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 Your 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 Townshend 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' tied 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.
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".
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