Sent by Dick Greener, 15 July 2012
STRAWBSWEBNEWS - JULY 2012
As the Olympics hoo-hah starts up, threatening to make a complete dog's dinner of London's transport system for the next couple of months, there's some great news for Strawbs fans to take their minds off it all.
* Of A Time reviews
* Deadlines (plus)
* What's coming
* Pre-ordering - exclusive MP3s
* Upcoming Live
* Cousins & Cutler (20 July)
* John Ford (Monks Tribute Gig, Toronto,
* Roy Hill live (4 Aug)
* Hud dates
* Acoustic Strawbs - UK Autumn dates
* Oliver Wakeman news
* Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - dates
* Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - album
* And finally ...
OF A TIME REVIEWS
Some great reviews coming in for this release, due to post out in July.
Record Collector (issue 403 out now) has a 4-star review ("an absolutely fascinating work, .... a tantalising period piece") alongside a feature piece with a Dave Cousins interview in the reviews section.
There's also a great review in Shindig magazine.
You can still pre-order the album at the Witchwood Records online shop to get it delivered on release, price £12 plus P&P.
Work is now well under way for Witchwood Media's release of Deadlines, the last of the classic period (60s and 70s) albums not currently available on CD. As well as the original album, the package is likely to include (actual running order TBC):
- Midnight (the out-take)
- 6 acoustic demos and a band demo
- mixes from the original sessions (*)
* As you may recall, Deadlines had to be recorded twice, after a studio accident damaged one of the master tapes. Fortunately, 2-track studio mixes of those earlier sessions survived.
Release date probably September.
Pre-ordering - exclusive MP3s
We'll be starting pre-ordering shortly - as well the usual name-in-the-booklet, there are some tracks we can't fit on the CD, so there'll be some exclusive MP3s to download for those who pre-order before the closing date from the Witchwood Records online shop.
I'll e-mail again when pre-ordering is live.
COUSINS & CUTLER (20 JULY)
A reminder that there's a rare chance to see Dave Cousins with Ian Cutler this coming Friday 20 July.
Dave tells me that there will be a couple of new songs in the set, one written just a few weeks ago in Greece.
St Edith Hall
Kent TN15 6NA
Box Office: 01732 440470
JOHN FORD (MONKS TRIBUTE GIG, TORONTO, 26 JULY)
A rather unusual John Ford appearance:
Thomas D'Arcy presents:
Tribute to The Monks
Featuring John Ford of The Monks/The Strawbs
and SPECIAL Guests performing The Monks' BAD HABITS album LIVE in its entirety!
Thurs. July 26, 2012 10pm
Doors Open 8:30pm
Tickets: $10. @ The Door
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2A2
Chris Murphy Sloan
Chris Colohan Cursed
Thomas D'Arcy Small Sins
PLUS Members of:
Pursuit of Happiness
The Order of Good Cheer
+ Surprise Guests
ROY HILL LIVE (4 AUG)
Saturday 4 August
(with Steve Whalley)
RAM JAM CLUB. Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE 8.30pm £5
15th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ 3pm start (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
21st The Ealing Jazz Festival, 4.30pm start (
THE ALI MAC BAND)
21st The General Elliott, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR 9pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE BEAKY BAND)
3rd The Bell Inn, Enfield (NOT YET CONFIRMED)
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
4th The Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ
(THE BEAKY BAND)
11th The Hayes WM club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
12th The Horns. 1 Hempsted Road. Watford WD17 3RL. 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th West Byfleet Social Club. 41 Station Approach, W Byfleet KT14 6NE. 01932 346240
(THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
29th The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch 67 London Rd Twickenham (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
1st Sydenham Blues Club. Golden Lion. Sydenham SE26 55X (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - UK AUTUMN DATES
Early warning of a mini tour in the UK for the Acoustics between their trips to the US in September and Canada in October:
Thursday 27 September, The Ferry Glasgow
Sunday 30 September, Maddermarket Theatre Norwich
Thursday 4 October, Festival Tenterden
Friday 5 October, The Rock Maltby
Saturday 6 October, Centenary Centre Peel IOM
OLIVER WAKEMAN NEWS
WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP - DATES
For those of stuck over here in the UK whilst Acoustic Strawbs are playing in the US and Canada this autumn, Oliver and Gordon have thoughtfully arranged a little diversion for us. Billed as "The Ravens & Lullabies tour", these two instrumental virtuosi will be playing on a series of dates. Oliver writes:
"It would be nice to see some familiar witchwooders. Some of the tour dates are in places I remember from the Strawbs tour which will bring back very happy memories for me."
22nd Sept - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
www.worcesterlive.co.uk - 01905 611 427
27th Sept - The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
www.theplayhouse.co.uk - 01934 645544
29th Sept - Trowbridge Arts Festival
www.trowbridgeartsfestival.co.uk - 01722 321744
2nd Oct - Band on The Wall, Manchester
www.bandonthewall.org - 0161 834 1786 or 08452 500500
12th Oct - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
www.guildhallartscentre.com - 01476 406158
13th Oct - The Wesley Centre, Maltby
www.classicrocksociety.co.uk - 01327 310088
17th Oct - Farnham Maltings, Farnham
www.farnhammaltings.com - 01252 745444
18th Oct - The Brook Theatre, Chatham
www.medwayticketslive.co.uk - 01634 338338
19th Oct - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
www3.hants.gov.uk/Ashcroft - 01329 223100
26th Oct - The Junction, Goole
www.junctiongoole.co.uk - 01405 763 652
WAKEMAN & GORDON GILTRAP - ALBUM
There's an album to come as well:
Gordon and Oliver first met during one of his Dad's Christmas concerts where they both performed back in 2009. Gordon recently contacted Oliver with the offer of performing on his next solo album but this soon changed into a full scale collaboration.
The following is taken from Gordon's website - "On the creative front I am currently collaborating with that outstanding keyboard player Mr Oliver Wakeman. He and I are working together on my first 'rock' album since the late 70's.This project will see a return to my 'Prog Rock' roots, and the prospect of working with a man considered by many to be one of the best in the business truly excites me!"
AND FINALLY ...
In the middle of all this, congratulations also to Oliver and his wife - their second child was born a short while ago. Lottie Alys Wakeman was born at 1.56am on Saturday morning so lots of sleepless nights ahead!
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."