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ELECTRIC STRAWBS JULY/AUGUST 2015 UK DATES
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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS MAY 2015/JUNE UK AND DUTCH DATES
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RELATED BAND DATES
For details, and other upcoming gigs for John Ford, Hud, Brian & Cathryn
and other related bands - see gigs page.
ELECTRIC BAND UK TOUR - JULY/AUG 2015
Delighted to announce that the Electric Strawbs will be playing this year. The line-up is the "two Adams" line-up which played in 2012 - with Adam Wakeman on keyboards and Adam Falkner on drums. The format is apparently first half acoustic, second half electric. Venues as follows:
Fri 17 Jul, The Flowerpot, Derby
Sat 18 Jul, The Stables, Milton Keynes
Thu 23 Jul, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Fri 24 Jul, Ribin 2, Bilston
Sat 25 Jul, Boom Boom Club, Sutton
Sun 26 Jul, Village Pump Folk Festival, Westbury
Sat 1 Aug, Achor Arts, Wingham
Venue details now on July/Aug gigs page
For a larger version of the poster, click on it.
UK/DUTCH ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES - MAY/JUNE 2015
Fri 14 May Wokingham Music Club, Wokingham, UK
Fri 29 May, Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Sat 30 May, Roots Aan De Zaan, Zaandam, Netherlands
Sun 31 May, Kloveniersdolen, Middelburg, Netherlands
Fri 5 Jun, Greystones, Sheffield
Sat 13 Jun, Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage (sold out)
Sat 27 Jun, Old Courts Theatre, Wigan
Venue details now on May/June gigs page
For a larger version of the Roots Aan De Zaan poster, click on it.
STRAWBS: UK BOOKING AGENCY
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.
For a track listing and other details, check out the the Prognostic album page.
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".
You can buy the album at:
A belated review of Dave's UK book launch event, where he performed a few solo songs and read from his book. Check it out here.
You can still order the book direct from Witchwood Records Online Shop for Exorcising Ghosts:
* UK £19.95 EXCLUDING postage and packing £3.95 ie £23.90 TOTAL
* EU £21.99 EXCLUDING postage and packing £4.95 ie £26.94 TOTAL
* Rest of world including North America £25.99 EXCLUDING postage and packing £5.95 ie £31.94 TOTAL
PS for US customers, there is in fact no pull down for your state - please type in your State when you type in US, and Witchwood Records will be able to handle that.
And the book is now widely avilable from Amazon and good music bookshops everywhere (I saw one on the shelf (and in the window!) of one of my favourite bookshops just the other day ...)
JOHN FORD - NO TALKIN'
Live show - 6 Feb
There's an upcoming "unplugged" gig for John on 6 Feb at The View Grill Restaurant, Glen Cove, NY, partnered with Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens. Each will perform a solo set then will perform together. $35 Tickets Online http://www.myfathersplace.com/. More details on the gigs page.
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.
- The Reaper
- Spanish Jive
- No Talkin'
- Tomorrow's World
- Granny Takes A Trip
- Looking For Django
- Joyce's Song
- Lost Horizon
- Dead Ending
OTHER NEW RELEASES
STRAWBS: WITCHWOOD (the very best of)
A new compilation coming out with a thoughtful selection of key songs, covering the A&M years from 1969's Strawbs to 1975's Nomadness.
Focusing on the big-hitting middle period covering Grave New World, Bursting At The Seams and Hero And Heroine, it includes most of the key single releases and key tracks, though surprisingly not "Autumn".
There's nothing from Dragonfly or Antiques & Curios, and only "Witchwood" from From The Witchwood. First compilation appearance for Rod Coombes' "A Mind Of My Own".
- Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth? (Cousins)
- Oh How She Changed (Cousins/Hooper)
- Witchwood (Cousins)
- Benedictus (Cousins)
- Heavy Disguise (Ford)
- New World (Cousins)
- Queen Of Dreams (Cousins)
- Lay Down (Cousins)
- The Winter And The Summer (Lambert)
- The River (Cousins)
- Down By The Sea (Cousins)
- Part Of The Union (Ford/Hudson)
- Shine On Silver Sun (Cousins)
- Round And Round (Cousins)
- Hero And Heroine (Cousins)
- Grace Darling (Cousins)
- Ghosts (Cousins)
- The Golden Salamander (Cousins)
- A Mind Of My Own (Coombes)
ROY HILL: SWITZERLAND
Roy's long-awaited second studio album, his first since 1978, is out at last. Started in 2005, it has been nine years in the making. You can get it through Paypal direct from the man himself (payment address firstname.lastname@example.org)
£10 + £1.50 postage and packing UK
£10 + £4.00 postage and packing Europe
£10 + £5.00 postage and packing World Zone 1
£10 + £5.50 postage and packing World Zone 2
You can download some of Roy's other albums and Cry No More material from the following Bandcamp sites, and check out some of Roy's video nasties on YouTube: Roy's Bandcamp site - download most of Roy's albums
Cry No More's Bandcamp site - download Cry No More releases
Roy's YouTube videos
- The Poison Hole
- Happy Ever After
- Lost Weekend
- Twisting Tale
SANDY & THE STRAWBS: ALL OUR OWN WORK (Vinyl re-issue, 2LP)
Witchwood Media have licensed Chicago-based vinyl specialist the Numero Group to produce a vinyl re-issue of the All Our Own Work album along with the bonus tracks which appeared on the 2011 CD release. The release is a 2LP package on the Numerophon label, with a different cover.
You can order the album from: the Numero Group Sandy & The Strawbs page. Price is USD20 plus post & packing.
Disc 1, Side A (Original 1973 Hallmark album)
01. On My Way
02. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
03. Tell Me What You See In Me
04. Always On My Mind
05. Stay Awhile With Me
06. Wild Strawberries
Disc 1, Side B (Original 1973 Hallmark album)
01. All I Need Is You
02. How Everyone But Sam Was A Hypocrite
03. Sail Away To The Sea
05. Nothing Else Will Do Babe
06. And You Need Me
Disc 2, Side A (Bonus tracks)
01. Two Weeks Last Summer (VanlÝse Bio alternate, previously unavailable on vinyl)
02. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (with strings, previously unavailable on vinyl)
03. Tell Me What You See In Me (VanlÝse Bio alternate)
04. Stay Awhile With Me (with strings, previously unavailable on vinyl)
05. Nothing Else Will Do Babe (VanlÝse Bio alternate with Denny vocal)
06. And You Need Me (with strings, previously unavailable on vinyl)
Disc 2, Side B (Bonus tracks)
01. I've Been My Own Worst Friend (VanlÝse Bio alternate, previously unavailable on vinyl)
02. Poor Jimmy Wilson (VanlÝse Bio alternate, previously unavailable on vinyl)
03. Strawberry Picking (VanlÝse Bio alternate, previously unavailable on vinyl)
04. Pieces Of 79 and 15 (Strawberry Hill Boys 1966 Cecil House session)
05. The Falling Leaves (Strawberry Hill Boys 1966 Cecil House session)
06. Indian Summer (Strawberry Hill Boys 1966 Cecil House session)
We've got photos of the Strawbs on the recent cruise ship trip, the unique line-up of Cousins, Lambert, Cronk and John Hawken and Tony Fernandez. By all accounts a cracking experience - especially the Storyteller session from the Cruise To The Edge trip, which you can see on video on You Tube at:
OUT NOW !
Released Oct 2014. For info check the Prognostic album page
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
John Ford: Resurrected (The Very Best Of And Then Some)
A John Ford best of plus new tracks. Buy as CD and Digital downloads from - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnford1
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
Strawbs At The BBC
Track details and previews/reviews
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.
Cry No More: Temptation
1980s Cry No More lost tracks released by Deepdene Records. To buy it, e-mail Deepdene Records or check out Roy Hill's MySpace
Cry No More: Live In Germany
A live Cry No More show from 1990 released by Deepdene Records. To buy it, e-mail Deepdene Records or check out Roy Hill's MySpace