Sent: 15 October 2007
A bumper October update this time, as there's lots of interesting stuff
going on towards the end of the year and some early warning of events into
2008 - including some Dave Cousins solo appearances in the US.
* Strawbs: NY'75 - released 29 Oct 2007
* More albums/tracks available for downloading
* Dave Cousins & The Blue Angel Orchestra, Astor Theatre, Deal - Sat 3 Nov
and Clarendon, Deal - Sun 16 Dec
* Cousins, Cronk & Cutler, Folk Cellar, Medway - Tue 6 Nov
* November Acoustic Strawbs dates
* Fire shows - Windlesham Hall, Fri 30 Nov/Sat 1 Dec
* Strawbs Christmas party - Sat 8 Dec - Heroes and Heroines
* Cry No More Christmas show, Fri 28 Dec
* Acoustic Strawbs - Jan/Feb 2008 dates
* Dave Cousins solo gigs in US in Spring 2008
* In Battaglia ("The Battle")
* Downloads and Wallpapers on StrawbsWeb
STRAWBS: NY'75 - RELEASED 29 OCT 2007
The latest Strawbs release is a concert recorded at the legendary Calderone
Music Hall in Hempstead NY, in late 1975. The show features the twin
keyboard line-up of Robert Kirby and John Mealing alongside Cousins,
Lambert, Cronk and Coombes and is a candidate for one of the best Strawbs
live shows ever captured. It's a good quality off-radio recording.
It's released on October 29th and those who buy the CD direct from
www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk will get two bonus tracks as downloadable MP3s -
Lemon Pie and The Life Auction, which were recorded for a radio show on the
Step back into 1975 ..... more details of the album on StrawbsWeb.
MORE ALBUMS/TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING
Dave Cousins: The Boy In The Sailor Suit and Cousins/Conrad: High Seas -
now both available for download from the Pinnacle/Witchwood Media download
DAVE COUSINS & THE BLUE ANGEL ORCHESTRA
ASTOR THEATRE, DEAL - SAT 3 NOV
CLARENDON, DEAL - SUN 16 DEC
The first BAO show in 2006 (was it only a year ago ?) was the closing night
of the Deal Folk Festival, and once again the BAO will tread the boards as
part of this year's festival.
As the well as the BAO, which will be doing some of the songs from Dave's
album The Boy In The Sailor Suit for the first time, you can expect to see
Granville Clarke (Danny Clarke from the 70s folk band Foggy, for whom
Cousins & Hooper produced an album Simple Gifts, who is now a painter)
bring visual art to the stage of the Astor backed by Chris Ball on piano.
Faraway Tree, a Deal-based quartet, will play, there's also another guest
appearance by Howard Werth of Audience, and transvestite torch singer Pussy
D'Amour makes a welcome return.
The Astor show will be a great occasion, look forward to seeing you there.
In Advance: £16.00 | On The Door: £20.00
Box Office: Soundhouse, Deal: 01304 381134
All Seated Cabaret Style
Doors: 8.00pm | Show: 8.30pm
And if not, try the second gig - the Clarendon is a large busy music pub on
the front at Deal, close to the pier.
Showtime is mid-afternoon rather than being an evening show, so treat
yourself to a wintry seaside Sunday outing in Deal for the day, a slap-up
fish and chip lunch, then a pre-Christmas knees up with the BAO in
And - even better - the show is free of charge (it's all being paid for by
the vast amount of drink you will no doubt consume !)
COUSINS, CRONK & CUTLER, MEDWAY FOLK CELLAR, CHATHAM - TUE 6 NOV
Running on very shortly after the 3 Nov BAO gig (hardly worth going home!),
an opportunity to see effectively the "Acoustic" BAO, as Dave, Chas and Ian
play a one-off show at the Medway Folk Cellar. It'll be really
interesting to see DC play an acoustic show with fiddle backing.
Plus Doug Hudson
Medway Folk Centre
The Central Theatre
Tickets: £8, folk mailing list members £7
(show/ticket info from http://www.sefan.org.uk/WhatsOn.html)
NOVEMBER ACOUSTIC STRAWBS DATES
The remaining dates for the Acoustic Strawbs in November are:
Thu 1 Nov 2007, The Assembly House, Norwich
Fri 9 Nov 2007, QEH Theatre, Bristol
Mon 19 Nov 2007, Forest Folk, North Boarhunt
Sun 25 Nov 2007, The Boardwalk, Sheffield
Thu 29 Nov 2007, Arts Centre, Bridgwater
NB The date previously announced for Fri 2 Nov, Circle Arts, Worksop, has
FIRE SHOWS - WINDLESHAM HALL, FRI 30 NOV/SAT 1 DEC
NB: BBC6 interview broadcasting on Sun 21 Oct !!! See below.
Venue: The Windlesham Club and Theatre, Kennel Lane, Windlesham, Surrey
Bar opens from 5.30pm; show starts 8.00pm
Box Office: 07828 324 225
Excitement is mounting over the forthcoming reunion shows for Fire at
Windlesham Hall, 40 years on from Summer of Love when Dave's first band
Friday's Chyld was formed before evolving into Fire. The original line-up
of Fire (Lambert, Bob Voice and Dick Dufall) are re-uniting for two shows
on 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2007, where they'll play the whole of the album The
Magic Shoemaker and other key Fire numbers such as "Father's Name Is Dad".
Lindsay Sorrell has done an interview with Dave which is on Strawbsweb:
which is to be reprinted in Italian mag Wondrous Stories.
There's a lot of press interest in the reformation of this iconic 60s band,
who produced one of the most collectable albums ever in The Magic
Shoemaker. Dave Lambert has just been interviewed by Record Collector for
a piece (involving territory which no interviewer has previously dared to
tread!) which will come out in the December issue, out 25th October).
Dave and Dick Dufall this week recorded a half hour interview in London,
with four Fire tracks being played, conducted by Stuart Maconie of BBC6.
The interview will go out on Sunday 21st October on Stuart's show "THE
FREAK ZONE" which runs from 17.00 - 20.00 UK time. Visit
www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/freakzone to listen live, or click the link
there shown to listen during the following week.
Loads of radio/internet interviews over the last few months:
www.rock247online.co.uk. (Dave and Chas, and Dave on his own)
Ross Hemsworth of Glastonbury Radio
Gary Jackson of My Generation Internet Radio - to listen visit
Gene Godfrey of Classic FM (http://www.angelfire.com/music2/classicfm/)
(Dave and Chas)
Steve Sikes-Nova of "Newgrass, Prog And More!" (Dave and Chas)
Trilogy Rock Radio in Catalunia
You can check out some Fire music clips and interviews which are still
available for listening at:
and clicking on appropriate links.
Dave has also appeared in an article in local paper The Wokingham Times,
together with a photo of Fire taken in the 1960s and one taken at his home
the previous day, following a late night at The Royal Albert Hall playing
with his cricketing mates for the Annual Awards Ceremony.
STRAWBS CHRISTMAS PARTY - SAT 8 DEC - HEROES AND HEROINES
The fancy dress theme for the Christmas party will be "Heroes and Heroines"
(not Heroes And Villains which is of course a Beach Boys song and nothing
to do with Strawbs !!!)
National Physical Laboratory Sports Club, Teddington
National Physical Laboratory
Box Office: 020 8943 6314
Snacks available until 7.30pm
Buffet supper in the interval
CRY NO MORE CHRISTMAS SHOW, FRI 28 DEC
This year Chas and Roy's annual farewell gig as the splendid Cry No More
will be between Christmas and New Year, on 28th Dec at the Turks Head.
Not to be missed, if only for Tony Grimmer's dancing !!!
The Turks Head
Tel: 0208 892 1972 (tickets may not be on sale just yet)
Venue Doors open: 8.30 (pub next door open prior to that if you get there
Ticket price: £10
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - JAN/FEB 2008 DATES
Early warning of next year's Acoustic dates in the UK.
Fri 11 Jan 2008 - Kite Club, Blackpool
Sat 12 Jan 2008 - Rattan and Rush, Kirkby Stephen
Thu 17 Jan 2008 - TBA
Fri 18 Jan 2008 - Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon
Sat 19 Jan 2008 - David Hall Arts, South Petherton
Thu 24 Jan 2008 - TBA
Fri 25 Jan 2008 - Bein Inn, Glenfarg
Sat 26 Jan 2008 - Bein Inn, Glenfarg
Mon 28 Jan 2008 - Whitehill Centre, Chesham
Fri 1 Feb 2008 - Millfield Arts Centre, Edmonton
Sat 2 Feb 2008 - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
Sun 3 Feb 2008 - Assembly Rooms, Derby
Tue 5 Feb 2008 - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Fri 8 Feb 2008 - The Playhouse, Sleaford
Sat 9 Feb 2008 - Red Lion, Kings Heath
Tue 12 Feb 2008 - The Anvil, Basingstoke
Fri 15 Feb 2008 - Nordern Farm Arts, Maidenhead
Sat 16 Feb 2008 - The Mill, Banbury
Thu 28 Feb 2008 - The Brook, Chatham
DAVE COUSINS SOLO GIGS IN US IN SPRING 2008
And now some big news - Dave Cousins will be doing some solo shows in the
US to promote "The Boy In The Sailor Suit". First two weeks in March '08.
Dates confirmed so far:
7 Mar - Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
8 Mar - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY
date TBA - German House Theatre, Rochester (Bop Shop), NY
NBB - these dates are highly susceptible to change as the tour gets firmed
up, so please do not rely on them yet for travel booking purposes.
IN BATTAGLIA ("THE BATTLE")
Italian band Ianva is releasing an EP which includes an Italian cover of
"The Battle", called "In Battaglia" on 15 Oct 2007. Ianva's version is
completely different in its arrangement - the press release comments:
IN BATTAGLIA (THE BATTLE by The Strawbs) : The simple and harmonious notes
of "The Battle", (an evergreen written and performed by The Strawbs)
combined with the narrative structure particular to the original version,
(showing almost kinship in terms of progress to the stations of the cross)
provided us with great material for an "Italian" transcription and a
re-arrangement of a masterpiece that, (as far as we know) has been never
covered before. They also provided us the chance to do a sort of prequel to
"Disobbedisco!" and fix the exact moment when Maggiore Renzi breaks into
Giovanni Laurago's life - during the most feverish phases of the bloody
battle of Mount St. Gabriele, in May 1917. Oddly enough, the stages of the
battle described in the original Strawbs' song vividly call to mind the
events Ianva chose to relate. This allowed us to preserve the dramatic
escalation of the original version and its bitter final annotation. This no
mere cover, but rather a respectful re-telling of events that loses nothing
in the translation.
Mercy - vocals, marranzano (Jew's harp), concept, lyrics, music,
arrangements, backing vocals
Stefania T. D'Alterio - vocals, lyrics, music
Fabio Carfagna - electric & acoustic guitars, music, backing vocals
Francesco La Rosa - drums, percussions, programming, music
Fabio Gremo - acoustic & classic guitars, music, arrangements, backing vocals
Davide La Rosa - accordion, percussions, backing vocals
Giuseppe Spanò - piano, backing vocals
Azoth - electric bass
Fabio Fabbri /M° Fulvio Di Clemente - trumpet, trombone
To buy a copy:
IANVA MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ianva
IANVA @ Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Ianva
DOWNLOADS AND WALLPAPERS ON STRAWBSWEB
As well as the covers of Strawbs songs by various Strawbs fans, which are
well worth a visit,(we've just added Ralph Tonge's take on the first
segment of "Autumn"), we've now added a wallpapers section - get the
Strawbs on your desktop now!
STRAWBSWEB - www.strawbsweb.co.uk
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside"