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Strawberry Hill Boys

1st Cambridge Folk Festival, 1965

(From Dave Cousins'personal collection.) The Strawberry Hill Boys appeared at the very first Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965, alongside Alex Campbell - they wrote "Song For Alex" overnight and he sang it the next day in his set.

Check out a history of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, July 1965

Possibly the earliest programme around which features the Strawberry Hill Boys

Greenford Hall, April 1966

Another early appearance of the Strawberry Hill Boys (with John Berry on bass), alongside Ian Campbell Folk Group, The Watersons and Martin Carty (accompanying Nigel Denver). The accompanying article tells us that they played "a folk version of the Shadows' 'Dance On" with moving numbers like 'Pastures Of Plenty'". From Jim Shuster.

Southampton Folk Festival, May 1966

An early appearance of the Strawberry Hill Boys

Strawbs UK tours and appearances

5th Cambridge Folk Festival, 1969

The first Cambridge appearance with Cousins, Hooper and Chesterman. They must have been late additions as they're not mentioned in the main programme but on two inserted flyers.

9th National Blues & Jazz Festival, Plumpton, August 8-10, 1969

The first of two consecutive festivals featuring the Strawbs (amongst many others) - unusually I've scanned the whole thing (from the collection of Dave Cousins). Playing on Saturday afternoon, immediately after Roy Harper (with whom they'd tour in the following year) and ahead of the Bonzos.... Sadly they don't get a mention in John Gee's piece.

Roy Harper tour, 1970

The first tour by the Cousins/Hooper/Wakeman/Ford/Hudson band

Unknown, 1970

An appearance in a "whole season" programme alongside Englebert Hunperdinck, Tommy Steele and Shirley Bassey!

Queen Elizabeth Hall, 11 July 1970

The "Antiques and Curios" concert

Christmas Concert In Aid Of The Conservation Society, Royal Albert Hall, 21 December 1970

Hardin & York open for the Wakeman line-up Strawbs, with Al Stewart as special guest artist

Show Souvenir for Family, Mountain, Strawbs, Procol Harum

This, like the 1970 programme above is intended to serve four different bands. By the way the staples are aligned, I think that Family and Mountain were on the outer cover, but of course it could be folded both ways, giving a souvenir for Strabns and Procol Harum. (Quite why the outer covers are labelled "This book is designed for your further enjoyment of the show, it is not a programme", I have no idea: looks like a programme to me.

Difficult to date exactly particularly from the Strawbs piece - photo of the Antiques & Curios band rejected for the back cover, and some stuff about bluegrass and Claire Deniz playing cello. But elsewhere, the Mountain piece talks about their upcoming Englidsh Tour and mentions UK dates in Jan 1972, concluding: "Undeniably a band that's going places in 1972." So this was probably produced in late 1971 or early 1972, making the Strawbs section well uncontemporary - by that time Blue had replaced Rick and they were recording Grave New World.

Grave New World tour, 1972

The Strawbs add multimedia to their second major tour in the UK

Great Western Express, Lincoln, May 1972

A seriously major festival alongside The Beach Boys, Don McLean, Rory Gallagher, Long John Baldry, Lindisfarne, Faces, Joe Cocker, Genesis, Nazareth, Focus, Billy Joel, and Vinegar Joe (the latter featuring piano player John Hawken) and others

Bursting At The Seams tour, 1973

Lambert joins the Strawbs for a 52-date marathon tour in the wake of the success of "Lay Down" and "Part Of The Union" - but it will ultimately end in tears ..

Hero And Heroine tour, 1974

The reshaped band plays its first UK tour in early 1974

July Wakes Festival, 1976

A Dave Cousins solo appearance before leaving by helicopter to play a Strawbs gig at Cardiff Castle

Rock The Castle, Cardiff Castle, 1976

Dave Cousins arrived by helicopter from the July Wakes Festival to play with Strawbs at Cardiff Castle

Deep Cuts tour, 1976

Back in the UK after a lengthy period wooing the States, a short but stunning tour with the four piece line-up (Cousins, Lambert, Cronk, Coombes) plus sidemen Ribert Kirby and John Mealing

15th Cambridge Folk Festival, 1979

A solo appearance from Dave Cousins fourteen years after the Strawbs first played at Cambridge.

Strawbs US tours and appearances

Schaeffer Music Festival, Central Park, 1972

A key date on Strawbs first US tour was a festival gig in Central Park, performing with Billy Preston and Leo Kottke

The Isle, Commack NY, May 1975

Appearing at The Isle as Special Guests with Blue Oyster Cult in May 1975

Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ, 29 Nov 1975

Betty White was support at this concert. The programme also covers two other nights concerts featuring The Kinks, Cockney Rebel and Hot Tuna

Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead NY, 4 Dec 1975

Extracts from a Calderone Hall programme for Strawbs' 1975 date there

Latter days

Suffolk'n'Good Festival, 28 Aug 1993

Strawbs' would be Cropredy - festival with Roy Harper, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Heaven Bent Hell Bound

Tour with Lindisfarne, late 1993

Having toured extensively earlier in '93 for their Silver Jubilee tour, Strawbs hit the road again in late '93 for a tour coupled with Lindisfarne

30th Anniversary gig, Chiswick House, 29 Aug 1998

The groundbreaking Chiswick gathering, which paved the way for the Strawbs' revival

The 1999 tour

The BATS plus Brian line-up first outing on tour in the UK, taking in a Bergen rock festival to boot

The 2000 tour

This tour introduced an acoustic opening set and included a triumphant return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, 30 years on from their Antiques And Curios concert

Venue programme for the Robin 1, Bilston, 2000

The Robin venue, owned by Roy Wood (of Move, Wizzard and ELO fame) produced its own May 2000 programme

The 2001 tour

The last tour for a while as Acoustic Strawbs took over the limelight

The 40th anniversary weekend programme

A lavish 32pp colour programme for the stellar line-up that graced the 40th weekend

Acoustic Festival Of Great Britain, 2011

Acoustic Strawbs alongside Fairport, The Spinners, Steve Harley/Cockney Rebel, Fish (ex-Marillion), Nick Kershaw, Hayseed Dixie and many more

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