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Dick Greener
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Sent by Dick Greener, 14 Dec 2011

Hi folks

Just a quick Strawbswebnews for now as I'm up to my neck in work. Maybe more later in December ...

If not, have a great Christmas/holiday season and best wishes for 2012.


* Two imminent dates
* Acoustic Strawbs
* Rockin' Rhythm Revue
* Acoustic Strawbs dates in Feb/March 2012
* Video treats
* Brian & Cathryn with gospel choir
* Ruthless Blues
* Video Links on Strawbsweb
* Happy birthday Alison


Don't forget:

Coming Monday (19 Dec) Acoustic Strawbs play at London's Barbican alongside Steeeleye Span with Martin Carthy guesting as well. Steeleye will be playing the whole of their 1974 album Now We Are Six, and have just released a live recording of the whole album with a bonus disc of other live favourites called "Now We Are Six Again". More info at:

Mon 19 Dec
Barbican, London
Barbican Centre Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Doors 7.00pm

Rockin' Rhythm Revue
Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig's Rockin' Rhythm Revue plays at Bagster House this Friday (16 Dec). A rollicking evening, looking forward to it.

Line-up: Cathryn Craig, Brian WIlloughby, Mark Pickup, John Evans, Jim Mason and Jim Keane

Bagster House
Walton Lane

If you're planning on going by car, Bagster House can be a bit tricky to find as Walton Lane is one way. Approach it from the Walton Bridge end. Best post code for your sat nav to find is TW17 8LP.

Tickets are limited and are only 5 each, available by emailing Mark at


2012 is shaping up to be another busy year for the Strawbs. First to be announced are UK Acoustic gigs in Feb/March, with a quick trip to Norway to Drammen in the middle on 2 March.

For more on Drammen see:

List of dates below (possible that further dates may be added)

Thu 2 February, The Tunnels, Bristol,
Fri 3 February, Village Hall, Blackawton (+support)
Sat 4 February, Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Wed 8 February, Red Lion, Kings Heath
Fri 10 February, Grammar School, Bourne
Sat 11 February, Square Chapel Arts, Halifax
Fri 17 February, Cox's Yard, Stratford Avon (+support)
Sat 18 February, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Thu 23 February, Flowerpot, Derby
Fri 24 February, Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes
Sat 25 February, Folk Club, Grayshott
Fri 2 March, Drammen, Norway
Fri 9 March, The Arc, Stockton
Sun 11 March, The Inn, Lathones (+support)
Fri 16 March, All Hallows Church, Gedling
Sat 17 March, Red Lion, Ousten (+support)
Thu 22 March, Pop Factory, Porth
Sat 24 March, The Atrix, Bromsgrove

Detailed information to follow on Strawbsweb shortly.


Brian & Cathryn with gospel choir

Brian and Cathryn played at St John's Church in Farncombe about eighteen months ago. The organisers were so impressed they asked them if they'd like to come back again and whether they'd consider playing with the local Gospel choir. Brian and Cathryn were happy to agree. The evening started with the choir singing a few songs on their own, then Brian and Cathryn performed two full sets, and then they finished the evening with Brian and Cathryn performing three songs accompanied by the choir. They've kindly allowed Pete Bradley to post a clip of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" on YouTube and a new song "Spirit Is Stronger Than Truth", not released on an album yet - it'll be on their new album due for release next year.
Links below:

Ruthless Blues

This is the blues band that Tony Fernandez plays with from time, which will be playing again in the UK next year (last time Chas was on bass!). As a taster, Pete Bradley has had permission to post a couple of videos he shot of them on the last tour onto YouTube. Links below.

Video links on StrawbsWeb

Pete has updated various of the video pages on StrawbsWeb, and added a new page for Ruthless Blues. Check them out at:


And finally, today, 14 Dec, is Alison Brown's birthday - Ali, as you know, helps me with the Strawbsweb site, mainly looking after the live gig details pages, and takes over when I'm away on holiday or caught up with the day job.

Thanks for your help Ali, I know how much work goes into getting the info for the gigs pages (we only get the dates and venue name and have to research everything else on the web).


"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."

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