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50th Anniversary 3 Days Celebration, APRIL 26, 27 & 28 2019

Photo: Matt Condon

The Strawbs 50th anniversary weekend was a massive success with people travelling huge distances to be there.

We'd love to post your photos, reviews, comments and setlists so we can make a permanent record of all the musical delights! Either email them to or pop them on the Strawbs Facebook group and we'll pick them up from there.

Photo galleries from both days are here with reviews to follow.


50th Anniversary 3 Days Celebration, APRIL 26, 27 & 28 2019

UK Music Legends Strawbs 50th Anniversary 3 Days Celebration in Lakewood, NJ - April 26, 27 & 28

Featuring special guests Tony Visconti, Annie Haslam, Larry Fast and others! Weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band.

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, UK music legends Strawbs, plus a host of guest performers, former Strawbs, and Strawbs-related artists, will be performing at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on April 26-28, 2019!

Come join a weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band Strawbs!

Strawbs are Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band. They are mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands Yes, King Crimson and The Moody Blues. Strawbs have a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of their incredible live performances together with their classic albums over the years including "Grave New World", "Bursting at the Seams", "Hero & Heroine" and "Ghosts." The band has achieved sales of over three million albums, seven consecutive Strawbs albums have featured in the US Billboard Top 200 albums.

Many top musicians have featured in the Strawbs line up over the years, including Sonjia Kristina, Blue Weaver, Don Airey and as well as Rick Wakeman , both his classically trained sons Adam and Oliver have been featured, a certain compliment to the band's talent. After several years of touring in both acoustic and electric lineups, in 2017 Strawbs released "The Ferryman's Curse", their first studio album of original material in eight years. The album returned to the album charts and garnered rave reviews worldwide!

The current Strawbs line-up comprises David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s. They are joined by keyboard and guitar virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona - a band who created a mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music - a perfect match for Strawbs.



STRAWBS (Present)

David Cousins (1968 - present)
Dave Lambert (1972 - present)
Chas Cronk (1973 - present)
Tony Fernandez (1978 - present)
Dave Bainbridge (2016 - present)



Blue Weaver (1971 - 1973) (subject to visas) - Amen Corner, Mott the Hoople, Bee Gees (Played on Saturday Night Fever and the 1970s hits)
John Ford (1969 - 1973) - Velvet Opera, Hudson Ford (Writer of Strawbs biggest single "Part of the Union")
John Hawken (1973 - 1976) - Nashville Teens, Renaissance, Illusion
Brian Willoughby (1978 - 2092) - Mary Hopkin, The Monks, Nanci Griffith


Tony Visconti - David Bowie, T Rex, Moody Blues, Gentle Giant, Angelique Kidjo
Annie Haslam - Renaissance
Larry Fast - Nektar, Synergy, Peter Gabriel
Eric Bazilian - The Hooters, Joan Osborne
Wesley Stace - John Wesley Harding, Cabinet of Wonders
Cathryn Craig - Bill Medley


Tony Visconti - conducts Strawbs with the Terra Nova Orchestra for the first orchestral performance of "Oh How She Changed", the band's first single, featuring a new Tony Visconti arrangement.

David Cousins, Blue Weaver, John Ford will play the whole of Strawbs classic album "Grave New World" with Eric Bazilion and narrator Wesley Stace.

Annie Haslam - sings Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" with the Terra Nova Orchestra, featuring a brand new arrangement by Tony Visconti.

Eric Bazilion - sings "What If God Was One Of Us", the hit he wrote and produced for Joan Osborne, with Strawbs and the Terra Nova Orchestra.

Sandy Denny and the Strawbs - the classic songs recreated by Annie Haslam and Acoustic Strawbs.

Larry Fast and David Cousins - Peter Gabriel's synthesizer master and the complete songwriter put a new edge on Strawbs lesser known material.


Strand Theater
Center for the Arts
400 Clifton Avenue
New Jersey 08701
Phone: (732) 367-7789

Historic 1922 theater for the Jersey Shore.
60 minutes from Newark Airport
90 minutes from Manhattan


Friday - 26 April 2018
Performances 6pm - 10.30pm

Saturday - 27 April 2018
Performances 1pm - 10.30pm

Sunday - 28 April 2018
Brunch (VIP) 10am - 12 noon


VIP $300 (sold out)
All performances plus Sunday brunch with artists

Weekend $200
All performances

Full details and programme on the dedicated 50th Anniversary web site:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US),


Friday 12 April - YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore NY
Saturday 13 April - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ Sunday 14 April - TBA
Monday 15 April - TBA
Tuesday 16 April - TBA
Wednesday 17 April - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
Thursday 18 April - TBA
Friday 19 April - Towne Crier, Beacon NY
Saturday 20 April - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA


The UK electric tour was a great success and some photos and coomments can be found here


A splendid package of LP facsimile CD reissues of all 9 of the A&M Strawbs albums in an attractive slipcase, with all original inserts etc. included, along with a Japanese booklet with sleeve notes and lyrics and mockups of the original Obis on the original Japanese vinyl releases. Very attractive - the track listings are the same as the UK CD releases in 1998 and 2008 (apart from Bursting At The Seams and Hero And Heroine (see the 2018 reissues page for details), though it looks as though the music (or at least the original album tracks) has been re-transferred from analogue master tapes and remastered by Universal Tokyo - reportedly the best sounding Strawbs CDs to date!

These releases are appearing on Ebay as individual purchases with a very few 9CD promo box sets - snap them up before they go!

For more details and comments see the 2018 reissues page


News that the fourth Hudson Ford album is now out on CD - Daylight was released by CBS after Hudson Ford parted company with A&M.

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