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Sent by Dick Greener, 14 Jun

First, apologies for the long radio silence, due both to personal matters and the day consultancy job - I seem to have had more time for Strawbsweb when I was in full-time employment than I do today in a consultancy role - I guess a hired gun has actually to be for hire, whereas an employee can goof off and play with the internet!!!

Thanks to those who were concerned and got in touch - sorry I haven't been too great in getting back in touch with you! Normal service to be resumed ....

Big news is that Witchwood Media has done a deal with Cherry Red to take over the existing Witchwood Media catalogue, which we hope will result in new and interesting releases in the coming years.




* 50th anniversary alert
* Cherry Red Records taking over Witchwood Media catalogue
* Dave Cousins update
* Electric dates - Canada - October
* Electric dates - UK - November
* Dave Bainbridge date
* Hud dates - still gigging after all these years
* Craig and Willoughby dates
* And finally, on Strawbsweb ....


Details of the planned 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019 are starting to emerge. Watch the website for further details .....

After licensing new album "The Ferryman's Curse" to Cherry Red Records for wider exposure, the Witchwood Media directors have finalised a transaction with Cherry Red where the label takes over the WML back catalogue for further exploitation in the future. Dave will be liaising closely with Cherry Red to make sure future releases

Chairman of Cherry Red Iain McNay marked the signing last Thursday with a post on his Facebook page alongside a picture of him and Dave. Dave also attended as a guest at Cherry Red's 40th anniversary party a week or two ago, where Howard Jones was performing.


Tuesday 9 October - TBC
Wednesday 10 October - Maison de la Musique Le Palais Montcalm, Quebec City QC
Thursday 11 October - TBC
Friday 12 October - Centre for Perf Arts, Oakville ON
Saturday 13 October - Peters Players, Gravenhurst ON
Sunday 14 October - TBC
Monday 15 October - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON
Wednesday 17 October - TBC, London ON

Other dates will no doubt added be added. The band are in Canada from 9-21 October - any interest, please contact us.

Line up is expected to be the Ferryman's Curse line-up.


Wednesday 14 November - TBA
Thursday 15 November - Robin 2, Bilston
Saturday 17 November - HRH Prog, Pwhelli
Thursday 22 November - TBA
Sunday 25 November - The Astor, Deal

Other dates will no doubt added be added during the period 14 Nov to 25th.

Again, line up is expected to be the Ferryman's Curse line-up.


Congratulations to Mr Hudson who had a significant birthday last month - still gigging - these are the latest dates:


16th The Bull, Basingstoke Rd, Riseley RG7 1QL (ALI MAC BAND)
22nd The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham (MEAT & 2 VEG)
23rd The Sun, 1 Wharf St, Godalming GU7 1NN (ALI MAC BAND)
24th The Anchor Inn, Mancetter Road, Nuneaton CV10 ORT - 3pm start (THE BEAKY BAND)
29th Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL (ALI MAC BAND)


1st The Full Moon, Hare Lane, Little Kingshill HP16 OEE - 2pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
6th The Victoria Arms, 51 Victoria Road, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3SE (ALI MAC BAND )
13th Ealing Beer Festival, Walpole Park, W5 5BG. (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
15th Hampstead Heath - Parliament Hill bandstand, Highgate Rd NW5 1QR - 1pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
19th The Riverside club, 6 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX (ALI MAC BAND)
20th Dashwood Arms, Old Oxford Rd, Piddington HP14 3BH (ALI MAC BAND)
21st The General Elliott, Uxbridge UB8 2UR (THE BEAKY BAND)
28th The Red Lion, Isleworth (MEAT & 2 VEG)


3rd Halfway House, 91 Uxbridge rd, Rickmansworth WD3 7DQ (HE BEAKY BAND )
18th The Anchor Inn, Mancetter Road, Nuneaton CV10 ORT - 3pm start (THE BEAKY BAND)
19th The Horns, Watford, WD17 3RL - 4pm start (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
26th The Three Horseshoes, 131 High St, Shepperton TW17 9BL (THE GOOD OLD BOYS)
27th Bagster House Club, Walton Lane, Shepperton TW17 8LP - 3pm start (THE BEAKY BAND)


Latest crop of dates from Brian and Cathryn - check out for updates.

22 June 2018
The BAND Festival
Holy Trinity Church, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, Ireland

04 July 2018
The Ulster American Folk Park Festival
more detail to follow

07 July 2018
Hedfest St Augustine's Church, Hull, N Humberside HU12 8EL

28 July 2018
Fiddler's Green Festival
St. Bronaghs GAA, 5-7 Mary Street, Rostrevor, Co Down BT34 3AY - Main Stage
Time: 8:00pm

16 September 2018
Forest Folk Club
Orepool Inn, Chepstow Road, Sling, Coleford GL16 8LH

18 September 2018
The English Folk Music Club
Madhouse, Tiro de Pinchon, Villa Costa, Villamartin, Spain

21 - 23 September 2018
"Madame Guitar" Acoustic Guitar Festival, Tricesimo, Udine, Italy

27 September 2018
Uxbridge Folk Club
Uxbridge RNA, 388b Long Lane, Hillingdon, Middx UB10 9PG

03 October 2018
Spalding Folk Club
The South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1SS

04 October 2018
Kitchen Garden
17 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA

05 October 2018
Bingham Folk Club
Bingham Rugby Club Pavilion, Brendon Grove, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8TN

06 October 2018
Ovington Village Hall Richmond, N Yorks DL11 7BW

07 October 2018
Horsham Folk Club
The Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, W Sussex RH12 1JF

09 October 2018
St Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 2BH

10 October 2018
Cramlington Folk Club
Benedictine Social Centre, Glenluce Drive, Southfield Green, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6YA

11 October 2018
Beamish Mary Folk & Acoustic Nights
Beamish Mary Inn, No Place, nr Stanley, Co Durham DH9 0AQ

12 October 2018
National Forest Folk Club
Moira Miners' Welfare, Moira, Nr Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire DE12 6BP

13 October 2018
House Concert, Westhoughton

14 October 2018
Banbury Folk Festival - main stage Sunday

15 October 2018
Stirling Folk Club
Stirling County RFC, Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling FK9 5AP

16 October 2018
House Concert at Celtic Music Radio
54 Admiral Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow G41 1HU

18 October 2018
Denholm Folk Club
Auld Cross Keys Hotel, Denholm, Roxburghshire TD9 8NU

19 October 2018
House Concert - private

21 October 2018
Folk On The Moor
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Devon PL21 9EE

24 October 2018
Culm Valley Music & Performance Club
Uffculme Village Hall, Bridge Street, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3AX

25 October 2018
Common Folk
Pelsall Cricket Club, Walsall Road, Pelsall, Walsall, W Midlands WS3 4BP

26 October 2018
Roots Music Club
Ukrainian Centre, 45 Beckett Road, Doncaster DN2 4AD


Sat 26 May 2018 - Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, UK


During my layoff from Strawbsweb, apart from other duties, I've still been putting together information about rare Strawbs releases and memorabilia - check out the bumper update I've just uploaded to the site for, amongst others:

* From The Witchwood - ultra-rare 1971 Japanese promo, with HAND-MADE promo cover made by King Records in Japan
* Bursting At The Seams - Spanish and Venezuelan releases
* Nomadness - South African, NZ and Venezuelan releases
* Here It Comes - UK white label test pressing
* Hudson Ford - "Pick Up The Pieces" acetate

Check out for more details of these and other updates.


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