Sent: Thu, 28 Jul 2005
Various bits of news from Strawb-land.
We are beavering away on the new Strawbsweb site, making more progress but
we're still not quite ready yet (I've found a few bits of the site I'd
totally forgotten about - great fun). Strawbsweb will be 9 years old in
August this year, let's hope we're ready to launch the new site during
August to meet the anniversary (can';t believe it's 9 years since I started
this up with about 6 pages on AOL. Be nice to hear from anyone who
remembers the very early site.
Hope to see UK friends at either the Cousins/Conrad show or on the
September UK tour - who else is coming, let me know. It promises to be a
unique occasion with Conny's band and Conny and Dave in various permutations.
Sadly I don't think I'll be able to get across the pond again this year,
but the October/November tour is looking good - see below.
Hope the summer is treating you all well and that you are safe and secure.
* Cousins & Conrad live, 31 July, NPL Teddington
* Acoustic Strawbs Workshop Gig, 31 Aug 2005, NPL, Teddington
* If Haiku then you can ....
* Acoustic Strawbs - October/November North American tour
* Release News
* Angel Wine By Andrew Stilton
* Rosie Hardman/Dave Cousins duet
* Hud playing with Ginny Brown/Good Old Boys
* Craig & Willoughby Summer dates
COUSINS & CONRAD LIVE, 31 JULY, NPL TEDDINGTON
Don't forget the Dave Cousins and Conny Conrad one-off show on Sunday 31
July at the Teddington National Physical Laboratory.
Conny's band Dark Ocean will play. Cousins & Conrad will perform some
acoustic material from their new duo album along with a number of other
Strawbs classics, then Dave will play with Conny and the band. A unique
opportunity to catch something different.
National Physical Laboratory
Box Office: 020 8943 6314
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS WORKSHOP GIG, 31 AUG 2005, NPL, TEDDINGTON
A new gig added to the itinerary for the September tour. Dave has
announced that this will be a "workshop" concert, with more chat about the
songs and how they get put together, along the lines of some of the shows
they played in the US on the recent tour. More info in due course.
IF HAIKU THEN YOU CAN ....
Reminder that the Cousins & Conrad Haiku competition closes at midnight BST
on 31 July.
One of the stunning new tracks in High Seas is Dave Cousins' composition
"Haiku" – lyrics for the song below.
A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, constructed in three lines of five,
seven, and five syllables respectively. The message of a haiku poem usually
centres on some aspect of spirituality and provokes an emotional response
in the reader. There is also an element of nature about haiku as in the
seasons although the reference is often oblique.
To enter write a Strawbs-related haiku and submit it to the website – send
them by e-mail to email@example.com.
Two lucky winners chosen by Dave Cousins – one in North America and one in
Europe will get to have lunch with Dave Cousins in North America and
Winners announced: end August. No purchase necessary (though you can if you
Bursting au vert through shadows
Put spring in our step
The height of pleasure
Fleet footed does in bracken
Surrounded by stag
Coven in witch wood
Seeking refuge in colours
A rainfall of tears
Bearing garland of briers
A crumb of cold cheer
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Full venue details coming soon to StrawbsWeb.
Fri 7 Oct, Folk Concert Series, Mobile AL
Sat 8 Oct, Red Light Café, Atlanta GA
Sun 9 Oct, Coastline Con. Centre, Wilmington NC
Tues 11 Oct, Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Wed 12 Oct, Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville VA
Thu 13 Oct, Jammin' Java, Vienna VA
Fri 14 Oct, Strand Theatre, Lakewood NJ
Sat 15 Oct, Music at the Mission, Milford NJ
Sun 16 Oct, Tin Angel (2 shows), Philadelphia PA
Tue 18 Oct, Iron Horse, Northampton MA
Wed 19 Oct, Satalla, New York NY
Thu 20 Oct, Towne Crier, Pawling NJ
Fri 21 Oct, Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY
Sat 22 Oct, The Narrows, Fall River MA
Sun 23 Oct, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY
Tue 25 Oct, Milestones, Rochester NY
Wed 26 Oct, Opera House, Bellville OH
Thu 27 Oct, The Winchester, Cleveland OH
Fri 28 Oct, Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI
Sat 29 Oct, Fitzgerald's, Chicago IL
Sun 30 Oct, The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
Tue 1 Nov, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wed 2 Nov, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Thu 3 Nov, Aeolian Hall, London ON
Fri 4 Nov, Oakville Centre For Performing Arts, Oakville ON
After Show Artist Chat, Paradiso Restaurant
Sat 5 Nov, The Place, Hamilton ON
TBC Mon 7 Nov, Possible, Montreal
TBC Tue 8 Nov, Possible, Quebec
Wed 9 Nov, O'Costigan's, Edmundston NB,
Thur 10 Nov, Imperial Theatre, Saint John NB,
Fri 11 Nov, Capitol Theatre, Moncton NB,
Sat 12 Nov, The Playhouse, Fredericton NB
Sun 13 Nov, Mersey House, Liverpool NS
TBC Mon 14 Nov, Possible, Halifax NS
STRAWBS - ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS - CD SINGLE - AVAILABLE
Bonus track - different version of Sunday Morning with Robert Kirby strings
COUSINS & CONRAD - CD - AVAILABLE
Excellent duo album, some super new Cousins songs, Call To Action, Deep In
The Darkest Night
STRAWBS - LIVE AT NEARFEST, 2004 RELEASED 11 AUGUST
Hero And Heroine line at Nearfest last year, in front of 1200 fans.
JOHN FORD - NEW WORLD MAXI-SINGLE
5 tracks from John - an excellent reworking of "New World" plus some
material recorded with Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig
ANGEL WINE by ANDREW STILTON
A 46 year old former lawyer now teaching tax law at a "new" university,
with a high flying corporate finance lawyer absentee wife, takes to Friends
Re-united with gusto, catching up with former girlfriend/"what if" lost
love Sally. Strikes a chord with this 46 year old lawyer anyway. A
number of favourable references throughout to Strawbs music, including
quotes from Chas's "Angel Wine" which is the "title track" to this
late-blossoming relationship. Nice touches, plenty of e-mails between the
characters make this a very real sort of book, as I can imagine that's just
how those e-mails would go. A few echoes (top 10 lists) of Nick Hornby's
"High Fidelity", but then I'd imagine that's true of any book where the
music is a central character (and yes we did all create lists in those
days). A very pleasant read.
Published by the author through Publish and Be Damned.
ROSIE HARDMAN/DAVE COUSINS DUET
Available on CD - very limited edition - the excellent album Stopped In My
Tracks by Rosie Hardman. The album features not only a superb version of
"Grace Darling" but also an otherwise unreleased duet between Rosie and
Dave Cousins - "Lean On Me". Brian Willoughby is on hand to play fluid
guitars throughout. Rosie was one of the best acts I ever booked for my
old folk club in London, a great lady with a great voice.
Just got my copy from www.rosiehardman.com - highly recommended.
HUD PLAYING WITH GINNY BROWN/GOOD OLD BOYS
A few dates from Hud, who's busily engaged pounding away on the drums, when
not performing for mainly private bookings with High Society:
Ginny Brown - 5 Aug - Coach And Horses, Brentford
Ginny Brown - 6 Aug - Red Lion Isleworth
The Good Old Boys - 25 Aug -Exhibition Inn: London Road, Godmanchester,
The Good Old Boys - 27 Aug -The Horns: 1 Hempstead Road, Watford,
Hertfordshire, WD1 3RL
Ginny Brown - 29 Aug (lunchtime) - Bandstand: Parliament Hill Fields, Highgate
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY SUMMER DATES
31st July - NORTH WALES THEATRE , Llandudno, North Wales, 3:30-4:00 pm
Please note that where in the past this was a private function it is now
open to ticket holders (cost £12.50) and Cathryn & Brian will be on stage
for a maximum of one hour. Contact: -01492872000
26th August - NANTWICH FOLK & ROOTS FESTIVAL , Civic Hall, 7:30pm
3rd & 4th September - FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL,
9th September, NATIONAL FOREST FOLK CLUB , the Moira Miner's Welfare
Contact 01283 216375 or Mobile 07781 558158
18th September - OTLEY FESTIVAL
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