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STRAWBSWEBNEWS MARCH 2009

Sent: 20 Mar 2009


STRAWBSWEBNEWS - MARCH 2009

Hi folks

Strawbs have now completed their EXTREMELY well received Canadian tour with new keyboard player Oliver Wakeman and anticipation is mounting over here in the UK for the forthcoming May tour.

More big news - the new album to be recorded shortly by this line-up; the DVD of the making of BHB and the forthcoming Dave Cousins lyrics book.

We expect more news/information will begin emerging about the 40th anniversary weekend in April. Watch this space.


DICK

Contents
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* Strawbs - Dancing To The Devil's Beat
* Dave Cousins - Complete Lyrics
* The Making Of The Broken Hearted Bride
* Paul Brett's Sage & Fire - forthcoming CD releases on Esoteric Records
* Good Old Boys March/April dates
* Goldmine Interview
* Strawberry Fools - The Boof Boof Song


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STRAWBS - DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT
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News just in - the current Strawbs line-up - with Oliver Wakeman - will be recording a new album for release to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations. Its title is expected to be Dancing To The Devil's Beat. More news when I have it


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DAVE COUSINS - COMPLETE LYRICS
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Dave has also been busy putting together a long awaited project - a complete set of his lyrics over the last 40 years - over 400 songs, he tells me. Again more details of price/availability when I have them.


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THE MAKING OF THE BROKEN HEARTED BRIDE
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For those who have always wondered what it is like to be in the studio with the Strawbs, here's a chance to find out. The making of the last album was filmed and is currently being edited into a DVD. More details as and when .....


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CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY ON TOUR
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Still time to catch Brian and Cathryn on their Spring tour - remaining dates as follows:

MARCH
Sat 21st, Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Head Street, Halstead, CO9 2BY
Tue 24th Dartford Folk Club, Essex Road Club, Dartford, DA1 2AU
Wed 25th, Friends Provident Club, Dorking, RH4 1QA
Thu 26th, Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR
Fri 27th, Sunset Suite, Football Club, Brunton Pk, Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 1LL
Tue 31st, Cramlington Folk Club, The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, NE23 6DT

APRIL
Thu 2nd The King's Head, Upton-on-Severn, WR8 0HF
Mon 6th, Zebra Bar, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BA

See the following link for more details/booking office numbers etc.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm


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GOOD OLD BOYS MARCH DATES
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And a smattering of Good Old Boys shows too.

Sat 21 Mar, Chertsey Social Club
Fri 27 Mar, Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis, Hook
Sat 4 Apr, Hayes Working Mens Club

See the following link for more details/booking office numbers etc.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_gigs.htm

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PAUL BRETT'S SAGE & FIRE - FORTHCOMING CD RELEASES ON ESOTERIC RECORDS
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All three albums released by Paul Brett's Sage (Paul Brett Sage, Jubilation Foundry and Schizophrenia) are due for release on CD by Esoteric Recordings (an imprint of the Cherry Red Records group) at the end of March. Bob Voice and Dick Dufall (previously members of Fire) played drums and bass respectively on the albums, and Schizophrenia has guest contributions from Dave Lambert and Rod Coombes. The releases will make the entire Paul Brett's Sage catalogue available on CD in the UK for the first time.

The original recording of the classic "fairytale opera" The Magic Shoemaker by Fire is also due to be reissued on CD by Esoteric Recordings at the end of April.

The albums may be pre-ordered direct from Esoteric at www.esotericrecordings.com and will also be widely available from normal sources.

And ... our own Lindsay Sorrell, prolific contributor to Witchwood and Strawbsweb, has written the sleevenotes !!


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GOLDMINE INTERVIEW
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Other news - an interview with Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk is featured in the 27th March issue of Goldmine (along with an (uncredited) photo taken by Alison Brown).



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STRAWBERRY FOOLS - THE BOOF BOOF SONG
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The Strawberry Fools have recently been rehearsing in the depths of the East Yorkshire countryside at a secret location jealously protected by our management ;-)

On the first night we put aside all Strawberry-flavoured items and wrote and recorded a single in support of UK charity Comic Relief's Red Nose Day (slogan: "do something funny for money").

The words were mostly supplied by the public in exchange for a donation to Comic Relief, then compiled/adapted/supplemented after several lethal Bacardis/cans of Stella etc., so there is some pretty surreal material in there.

To get your copy of "The Boof Boof Song" (see!) right click on http://tinyurl.com/c5lmzs.

If you enjoy the song and are able to/feel like making a small donation to the work of Comic Relief then please feel free to do so via the following link. We raised 820, which was more than we had expected but I am sure we can do more via the wider Strawbs fan community.

And there's a "promotional video" too, so you can see us "Fooling" around, Lord help us!

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.channel&channelid=112895944

The video got to number 44 on the YouTube Comedy charts shortly after its escape last Sunday. Do feel free to chase it up those charts some more {grin}

http://www.myrednoseday.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=155768

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DICK GREENER
STRAWBSWEB- www.strawbsweb.co.uk
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."