Sent by Dick Greener, 1 Nov 2012
Hi all -
Hope all our friends over on the US eastern seaboard are well after the traumatic events of the last few days, courtesy of the Sandy we DON'T like being associated with Strawbs. We've heard news that John Ford and Jill are fine and are coping with the disruption, and various other Strawbs fans in the area have been in touch via Witchwood.
A long break since the last mailing - I've been away on holiday in the US, and had to catch up with work when I got back. So I'm afraid I didn't get chance to finish this in time to go out in October.
Thanks to all those who sent in a bumper crop of pictures and reviews from the Canadian Acoustic shows - really much appreciated.
Big news of course is the line-up for the upcoming UK electric tour, see below. Also a new single from Craig & Willoughby and a new boxed set from that other Sandy.
And a little reminder that Lay Down was released 40 years ago this month .... a piece of history!
* Electric Strawbs - UK tour, Nov 2012
* Acoustic UK dates, Dec 2012
* The Moody Blues Cruise, March 2013
* John Ford dates
* Craig & Willoughby news
* new single
* Hud's gig list
* Lay Down 40th
ELECTRIC STRAWBS - UK TOUR, NOV 2012
And now with the Canadian jaunt at an end, our guys getting out just before Hurricane Dandy struck the Eastern seaboard, focus turns to the imminent UK tour with the electric line-up.
The front line is of course the DAVE COUSINS, DAVE LAMBERT & CHAS CRONK core of the the band.
Already announced on keyboards is the fabulous ADAM WAKEMAN, who needs little introduction to Strawbs fans, for obvious reasons. (Is Strawbs the only band in the world where three members of the same family have been keyboard players at different times ?)
Adam was born in 1974 and started playing classical piano at the age of eight. Much of his early touring was with his father Rick Wakeman in the UK, Europe, Russia, South America, and the USA and Canada. He played with the band in 1998 at the Chiswick 30th anniversary bash, and then filled in for Blue Weaver in 2000 and 2001.
At the age of 24 Adam won the award as "Best New Talent" in America's 'Keyboard Magazine'. He is currently in his eighth year as keyboard player with the Ozzy Osbourne band. He has recently toured with Black Sabbath and Slash and Friends, and has also recorded and toured with Annie Lennox. Most recent project is Headspace, a progerssive band project including Damien Wilson, which released I Am Anonymous this year. Check out Adam's site:
On drums and percussion is ADAM FALKNER who plays with the highly rated indie band One EskimO which has toured extensively in the USA for the past two years. Adam is also the Musical Director for Amy Macdonald.
For a sneak preview of Adam F's playing, see "Kandi" by One EskimO on YouTube (plenty more besides):
"Kandi" was the band's debut single in 2010 with 6-week No. 1 spot on the AAA charts, receiving the Song of the Year 2010 AAA Music Award.
Also, check out his website:
Please welcome the two Adams - looks like an exciting tour.
News in recently that the London Borderline gig on 22 Nov has been cancelled by the venue. The confirmed date list is as follows:
Thursday 8 November 2012 - The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Friday 9 November 2012 - The BoomBoom Club, Sutton
Sunday 11 November 2012 - The Garage, Swansea
Tuesday 13 November 2012 - The Green Hotel, Kinross
Wednesday 14 November 2012 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 15 November 2012 - Citadel Arts, St. Helens
Friday 16 November 2012 - Exchange, Bristol
Sunday 18 November 2012 - Robin 2, Bilston
Friday 23 November 2012 - Astor Community Theatre, Deal
Saturday 24 November 2012 - Soundhouse, Otford
Look forward to seeing you on the tour - most likely I'll be at the first two and the last two or three dates.
PS. For those who have had difficulty getting tickets for the last gig at Otford - they are now available from Wegottickets.com
and also direct on 07538 822115.
ACOUSTIC UK DATES, DEC 2012
And, after all that, don't forget the last two Acoustic gigs of the year:
Wed 5 Dec - Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Fri 14 Dec - West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
THE MOODY BLUES CRUISE, MARCH 2013
News in that the Acoustic Strawbs will be joining a stellar line-up aboard the Moody Blues Cruise ("The Voyage"), scheduled for 20-25 March 2013. It's a 5 night roundtrip, leaving from Fort Lauderdale, FL on the MSC Poesia, calling at Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Several performances by the Moodies of course, other artists include Greg Lake, Little River Band, and Strawbs touring mates the Zombies.
A few lucky Strawbs fans were already booked on this when they heard that the Acoustics would be playing as well. Some cabins still available, check out:
JOHN FORD DATES
Meanwhile for US fans, John's debut gig at the fantastic Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ is coming up on 17 Jan, as part of John's Fall 2012 "electro acoutsic tour":
THUR NOV 15, 2012
JOHN FORD (& HIS TRIO - EDWARD ROGERS AND MIKE FORNATALE OF THE LEFT Banke)
90 West Houston St.
New York City, NY 10012
Doors Open 7PM
SAT NOV 17, 2012
JOHN FORD AND LARRY, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
THE STRAND CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Strand Center for The Performing Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Backstage Pass Show: Seating Limited!
8PM (Doors Open 7PM)
SAT DEC 1, 2012
HOLIDAY SHOW! THE RECORD COLLECTOR - LIVING ROOM CONCERT SERIES
THE RECORD COLLECTOR
358 Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ 08505
TICKETS: Advance $16. Door $20.
General Admission - All Ages
CRAIG & WILLOUGHBY NEWS
This from Brian:
"Cathryn Craig and I have written a sensitive song of encouragement for the survivors and families of the Hillsborough tragedy victims.
We have been in touch with BBC Merseyside's Caroline Dunlop and Sue Owen and also Margaret Aspinall of The Hillsborough Families Support Group. 50% of our download royalties from the single, will be donated to Margaret's organisation.
"Time Has Proved You Right" by Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby is now available on iTunes...
and as an Amazon MP3 as well as being downloadable from Spotify.
We've recorded an interview with Merseyside's Morning Show presenter Sean Styles for broadcast this week. Allan Watkiss did a wonderful piece on the song on his BBC Radio Sheffield show on Sunday. All help greatly appreciated!"
A few dates left on the 2012 tour list:
Friday, November 23, 2012 - Nailsea Tithe Barn
Saturday December 1, 2012 - The Red Shed, Wakefield
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Rocajuna Folk Club @ Rocajuna, Torrevieja, (Spain)
HUD'S GIG LIST
3rd Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Road. Tilehurst, Reading Berks. RG31 5BB (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
9th Rising Sun, 108 Oak Rd, Stanwell TW19 7LB (THE BEAKY BAND)
10th Plough, Wexham St. Wexham SL3 6NJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
11th Nags Head, 28 High St, Sunningdale SL5 ONG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
16th Cherry Tree, 32 Station Rd, South Norwood SE25 5AG (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
17th Oxey Hall Com Centre, Hampermill Lane Watford WD19 4TT (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
18th Red Lion, Linkfield Rd Isleworth TW7 6QJ (THE GINNY BROWN BAND)
23rd General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
24th Cressex Club, 203 Cressex Rd, H Wycombe HP12 4PZ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
1st General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
13th Riverside Club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (THE BEAKY BAND)
14th General Elliot, St Johns Rd, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
16th Red Lion, Market Place, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3EJ (THE BEAKY BAND)
21st Hayes WM Club, Pump lane, Hayes UB3 3N (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
22nd Twin Foxes, 54 Rockingham Way, Stevenage SG1 1SJ (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
SANDY DENNY BOXED SET
For those who missed out on the original 19CD limited edition boxed set (which now goes up for silly money on Ebay), Universal release a 4CD cut down version, called "The Notes And The Words", which includes the early demo recording of "Who Knows Where The Time Goes".
And there are various competions going on in various places where you can win the 19cds and book from the original box (clearly Uuniversal had one left with a damaged box!).
Details at http://sandydenny.org.uk/news/
LAY DOWN 40TH
And, finally: 40 years ago saw the release of the game-changing Strawbs single "Lay Down", which has been a constant feature since it hit the charts in late 1972. The first Strawbs record I ever bought at age 13 - the first step in a lifelong musical obsession with Strawbs' music. Released in many other countries as well,it reached number 12 in the official British charts.
13 Oct - Release of Lay Down
4 Nov - Chart position: 34
11 Nov - Chart position: 31
16 Nov - First appearance on Top Of The Pops, alongside other acts including Slade (with "Gudbuy To Love"), the Osmonds (with "Crazy Horses") and the mawkish "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Full details at Popscene:
There's a video from TOTP at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ5DhkHYYSY (black & white)
http://youtu.be/G0sJWfd2POc (restored colour)
18 Nov - Chart position 26
23 Nov - further play of the single on TOTP - over the closing credits
Other artists included Elton John ("Crocodile Rock"), veteran Neil Sedaka ("Oh Carol") and at number 1, Chuck Berry's dire "My Ding A Ling".
25 Nov - Chart position 20
30 Nov - yet another appearance on TOTP. Other featured artists included The Bee Gees ("Alive"), David Cassidy ("Rock Me Baby") and the first outing of the truly appalling "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool", by Little Jimmy Osmond, which Strawbs parodied as part of their live shows in the following year.
2 Dec - Chart position: 13
9 Dec - Chart position: 12 (highest position)
16 Dec - Chart position: 14
Also released in:
"You'll scarcely believe all the pleasures inside..."
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