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Sent by Dick Greener: 20 Aug 2009

Hello everyone
Sorry to bombard you with multiple e-mails this month (I normally try to keep to one or at most two), but as we approach the 40th anniversary event, there's news on that and other things to pass on.
Big news is of course the Classic Rock Legends tour with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and Focus. See details below.

Do keep your pictures coming in for the galleries of those coming to the show and absent friends. Owing to workload in my day job, I'm a little behind in getting these done, so my apologies - they should get loaded in the next few days. Send them to (keep the file sizes reasonable please!)

* Stop Press - John Ford Radio/Shows
* 20 August
* More upcoming John Ford performances
* 40th Anniversary News
* Fred Wedlock - compere
* Programme & stuff
* Fan gallery
* Food supplement
* Classic Legends Of Rock Tour - Sept-Nov 2009 - with Focus
and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash
* Other Acoustic Strawbs dates in 2009
* Reviews of Dancing to the Devil's Beat / Hampton Court DVD
* Interviews/Sessions
* Acoustic Strawbs - World Cafe session, 22 Sept
* 69 Faces Of Rock Interview - Dave Cousins
* Dave Lambert interview archived
* And finally - Strawbs on the menu

20 August
Sorry for short notice for these, but news just in:
On 20 August John Ford & Ian Lloyd are:
* on the radio - B103.1 FM - Thurs morning 20 Aug - with DJs The Wisseman & Frank. There'll be an on-air impromptu performance. The show runs from 5AM-10AM (New York time).
* at Lily Flanagan's Thurs 10PM (New York time)
345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY 11702 631-539-0816.
Heineken Summer Music Concert Series presented by 94.3FM WMJC -
There's a WMJC FM promo online:
John will be doing a warm up set for his upcoming appearance at the Strawbs 40th anniversary weekend, to include new release Big Hit In India.
You can listen online to:
More upcoming John Ford performances
* Sept 12/13 - Strawbs 40th Anniversary Weekend London
* OCT 30 - Kenny's Castaways NYC with Ian Lloyd
Fred Wedlock - compere
Delighted to announce that Dave Cousins' old mate from his West Country days, Fred Wedlock, has agreed to be the compere for the 40th anniversary event.
Programme & stuff
There will be a programme for this event - I know - we had to write 250 words about the Strawberry Fools and provide a band photo (sorry!)
As well as CDs and DVDs of course, there'll also be various other bits and pieces including a poster organised by Canadian fan Jon Connolly, helped by artist Angela Taylor.
Jon is coming over for the event and is involved in the filming.
Fan gallery
Do keep your pictures coming in for the galleries of those coming to the show and absent friends. Owing to workload in my day job, I'm a little behind in getting these done, so my apologies - they should get loaded in the next few days.
Food supplement
I'm also told that, as well as the various restaurants, there's a good value restaurant in the Tesco superstore just 5 minutes away from the venue.
Big news just in that the Acoustic Strawbs will be joining their fellow rock legends Focus and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash on a lengthy tour round the UK, running from 29 September to 8 November.. Dates below.
Tuesday 29 September - Waterfront Norwich
Wednesday 30 September - Royal & Dearngate Northampton
Thursday 1 October - Civic Centre Aylesbury - (with Focus, Wishbone Ash AND Curved Air)
Friday 2 October - The Anvil Basingstoke
Saturday 3 October - Fairfield Hall Croydon
Sunday 4 October - Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Monday 5 October - Wyvern Theatre Swindon
Thursday 8 October - Palace Theatre Southend
Friday 9 October - Cressett Peterborough
Saturday 10 October - Orchard Dartford
Sunday 11 October - Winding Wheel Chesterfield
Monday 12 October - Corn Exchange Cambridge
Tuesday 13 October - Octagon Theatre Yeovil
Thursday 15 October - Hall for Cornwall Truro
Friday 16 October - Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells
Saturday 17 October - Leisureworks Stanley (not part of Focus/Wishbone Ash tour which is in Grimsby that night - perhaps they'll never leave - Strawbs new album joke, DG ;-)
Sunday 18 October - Parr Hall Warrington
Monday 19 October - Guildhall Preston
Tuesday 20 October - The Athena Leicester
Wednesday 21 October - Marina Theatre Lowestoft
Thursday 22 October - Town Hall Cheltenham
Friday 23 October - Assembly Hall Worthing
Saturday 24 October - Palace Theatre Newark
Sunday 25 October - Theatre Southport
Monday 26 October - Swan Theatre High Wycombe
Tuesday 27 October - Oakengates Telford
Wednesday 28 October - Journal Tyne Newcastle
Thursday 29 October - Arts Centre Aberystwyth
Friday 30 October - Lees Cliff Hall Folkestone
Saturday 31 October - Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth
Sunday 1 November - Alban Arena St Albans
Monday 2 November - Regent Theatre Ipswich
Tuesday 3 November - Playhouse Epsom
Wednesday 4 November - The Dome Morecambe
Thurday 5 November - Robin 2 Bilston
Friday 6 November - City Hall Salisbury - (with Focus and TBA)
Saturday 7 November - Arts & Leisure Centre Stevenage
Sunday 8 November - Opera House Buxton
Saturday 17 October - Leisureworks Stanley (as noted above)
Thursday 19 November - Central Theatre, Chatham
Friday 20 November - Parc Hall, Cwmparc
Friday 11 December - Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon
More already pencilled in for 2010 ... the beat goes on !
There are a few reviews and comments on the new CD and DVD which have started arriving with pre-release purchasers ahead of the official release date of 24 August. These will be posted very shortly.
There's also been a good raft of press/online reviews - including Classic Rock - Prog, Bournemouth Echo, the Scottish Sunday Post, the October issue of Guitar and Bass, the Classic Rock Society's magazine, to name but a few.
I'm hoping to add a few of these to Strawbsweb shortly. Meanwhile check out: Stuart Hamilton -
There'll be an album review in the next issue of R2/Rock'N'Reel and apparently a track will be on the next CD covermount.
Various interviews/features in the pipeline .....
Acoustic Strawbs - World Cafe session, 22 Sept
NPR's World Cafe will be broadcasting a session by the Acoustic Strawbs on Tuesday 22 Sept.
National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station at the following link by selecting a state from the pull-down menu:
or, worldwide, fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST, here:
Later in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available on the National Public Radio website if permission has been granted for this session (to be confirmed):
The broadcast date above reflects the date on which the show is fed to World Cafe's affiliates. Although most stations conform to this schedule, individual affiliates may choose different broadcast dates.
69 Faces Of Rock Interview - Dave Cousins
Mark Kadzielawa from 69 Faces of Rock interviewed Dave Cousins recently in Chicago - lots of interesting stuff about the new album:
There's also a live show review:
Thanks for the info Mark.
Dave Lambert interview archived
DL Interview from August 10 on Express FM is now archived at:
Blue Weaver sends in a menu from "a special night of Strawbs music" held in a restaurant in Spain, in which he participated with a local musician who "does a great cover of" Dave Cousins .... the due called themselves "Los Fresons".
The menu reads:
Starter - Caviar, oysters and pate de foie
"And caviar, oysters and pate de foie invite the discerning tongue"
Main course - Lamb, Salmon or Omelette
"To catch the mirrored salmon as it rose to take the fly"
"New born lambs that sweetly played, Speckled eggs all newly laid"
Sweet - Lemon Pie
"Lovely lemon lady, you make me feel so shy
But lovely lemon lady, I love your lemon pie."
Nice one Blue !! Image coming shortly on Strawbsweb.
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."