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SETLISTS - 1980 TO 1987

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This is Part 3 of a listing of all concerts known to me which have setlists available. Part 3 covers from the dissolution of the band in July 1980 to the end of 1987.

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Jul 1983 - Strawbs - Cambridge Folk Festival

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weraver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The Hangman And The Papist
Song Of A Sad Little Girl
I'll Carry On Beside You
The River/Down By The Sea
Oh How She Changed
New World
Lay Down
Part Of The Union
The Cambridge Festival was filmed by Anglia TV, and a documentary made about the show. See below.


29-31 Jul 1983 - Strawbs: Cambridge Folk Festival

[from Anglia TV video, may not be in right order]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Martin Luther King's Dream
Part Of The Union
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Oh How She Changed
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
Lay Down
Benedictus (playout)


September 1983 ?? - Strawbs - Sidmouth

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Stormy Down
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The Hangman And The Papist
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
Oh How She Changed
New World
The River/Down By The Sea
That's When The Crying Starts
Back In The Old Routine
Part Of The Union
Lay Down


1983 - Strawbs: Half Moon Putney

[Dick Greener]

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Benedictus
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
The Hangman And The Papist
Heavy Disguise
Oh How She Changed
New World
I'll Carry On Beside You
The River/Down By The Sea
Part Of The Union
Lay Down
Martin Luther King's Dream


13 Dec 1983 - Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby: Three Horseshoes

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Hangman And The Papist
New World
The King
We Can Make It Together
Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Ringing Down The Years
A Song For Alex
Blue Angel
Ways And Means
Back In The Old Routine
Part Of The Union
Lay Down
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus


21 May 1984 - Strawbs: Half Moon Putney

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Stormy Down
The Hangman And The Papist
Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Back In The Old Routine
Oh How She Changed
Benedictus [tape ends here]
That's When The Crying Starts
Burn Baby Burn
New World
The River/Down By The Sea
Part Of The Union
Martin Luther King's Dream


27 May 1984 - Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby, Elephant Folk, St. Germans, Cornwall

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
Ways And Means
Ringing Down The Years
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
Lay Down
Part Of The Union


2 Sep 1984 - Strawbs: Radway Cinema, Sidmouth (TV South West recording)

This TV show was shot in East Devon (possibly Sidmouth Folk Festival) and broadcast on UK TV in 1984. Tracks marked * were not broadcast.

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Blue Weaver (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
*Benedictus
Stormy Down
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The Hangman And The Papist
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Oh How She Changed
New World
The River/Down By The Sea
That's When The Crying Starts
Back In The Old Routine
Part Of The Union (John Ford vocals)
Lay Down
*Burn Baby Burn (first encore)
*Martin Luther King's Dream (second encore)


5 Dec 1984 - Strawbs: Bottom Line, NYC

Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Back In The Old Routine
Stormy Down
The Hangman And The Papist
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Burn Baby Burn
Heavy Disguise (Ford and Hudson only)
Ringing Down The Years (Cousins and Willoughby only)
Grace Darling
New World
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Part Of The Union


7 Apr 1985 - Cubby Bear Lounge, Chicago

[Martin Kornick]

Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)

Set 1

Cut Like A Diamond
Autumn
Something For Nothing
A Glimpse of Heaven
Josophine, For Better of For Worse
Stormy Down
Ringing Down The Years
Heavy Disguise
Simple Vision
Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero & Heroine

Set 2

Grave New World
Hangman & The Papist
When The Crying Starts
Blue Angel
Back In The Old Routine
Something For Nothing (again)
Part of The Union
Beat The Retreat
Hero & Heroine (again)


15 Apr 1985 - Strawbs: Lone Star Cafe, New York

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
John Ford (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)

Early show

Cut Like A Diamond
Autumn
Something For Nothing
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
Stormy Down
We Can Make It Together (Cousins and Willoughby)
You Never Needed Water (Cousins and Willoughby)
Heavy Disguise (Richard Hudson, John Ford and Chris Parren)
Simple Visions
The River/Down By The Sea

Later show

Stormy Down
Autumn
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
A Glimpse of Heaven
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Ringing Down The Years (Cousins and Willoughby)
You Never Needed Water (Cousins and Willoughby)
Heavy Disguise (Richard Hudson, John Ford and Chris Parren)
Floating In The Wind (Richard Hudson, John Ford and Chris Parren)
Simple Visions
That's When The Crying Starts
Something For Nothing
Part Of The Union
Lay Down


11 Nov 1985 - John Ford/Cousins and Willoughby: Lone Star Cafe, New York

Personnel were:
John Ford (bs, vcls)

Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)

John Ford

Heavy Disguise
Burn Baby Burn
Witchwood
Kissed By The Sun
Look In Your Eyes
Fleeting Deja Vu
Long Hard Wait
Beat About The Bush
Nice Legs Shame About The Face

Cousins and Willoughby

The Hangman And The Papist
New World
Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
Ways And Means
Ringing Down The Years
Beside The Rio Grande
You Never Needed Water
Stone Cold Is The Woman's Touch
Blue Angel
Grace Darling

The tape runs out here, but Dave indicated in the intro to "Grace" that the last song would feature John as well, probably singing Lay Down or Part Of The Union, or both!!!



30 Nov 1985 - Cousins and Willoughby/Strawbs: George Robey

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)

Cousins and Willoughby

Grace Darling
Ringing Down The Years
Blue Angel
You Never Needed Water

Strawbs

Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
Autumn
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
That's When The Crying Starts
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
The River/Down By The Sea
Hero And Heroine
Part Of The Union
Lay Down
Stormy Down


21 Feb 1986 - Strawbs: The Fox, Palmers Green

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
Autumn
Hangman And The Papist
New World
Stormy Down
Josephine, For Better And For Worse
A Glimpse Of Heaven
That's When The Crying Starts
We Can Make It Together
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Grace Darling
Back In The Old Routine


18 June 1986 - Strawbs: Barrymore's Imperial Theatre, Ottawa, Canada

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
We Can Make It Together
That's When The Crying Starts
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
Stormy Down
A Man And His Dog (2nd ever live performance, first played the night before in Toronto)
Autumn
Let It Rain (announced as What The Sunshine's For, also 2nd live performance)
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Part Of The Union


22 June 1986 - Strawbs: Philadelphia Chestnut Cabaret

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)

Early Show

Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
We Can Make It Together
Let It Rain
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine

Late Show

Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
We Can Make It Together
Let It Rain
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Part Of The Union


24 Oct 1986 - Cousins and Willoughby

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
The Hangman And The Papist
New World
Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss
Ways And Means
Ringing Down The Years
Beside The Rio Grande
You Never Needed Water
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
Not All The Flowers Grow
Grace Darling
We Can Make It Together
Let It Rain
Lay Down
Part Of The Union
Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
Beat The Retreat


30 Oct 1986 - Strawbs: Oslo Konsurthuis

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Cut Like A Diamond
Something Or Nothing
Hangman And The Papist
New World
We Can Make It Together
A Glimpse Of Heaven
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
Stormy Down
That's When The Crying Starts
Let It Rain
Autumn
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Part Of The Union


1986 - Strawbs: Bottom Line Club, New York

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Chris Parren (kybds)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Cut Like A Diamond
Something Or Nothing
Hangman And The Papist
New World
We Can Make It Together
That's When The Crying Starts
A Man And His Dog
Let It Rain
Autumn
The River/Down By The Sea
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Grace Darling
Part Of The Union


30 Apr 1987 - Strawbs: Oslo Konsurthuis

Concert played without Chris Parren, who was unable to travel owing to his son's tragic death.

Personnel were:
Dave Cousins (gtrs, vcls)
Tony Hooper (gtrs, vcls)
Richard Hudson (dms, vcls)
Rod Demick (bs, vcls)
Brian Willoughby (gtrs)
Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
Hangman and the Papist
New World
We Can Make It Together
Stormy Down
Josephine For Better Or For Worse
A Glimpse Of Heaven
The River/Down By The Sea
Grace Darling
Part Of The Union
Lay Down
Hero And Heroine
Beat The Retreat
Back In The Old Routine

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