the gamble paid off. Some astute publicity helped - Strawbs' management sent out postcards to journalists inviting them to attend.

Reviews appeared even in the Times, Guardian, Financial Times etc., and 6 tracks were used as the Strawbs third album, "Just A Collection of Antiques and Curios". However, it is possible to piece together from the various reviews what other tracks were played (as well as some indication as to the order they were played in).

cover of programme Antiques cover


early 1971 - Strawbs - Guildford Civic Hall

[Jerry Gilbert review, Sounds]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Rick Wakeman (kybds) Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Martin Luther King's Dream
The Hangman and the Papist ("newly constructed")
It's In Your Hands
I'll Carry On Beside You
Canon Dale
Primo Variations (Wakeman piano solo)
In Amongst The Roses (Cousins solo)
Fingertips
Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth

Encores (2):
Dance On (Shadows spoof)
The Battle


16 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Rick Wakeman (kybds)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
The Hangman and the Papist (opener)
Martin Luther King's Dream
Witchwood
I'll Carry On Beside You
Fingertips
It's In Your Hands
Sheep (closer)

Where is This Dream Of Your Youth

This was the opening night of the UK tour, and Strawbs apparently performed 12 songs. Others which are likely to have been included are "In Amongst The Roses", "A Glimpse Of Heaven" and a Wakeman piano piece.

They were supported by Brake and Crane (alias Paper Bubble, for whom Cousins and Hooper had produced and album back in 1970 - there was apparently another unreleased second album in the can, on which this Strawbs line-up played, sadly lost as far as anyone knows).



July 1971 - Strawbs - BBC In Concert

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Rick Wakemam kybds)
The Hangman And The Papist
Martin Luther King's Dream
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Witchwood
In Amongst The Roses
RMW
The Flower And The Young Man
Fingertips
The Shpherd's Song
If You Were A Tulip
Sheep

An astonishing show, with all the power of the Wakeman-assisted band, plus some bluegrass/retro feel. The Strawberry Hill Boys had recently regrouped at the Hop Poles in Enfield and recreated that bluegrass sound for a special occasion.



5 July 1971 - Strawberry Hill Boys & Friends - The Hop Poles, Enfield

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (vcls, gtr, banjo)
Tony Hooper
Ron Chesterman

Guests:
Colin Scot (with Jo Partridge
Dave Lambert

Colin Scot (with Jo Partridge)

Bound To Leave Me Now
Some Blues
Firebirds

Dave Lambert

Live Your Own Life
I've Got My Mojo Working
Bovver Blues

Strawberry Hill Boys

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
A Good Woman's Love
Nothing Else Will Do
Poor Jimmy Wilson
When You Were A Tulip

Colin Scot (with Jo Partridge)

Fire And Rain
When The Baby In My Life Gets The Blues
Hey Sandy

Dave Cousins

Queen Of Dreams

Strawberry Hill Boys

Sailing Across The Ocean
Strawberry Picking
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Dance On
Recorded by Paul Brazier, the shows on 5th and 12th July 1971 resulted from a mix up in the guest list at Enfield's Hop Poles folk club - both Colin Scot and the Strawberry Hill Boys turned up on the 5th July, resolved to share both gigs, and both dutifully turned up again the following week. The recording of the 5th July is lost - Paul's recollections are listed under that date, but a recording has survived of the 12th July show, which includes the first performance ever of "Queen Of Dreams".


12 July 1971 - Strawberry Hill Boys & Friends - The Hop Poles, Enfield

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (vcls, gtr, banjo)
Tony Hooper
Ron Chesterman

Guests:
Colin Scot (with Jo Partridge
Dave Lambert

Dave Lambert

Carmelita
Too Many Roads

Strawberry Hill Boys

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
There's No Place Like Home
And You Need Me
Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth
Poor Jimmy Wilson
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Recorded by Paul Brazier, the shows on 5th and 12th July 1971 resulted from a mix up in the guest list at Enfield's Hop Poles folk club - both Colin Scot and the Strawberry Hill Boys turned up on the 5th July, resolved to share both gigs, and both dutifully turned up again the following week. The recording of the 5th July is lost - Paul's recollections are listed under that date, but a recording has survived of the 12th July show, which includes the first performance ever of "Queen Of Dreams".


31 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Shaw Theatre, London

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Benedictus
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Morning Song
In Amongst The Roses
The Flower And The Young Man
Tomorrow
Higher Germanie
Martin Luther King's Dream
Queen Of Dreams
Heavy Disguise
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Paul recalls recollects a ballerina called Natasha performing during "The Flower And The Young Man" and back projection of riots during "New World". Mime artist Tony Crearar performed his shrinking room mime during the instrumental part of "Queen Of Dreams".


16 Dec 1971 - Strawbs/Strawberry Hill Boys & Friends - White Bear Hounslow, Christmas Party

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)

Dave Cousins (vcls, gtr, banjo)
Tony Hooper
Ron Chesterman

Guests:
The Dave Lambert pick up band
Redd Sullivan

Redd Sullivan and Dave Cousins

Married
This Land Is Your Land

Dave Cousins

We'll Meet Again Sometime
You're Just The Same In Every Way
Stay Awhile With Me

Strawberry Hill Boys

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Down By The Riverside
Strawberry Picking

Strawbs

Martin Luther King's Dream
The Flower And The Young Man
Tomorrow
Going Home

Dave Lambert pick up band

untitled instrumental
Shaking All Over


Feb 1972 - possibly - Dave Lambert - Barmy Arms, Twickenham

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Lambert (vcls, gtr)
Think For Yourself
If The Lord Don't Get You Then The Devil Will
I Ccan Hear Sweet Voices Singing
It's A Beautiful Day
If They Only Knew
William Tell
Carmaletta
Take Me Back
Too Many Roads
Live Your Own Life
Hoochie Coochie Man>br/> Bovver Blues
Mojo
Paul cannot remember when he recorded this, but it is sandwiched between 2 other recordings in Feb 1972. The presence of 4 tracks from the 1972 King Earl Boogie Band album (recorded in summer 1972) would tend to support that.


5 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Live in Concert, Radio 1

[Paul Brazier]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
On Growing Older
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The Journey's End
Strawberry Picking
Queen Of Dreams
The Flower And The Young Man
Tomorrow
Going Home
Jonathan Kelly opened the show. It includes an unusual version of Going Home with Tony Hooper singing.


May 1972 - Strawbs - Germersheim Festival, Germany

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds, accordian)
The Hangman and the Papist
Martin Luther King's Dream
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Benedictus
Heavy Disguise (John and Hud)
High Germany (Dave Cousins on banjo)
Sheep
New World
Tomorrow
Pink Floyd also played at this festival (the 2nd British Rock Meeting Open Air Festival) on 21 May 1972.


late Summer 1972 - Strawbs - Chelmsford Folk Festival

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds, accordian)

Guest: Dave Lambert (gtrs, vcls)
Encores:
Going Home
Sheep

Dave Lambert jammed with the band on a few UK gigs after they returned from their first U.S. tour in 1972. Dave Lambert was a long-time friend of Cousins, having persuaded Dave to buy his first electric guitar. Cousins and Lambert had taken to the folk clubs as a duo in the course of Summer 1971. Cousins had been engaged as producer for the King-Earl Boogie Band (of which Lambert had joined after a period in the clubs) to make their album "Trouble At T'Mill" - he also played banjo on a traditional track, "Goin' To German". In return, Lambert had helped out on Cousins' solo album "Two Weeks Last Summer"

Cousins recalled:

"I said 'Do you want to come on and play the encore - we'll do "Going Home" .... on he came like the Wild Man, hair down to his knees and pranced around like a lunatic and the crowd went bananas. We thought right: we've now got to have a rock guitarist. And it came to the last show that we did [with Tony Hooper], which was at Chelmsford Folk Festival .... he came on stage and did the same thing again, the crowd went bananas again and we thought well that really definitely is it - we really do need an electric guitar in the group. That really was the end of our folk days. We then became an electric group."

At that momentous gig too, Tony Hooper realised that he no longer wanted to stay with the band he had helped to form. A few days later, the announcement came that Lambert had left King-Earl and had joined the Strawbs permanently; the Watford gig followed a couple of weeks later.



28 Sep 1972 - Strawbs - Watford Town Hall

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds, accordian)
Dave Lambert (gtrs, vcls)
Lay Down
Backside
The Hangman and the Papist
...
Benedictus
New World
Heavy Disguise
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The River
Flying
Tomorrow

Here It Comes

This was Dave Lambert's official debut with the band, after having jammed with the band on a few UK gigs after they returned from their first U.S. tour. There are pictures from the show and a feature on Dave Lambert joining the band.

There's also a photoshoot which I think may have taken place that day as they'rew all wearing the same clothes as for the gig.



Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Dave Lambert (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds, accordian)
Tears And Pavan
The Hangman and the Papist
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Hud, falsetto)
William Tell Overture (Dave Lambert, cheeks!)
Bovver Blues (Lambert solo)
Lay Down
Will You Go

This comes from a tape of a radio broadcast of part of the concert, so a part listing only. The tape is of very poor quality, and concentrates on the "comedy" items included in Strawbs' act at that point.



25 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - BBC In Concert, London

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Dave Lambert (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds, accordian)
New World
Sheep
Tears and Pavan
The Hangman And The Papist
Benedictus
Heavy Disguise (Hud and John Ford)
The River/Down By The Sea
The Winter And The Summer
Part Of The Union
Lay Down

This set appears on the Luxembourg CD Heroes Are Forever, and the BBC In Concert Windsong CD release. There is also a BBC Transcription Disc of this concert, from which, presumably, the Luxembourg CD was made.

The Heroes Are Forever CD cover is gloriously anachronistic - the front cover is a photo of the Cousins/Lambert/Cronk/Coombes/Mealing/Kirby line-up, whilst the back cover is at least of the Hero and Heroine line up which produced the second concert.


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