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STRAWBSWEBNEWS JULY 2009

Sent by Dick Greener: 2 Jul 2009


Hi folks

Sorry there wasn't a formal Strawbswebnews for June - what with travelling the previous month AND getting the purchaser names sorted out for the Dancing To The Devil's Beat booklet, there wasn't much time for anything else (apart fom work)!!

Big news of course is the opening of ticket sales for the Twickenham 40th anniversary weekend, see details below.

DICK
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Contents
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* Strawbs 40th anniversary event, 12/13 Sep 2009
* Limited Numbers And Ticket Prices
* E-Tickets
* Ticket Sales
* Show times, doors open
* Artists Update
* Other Information - Parking, Bar/Cash Machine, Hotels
* Who the **** are Zeus ?
* Acoustic Strawbs on tour in US
* Acoustic/Electric Strawbs dates rest of 2009


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STRAWBS 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT
12/13 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE LIVE ROOM, TWICKENHAM STADIUM
South Stand, Twickenham Stadium
Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DZ
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Please note the entrance to The Live Room is on Whitton Road

A number of you have been e-mailing asking about ticket availability: I now have details for you.
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY.


LIMITED NUMBERS AND TICKET PRICES
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There is a limit on the number of people who can attend (imposed by the venue capacity) approx 400 including artist guests.

We are only releasing full weekend tickets at first - price for a weekend ticket is 72.

If there is space available, then 1 day tickets for Saturday or Sunday only may be made available later on priced at 42 for each day. If we sell out of weekend tickets, then day tickets will not be made available.


E-TICKETS
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We are going to use an e-ticketing process. You will get a voucher with a voucher number e-mailed to you, which can be exchanged for armbands for the number of tickets you have bought when you get to the venue.

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE VENUE EITHER A PRINTOUT OF THE VOUCHER E-MAIL OR THE PRINTED VOUCHER IF YOU BUY BY POST
AS WELL AS SOME FORM OF ID (PREFERABLY PICTURE ID SUCH AS PASSPORT/DRIVING LICENCE).

If you buy for a number of people, please make sure you all turn up together, or let us know if that isn't possible.
SORRY, BUT TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.

YOU MUST KEEP THESE ARMBANDS ON FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND YOU WILL NOT BE READMITTED WITHOUT AN ARMBAND.


TICKET SALES
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FROM WITCHWOOD RECORDS ONLY

Please if possible use the online shop on the Witchwood Records site at www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk ordering by credit card.

NB. If you order online, you will receive an automatic order confirmation straightaway by e-mail, which is generated by the system. This does NOT contain your voucher number. DO NOT PANIC !! This will be sent to you MANUALLY by Witchwood Records along with other information.

Orders can also be taken by fax, phone (phone sales - 9.15am to 4.45pm, UK time) and post if need be. Details on the Witchwood Records site. (Please note that the phone may be answered under the name "Techron" as Witchwood Records doesn't have a dedicated phone line for sales.)

If you want to pay by cheque, cheques should be payable to Witchwood Media Limited, and sent to Witchwood Media, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH. Cheques in UK currency only.

Even if you book by fax or post, if possible please provide an e-mail address for us to send your e-ticket to. There is an administration charge where e-tickets have to be sent out by post.

Details are now on www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk.


SHOW TIMES, DOORS OPEN
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The show is intended to run as follows:
Saturday 12th - from 14.00 through to 21.40
Sunday 13th - from 13.00 through to 19.20

WE SUGGEST YOU GET THERE EARLY ON SATURDAY AS THERE MAY BE QUEUES TO EXCHANGE YOUR TICKET FOR ARMBANDS.

DOORS OPEN (BOTH DAYS): 12.00 noon

We will have volunteers supporting front of house on Saturday, but if the queues are long you might miss some of the music. The bar will be open and we think there will be some form of entertainment going on there.


ARTISTS UPDATE
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I'm delighted to announce two new additions to the bill - Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby will be there, as will Zeus (who are Zeus ? See below).

Timings of each artist's performance are not yet finalised

PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ME ABOUT THIS THIS INFO WILL BE INCLUDED ON STRAWBSWEB AND MAILED OUT AS SOON AS IT IS FINALISED.
The link for the main page for this event is: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0909.htm

So the current list of artists is:

* Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins
* Electric Strawbs current line-up
* Electric Strawbs Heartbreak Hill line-up (including Andy Richards and Tony Fernandez)
* Electric Strawbs Blue Angel line-up (including Blue Weaver and Brian Willoughby)
* Acoustic Strawbs (with Sonia Kristina guesting)
* Blue Angel Orchestra
* Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
* Cry No More
* Fire
* Zeus (READ THE NEXT ITEM BEFORE YOU ASK !)
* John Ford
* The Strawberry Fools

(Info about one more slot still to be confirmed)

Everyone appearing is getting pretty excited about the event - thinking about what's going to be played, and whether they can get a mellotron etc.


OTHER INFORMATION
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PARKING - There is plenty of free parking at Twickenham for those who need it. The car park is off Rugby Road at the north end of Twickenham Stadium - follow signs for Main Car Park. Cars can be left overnight at your own risk.

BAR/CASH MACHINE - Don't worry, there is a bar associated with the venue and a cash machine very close at hand in case you run out of beer vouchers!

HOTELS - There is information available about local hotels/other useful information on Strawbsweb - see:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0909acc.htm


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WHO THE **** ARE ZEUS ?
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Zeus features Dave Lambert along with Tom Leary (Feast Of Fiddles) Graeme Taylor (Gryphon/John Tams Band/Albion Band/Home Service/John Kirkpatrick Band/Rolf Harris Band etc.) and Jon Davie (Gryphon/Home Service/John Williams etc).

According to a recent interview with DL, this should be a bit "different", as they were hoping to use traditional folky instruments but be looking to achieve something different from a traditional folky sound.

Watch this space for more info


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS ON TOUR IN US
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Some pictures and comments on Strawbsweb on the Acoustics' triumphant return to the US at:
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906.htm
and more to come.

Please send your reviews and comments to strawbsweb@gmail.com.

Their last night as very special guests of Van Der Graaf Generator was last night's (1 July) show in Annapolis, thereafter there is a short run of gigs on their own:

Thu 2 Jul 2009 - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
Fri 3 Jul 2009 - The Strand, Lakewood, NJ
Sat 4 Jul 2009 - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY
Sun 5 Jul 2009 - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

Details, maps etc on Strawbsweb.
http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906.htm

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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC STRAWBS DATES - REST OF 2009
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There are various dates booked after their return from the US, including some gigs with other bands - going out on a number of occasions with Curved Air & Stackridge, and one gig with Focus and Groundhogs - an autumn that promises some surprises.

Further dates may be added.

Details, maps etc to September (only) at http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_09sump.htm

Gig list
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Saturday 25 July 2009
Doncaster Rocks Festival, Doncaster

Wednesday 5 August 2009
Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London

Sunday 9 August 2009
ELECTRIC BAND
Memories Of Woodstock Festival, Shrewsbury

Sunday 23 August 2009
Rhythm Festival, Clapham

Saturday 5 September 2009
Sedgefield Folk Festival, Sedgefield

Sunday 6 September 2009
Live Lounge at Baby Blue, Liverpool

Thursday 1 October 2009
Civic Centre Aylesbury
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Saturday 3 October 2009
Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Friday 9 October
The Palace Theatre Southend 2009
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Thursday 15 October
Regent Theatre Ipswich
(with Curved Air and Stackridge)

Saturday 17 October
Leisureworks Stanley

Friday 6 November
City Halls Shrewsbury
(with Focus and Groundhogs)

Friday 11 December
Unicorn Theatre Abingdon

[ends]

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