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UK warm-up for Dave Cousins solo gigs - 3 Jan

Dave is playing a UK warm-up gig of his Stories and Songs solo show before he heads off to South Africa.

Royal Norfolk Hotel, Sandgate
7 Sandgate High Street
CT20 3BD

Fri 3 Jan at 8.00pm
Admission free. Collection for Water Pressure (a Commonwealth Medical Trust project to provide clean water in Africa)

South Africa Dave Cousins solo gigs

News of three Dave Cousins solo gigs tied in with a trip Dave is making to South Africa!

These will be Stories and Songs shows, a format which went down extremely well when Dave did solo shows back in the US a few years back. As a great fan of Cape Town since my recent visit there, I really wish I could be there!

Sun 26 January - Fernkloof Estate, Hermanus
Mon 27 January - Alma Café, Rosebank, Capetown
Tues 28 January - Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch

UK Dave Cousins solo gigs

Two solo shows announced for the UK so far:

Wed 18 March - Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
Wed 25 March - Banbury Folk Club, Banbury
We'd love to post your photos, reviews, comments and setlists! Either email them to or pop them on the Strawbs Facebook group and we'll pick them up from there.


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Previously announced

Fri 10 Jan - Whitty Theatre, Wokingham
Sat 11 Jan - Uxbridge Folk Club, Hillingdon
Fri 7 Feb - Touchline Club, Hockley
Sat 8 Feb - John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Fri 14 Feb - Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton
Sat 15 Feb - Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
Wed 4 Mar - Earl Haig Memorial Club, Cardiff
Thu 5 Mar - Public Halls, Harpenden

1-8 Apr - On The Blues Cruise - see below

Newly announced

Fri 17 April - Community Arts Theatre, Tiverton
Sat 18 April - Carnglaze Caverns, St Neots, Liskeard
Sat 26 April - The Old Chapel, Alfriston
Wed 6 May - Over Hulton Folk Club, nr Bolton
Sat 9 May - Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury
Sat 11 July - Festival, Market Rasen

Click here for full details of tickets, venues and maps.

On The Blues Cruise, 1-8 April 2020

Justin Hayward headlines the On The Blues Cruise 2020, scheduled for 1 Apr to 8 Apr - Acoustic Strawbs are on the bill again. Other artists include:
The Zombies
Alan Parsons
Art Garfunkel
Dave Mason
Glenn Hughes
Colin Blunstone
Al Stewart
Wishbone Ash
Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Band
The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of ELO
Ronnie Spector And The Ronnettes

Sailing from and returning to Miami April 1-8, 2020, the cruise will visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island, arguably two of the finest ports in the Caribbean! Plus there's a visit to Norwegian Cruise Line's private island, Great Stirrup Cay, including an "island refresh" update that will be completed prior to our visit.

There will be three music filled days at seawith the opportunity to hang with fellow cruisers and artists without feeling rushed to get it all in!

For more details:


Released 29 Nov 2019.

On 29 November Cherry Red/Esoteric release two remastered extended edition CDs, with an enhanced collection of bonus material, original artwork and a new essay by Dave Cousins.

Bonus tracks

  • The Actor (alternate mix) (Cousins)
  • Ways And Means (alternate take) (Cousins)
  • I've Been My Own Worst Friend (Cousins)
  • See How They Run (1972 demo with Dave Lambert) (Cousins/Lambert)
  • The Rip Off Blues (1972 demo) (Cousins)
  • More at: Two Weeks Last Summer extended edition page

    Bonus tracks

  • * You Won't See The Light (Lambert)
  • * Charmer (Single Mix)(Cousins/Cronk) (never before released on CD)
  • * Wasting My Time (Edited Version)(Cousins/Cronk)
  • * Blue Angel(Cousins)
  • * Oh So Sleepy(Cousins)
  • * The Merchant Adventurer(Cousins)
  • * Beside The Rio Grande (Spoken Word Version, from CD in the back of DC's out of print lyrics book Secret Stories And Songs)(Cousins)
  • More at: Deep Cuts extended edition page


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    This activity is nothing at all to do with either Witchwood Media Limited or Hamilton House Limited, the company, now liquidated, formerly owned by Witchwood Media director Tony Attwood.


    Following on from his majestic tome "Mellotron" (which featured interviews with Strawbs Dave Cousins,, John Hawken, Blue Weaver and the late Robert Kirby), a new volume about singer-songwriters which includes an in-depth interview with Dave.

    Singer-Songwriters, Volume 1 by Nick Awde
    296pp | paperback | £18.99
    ISBN: 9781898948995

    David Cousins (Strawbs), Arlo Guthrie, Iain Matthews, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, Richard Thompson describe in detail what defines a singer-songwriter and what drives them. They offer their thoughts on the balance between voice and instrument, the relationship between songs and audience, spirituality and society, channelling influences and the context of the politics of the day, while shedding light on the eternal question of which comes first: the words or the music.

    Insight-filled interviews with some of popular music's most influential and enduring talents ? Singer-Songwriters Vol 1 is an in-depth look at the craft, life and times of the singer-songwriter, revealed in the contemporary voices of the groundbreaking generation of British (and one American!) singer-songwriters who came of age through the evolution of folk-based music during the Sixties.

    Order direct at and support an independent publisher! Also available from all online/bricks & mortar book stores, released February 1st, 2020.

    CONTACT:Orders/press inquiries: Nick Awde - / +44 (0)7961 154590

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