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Sent: 7 Mar 2007

The UK Electric tour in February was fantastic - some of the shows were the
best I've ever seen that line-up play - which bodes well for their trip to
Canada/the US in the Summer and their UK reprise in August at Cropredy and
the associated warm-up gigs.

This Strawbswebnews is a mixture of live dates news, mainly relating to
tours/dates later in the year including the announcement that Strawbs will
appear at the Montreal FMPM Festival in September - Gold tickets on sale
for this at the end of this week.

Also one new release/one re-issue coming in April.



* Ken Laws - 1951-2007
* FMPM 2007 - Strawbs play Montreal Festival, 15 Sept 2007
* Touch The Earth - Lambert & Cronk
* Burning For You re-issue
* Canada/US dates - update
* Cropredy update
* Other August Electric gigs

KEN LAWS - 1951-2007

As noted in the recent Stop Press, we were very sad indeed to hear of the
death of Ken Laws, Hudson Ford drummer, a consummate musician and all-round
splendid fellow. He died in Atlanta, where he has lived for the last few
years with his wife Maryanne. He would have been 56 on 30th March. He was
diagnosed a little while ago with an inoperable brain tumour and, in early
March was admitted to a hospice, but died a few days later.

For more about Ken, see the obituary by Lindsay Sorrell on Strawbsweb.
Link on front page.


Montreal Progressive Music Festival, to be held on Sat 15 Sept 2007 and Sun
16 Sept 2007, will feature the Hero & Heroine line-up of the Strawbs, well
known prog rock heroes IQ, Swedish legends Samla Mammas Manna, and Quebec
groups Nathan Mahl, Hamadryad and Ville Emard Blues Band. Further bands to
be announced. Strawbs are playing on 15 Sept 2007.

Venue for the festival is the Salle Pierre Mercure at the Pierre Peladeau
Center, Montreal, a beautiful and intimate auditorium seating just under
800, and with fantastic acoustics and sightlines. Conveniently located in
the heart of the Latin Quarter, right next to the Berri-UQAM subway
station, and only four street blocks away from Highway 20, with indoor
parking and good access for people with limited mobility.

Tickets sell out quickly so order without delay!

Gold tickets

Available as of Friday, March 9th at 12:00 PM! You get a reserved seat in
the first eight rows (center section) for all six performances, access to
all exhibits and vendor areas, on both days, as well as Quebec's
Progressive Pioneers Symposium and all other VIP-related activities. Gold
tickets are available in limited numbers on a first come, first serve
basis. The tickets come with a laminated "VIP Pass". Gold ticket price:
$160 CAN (+ taxes and service charges)

These tickets are available exclusively through ProgQuébec webstore.

Regular tickets

Availability to be announced. You get a reserved seat for all six
performances, as well as all exhibit areas and vendor areas, for both days.
Regular tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Regular ticket
price: $95 CAN (+ taxes and service charges)

These tickets available through ProgQuébec webstore! and

Further details and updates
Check out the FMPM website in both English and French - more details of
other bands playing and updates as further bands are announced.


When Strawbs broke up in 1980, Dave Lambert & Chas Cronk decided to form
Lambert Cronk, alongside latter-day Strawbs, Andy Richards and Tony
Fernandez. However, as fate would have it, Trevor Horn invited Andy
Richards to become the keyboard sound of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Chas
Cronk was invited to join the Steve Hackett Band where he met Nick Magnus,
and Tony Fernandez went on a world tour with Rick Wakeman. In the end, an
album's worth of Lambert Cronk material was recorded but, as punk had
become the raging flavour of the day, it remained on the shelf.

Unearthed during the search for material for the recent boxed set (on which
the title track was included as a "taste"), the Lambert Cronk material has
been digitally remastered as 'Touch The Earth'. The musicianship is
impeccable with Dave Lambert's vocals and guitar to the forefront,
surrounded by the swirling, masterly keyboards of Andy Richards and Nick
Magnus, and with the rhythm section of Chas Cronk, Tony Fernandez and Ian
Mosely providing rock solid propulsion.

Release date 7 April

Track list

Touch the Earth
Every Step of the Way
The Reluctant Hero
The Night
The Theatre's Falling Down
Smash the Glass
Round and Round
Only Child
Stay With Me
One and Only
A Splash of Blue


Also re-issued on 7 April on Witchwood Media is Burning For You, together
with bonus track Joey And Me, as previously issued as a limited run
Japanese edition.


Thursday, 21 June, The German House, Rochester NY
Friday, 22 June, Regent Theatre, Arlington MA
Saturday, 23 June, Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY
Tuesday, 26 June, Strand Theatre, Lakewood NJ

Saturday, 30 June, STANfest, Canso NS
Sunday, 1 July, STANfest, Canso NS
Tuesday, 3 July, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wednesday, 4 July, Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Thursday, 5 July, Centre in the Square, Kitchener ON

Others are still being contracted and supports finalised.


Strawbs playing Cropredy on Thu 9 Aug, along with other great artists at
Fairport's 40th anniversary extravaganza. For the full line-up of bands see
Cropredy page on StrawbsWeb or

Tickets now available on Fairport Convention site - You'll need:

* Weekend Ticket - £67 - Weekend admission covering Thursday, Friday, and
* if you are planning to camp - Weekend Camping Ticket - £26 - Weekend
camping ticket covering Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
* Children's Ticket - Children under 12 get in for free but children's
tickets must be ordered with an adult ticket.

There are also Friday/Saturday and Saturday only tickets, but you'll miss
the Strawbs who are playing on Thursday, as well as the award-winning (and
highly recommended) Seth Lakeman and Jools Holland to finish off!


There'll be two Strawbs gigs immediately preceding Cropredy:

Tue 7 Aug - Half Moon Putney
Wed 8 Aug - Astor Theatre, Deal

More detail on the website/via StrawbsWebNews when available.


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