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STRAWBSWEBNEWS - MAY 2012

Sent by Dick Greener, 8 May 2012


Hi all, sorry there wasn't much communication in April - a combination of work and vacation. Normal service being resumed as we speak ...

Big news this month is the upcoming release of the original Strawbs long lost album, see below.

DICK

Contents
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* Of A Time - Pre-Ordering
* Acoustic Strawbs gig update
* Crystal Palace Garden Party
* Rock Against Cancer
* Other changes
* Craig & Willoughby news
* Radio show
* Single
* John Ford news
* Gig
* Vinyl
* Curved Air Dates
* Lay Down cover by Debbie Clarke
* Sail Away To The Sea cover


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OF A TIME - PRE-ORDERING
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Coming out in July, Dave Cousins has lovingly recreated the original version of the first A&M Strawbs album which was presented to A&M but rejected.

As usual you will be able to pre-order this SHORTLY from the www.witchwoodrecords.co.uk online shop. Those who do will have their names printed in the CD booklet. Price is 12 GBP plus P&P.

I'll e-mail as soon as pre-ordering opens, but NB pre-ordering will close on 31 May, so there's a limited window in which to order.

Dave says:

The album falls in between 'All our own work' - Sandy Denny and the Strawbs' and 'Strawbs'. We made our first single 'Oh how she changed'/'Or am I dreaming' which persuaded A&M to sign us the first British band on the label. By that time Sandy Denny had already left the group.

Gus Dudgeon (producer) selected the best tracks from 'All our own work' and had Tony Visconti orchestrate them. Gus did not plan on having the first single on the album. I have Gus's original track listing in his own handwriting.

A&M rejected the orchestral tracks as they thought we were a rock/folk band, not the Bee Gees! In the meantime Simon and Garfunkel had released 'Bookends' with speech bands, which was exactly what we were planning for our album. The album was abandoned.

I have now recreated it from the original tapes with speech bands and bonus tracks.

It is of its time!

TRACK LIST
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SIDE 1
Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth
Poor Jimmy Wilson
Just The Same In Every Way
Tell Me What You See In Me
Stay Awhile With Me
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus

SIDE 2
And You Need Me
All The Little Ladies
Ah Me, Ah My
And You Need Me (reprise)/Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
Whichever Way The Wind Blows
Sweetling

THE PLANNED SECOND SINGLE
All I Need Is You
How Everyone But Sam Was A Hypocrite

REMIX THE FIRST SINGLE (2006)
Oh, How She Changed
Or Am I Dreaming

REMIX ANOTHER LOOK AT JESUS (1971)
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus

REMIXES - DAVE COUSINS ALTERNATIVE VOCALS (1973)
Whichever Way The Wind Blows
And You Need Me
Just The Same In Every Way

OUTTAKES
Poor Old Man (read by Tom Browne)
The Man Who Called Himself Jesus (Richard Wilson interview)
Ed Sullivan (Tony Visconti impersonation)
Young Again (with child voices)

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CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
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Radio show
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Cathryn Craig will be featured live on BBC Radio 2 on Thu 10 May at 2pm.

Simon Mayo is the presenter of this show, which is part of BBC Radio '2Day', where the DJs switch shows with each other. Cathryn will be live from Nashville, with a Nashville based band, put together by Mayo for this show and she will perform 2 songs, "Stand By Your Man" and "Grandma's Feather Bed". Each band member will chat with Simon and present a Nashville track that influenced them.

The band members are:
Cathryn Craig: Vocals
John Wheeler: Violin, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Daily: Dobro, Pedal Steel
Don Wayne Reno: Banjo
Dave Pomeroy: Bass
Dennis Bryon: Percussion

The show will be produced in Nashville by Joe Haddow who also produces Mayo's popular Drive-Time Show

Single
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There is also "Whole Wide World" the new single by Craig & Willoughby featuring Righteous Brother Bill Medley, now available online via Amazon, iTunes, etc.

It features Cathryn's mentor, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, singing a duet with her, backed by Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner, BeeGees) on drums, producer Phil Rynhart on bass, a string quartet led by Antonia Pagulatos and Brian on acoustic and electric guitar.


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ACOUSTIC STRAWBS GIG UPDATE
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Crystal Palace Garden Party
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Acoustic Strawbs will be playing Rick Wakeman's Crystal Palace Garden Party on Sat 23rd June. Rick is headlining, other acts include Curved Air (see below), Hawkwind, Focus, Johns Lees' Barclay James Harvest. Gig starts at 1.00pm. Tickets from:

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Crystal-Palace-Bowl-tickets-London/venue/436787

Rock Against Cancer
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New Acoustic Strawbs date at All Cannings Rock Against Cancer Festival on 26 May - The Kings Arms, Pub Lane, All Cannings Wiltshire SN10 3PA.

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE AND NEARLY SOLD OUT, SO HURRY, HURRY

Gates open - Midday
** Compere - Bob Harris **
The Dave Kelly Blues Band
The Wurzels
Acoustic Strawbs
The Sweet
SAS Band + special guests
Mike & The Mechanics
Brian May & Kerry Ellis
Madeline Bell, Midge Ure, Tom Robinson
Chris Thompson, Patti Russo & The Fabbagirls
Curfew - 22:30
Details at http://www.concertatthekings.co.uk/
Buy tickets at: http://www.wadworth.co.uk/store/products/gifts/index.html

Other changes
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New Acoustic dates added:
Mon 18 June, Nettlebed Folk Club
Sun 22 July, Embassy Theatre, Skegness

11 May gig in Leeds has been postponed, will be rescheduled as an Electric gig in November

23 May gig at the Borderline in London postponed - it will be rescheduled as an electric gig in November.

So upcoming gig list now as follows:

POSTPONED - Fri 11 May, Wardrobe, Leeds
POSTPONED - Sun 13 May, Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
Sat 19 May,Palace Theatre, Newark
POSTPONED - Wed 23 May, Borderline, London
NEW - Sat 26 May, Festival, All Cannings
Wed 6 Jun, Halls of Cornwall, Truro
NEW - Mon 18 Jun, Nettlebed Folk Club
NEW - Sat 23 June, Crystal Palace Garden Party
Fri 13 July, Wingfield Barns Wingfield
Sat 14 July, Half Moon Putney
Sun 15 July, Folk & Ale Festival Sandwich
Fri 20 July (Dave Cousins/Ian Cutler), St Edith Hall Kemsing
NEW - Sun 22 July, Embassy Theatre, Skegness
Fri 17 August, Clumber Park Festival Near Worksop (with Asia, Focus, Curved Air)
Fri 24 August, Rhythm Festival, Old Warden Park, nr Biggleswade


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CURVED AIR DATES
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News in from Sonja Kristina, of some dates for Curved Air - two of which (*) also feature Acoustic Strawbs:

9th May - York Fibbers
10th May - Derby Flowerpot
11th May - Sutton Boom Boom Club
12th May - Devises Long Street Blues Club
17th May - Mezingen-Glems GERMANY (www.zbglems.de)
18th May - Nurmberg GERMANY ( www.der-hirsch.de)
19th May - Wetzlar Frazis GERMANY ( www.franzis-wetzlar.de)
* 23rd June - Crystal Palace Garden Party (headline Rick Wakeman)
* 17th August - Clumber Park Festival near Worksop UK


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JOHN FORD NEWS
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Gig
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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 8pm 11pm (Doors Open 7:30pm)
Gold Coast Acoustic Cafe at The Great Neck Arts Center
John Ford (electro-acoustic trio)

Great Neck Arts Center
Weinstein Playhouse
113 Middle Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
Phone: 516.829.2570
http://www.greatneckarts.org
$8 Students $10 General Admission (Non-Students)
Purchase Advance Tickets by calling: 516.829.2570 @ Great Neck Arts Center

John will be performing with his son, John Ford, Jr. on Guitar/Vocals and Richie Alan on Drums/Percussion, for an exciting Electro-Acoustic Trio set - see videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/JOHNFORDMUSIC

Vinyl
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Dust off your turntables vinyl record lovers and collectors! Whole Shot Records will be releasing a special limited edition in vinyl of John Ford's Big Hit In India album later this year. It will also feature a brand new track which John is currently recording in the studio. In addition, the album's cover art will be expanded on. More details when I have them.



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LAY DOWN COVER BY DEBBIE CLARKE
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A great cover version of "Lay Down" will be the first single from Debbie Clarke's new album 'Manhattanhenge'.

Debbie is a young welsh singer discovered by Tony Visconti who produced the album. It is on Warners and will be released shortly.

Dave Cousins went along and sang a bit of harmony and played 12 string on the session which was recorded in London. There's also a gospel choir on the record.

You can download the song for free at:

http://www.debbie-clarke.com/en/


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SAIL AWAY TO THE SEA COVER
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And thanks to Matthias Weston who just posted a cover of this number on Facebook, by Ceilidh-jo and Matthias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBHXWkqBBhs

Check it out.

[ends]



DICK GREENER
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