ELECTRIC STRAWBS JULY/AUGUST 2015 UK DATES
Please note these have been postponed owing to Dave Cousins being unwell
RELATED BAND DATES
For details, and other upcoming gigs for John Ford, Hud, Brian & Cathryn
and other related bands - see gigs page.
DAVE COUSINS UNWELL/ELECTRIC BAND UK TOUR - JULY/AUG 2015 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.
If you want to send good wishes to Dave, please send a message to
and I'll (a) pass it on and (b) post it on Strawbsweb.
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.
There's a new CD/DVD package released in 1 June - Access All Areas which releases the 1990 Strawbs concert shown on UK TV on CD and DVD. The line up was Cousins, Hooper, Hudson, Willoughby, Demick and Parren.
Track list is same for both formats:
Cut Like A Diamond
Something For Nothing
Ringing Down The Years
The Hangman And The Papist
The River/Down By The Sea
Part Of The Union
Hero And Heroine
More info to be added on the album page in due course. Click on the image for a larger version.
From 25 April 2015 Strawbs and Acoustic Strawbs will be represented by GTA Music Agency (Gilly Tarrant Associates), also representing the Blues Band (including Manfred Mann's Paul Jones, McGuinness Flint's Tom McGuinness, Rob Townshen from Family and others) and former Bonzo/Rutle Neil Innes.
Dates contracted to the end of 2015 for by the previous agency, Rhino, will be of course be fulfilled.
STRAWBS: PROGNOSTIC, OCTOBER 2014
This is a new CD release of prog rock material by the Strawbs, came out 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.
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.
Click on the picture for a larger version of the album cover.
MORE COUSINS PROG - WITH CONNY CONRAD
Conny Conrad, who collaborated with Dave on the splendid Cousins & Conrad: High Seas album, has news of a new album, Generations 3. Conny now has his own page in the related artists section of Strawbsweb, where you can get more info.
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" 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".
Exorcising Ghosts - Dave Cousins' book
Published 1 Sep 2014. Still available from Witchwood Records online. Also available from Amazon worldwide and good music bookshops via Music Sales.
John Ford: No Talkin'
Released June 2014 - A new instrumental album - available in MP3 or CD format from John's website , and other outlets, such as CD Baby shortly.
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs: All Our Own Work (2LP vinyl)
A vinyl release of the extended album - order from the Numero Group
Roy Hill: Switzerland
Released May 2014 - Roy's long awaited second album, available from the man himself - details on Roy's albums page
Strawbs - Deadlines
Released Oct 2012 - Deadlines issued on CD with loads of bonus tracks - demos and early mixes. Available from Witchwood Records online.
Strawbs - Of A Time
Released July 2012 - The long lost original version of Strawbs. Available from Witchwood Records online.
Released Aug 2011 - a stellar collection of classic and unreleased Acoustic Strawbs material
Sandy Denny - 19 Rupert Street
On vinyl and CD. Both available Witchwood Records. A long lost tape of Sandy with Alex Campbell, informally recorded at Campbell's Glasgow home, including never-before heard material
Hero And Heroine In Ascencia
Hero And Heroine re-recorded by the 2010 line-up
40th Anniversary, Vol. 1: Strawberry Fayre
a 2CD set compiled from the whole weekend extravanza. Buy from Witchwood Records. £15.99+P&P (or £27.00+P&P if you order this and Vol. 2)
40th Anniversary, Vol. 2: Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins
CD + DVD. Pre-ordering live at Witchwood Records. £15.99+P&P (or £27.00+P&P if you order this and Vol. 1)
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs: All Our Own Work: The Complete Sessions
The 1967 Copenhage Sessions with unreleased bonus tracks, remastered by Chris Tsangarides. Released 16 June. Track details.
available from Witchwood Records
Vol 1 (1CD) Live sessions by the Strawbs between 1968 and 1975.
Vol 2 (2CD) Three full hour BBC Live In Concert programmes from 1971 (including Rick Wakeman), 1973 and 1974.
Strawbs: Dancing To The Devil's Beat
Strawbs' 40th anniversary album, featuring Oliver Wakeman
Available from Witchwood Records.
For preview/reviews see main album page.
Acoustic Strawbs: Live At Hampton Court Place (DVD)
Acoustic Strawbs opened for the Rick Wakeman "Six Wives" spectacular at Hampton Court. Bonus audio tracks with Rick and Acoustics and a preview of the Six Wives live DVD.
Available from Witchwood Records.
For further details see main album page.
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