Sent by Dick Greener, 29 Feb 2012
Happy Leap Year Day - 29 February (have any Strawbs fans been proposed to by their girlfriends today ?)
Some live dates news for the Acoustics beyond those already announced, an update on Roy Hill's burgeoning "world tour", John Ford gig and other news, and various news about Dave Lambert.
* Acoustic Strawbs/Cousins & Cutler dates April
* Update on Roy Hill solo/with Steve Whalley
* Hud gig postponed
* John Ford news
* On TV
* Dave Lambert news
* Guitars feature on Strawbsweb updated
* Cold Steel #3 in Cape Town
* Pet Shop Boy
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/COUSINS & CUTLER DATES APRIL ONWARDS
NB - the Acoustics gig on 10 March at the Buck Hotel in Reeth was missed off the previous Strawbswebnews mails (my fault, apologies to the promoter). Details were included on the tour details/maps page though.
Here are some more upcoming dates for the next few months. All following dates Acoustic Strawbs except where noted.
Wed 28 Mar, Auditorium Flaiano, Pescara, Italy
Thu 29 Mar, Jailbreak Live Club, Roma, Italy (Way to Blue Festival)
Fri 30 Mar, Teatro Dell'Acquario, Cosenza, Italy
Sat 31 Mar, Il Giardino, Lugagnano di Sona, Verona, Italy
Sat 14 Apr, Civic Hall, Chelmsford
Fri 20 Apr, The Arena, St Albans
Sat 21 Apr, Trading Boundaries, Fletchling
Fri 27 Apr, Town Hall, Birmingham
Sun 29 Apr, Teatro-Cine, Gouveia, Portugal
GIG POSTPONED Fri 11 May, Wardrobe, Leeds
Sun 13 May, Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Sat 19 May,Palace Theatre, Newark
Wed 23 May, Borderline, London
Wed 6 Jun, Halls of Cornwall, Truro
Sun 15 Jul Folk Festival, Sandwich
Fri 20 Jul - DAVE COUSINS AND IAN CUTLER - St Edith Hall, Kemsing
Fri 17 Aug, Clumber Concerts 2012, Clumber Park nr Worksop
More dates to follow: this is turning out to be one of the band's busiest ever !
Acoustic dates in Canada between 13 and 27 October - details to follow.
Moves afoot to book Acoustic dates in September for the US - not certain yet but more details as and when we have them.
Electric UK dates in November - more info in due course.
Please don't ask me about these yet, I usually get a few e-mails which I really can't answer.
UPDATE ON ROY HILL SOLO/WITH STEVE WHALLEY
ROY HILL SOLO SHOWS
Fri 2 Mar, White Lion, Bourton Dorset SP8 5AT (free admission)
Thu 29 Mar, Ivy Leaf, Dartford, BB Slim's Chitlin' Club (40 min spot)
Sun 22 Apr, St Georges Day Shindig, Orpington Rugby Club (40 min spot)
Thu 3 May, Drakes, Maidstone, Fringe Festival (40 min spot)
ROY HILL AND STEVE WHALLEY
Sat 24 Mar, The Rifleman, Sevenoaks
Sat 21 Apr, Ivy Leaf, Dartford
Sun 6 May, Ram Jam Club, Kingston
Tue 22 May, Punch And Judy, Tonbridge
HUD GIG POSTPONED
The Good Old Boys' gig at the Windmill Sports Club, Nuneaton, has been postponed from 3 Mar until 26 May.
JOHN FORD NEWS
John Ford has a gig on 16 Mar at 19:30 at the Port Washington Public Library.
Jon Buryk points out that a Bank Of America commercial uses John Ford's music:
Any takers on the background music?
DAVE LAMBERT NEWS
Guitar feature on Strawbsweb updated
Dave has recently sent me pics and descriptions of the latest two guitars in his collection - check out:
Cold Steel #3 in Cape Town
Shiloh Noone, a presenter at Fine Music Radio in Cape Town, sewnt the news through that "Cold Steel" had been voted into 9th place on the Cape Town Folk Polls in December. Apparently since then it has risen higher and on 10th January it was at number 3.
Pet Shop Boy
Remember when Dave Lambert found out through a chance conversation that the guitar riffs from his classic Fire song "Father's Name is Dad" had been sampled by The Pet Shop Boys in 2004? Dave's distinctive riffs featured on a song called "I Didn't Get Where I am Today" which was releaed as the "b" side of a single
called "Flamboyant". Dave had been credited as co-writer (quite an unusual occurrence as The Pet Shop Boys generally write all their own material).
The Pet Shop Boys have now released a double album of "b" sides and bonus tracks from their career on 6 Feb 2012. It's called "Format", and has been up to no. 3 on the Amazon bestseller chart. Here's a link to the album on Amazon, and also a link to the full PSB song on YouTube:
Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/7nu999b
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6R7Ym4w4oQ
There's also an interesting video clip of The Pet Shop Boys talking about Format. IDGWIAT gets a mention as one of their favourite tracks on the album - apparently it was going to be on an original album release but sounded too "happy" for the mood.
Here's the link to the page that has another link to PSB video clips on it (the second clip is the one to watch):
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."