Sent: 24 Apr 2007
Hi folks, two big pieces of news this month, news of the Rick
Wakeman/Acoustic Strawbs get together, to be broadcast 28 April, and news
of Dave's impending solo album, due out in June.
Also - note the Benedictus tribute band concert in Taunton on 28 April.
I'm planning to be there.
I'm expecting some additional Blue Angel Orchestra gigs later in the year
to promote the solo album, and possibly a Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler gig in
Chatham - more details on these when we have them; also no date confirmed
yet for the proposed Fire reunion, likely to be November some time.
* Rick Wakeman & Acoustic Strawbs - on air 5th May
* New Dave Cousins solo album - The Boy in the Sailor Suit
* Lambert Cronk - Touch The Earth, released 16 April
* Burning For You - re-issue released 16 April
* Benedictus - Strawbs tribute band gig - Taunton, 28th April
* Not too late to see Brian and Cathryn - remaining dates (some changes)
* Dead Like Harry dates
* Another Wychwood
* Strawbs Christmas Party - early warning
RICK WAKEMAN & ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ON AIR 5TH MAY
On Friday 20 April, Rick Wakeman recorded the first of the live sessions
for his Saturday morning radio show on Planet Rock, with the Acoustic
Strawbs at Shepperton Studios in West London. Performing before an
audience of ticket winners from Rick's show and a few invited guests, Rick
joined the band for four numbers and interviewed the band members between
songs. It was an amazing evening, the first time Rick has played with the
Strawbs since 1971 (though both Daves and Chas did play on a track from
"Six Wives" and on a session for the Old Grey Whistle Test which included
There are reviews and pictures from the show on Strawbsweb -
The show will be aired this Sat 5th May (Rick's show is at 10.00am, UK time).
Instructions how to tune into Planet Rock at
NEW DAVE COUSINS SOLO ALBUM - THE BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT
Delighted to announce that Dave is in the studio this week to record his
second solo album. Miller Anderson, who played guitar on the first, Two
Weeks Last Summer, back in 1972, is on hand again, as are the rest of the
Blue Angel Orchestra - Ian Cutler (fiddle), Chas Cronk (bass) and Chris
Dave has written a whole bunch of new songs, track listing below, and from
our chat in the pub after the Wakeman show, he is very excited indeed about
Expected to be available as early as June 2007.
Promotional gigs are being lined up for the autumn featuring the musicians
on the album. Watch for further news.
Track listing, running order not fixed:
Never Take Sweets From A Stranger
Bringing In The Harvest
The Smile You Left Behind
Calling Out Your Name
Skip To My Lou
Lonely Days, Lonely Nights
Hell Fire Blues
Wish You Were Here
LAMBERT CRONK - TOUCH THE EARTH, RELEASED 16 APRIL
Unearthed during the search for material for the recent boxed set (on which
the title track was included as a "taste"), the material recorded by
Lambert & Cronk in the 80s has been digitally remastered as 'Touch The
Earth', with a track of more recent vintage from each for good measure.
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.
There's a review on Strawbsweb - see http://tinyurl.com/326p26
good record shops (distribution via Pinnacle)
Pinnacle's Witchwood download shop -
http://www.pinnacle-digital.co.uk/witchwood/ - where you can preview the
tracks, buy them individually or buy the whole album.
BURNING FOR YOU - RE-ISSUE RELEASED 16 APRIL
Includes bonus acoustic track "Joey And Me".
Also available on CD only for now from:
good record shops (distribution via Pinnacle)
BENEDICTUS - STRAWBS TRIBUTE BAND GIG - TAUNTON, 28TH APRIL
This tribute band is playing a free gig on 28th April in Taunton, details
Their keyboard player, Dave Usher, is going to be using mellotron Mk 2
samples, which sound fantastic and should enable them to capture the
ethereal authentic sound of the keyboards on New World, Hero and Heroine
NOT TOO LATE TO SEE BRIAN AND CATHRYN
Still a few dates left on Brian and Cathryn's trek round the country.
Friday 27th April
The Woodman Inn, Kingswinford
Saturday 28th April
The Rondo, Bath
Thursday 3rd May
Wrexham Folk & Acoustic Music Club,
Nag's Head Inn, Wrexham
Tuesday 8th May
St Neots Folk Club,
The Prior Centre, St.Neots
- PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE - WAS Kings Head Hotel, St. Neots
NB. Please note that the show on Saturday 5th May at Walthamstow Folk Club
has been cancelled by the venue.
DEAD LIKE HARRY DATES
Dead like Harry, who supported Strawbs last summer, will be playing a few
dates over Spring/Summer. First chance to see a set of mainly new songs
which they will be playing live for the first time.
April 21st The Grapes, Sheffield
May 26th Off The Tracks Festival, Donington Racing Track
May 27th The Boardwalk, Sheffield (Supporting Arena, acoustic)
July 8th The Cellars, Porstmouth (Acoustic)
July 13th Spratton Folk Festival, Northampton
Long-time Strawbs fan Kevin West, formerly with Leatherat, has started
working with a girl singer called Lyndsay and they are out and about
working under the name 'Wychwood' (the name of Kevin's house).
Full details on www.MySpace.com/wychwoodmusic
St Neots Folk Club on 8th May supporting Brian and Cathryn
Hitchin Folk Club on 13th May supporting PJ Wright and Dave Pegg
The Unicorn, Banbury on 5th Jun
Afternoon slot at Music at the Crossroads Festival, Hook Norton on 7th July.
STRAWBS CHRISTMAS PARTY - EARLY WARNING
Set for 8th DECEMBER 2007 at National Physical Laboratory, Teddington (as
before). Blue Angel Orchestra expected to be in attendance. More news
when I have it.
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