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1963

??? - Dave Cousins and Michael Nicholson - First Leicester University Folk Festival

Whilst Dave was at university, he started the university Folk Society and arranged the first Leicester University Folk Festival, where he performed with his college mate Nicholson, alongside Spencer Davis, Roy Bailey and his friends from Eel Pie Island, Susie Shahn and Keith Bennett on twin banjos.
Michael Nicholson went on to become an award-winning war correspondent and TV presenter. He died in 2016.

1963 or earlier - GIN BOTTLE FOUR - HANWORTH YOUTH CLUB

The Gin Bottle Four was a very early skiffle band with Cousins and Hooper, Jim Squelch on tea-chest bass and John Dalgleish on washboard, formed after Cousins and Hooper left Thames Valley Grammar School. In Exorcising Ghosts, pp31-32, Dave tells this first gig (of only three at the time) generated the first photo of Cousins and Hooper on stage. In the picture they all look pretty young!
The gigs on 26 Jul 1966 on 9 Dec 1966 are dated well after Cousins and Hooper moved on to the Strawberry Hill Boys (and nearly to Strawbs), so were probably reunion gigs.

1963 or earlier - Gin Bottle Four - Royal Motor Yacht Club, Teddington

1963 or earlier - Gin Bottle Four - Ealing Skiffle Festival

The third of the Gin Bottle Four's gigs was the Ealing Skiffle Contest, where they came second.

1963? - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - LONDON APPRENTICE, ISLEWORTH

After Dave returned frum university, Dave and Tony started going along to Friday night sessions at the London Apprentice.
Other players: Susie Shan, Ron Kane, Don and Audrey Leatherbarrow and Johnny Joyce (later in Velvet Opera along with Hud and John).
Exorcising Ghosts explains that they met mandolinist Arthur Phillips there, who starting joining in.

1963? - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - CLAPHAM

The Strawberry Hill Boys' first gig!
They had encountered Russell Quaye and Hilda Simms at the London Apprentice. They had a skiffle club in Clapham and wanted to give the as yet unnamed band their first booking. They had been rehearsing their blugrass material at Susie Shahn's flat in Strawberry Hill so they came up with "The Strawberry Hill Boys". Dave told me that he believes the gig was advertised in Melody Maker and is the first ever use of the band's name.

1963? - Strawberry Hill Boys - Darblay Street, Soho

1963? - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hastings

The gig the day after the incident in which Arthur Phillips' vehicle got stuck in the Thames, after a Friday night session at the London Apprentice.

18 Mar 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Calling The Tune

10 Apr 1963 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - BBC AUDITION

As "Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper" they went for a BBC audition at Maida Vale. In this days the BBC was very sniffy and wouldn't let you on air without one - they were abrupt and judgmental. A number of famous artists failed - the Stones in 1963 and David Bowie in 1965. However Cousins and Hooper sailed through ...

19 Apr 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Red Lion, Twickenham

23 Apr 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The Crown, Twickenham

The Crown had a folk club, believed to be run by Don and Audrey Leatherbarrow, to which the Strawberry Hill Boys were regular visitors in their early days.

27 Apr 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Cecil Sharp House, London

Cecil Sharp House in Camden, London is the headquarters of the English Folk Song and Dance Society. Kennedy Hall has seen many of the major folk artists perform, including the Strawberry Hill Boys in their early days, and some demos of Strawbs songs were recorded there.

3 May 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Redhill

12 May 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Aquarium, Brighton

15 May 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Star & Garter, Bromley

8 Jun 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Town Hall, Hackney

25 Jun 1963 - Cousins and Hooper - Saturday Club recording

29 Jun 1963 - Cousins and Hooper - Saturday Club transmission

Armed with their shiny fresh BBC audition pass, Cousins hustled a first BBC gig for the duo on Saturday Club, an important BBC radio show. Recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in London, the Radio Times listing tells us that the show also featured the Beatles, Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes amongst others.
the epGuides Saturday Club page lists them as "David Cousins and Tony Hooper, Arthur", so mandolinist Arthur Phillips may also have been there.
The Beatles Bible has details of the songs featured by the Beatles, which included "From Me To You" and "Roll Over Beethoven". See the Beatles Bible.

4 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Parliament Hill, London

6 Jul 1963 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - EEL PIE ISLAND

Also playing: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones had started up a residency at Eel Pie Island, in late April 1963. SHB were offered a slot supporting the Stones for July and part of August, playing in the interval between sets at the legendary venue.
For more about Eel Pie Island, see https://garagehangover.com/eel-pie-island/.

10 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Eel Pie Island

Also playing: The Rolling Stones. See note above.

13 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Unity Theatre

17 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Eel Pie Island

Also playing: The Rolling Stones. See note above.

24 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Eel Pie Island

Also playing: The Rolling Stones. See note above.

27 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Cecil Sharp House, London

Cecil Sharp House in Camden, London is the headquarters of the English Folk Song and Dance Society. It's Kennedy Hall has seen many of the major folk artists perform, including the Strawberry Hill Boys in their early days, and some demos of Strawbs songs were recorded there.

29 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hillingdon Arms, Hillingdon

30 Jul 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

7 Aug 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Eel Pie Island

Also playing: The Rolling Stones. See note above.

31 Aug 1963 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - HOOTENANNY BALLADS & BLUES, BLACK HORSE, RATHBONE PLACE, LONDON

The Black Horse in Rathbone Place (just off Oxford Street) was the site of a famous folk club, sadly now a Byron burger restaurant - sic transit gloria!

3 Sep 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

7 Sep 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ted Taylor recording

The Boys made a demo in Ted Taylor's recording studio, and on the stength of that Taylor got them a booking on a bill at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool - see below, 29 Sep 1963.

13 Sep 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Three Bridges, Crawley

24 Sep 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Johnny Silvo
This was the first anniversary of the club, noted in the ad in Melody Maker dated 21 Sep 1963, and this was the first reference I found when undertaking research at the British Library, turning the pages of old music papers for several months of Saturdays.

27 Sep 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hoddesden

29 Sep 1963 - DAVID AND ANTHONY - GRAND THEATRE, BLACKPOOL

Also playing: Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Mike Cotton Sound, compere Des O'Connor.
Billed as "David and Anthony" - more in Exorcising Ghosts.

5 Oct 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Folk song workshop, Cecil Sharp House, London

28 Oct 1953 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Herga Folk Club, The Case is Altered, Wealdstone

4 Nov 1963 - Cousins And Hooper - Saturday Club recording

5 Nov 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

9 Nov 1963 - Cousins And Hooper - Saturday Club transmission

epGuides.com tells us that other performers were: Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Craig Douglas, Timi Yuro, Manfred Mann & His Rhythm and Blues Group, The Back o' Town Syncopaders, Arthur Greenslade & The Gee-Men. See the epGuides Saturday Club page for a huge number of listings of this influential show's episodes.

15 Nov 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Redhill

19 Nov 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Portsmouth

30 Nov 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, Black Horse, Rathbone Place, London

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Redd Sullivan.

1 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Havant

6 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Osterley

7 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Cecil Sharpe House, London

The Boys were delayed coming back on stage for the second half of their show here, transfixed by TV footage of a Beatles Fan Club Concert which was screened during the interval,

9 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Refectory, Golders Green

13 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hermitage Hall, Hitchin

27 Dec 1963 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Osterley



1964

2 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Luton

4 Jul 1964 - John Berry - Cecil Sharp House, London

5 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Enterprise, Hampstead

Also playing: Barry Beattie

6 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Alhambra, Croydon

11 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, Black Horse, Rathbone Place, London

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Jamie Dunbar

16 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Three's Company recording

19 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Railway, Brentwood

23 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Pear Tree, Welwyn Garden City

24 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BEA Trident Club, Ruislip

25 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Three's Company transmission

Other performers: The Polka Dots, The Roger Webb Trio

25 Jan 1964 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - HOOTENANNY BALLADS & BLUES, BLACK HORSE, RATHBONE PLACE, LONDON

Also playing: Martin Winsor, John Berry
This may have been their first encounter, leading to Berry joining the band later in the year.

26 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Folk & Blues Club, Olive Tree

27 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Meeting with Shel Talmy and Mike Stone

A meeting with producer Shel Talmy and Mike Stone, which ultimately came to nothing, though following their suggestion that the Boys needed a gimmick, the Boys came back to them with a hilarious version of "Dance On" on guitar and banjo, complete with straightfaced Shadows dance steps. Cousins and Hooper took this back to the folk clubs to great amusement.
This also made an appearance at the 1970 Queen Elizabeth Hall concert on 11 Jul 1970, though it was not selected for inclusion on Antiques And Curios. It does appear on
Recollection.

31 Jan 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hermitage Hall, Hitchin

2 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Watford

7 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hastings

8 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Newbury ??

Also playing: Slim Weston?
The possible dates for this gig: 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 29 Feb.

11 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

12 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Star And Garter, Bromley

13 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - TV audition ?

22 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Newbury ??

Also playing: Slim Weston?
The possible dates for this gig: 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 29 Feb.

23 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Black Horse, Wembley

24 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Six Bells, Chelsea

Also playing: Roy Guest, Shirley Collins
Two weeks previously MM (15 Feb 1964) had announced atht the SHB were now represented by Roy Guest's new agency.

28 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Southampton

28 Feb 1964 - John Berry - Tinkers, Folk Club, Three Horseshoes, Hampstead, London

29 Feb 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Newbury ??

Also playing: Slim Weston?
The possible dates for this gig: 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 29 Feb.

8 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

9 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Chelsea

10 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Roy Guest, Messengers (previously known as the Folk Four, whilst running the Crown club).

12 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Sheffield University

24 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - "Friends of Old Time Music", Crown, Twickenham

26 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Starting Gate, Wood Green

29 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hastings

31 Mar 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Portsmouth

4 Apr 1964 - John Berry - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, Black Horse, Rathbone Place, London

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Messengers

4 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Library, North Finchley

5 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

7 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Johnny Silvo, Farriers

10 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Railway Tavern, Catford

Also playing: Taverners

19 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Country & Gospel Club, Brighton

21 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Tom, Dick & Harry
Billed in MM as "Strawberry Hill Boys plus guests"

26 Apr 1964 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - "FOLK AT THE FAIRFIELD", FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON

Folk At The Fairfield (No 1)
Also playing: Steve Benbow, Alex Campbell, John Pearse, The Folkvendors, Fitzroy Coleman, the Cumberland Three, the Malcolm Price Trio, Royd Rivers and Cliff Aungier, Linda Drew, Martin Winsor
Reviewed in MM 2 May 64
The Strawbs would return many times to the Fairfield Halls venue ....

28 Apr 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Malcolm Price Trio, Graham and Lynn McCarthy

1 May 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Southampton University

2 May 1964 - John Berry - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, Black Horse, Rathbone Place, London

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Sandy and Jeannie

5 May 1964 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - CROWN, TWICKENHAM

Also playing: Talking John Berry, Folkvendors
This is probably where the deal was done with John Berry as he appeared together with them at a fesival in Bath on 18 Jun 1964

9 May 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Nottingham University

12 May 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Folkvendors, Margaret King

19 May 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Martin Carthy, North West Three
Billed for the first time, probably for reasons of space in a MM small ad, as "Strawbs". Either that, or this venue, one of their most durable haunts, picked up very early on the nickname ...

2 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Queens Head, Chelmsford

5 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Queens Building, London Airport

First show with John Berry.

9 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Dome, Brighton

Also playing: Ian Campbell Folk Group, Shirley Collins, Roy Guest, Royd Rivers and Cliff Aungier and the Southern Three
Billed as a "Folk Song Hott'nanny"

18 Jun 1964 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - FESTIVAL, BATH

The first gig with Taking John Berry on bass.
MM dated 20 Jun 1964 carried an article "Talking John Berry joins the Strawberry Hill Boys": "Talking John Berry, who has a 6 tracker EP on Ember 'The talking folk singer' out this month, has joined the Strawberry Hill Boys on bass. Their first gig was at the Bath Festival this week."
It looks as though the alliance was not exclusive - Berry continued to play solo gigs, some of which conflicted with the SHB's activities.

22 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Leather Bottle, Edgware

Also playing: Linda Martin

23 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - El Toro, 251 Finchley Road, London

MM dated 13 Jun had reported "last Monday" London's first licensed folk club had opened - El Toro, at 251 Finchley Road.

25 Jun 1964 - John Berry - Waggon and Horses, Southgate, London

Also playing: Jack and Margaret King

25 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Parliament Hill Fields, London

Also playing: Shirley Collins, John Foreman, Moira Magee

26 Jun 1964 - John Berry - Railway Taven, Catford

26 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Sheffield Arts Festival

Also playing: Martin Carthy, Nigel Denver
It seems John Berry had a conflict that night so this may just have been Cousins and Hooper.

27 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Coventry

30 Jun 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Terry Masterson
Billed as "Strawbs"

1 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Star And Garter, Bromley

Also playing: Folkvendors

4 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ipswich

The gig may not have taken place as their transport broke down

5 Jul 1964 - John Berry - Folk At The Fairfield (No 2)

Talking John Berry is included in the line-up, but not apparently SHBs, though MM comments that "selected artists from the first concert are being included in the second, which is being recorded by Folk Fayre".

7 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

13 Jul 1964 - John Berry - Leather Bottle, Edgeware

31 Jul 1964 - John Berry - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, Black Horse, Rathbone Place, London

Also playing: Martin Winsor, Cliff Aungier and Royd Rivers
This famous club closed at the Black Horse on 15 Aug 1964, though Bill Leader was reported in MM to be planning to open another club of the same name. It started up in Willesden, but after three weeks moved to The Scots Hoose in Cambridge Circus, according to MM 3 dated Oct 1964.

14 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Stevenage

16 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Keep Young recording (Jimmy Young Show)

20 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Keep Young broadcast (Jimmy Young Show)

31 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Railway Tavern, Catford

Also playing: Taverners

31 Jul 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Steve Benbow Show, TV recording

SHB appeared on the Steve Benbow Show.
In October that year they would back Benbow on his Songs Of Ireland album.

2 Aug 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hastings

30 Aug 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

6 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Swanswell Tavern, Coventry

14 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Edinburgh

18 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Redhill

20 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Enterprise, Hampstead

Also playing: Tony Gould and the North West Three.

22 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Victoria, Leicester

24 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Abingdon

28 Sep 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Singalong broadcast

Other performers: The Corrie Folk Trio, Paddie Bell, Nadia Cattouse, The Arthur Blake Four, The Pete Kerr Trio, Martin Carthy. A note in the Radio Times commented that: "The BBC, Edinburgh, regrets that no more ticket requests can be considered at present."

14 Oct 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Springfield Hotel, ????

16 Oct 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Fulham

19 Oct 1964 - DAVE COUSINS, STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - RECORDING STEVE BENBOW SONGS OF IRELAND

Steve Benbow's Songs Of Ireland album, was recorded at Levy's Sound Studio in New Bond Street, apparently taking only a day to record. It was released in 1965 by US label Monitor (in both stereo and mono formats) and subsequently reissued in 1977 by Bulldog Records.
Credited to "Steve Benbow with the Strawberry Hill Boys".
See Bluegrass sessions for more.

20 Oct 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

30 Oct 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hole in the Wall, Chichester

7 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Curly's Club, Student Prince, D'Arblay Street, Soho

10 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

13 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - University of North Wales, Bangor

20 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Pier Pavilion, Worthing

22 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Robin Hood, Potters Bar

28 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC TV recording Ealing studios?

See Melody Maker report of the evening gig below which followed this session.

28 Nov 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Oxley Pavilion

Melody Maker Folk Forum on 12 Dec 1964 commented:
"New venture by the Herga Club's John Nunn conbining singing and dancing at the Oxley Pavilion was a roaring success. A big crowd - which was entertained by the British Czech Friendship Dancers with the Herga Singers and Strawberry Hill Boys - responded enthuiastically to the invitation to dance. Another ceilidh takes place on 9 Jan.
The Strawberries arrived at Oxley straight from recording part of a BBC TV documentary to be transmitted in January. Their first album in this capacity is to be released soon in the States and they are to record an LP this month with Roy Guest for release in the New Year."

6 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

12 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, The Scots Hoose, Cambridge Circus

Also playing: Colin & Shirley, Mike Rogers, Pete Dyer

12 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC TV recording Ealing studios

13 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ealing

16 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Harrow School of Art, Harrow

18 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - USAF Base, South Ruislip

20 Dec 1964 - DAVE COUSINS - RECORDING ROY GUEST'S COCKNEY PARTY ALBUM

30 Dec 1964 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Assembly Rooms, Surbiton

Also playing: Derek Serjeant



1965

16 Jan 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, The Scots Hoose, Cambridge Circus

Also playing: Royd Rivers, Cliff Aungier
The following week Paul Simon was on the bill (22 Jan 1965).

19 Jan 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC1 Hail To The Chief documentary transmitted

22 Jan 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hoddesden

27 Jan 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Luton

29 Jan 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Redhill

3 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Star And Garter, Bromley

10 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - "Folk At The Hoose", Scots Hoose, Cambridge Circus

Also playing: The Poachers

17 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - TV show, Kirkaldy

21 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ealing

24 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brighton

26 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Technical College, Southgate

Also playing: Shirley Collins, Steve Benbow, Graham and Lynn McCarthy.

28 Feb 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

5 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Folk in Focus broadcast

Other performers: The Islanders, Ray and Archie Fisher, Felicity Johnson.

6 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hole in the Ground, Winchester Road NW3

MM reported on 25 Jun 1964 that the Hole In The Ground Folk Club would now open five nights a week - with a new international folk club on Weds and Sun evenings devoted to Israeli folk. Paul Simon was booked for Sat 27 Jun 1964, having played the Hampstead Three Horseshoes club the previous night.
The club was in the basement of the the Felafel cafe on Winchester Road in Swiss Cottage. In Nov 64 MM reported that Les Bridger and Jo-Ann Kelly were opening a new folk blues club there.

8 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Oxford

9 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Knights of the Round Table, Abingdon

17 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Harrow School of Art, Harrow

19 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Cecil Sharp House, London

Also playing: Jesse Fuller, Bert Jansch

25 Mar 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Colchester

17 Apr 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hootenanny Ballads & Blues, The Scots Hoose, Cambridge Circus

Also playing: Alex Campbell

18 Apr 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Swan and Sugarloaf, Croydon

Also playing: Steve Benbow, Paul Solly
This was the folk club run by Steve Benbow.

8 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC recording?

15 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Yossi's Club,

18 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

23 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ealing, recording

31 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Potters Bar

9 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

14 Jun 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Maria Gray College, Twickenham

15 Jun 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - London School of Economics, London

17 Jun 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Tyne Tees Television recording, programme unknown

19 and 25 Jun 1965 - Dave Cousins - BBC transmitted Bob Dylan shows

Two half hour shows featuring Bob Dylan - Dave Cousins was one of 100 or so guests at the recordings, sitting in the front row.

3 Jul 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brighton

4 Jul 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Coventry

5 Jul 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Folk Room recording, Maida Vale studios

7 Jul 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Marquee, Wardour Street

Also playing: Long John Baldry with Steampacket (Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and Rod Stewart)
Baldry had a weekly residency at the marquee and invited SHB to play in the interval.

11 Jul 1965 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND

Also playing: Messengers, Tom, Dick and Harriet. SHB were on first.
Programme at:
Southend programme page.
A few weeks later Southend saw a similar show, this time with the Spinners headlining, along with Maria Cattouse and Barry Beattie and the McPeake family, no doubt performing "Will Ye Go" ...

17 Jul 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Folk Room broadcast

Other performers: The Overlanders, Friday Brown. Introduced by Don Spencer.

1 Aug 1965 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - FOLK FESTIVAL, CAMBRIDGE

Strawberry Hill Boys appeared at the very first two day Cambridge Folk Festival on 31 Jul/1 Aug 1965. Both the SHB and Paul Simon were limited to a single half hour slot!
Sat morning: Competitions, film show and discussion
Sat afternoon: Stan Kelly (1.30), Bill Clifton (1.45), Shirley Collins (2.15), The Paris Chamb'ry Boys (2.45), Bob Davenport and The Rakes (3.15), Peggy Seeger (3.45), Open Session (4.15-6.00)
Sat evening: Paul Simon (6.00), Doris Henderson (6.30), Peggy Seeger (7.00), The Watersons (7.30), Hedy West (8.00), The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (headliners, 8.30-9.30), Open Session (9.30 onwards)
Sun afternoon: Pete Sayers (1.30), The Watersons (2.00), Strawberry Hill Boys (2.30), Shirley Collins (3.00), Stan Kelly (3.30), Hedy West (4.00), Doris Henderson (4.30), "New Talent" slot (5.00-6.00)
Sun evening: Bob Davenport and The Rakes (6.00), The Paris Chamb'bry Boys (6.30), Bill Clifton (7.00), The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (headliners) (8.00-9.00), Open session (9.00 onwards)
MM 7 Aug 1965 had a not terriby friendly review: "Britain's first folk garden fete was what someone unkindly said about last weekend's Cambridge Folk Festival, and to a certain extent they were right. But it was surprisingly unfestive. Maybe it was the programme, which contained die-hard traditionalists like Peggy Seeger and Bob Davenport with the crowd-courting commercialism of the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and the Strawberry Hill Boys. In trying to please everyone, organiser Ken Woollard merely ensured that no-one enjoyed the whole of the programme."
See 1st Cambridge festival page for the full programme, with grateful thanks to Dave Cousins for providing it.
Flyer on the 1965-1972 posters page.

11 Aug 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Marquee, Wardour Street

Also playing: Long John Baldry with Steampacket (Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and Rod Stewart)
Baldry had a weekly residency at the marquee and invited SHB to play in the interval.

23 May 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC recording?

25 Aug 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Marquee, Wardour Street

Also playing: Long John Baldry with Steampacket (Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and Rod Stewart)
Baldry had a weekly residency at the marquee and invited SHB to play in the interval.

28 Aug 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Folk Room broadcast

Other performers: Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor, The Spinners, Dorris Henderson, Ivan Holmes. Introduced by Jim Dale

31 Aug 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

3 Sep 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ealing Town Hall Folk Concert

Also playing: McPeakes, Shirley Collins, Wally Whyton, Redd Sullivan

6 Sep 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Settle Down for half an hour with Roger Whittaker broadcast

10 Sep 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Les Cousins, Greek Street

"by special request the Strawberry Hill Boys" - big text in ad in MM Folk Forum
later that week, Al Stewart, John Renbourn

19 Sep 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

25 Sep 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Folk Room broadcast

Other performers: The Alabama Hayriders, The Messengers, Murray Head, The Roving Kind. Introduced by Roger Whitaker.

2 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Quaglinos, Jermyn Street

7 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Fanfare recording

9 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The Oaks, Eastern Avenue

12 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Sounds In The Night - recording for two shows

18 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Fanfare broadcast

The Strawberry Hill Boys made it onto various shows with a wide range of other genres, including this one. Other performers listed were: The New Radio Orchestra Led by John Jezard, conducted by Malcolm Lockyer, piano duo Rawicz and Lanauer, Australian opera singer June Bronhill and easy listening favourites the Mike Sammes Singers.

22 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Settle Down recording

23 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Commonwealth Institute

Also playing: Nadia Cattouse and Martin Carthy

24 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Folk Voice??

28 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Sounds Of The Night transmitted

John Benson introduces The Strawberry Hill Boys, David H Lee, the Northern Dance Orchestra and the Midnight Strings.

29 Oct 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Eastbourne

1 Nov 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Settle Down for half an hour with Roger Whittaker broadcast

7 Nov 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The Clawhammer, Welwyn Garden City

Also playing: Ian Russell

10 Nov 1965 - Jackson C Frank/Sandy Denny - Leduce, 22 D’Arblay Street, W1

13 Nov 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Middlesex Hospital, Foley Street

17-18 Jul 1965 - Dave Cousins - Keele Folk Festival

Dave went to the Keele Folk Festival, where he met Arlo Guthrie and played bluegrass with him for hours.
According to ###, Guthrie had accepted folk writer Karl Dallas's offer of a pallet on his apartment floor, where Guthrie "eked out his money, visited the Keele Folk Festival, hopped over to Scandinavia and back, played a lot of guitar anddranka lot of Scotch whisky.

19 Nov 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Chichester

8 Dec 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Sounds Of The Night transmitted

John Benson introduces The Strawberry Hill Boys, Mary May, the Northern Dance Orchestra and the Midnight Strings.

19 Dec 1965 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Enterprise, Hampstead

Also playing: Terry Gould

2 May 1966 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street, London

13 May 1966 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street, London

Also playing: Les Bridger

25 May 1966 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street, London



1966

22 Jan 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hole in the Ground,

5 Mar 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Half Moon, Putney

2 Jan 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

6 Jan 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Black Bull, Whetstone

Billed as "BBC's Strawberry Hill Boys", reflecting their frequent sessions for BBC radio shows.

7 Jan 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Redhill

22 Jan 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Fanfare transmitted

Other performers listed were: The Radio Orchestra led by John Jezard, conducted by Malcolm Lockyer, Doreen Hulme, Bruce Trent, Edward Rubach and Robert Docker and the Mike Sammes Singers. "This week's composer" was Henry Mancini.

5 Mar 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Half Moon, Putney

26 Mar 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

MM 2 Apr 1966 has a review of this gig by Eric Winter:
"Sometimes you're so close to history being made you can smell it. Last Saturday at the Troubadour, London's oldest folk club, the air was full of history.
The featured performers were the Strawberry Hill Boys - Dave Cousins whose banjo has been ringing expertly round the folk scene for some years, John Berry, a sensitive (as opposed to a plonk plonk) bass player, and Tony Hooper on guitar. As they set up a swinging grassroots sound, three country music giants tumbled in - Bill Clifton, respected as well as loved for his authoritative work in the bluegrass field; Eric Weissberg, sometime of the Tarriers and lately in Britain to accompany Judy Collins; and Pete Roberts of the Country Gentlemen. ...
The visitors soon went into ad hoc rehearsal with the Strawberry Hill Boys and emerged to produce an astonishing sound on such high flying numbers as 'Mary Dear' and 'The Little Whitewashed Chimney' not to mention such standards as 'Salty Dog' and 'There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone.'"

30 Mar 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Red Lion, Barking

3 Apr 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hoxton Hall, Shoreditch

MM Ad promised: "Another great folk song and dance evening with Strawberry Hill Boys, The Fielders and IIDA, with Ray Goulding to lead the dancing from 8. A real Victorian music hall, well worth the journey."

9 Apr 1966 - Five Proud Walkers - New All Star Club, Artillery Passage, E1

Hud joined from The Gonks in 1965, with John joining the band in Spring 1967, not long before the band changed its name to Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Their first album featured songs from both Hud and John. Later on Paul Brett joined up, and Elmer Gantry himself departed, being replaced by Johnny Joyce, the line-up (billed simply as Velvet Opera) which recorded their second album for CBS.
Coming to Dave Cousins' notice after gigs at Cousins Hounslow Arts Lab, he recruited Hud and John in early 1970 as the new rhythm section for the electric Strawbs line-up ...
There's a great giglist of the band (and information on a whole load of other garage bands) at
https://garagehangover.com/the-five-proud-walkers/

14 Apr 1966 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street, London

16 Apr 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Saturday Swings transmitted

Radio Times listed as:
Music 1966 style from
Freddie And The Dreamers
Elaine Delmar
The Strawberry Hill Boys
The sound of Johnny Peterson and his Orchestra
Brian Fahey and his Orchestra
Introduced by Bruce Wyndham.

30 Apr 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - New Greenford Hall, Barking

Also playing: Nigel Denver, The Watersons, Clarence Ashley and Tex Isley, The Ian Campbell Folk Group.

4 May 1966 - Sandy Denny - Borehamwood Folk Club

7 May 1966 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - FOLK FESTIVAL, SOUTHAMPTON

Also playing: Young Tradition, Martin Carthy, Roy Bailey
Programme at: Southampton Folk Festival page.

13 May 1966 - Five Proud Walkers - New All Star Club, Artillery Passage, E1

21 May 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

30 May 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Let The Good Times Roll transmitted

Also featuring: Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, The Shadows, The Hollies The Squires, The Pedlars, and Lulu.
It may have been the case that drummer Rod Coombes was in Lulu's backing band at that time.

6 Jun 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Half Moon, Putney

Also playing: Gerry Lockran, Royd Rivers, Cliff Aungier
MM ad comments: "with top guests as always, the Strawberry Hill Boys."

19 Jun 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Enterprise, Hampstead

Also playing: North West Three, Terry Gould

26 Jun 1996 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Studes Drum, Green Man, West Ealing

1 Jul 1966 - Five Proud Walkers - Ram Jam Club, Brixton

29 Jul 1966 - Gin Bottle Four - Osterley

This gig (and the one on 9 Dec 1966) are dated well after Cousins and Hooper moved on to the Strawberry Hill Boys, so may be reunion gigs rather than the original three gigs noted above.

7 Aug 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Studes Drum, Green Man, West Ealing

8 Aug 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Going Places transmitted

Other performers: MOR/country singer Ray Merrell, the Radio Orchestra conducted by Harry Rabinowitz. Introduced by David Symonds.

9 Aug 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

20 Aug 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

3 Sep 1966 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - BBC FOLK SONG CELLAR TRANSMITTED

Radio Times billed it as:
"An informal get-together with
The Strawberry Hill Boys
Nadia Cattouse
Matt McGinn
Bob Rundle
Your hosts are Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor."
The show, which was issued as a BBC Transcription disc (FSC 04), included five otherwise unheard numbers by the Strawberry Hill Boys, including a Talking John Berry solo "Talking Rush Hour Blues". The other SHB songs were all traditional folk numbers: "Turpin, Hero", "To The Begging I Will Go", "Two Sisters Of Binnourie", "The Greenland Fisheries", and the show closed with a banjo instrumental, title unknown.

5 to 19 Sep 1966 - Dave Cousins - Solo tour, Denmark

26 Sep 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Half Moon, Putney

3 Oct 1966 - Sandy Denny/Alex Campbell - Deane Arms, South Ruislip

4 Oct 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Music Through Midnight transmitted

Also featuring: Acker Bilk with Leon Young and the String Chorale (who together were responsible for Bilk's massive hit "Stranger On The Shore"), The Ken Jones Quartet, pop singer Kenny Damon and the Northern Dance Orchestra.

27 Oct 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Swingalong transmitted

Also in the studio: The Rob Storme Group, the Alan Elsdon Jazz Band, the Brian Dee Trio, the Mike Smith Band and the Stan Reynolds Octet.

30 Oct 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Studes Drum, Green Man, West Ealing

1 Nov 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

3 Nov 1966 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - THE WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW (OPENING NIGHT)

This was the opening night of the folk club at the White Bear in Hounslow, where they frequently performed when available. All known White Bear gigs have been included whether or not it is known that there was a Strawbs presence.
Also playing: Martin Winsor

7 Nov 1966 - Sandy Denny - Recording for Johnny Silvo Folk Four programme

10 Nov 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Redd Sullivan, Cliff Aungier

10 Nov 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Swingalong transmitted

Also in the studio: Dave Berry and the Cruisers, the Alan Elsdon Jazz Band, the Rich Bono Trio, the Tony Evans Band and the Mike Smith Band.

17 Nov 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Johnny Silvo

24 Nov 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - White Bear, Hounslow

Also appearing: Cliff Aungier

26 Nov 1966 - Sandy Denny - Anglers, Teddington

2 Dec 1966 - SANDY DENNY - RECORDING AT CECIL SHARP HOUSE FOR FOLK SONG CELLAR

Two tracks "Fhir Ir Bhata" and "Green Grow The laurels". A BBC set of two Transcription Disc exists (Folk Song Cellar 35 and 36). Sandy is on disc 36, as are the Strawberry Hill Boys, performing very traditional folk material. See the BBC Transcription discs page for details.

4 Dec 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The George, Morden

Also playing: Gerry Lockran

9 Dec 1966 - Gin Bottle Four - Gin Bottle Four, Osterley

This gig (and the one on 26 Jul 1966) are dated well after Cousins and Hooper moved on to the Strawberry Hill Boys, so may be reunion gigs rather than the original three gigs noted above.

15 Dec 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Pete and Maria Cray

18 Dec 1966 - Sandy Denny - Vietnam gig, St Pancras Town Hall

Also appearing: Julie Felix, Bert Jansch, Alexis Corner, Trevor Lucas, Tom Paley
MM 17 Dec commented in a female folk singers feature: "Sandy Denny has the sort of rich soaring voice that could make her a British Baez, though the comparison does her an injustice. .... A recent Folksong Cellar appearance and club dates all over the country is followed by her big chance in this Sunday's Vietnam concert in which she appears on the same bill as Britain's top-drawing female folk-singer ... Julie Felix."

19 Dec 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - BBC Cavalcade transmitted

Other performers: Elizabeth Fretwell (Australian soprano, prima donna at Sadlers Wells, jazzer Gilbert Webster (who apparently played cymbalom on Mary Hopkin's hit "Those Were The Days") and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

22 Dec 1966 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - THE WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW

This was a celebration of Dave's banjo's 50th birthday and the start of a series of Christmas events at the White Bear.
Karl Dallas in MM 10 Dec 1966 commented:
"Dave Cousins' banjo celebrates its 50th birthday tonight at the Strawbs' grand Christmas binge at their club at the White Bear, Hounslow. All other banjos are invited to join the festivities. The Strawbs recently notched up their 30th BBC radio show with an appearance on Cavalcade with the BBC Concert Orchestra."
This is thought to be the first reference in print to the shortened name, and with effect from 5 Jan 1967, the MM ads for the White Bear started refering to Strawbs. (Many other ads still read Strawberry Hill Boys.)

30 Dec 1966 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Les Cousins, Greek Street

An allnighter at Les Cousins. MM ad gave the following details:
Davy Graham 7.30-11.00
Strawberry Hill Boys 11.30-6.00am - whew!



1967

1 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Enterprise, Hampstead

4 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Marquee, Wardour Street

5 Jan 1967 - STRAWBS - WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW

Strawbs included in ad.
Also played: Sandy Denny, Martin Winsor, Redd Sullivan
This is interesting as the Strawbs and Sandy didn't start rehearsing together till later in the year.
NB. From this point onwards White Bear ads refer to the band as "Strawbs", though other venues continue to refer to "Strawberry Hill Boys"

6 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Chester

7 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Sports Guild, Manchester

8 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Royal Festival Hall, South Bank

Also played: Robin Hall and Jimmy McGregor, Nadia Cattouse, Theo Johnson, Hanearim; actor Alfred Marks was compere.
Add for the show in MM 31 Dec 1966

12 Jan 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also played: Martin Winsor, Redd Sullivan

12 Jan 1967 - Sandy Denny - Folk Centre, Hammersmith

14 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

14 Jan 1967 - Sandy Denny - Central Hotel, East Ham

15 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Studes Drum, Green Man, West Ealing

16 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Orpington Folk Club, Royal Oak, Orpington

17 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Golborne????

19 Jan 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also played: Malcolm Price, Martin Winsor

20 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Town Hall, Battersea

Also played: Ian Campbell, Jacquie & Bridie

22 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Studes Drum, Green Man, West Ealing

Also played: The Settlers, The Newby
At some point, Tony Hooper lived in a house where members of the Settlers lived, over in Haverstock Hill, later immortalised in the song "Pieces Of 79 And 15".

24 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Les Cousins, Greek Street

27 Jan 1967 - Dave Cousins - Les Cousins, Greek Street

DC solo spot at a Les Cousins allnighter.

27 Jan 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - The Troubadour

Jacqui McShee and John Renbourn played the first slot and SHB must have hotfooted it over from Greek Street where DC was playing a solo spot at Les Cousins to play the late show. MM ad: John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee 7.30-11.00
Strawberry Hill Boys 11.30-6.00 am "for excellent entertainment."

2 Feb 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also playing: The Newby

5 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Castle, Swindon

9 Feb 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also playing: Steve Bromfield, Redd Sullivan

15 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Birmingham

16 Feb 1967 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad.
Gig featured Gants Hill Ramblers, Redd Sullivan, Martin Winsor

18 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Bristol

19 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Bath

21 Feb 1967 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS/SANDY DENNY - BBC WORLD SERVICE BROADCAST

BBC World Service Strawberry Hill Boys Sing and Play Folk Songs with Sandy Denny: "Blues Run the Game", "On My Way", "Stay Awhile With Me", "Pretty Polly", "Tell Me What You See In Me".
Not clear whether the Strawbs and Sandy performed together, or separately. If together then the Troubadour Sandy gig where Dave asked Sandy to join the band must have been prior to 19 Mar 1967, when Sandy was down to play there, and which is believed to be the date.
In any event, it's clear that the Strawberry Hill Boys had moved on to their Strawbs persona with self-written material that would be recorded with Sandy when they travelled to Copenhagen.

23 Feb 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

24 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Les Cousins, Greek Street

MM ad: "Strawberry Hill Boys 7.30-11.30"

26 Jan 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

28 Feb 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Nottingham

2 Mar 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also playing: Dave Travis, Redd Sullivan.
Cousins would later play banjo on Dave Travis' albums, both released in 1968 - see
Country and Bluegrass Cousins

5 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Chelmsford

6 Mar 1967 - Sandy Denny - Recording for Cellarfull of Folk

9 Mar 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Thu 9 Mar 67 - Five Proud Walkers - John Cass College

Fri 10 Mar 67 - Five Proud Walkers - Ealing Tech and Majons College

10 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road

Sat 11 Mar 67 - Five Proud Walkers - LSE and Banbury

12 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brentwood

Sun 12 Mar 67 - Five Proud Walkers - Eel Pie

13 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Dimbleby Cancer Fund, Queen Mary College, London

MM reported (11 Mar 1967): "Next Monday, Alex Campbell heads the bill at a concert in aid of the Dimbleby Cancer Fund at Queen Mary College. With him are Johnny Silvo, Dorris Henderson, Sandy Denny, and the Strawberry Hill Boys.
Sandy Denny has just recorded her third programme for BBC overseas service."

Tue 14 Mar 67 - Five Proud Walkers - Manchester University

15 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Ealing

16 Mar 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also playing: Michael Munnelly, Hilary Moody, Redd Sullivan.

19 Mar 1967 - Sandy Denny - The Troubadour, Earls Court

This is likely to be the occasion when Dave saw her at the Troubadour, asked her to join the band and played and sang all night at her flat (as recounted in Exorcising Ghosts). More formal rehearsals took place on 10 May, 22 Jun and 6, 16 and 19 Jul, before the band set off for Denmark on 20 Jul to record All Our Own Work.

23 Mar 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad.
Also playing: Chas Upton, Redd Sullivan.

24 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Isle of Wight

27 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Colchester

30 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Guernsey

31 Mar 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Green Ginger

31 Mar 1967 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street

MM ad: "Sandy Denny 7.30-11.30"

1 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

6 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Dukes Head, Addlestone

Also played: Phil Sears

6 Apr 1967 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad, as they were playing elsewhere.
Gig featured The Newby

9 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

9 Apr 1967 - Sandy Denny - Enterprise, Hampstead

11 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

13 Apr 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Brian Mooney

15 Apr 1967 - Velvet Opera - MM ad referring to Velvet Opera

16 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Swindon

17 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Broadside, Birmingham

20 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Norwich

22 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Brighton

26 Apr 1967 - Sandy Denny - Recording Sandy And Johnny album for Eros Records

27 Apr 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Mike Absalom, Tom Brown, The Newby

28 Apr 1967 - Sandy Denny - Central Hotel, East Ham

30 Apr 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Bristol

3 May 1967 - Sandy Denny (Denning!) - Holy Ground, Bayswater

3 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Norfolk Arms, North Wembley

4 May 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

7 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hampstead

9 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Crown, Twickenham

10 May 1967 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH SANDY DENNY

The first mention of rehearsing with Sandy Denny. Rehearsals would continue over the next few weeks before the trip to Copenhagen to record All Our Own Work.

11 May 1967 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad, playing elsewhere
Gig featured: The Newby, The Honest John Three, Brian Golbey

11 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Railway Inn, Abingdon

12 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Billericay

13 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Troubadour, Earls Court

Late show 10.30

18 May 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Trevor Lucas, Brian Golbey

19 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Hoddesden

25 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Barnet & Whetstone

25 May 1967 - Strawbs - Hemel Hempstead

25 May 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs not included in ad, were playing in Hemel Hempstead that night. Gig featured Sandy Denny, Brian Golbey

27 May 1967 - Strawberry Hill Boys ?? (Bill Clifton appearance) - Troubadour, Earls Court

Not clear whether Strawbs performed as well or whether Dave was just there to see Bill Clifton on a rare visit from the US.

28 May 1967 - Strawbs - Hemel Hempstead

Not clear whether Strawbs performed or whether Dave was there to see Bill Clifton on a rare visit from the US.

8 Jun 1967 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

"Come All Ye" hosted by Johnny Joyce. No Strawbs,

9 Jun 1967 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street, 7.30-11.00

10 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - Newark

11 Jun 1967 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS - BILL CLIFTON FAREWELL PARTY

Bill Clifton's farewell party was held at his home in Sevenoaks all day Sunday [11 Jun 67]. Bill was off to join the Peace Corps in Manila. MM's Karl Dallas reported (17 Jun 1967): "All branches of the revival went .. the bluegrass boys were there in force, of course .... Banjoist Dave Cousins of the Strawberry Hill Boys told me his group must be considered an ex-bluegrass group now, since they are playing mostly contemporary material written by themselves. They are including a few bluegrass instrumentals but that is all, and the group is now to be known as the Strawbs."

14 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - Marquee, Wardour Street

15 Jun 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - GREYHOUND, FULHAM PALACE ROAD

Dave writes in "Exorcising Ghosts" that one of the few UK gigs Sandy played with the Strawbs was at the Greyhound. As rehearsals with Sandy were ongoing, it looks like this was the one.
Photographer Ray Stevenson was on hand and captured the event - a photo appeared on the 2010 release of All Our Own Work - The Complete Sessions.

16 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - St Osyth's College, Clacton-on-Sea

17 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - Marlborough College

18 Jun 1967 - Sandy Denny - Steve Benbow Folk Club, Norbury Hotel, Norbury

22 Jun 1967 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH SANDY DENNY

27 Jun 1967 - Five Proud Walkers - Royalty Ballroom, Southgate

30 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - Chandlers Ford

1 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - MM ad campaign to promote Velvet Opera

A series of ads ran in MM to promote the Five Proud Walkers' new identity.
1 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera gives a man meal appeal
8 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera is good for you
15 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera with the less fattening centres
29 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera little darlings

5 Jul 1967 - Strawbs - Holy Ground, Bayswater

Also playing: Mike Absalom, Joanna Wheatley

6 Jul 1967 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH SANDY DENNY

8 Jun 1967 - Strawbs - Queens Head, Harlow

14 Jul 1967 - Strawbs - Les Cousins, Greek Street, allnighter, 11.30 onwards

16 Jul 1967 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH SANDY DENNY

16 Jul 1967 - Sandy Denny - Troubadour, Earls Court

Given that rehearsals with Sandy were taking place that day, is it possible that the Strawbs turned up as well to run through some of the new numbers that two days later they would set off for for Copenhagen to record All Our Own Work?

18 Jul 1967 - Strawbs - BBC Piccadilly 1 recording

The Strawbs took a day out of rehearsals with Sandy for this recording session, broadcast date unknown.

19 Jul 1967 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH SANDY DENNY

20 Jul 1967 - STRAWBS - LEAVE FOR DENMARK

Sailing from Newcastle to Esbjerg, then taking the the train to Copenhagen, the Strawbs set off to record All Our Own Work. Recording sessions in the afternoon on the Vanlose Bio cinema stage, on a three track, sprocket driven film soundtrack recorder. Everything had to be tidied away so that the evening's film could be shown.
In the evenings the group played at the Vise Ver Hus in Tivoli Gardens.

24 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

Recording by day in a cinema, and playing by night at the Vise Vers Hus in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Sandy Denny and the Strawbs made their first album, not released until 1973. The cover was going to be the photo of a chalk pavement drawing by Sandy (pictured)

25 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - DANMARKS RADIO TV SHOW,

25 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

26 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

27 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

28 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

29 Jul 1967 - SANDY AND THE STRAWBS - VANLOSE BIO (CINEMA/RECORDING STUDIO)/VISE VERSA HUS, TIVOLI GARDENS

29 Jul 1967 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Electric Garden King Street, Covent Garden

Also playing: Fairport Convention
The Electric Garden later became the famed hippy venue Middle Earth.

6 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Return from Denmark

Aug 1967? - STRAWBS (WITH SANDY?) - NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY FESTIVAL

16 Aug 1967 - Sandy Denny - Assembly Rooms, Surbiton

Also playing: Derek Serjeant, John Frazer

20 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Recording at Caedmon Phillips studio ??

23 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Richmond

25 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Les Cousins, Greek Street, allnighter with guests 11.30 on

26 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Harlow

30 Aug 1967 - Strawbs - Camberley

2 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court, 10.30 show

15 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - Chester

17 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - Wallasey

21 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - The Doghouse Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road, London

Also playing: Punchbowl Three and guests

24 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - Castle Hotel, Swindon

29 Sep 1967 - Strawbs - Chandlers Ford

1 Oct 1967 - Strawbs - Egham

6 Oct 1967 - Sandy Denny - Les Cousins, Greek Street

7 Oct 1967 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Bristol

10 Oct 1967 - Strawbs - Colchester

13 Oct 1967 - Sandy Denny - Central Hotel, East Ham

MM ad: "A first together at any club (normal prices)": Sandy Denny, Noel Murphy, John Renbourn

13 Oct 1967 - Strawbs - Portsmouth

15 Oct 1967 - Strawbs - Wood Green

Also playing: Rod Braxton

3 Nov 1967 - Sandy Denny - La Bastille, 134 Wardour Street, London

Also playing: Paul McNeill and Linda Peters (later known as Linda Thompson)

5 Nov 1967 - Sandy Denny - Steve Benbow Folk Club, Norbury Hotel, Norbury

7 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Crown, Twickenham

17 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Nottingham University

18 Nov 1967 - Sandy Denny - The Doghouse Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road, London

18 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Cambridge

19 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Nags Head, Battersea

20 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

22 Nov 1967 - Sandy Denny - Coach and Horses Club, Kew Green (opening night)

22 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - Wormwood Scrubs Prison

25 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - King Lud, Fleet Street, London

26 Nov 1967 - Sandy Denny - Horseshoe, Tottenham Court Road, London

Also playing: Tim Walker and Seb Jorgensen (classical guitar duo)

28 Nov 1967 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Spencer Davis??

1 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Chalfont St Giles

3 Dec 1967 - STRAWBS WITH SONJA KRISTINA - RAILWAY, BRENTWOOD

After the departure of Sandy Denny, the band recruited singer Sonja Kristina, later lead singer of Curved Air (Exorcising Ghosts suggests there was only one gig, this one at Nic Jones' folk club, but in earlier interviews more were referred to.)
Sonja got back together with the Acoustic Strawbs to perform some of these numbers at the 40th anniversary celebrations in Twickenham in 2009.

3 Dec 1967 - Sandy Denny - Nags Head, Battersea

4 Dec 1967 - CALL FROM KARL KNUDSEN - A&M

Dave recalls in Exorcising Ghosts the call on this day from Karl Knudsen to the effect that Dave Hubert in the A&M US office had heard the Copenhagen tapes and was "knocked sideways". As well as passing on Sandy's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" to Judy Collins, who then recorded it, Hubert had played the tapes to Alpert and Moss, who wanted to sign Sandy and the Strawbs, but of course that ship had sailed. So they agreed to fund a single instead ...

6 to 8 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Trip to Denmark

9 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Bristol

10 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Steve Benbow's Club, Norbury Hotel, Norbury

Steve Benbow's club.

14 Dec 1967 - Strawbs with Sonja Kristina ?? - Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road

Also playing: Noel Murphy
This may also have been a gig with Sonja Kristina.

15 Dec 1967 - Sandy Denny - Horseshoe, Tottenham Court Road, London

Also playing: Alexis Corner, Wizz Jones

17 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court

19 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - RAF Wyton,

21 Dec 1967 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins, Chas Upton now listed as "residents"
Jeremy Taylor was the featured artist.

22 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Isle of Wight

31 Dec 1967 - Strawbs - Colchester



1968

2 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, Tower Bridge Road

4 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Addlestone

5 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Eastleigh

7 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - BBC TV recording, transmission unknown

12 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Pedro William IV, Leyton High Road, London E11

14 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Warwick University

14 Jan 1968 - Fire - All Star Club, London E1

20 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - King Lud, Fleet Street, London

23 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - North London Polytechnic,

26 Jan 1968 - Sandy Denny - Assembly Rooms, St Pancras, London

Also playing: Alex Campbell, Chapter 3

26 Jan 1968 - Strawbs - Hitchin

1 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Greyhound, Fulham Palace Road

1 Feb 1968 - STRAWBS - MEET TONY VISCONTI TO DISCUSS ARRANGEMENTS

2 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Ashby de la Zouch

3 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Lichfield

4 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Peterborough

5 Feb 1968 - STRAWBS - CHAPPELL RECORDING STUDIOS, MADDOX STREET

The recording sessions for the Strawbs first single "Oh How She Changed" b/w "Or Am I Dreaming" (they were released the other way round in the US, Canada and Australia). On the first day, the basic tracks were recorded with Gus Dudgeon producing, and on the second day the orchestral arrangements by Tony Visconti were committed to tape.

6 Feb 1968 - STRAWBS - CHAPPELL RECORDING STUDIOS, MADDOX STREET

6 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Covenfolk, Red Lion, Barnes

7 - 10 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Denmark,

11 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Swindon

14 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Crawley

Also playing: Redd Sullivan

18 Feb 1968 - Dave Cousins - Regent Sound Studio A session - first meeting with Tom Allom

19 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Norwich

23 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Southampton

24 Feb 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - London School of Economics, London

28 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - Two Billion Folk Club, Norfolk Arms, Wembley

29 Feb 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Malcolm Price

1 Mar 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - International Student House, nr. Great Portland Street. London

Also playing: Ten Years After

4 Mar 1968 - Strawberry Hill Boys - Portsmouth

5 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Kensington

6 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Leeds

7 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Derek Brimstone

8 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - BBC My Kind Of Folk, Piccadilly Studio 1

Also playing: Dominic Behan (inspiration for "Josephine") and Noel Murphy, both legendary drinkers. The after show party must have been fun.....

11 Mar 1968 - Dave Cousins - Regent Sound Studio A session - Tony Meehan/John McLoughlin

12 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Harrow

13 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - BBC My Kind Of Folk transmitted

13 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Dominic Behan, My Kind Of Folk with Strawbs transmitted

14 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Ralph McTell
Gus Dudgeon produced Ralph's first album (with arrangement contributions from Tony Visconti) Eight Frames A Cecond, which had just been released in Feb 1968.

14 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Wakefield

15 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Tinkers Club,

15 Mar 1968 - FIRE - RELEASE OF FIRE: FATHER'S NAME IS DAD SINGLE

Dave Lambert's band's first single, released on Decca (rare promo copy pictured). The band's publishing deal was with Beatles' Apple Corp and apparently, after the initial release, Paul McCartney wanted the single pulled and re-mixed.

16 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Oxfam, Bishops Stortford

16 Mar 1968 - Maureen Kennedy Martin - MM report of Maureen Kennedy-Martin gig

17 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Chester

17 Mar 1968 - Sandy Denny - Starting Gate, Wood Green

19 Mar 1968 - Dave Cousins - Leonard Cohen rehearsals

20 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - White Lion, Putney

21 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Noel Murphy

22 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Clitheroe

23 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Manchester

26 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Don Quixote Folk Club, Old Brompton Road, London

28 Mar 1968 - Strawbs - Cardinal,

20 Mar 1968 - DAVE COUSINS - LEONARD COHEN RECORDINGS, BBC LIME GROVE STUDIOS

Dave Cousins played guitar and banjo on these sessions. The sessions were transmitted as "Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen" in two parts on 31 Aug 1968 and 7 Sep 1968.
A bootleg of the show exists. Details to follow.

1 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Wolverhampton

3 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Putney

4 Apr 1968 - Martin Luther King - Assassination of Martin Luther King

4 Apr 1968 - STRAWBS - BARRIE WENTZELL PHOTO SESSION, OSTERLEY PARK

A photoshoot by noted rock photographer Barrie Wentzell in the grounds of Osterley Park in West London produced some great shots - Cousins decked out in a splendid blazer and Ron - for some reason - dressed in 18th century military garb! The photos were later used for 2010's Of A Time, which recreated the original Strawbs rejected in the first instance by A&M in 1968.
See
Of A Time page.

4 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs including in ad
Also playing: Redd Sullivan and gustes

5 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court

Reviewed in MM 20 Apr 1968 by Eric Winter
"You don't have to have a long memory to remember the Strawbs when they were called the Strawberry Hill Boys - a fast-playing and talented country music group. There was an echo of their past when they played a couple of bluegrass breakdowns and a march at the Troubadour recently. But most of their programme, in keeping with their new image, was devoted to their own songs. Third-man Ron Chesterman is a swinging bass player. The group is to have an LP out quite soon. They certainly deserve to be recorded."

6 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Bristol

10 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - My Kind Of Folk recording

11 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Billed as Strawberry Hill Boys with guests

15 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Colchester

17 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Shipley/Wolverhampton

17 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Arlo Guthrie, My Kind Of Folk transmitted

18 Apr 1968 - Strawbs ?? - White Bear, Hounslow

Uncertain whether Strawbs played on this occasion
Featured artist: Michael Chapman

20 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Birmingham

25 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Addlestone

25 Apr 1968 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

No reference to Strawbs
Featured artist: John Foreman

27 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - King Lud, Fleet Street, London

27 Apr 1968 - MELODY MAKER - ANNOUNCEMENT IN FOCUS ON FOLK THAT STRAWBS HAVE SIGNED WITH A&M RECORDS

27 Apr 1968 - Sandy Denny - Clerkenwell Tavern, London

28 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Save the Children, Swindon

29 Apr 1968 - Sandy Denny - Phoenix Pub, Cavendish Square, London

30 Apr 1968 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, Tower Bridge Road

2 May 1968 - Strawbs - Jug of Punch, Birmingham

2 May 1968 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs elsewhere that night
Featured artist: Alex Campbell

3 May 1968 - Strawbs - Pear Tree Inn, Wolverhampton

4 May 1968 - Strawbs - Queens Hotel, Oswestry

5 May 1968 - Strawbs - Hitchin

6 May 1968 - Strawbs - Red Lion, Hemel Hempstead

7 May 1968 - Strawbs - Peterborough

12 May 1968 - Sandy Denny - Horseshoe, Tottenham Court Road, London

Also playing: John Martyn

15 May 1968 - Strawbs - Visit Omar Khyam restaurant,

12 May 1968 - Strawbs - Enterprise, Hampstead

Also playing: residents Terry Gould, Marian McKenzie, Don Borito

20 May 1968 - SANDY DENNY - FIRST SHOW WITH FAIRPORT CONVENTION, MIDDLE EARTH, COVENT GARDEN

21 May 1968 - Strawbs - Crosby Hotel, Scunthorpe

22 May 1968 - Strawbs - University of Warwick, Coventry

23 May 1968 - Strawbs - Globe,

23 May 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: Mike Absalom

24 May 1968 - Strawbs - Jersey

25 May 1968 - Sandy Denny - Anglers, Teddington

25 May 1968 - Sandy Denny - MM comment that Sandy Denny to replace Judy Dyble in Fairport Convention

26 May 1968 - Strawbs - Chichester

28 May 1968 - Strawbs - Neasden

1 Jun 1968 - Fire - MM ad for Fire and Saturday agency; second single out soon

6 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW

This is marked in Dave's diary as the pre-release celebrations for their first single, the night they sold a box of early copies at the White Bear.

13 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Also playing: either Martin Winsor or Alex Campbell

14 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Brighton University

15 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - BILLBOARD AD CELEBRATING STRAWBS' SIGNING

Very early announcement in the US's music bible of Strawbs' first single.
In the same issue, A&M also ran a full page tribute by Robert Kennedy to Martin Luther King, who died on 4 April 1968. Kennedy himself had been assassinated 10 days prior to the magazine's date.

15 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - King Lud, Fleet Street, London

18 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - US RELEASE OF "OH HOW SHE CHANGED"

20 -21 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

The Strawbs' recording sessions were booked from 10am to 10pm both days.

21 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF "OH HOW SHE CHANGED"

The UK release of their first single (released three days earlier in the US). See the "Oh How She Changed" versions page.

22 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Harlow

no firm date - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Islington Town Hall

MM review by Tony Wilson (29 Jun 1968): Only a couple of dozen people turned up to the gig but VO carried on anyway: "solid pounding stuff, and Gantry led the group through material such as 'You Really Got Me Going', 'All Along The Watchtower' and their new single 'Mary Jane'. Paul Brett was featured on a couple of good solos, 'In Crowd' and 'Eleanor Rigby'."
This seems to have been a transitional line-up, with Paul Brett having joined, but with Elmer Gantry not yet replaced by Johnny Joyce.

24 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Meeting with Nosrati and his Arab friends

"Nosrati and his Arab friends" are credited on the first album sleeve notes, for their backing on "Tell Me What You See In Me" - Dave found them in the Omar Khayam restaurant in the City of London, and as they had no English, and the boys spoke no Arabic, the whole session was conducted in French!

25 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Club, Plymouth

25 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Concert, Plymouth

27 Jun 1968 - Strawbs - Carnival, Hunts

28 Jun 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

4 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Chas Upton and other guests

5 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Fiesta, Fulham Road, London

MM 6 Jul 1968: "La Fiesta, a new folk and blues club opening on the Fulham Road, Chelsea, when the star attraction is the Strawbs."
Small ad: "a new late night show 10-2 at La Fiesta, The Strawbs, promoting their latest record, plus a host of other stars."

6 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Chelmsford

6 Jul 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera album reviewed

6 Jul 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera album reviewed

6 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - MM article - A Change Of Fortune For The Strawbs, by Tony Wilson

MM article by Tony Wilson (6 Jul 1968): "A five year contract signed direct with an American company is a nice prize for any group and the Strawbs have just landed such a prize. An A&M Records executive heard them by chance in Denmark, the boys sent along some demo discs to the US, and consequently their first single "Oh How She Changed" has just been released in Britain, with the B-side "Or Am I Dreaming" being issued as the A-side in the USA. The record is also to be released on a worldwide basis in countries such as Australia, Japan and South Africa.
The group achieved prominence in the folk world as the Strawberry Hill Boys, but Dave Cousins, Tony Hooper and Ron Chesterman decided that the name had limitations, says Dave. "Now we are not playing bluegrass and we are stuck between pop and folk. Although in a ballroom we would die a death, we can get away with what we want to do in folk clubs."
"We are composers who want to see our music presented in the best way possible", points out Tony Hooper. "The thing is to make the best of it, doing what comes naturally. The songs become widely acceptable when they are done with an orchestra and we do it because that is what the songs need."
"And we are in the fortunate position of being able to please ourselves as far as recording goes" says Dave.
Although Dave and Tony see their future as being in writing and publishing, they are concentrating recording songs. At present, besides promoting the single, the group are also working on an album.
"Some of the songs are three years old, some are three weeks old" says Dave. "The older ones are fairly vague whereas the newer ones are more definite in what they say. They're not protest, but comments on everyday life. They allow people to get their own ideas from the songs. Most of them are based on personal experience or observations."
"But they are not all like that," comments Tony. "Some are romantic. We picked the best 14 out of 60 songs written over the last three years."
The album is being produced by Gus Dudgeon and the arrangements are by Tony Visconti, of who Dave and Tony both speak very highly. The songs have backings ranging from the group's two guitars played by Dave and Tony and Ron Chesterman's bass to jazz backings and a 37-piece orchestra. Would the next single come from the album? "We can't see anything coming out of what we've put down, so we'll probably write one" answers Dave.
Adds Tony, "A hit single would help to establish us, but it would only be a taste of what we can do." "What we really want, basically," said Dave, "is to be recognised for writing good quality songs."

8 Jul 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

9 Jul 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

11 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing Colin Scot

11 Jul 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

12 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Marlborough Grammar School,

13 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Review of Oh How She Changed

Chris Welch in MM (13 Jul 1968) got round to reviewing the Strawbs' first single: "Pretty tune, fantastic production and after the soft intro comes a delayed action beat that infects high drama into the performance. Bee Gees type strings are used with an imaginative arrangement that does not get in the way of the vocal harmonies. Quite symphonic in structure."
The single had been released on 21 Jun 1968 in the UK, but three days earlier in the US. See the "Oh How She Changed" versions page.

16 Jul 1968 - STRAWBS - MIXING AT LANSDOWNE STUDIOS

17 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - RAF, Huntingdon

18 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Derby

19 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Blackburn

20 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - ITV Time For Blackburn transmitted

23 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Harlow Arts Festival

Also playing: Spinners, Noel Murphy and Derek Brimstone

24 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Backing track???,

24 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Havant

25 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Alex Campbell, Trevor Crozier

27 Jul 1968 - STRAWBS - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL

The first Cambridge appearance as a trio: Cousins, Hooper and Ron Chesterman.
Also playing included: Roy Harper, Derek Brimstone, Noel Murphy, Pentangle, Sweeney's Men, The Crofters, Leon Rosselson, The High Level Ranters, Planxty, Joe Cocker's Grease Band and The Sallyangie (Mike and Sally Oldfield) as well as US visitors Odetta, Tom Rush and Hedy West.
The piece in the programme on Noel Murphy includes a plug for his album Nyaaaah on which the Strawbs played.
It was seeing Sweeney's Men perform that decided Fairport bassist Ashley Hutchings to recruit them to his new band, the as yet un-named Steeleye Span.

28 Jul 1968 - Strawbs - Saracens Head, Chelmsford

1 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Not known whether Strawbs played
Also playing: Stefan Grossman

3 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Webster Hall, Arbroath

4 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Burnt Island, Fife

5 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Kirkaldy

6 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Arbroath

8 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Derek Brimstone

15 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs not listed in ad
Featured artist: Patrick Nelson

16 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Les Cousins, Greek Street

MM ad: The Strawbs, a fine group blending good music with equally good songs - ticket price 5 shillings (25p)

17 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Fiesta, Fulham Road

MM ad: "One of Britain's finest folk groups currently promoting their latest hit record."

18 Aug to 20 Aug 1968 - STRAWBS - FILMING CLIP FOR 'THE MAN WHO CALLED HIMSELF JESUS', EASTINGTON, NR STROUD

21 Aug 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Country Club, Haverstock Hill

22 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Ian Anderson (who later renamed himself Ian A Anderson to avoid confusion with the Jethro Tull singer)

23 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Ashby-de-le-Zouch

24 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Oswestry

27 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Hungry I Cellar, Croydon

29 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Barnet & Whetstone FC, Black Bull, N20

30 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Country Club, Haverstock Hill

31 Aug 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Free concert, Arena Theatre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Also playing: Roy Harper, Breakthru, The Frame

31 Aug 1968 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Bristol

31 Aug 1968 - Dave Cousins - Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen - first show

2 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - A&M arrive - stay Dorchester, Gil Friesen

3 Sep 1968 - STRAWBS - A&M PLAYBACK OF ALBUM, GIL FRIESEN

The first playback of the original tapes for Strawbs, their first A&M album wasn't received well. A&M had expected an album more like the single they had recorded, but Strawbs had gone to town with a more pop and orchestral sound, which wasn't, according to Dave in "Exorcising Ghosts", at all to A&M exec Gil Friesen's taste. The next day it was agreed that they would rework the album, with some new songs replacing the more poppy elements.

3 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, Tower Bridge Road

4 Sep 1968 - STRAWBS - A&M MEETING, GIL FRIESEN

5 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Honest John Three, Chas Upton

7 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Greenwich Folk Club, The Gloucester, Greenwich

7 Sep 1968 - Dave Cousins - Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen - second show

9 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride recording, Maida Vale Studio 4

9 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride recording, Maida Vale Studio 4

10 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Walsall

12 Sep 1968 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad, playing in Lichfield that night
Featured artists: Dave Calderhead, Chas Upton

12 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Lichfield

13 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Walsall

14 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court

15 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Hitchin

16 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride recording, Maida Vale Studio 4

16 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride recording, Maida Vale Studio 4

19 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Norwich

20 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Redhill

21 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Romford

23 Sep 1968 - DAVE COUSINS - BBC JONI MITCHELL RECORDINGS

In Exorcising Ghosts, Dave recounts that Joni showed him a tuning that she had devised with David Crosby (apprently with fingers coming the wrong way onto the fretboard!) which Dave used for "I'll Show You Where To Sleep".
Other players: Danny Thompson (bass), Harold McNair (flute), John Cameron (piano), Tony Carr (drums).

24 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - My Kind Of Folk recording

26 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Valley Folk, Folk Centre, Dalling Road, Hammersmith

27 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Tinkers Club, Country Club, Haverstock Hill

Also playing: Martin Wyndham-Reed

28 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Bandstand, Hyde Park

Also playing: The Move, Roy Harper,The Action, Clouds ,Pete Brown.
More info about the festivals (with pictures - though not of the Strawbs, sadly) at: The UK Rock Festivals site.

28 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - All nighter, Les Cousins, Greek Street

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick (7.30-11.00)
Strawbs (12.00 to 7.00am)
Ad commented: "Very fine contemporary songwriters and music. LP out soon."

30 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Walsall

30 Sep 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

3 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: The Halliard

7 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

9 Oct 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Eel Pie Island

Also playing: Byzantium (an A&M signing)

9 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Lyn and Graham McCarthy, My Kind Of Folk transmitted

10 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Noel Murphy, Chas Upton

12 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Fiesta, Fulham

"Late Night Rave with the Strawbs 10.00-3.00am, one of Britain's finest folk groups"

14 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

18-19 Oct 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Overnight "rave", Brunel University Students Union

Also playing: The Who, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Alan Bown, Skip Bifferty

21 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

28 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

31 Oct 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs most likely played
Also playing: Mike Absalom, Chas Upton

Nov 1968 - Sandy Denny - Judy Collins releases Who Knows Where The Time Goes album

1 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Grantham

2 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Allnighter, Les Cousins, Greek Street

Davy Graham (7.30-11.00)
Strawbs (12.00-7.00am) "fine contemporary group"

4 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

7 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs likely to have played
Also playing: Dave Waite and Marian Segal (also known as Jade)

8 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court

9 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Henley-on-Thames

9 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Allnighter, Poles Apart, 14 Tottenham Court Road, London

Midnight till 6.00am
Also playing: Dave Travis

14 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Packie Byrne

15 Nov 1968 - STRAWBS - THE MAN WHO CALLED HIMSELF JESUS UK RELEASE

MM reported on 2 Nov 1968: "Controversy may hit the Strawbs new single "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus" which is being released on 15 Nov by A&M Records through Pye in Britain. The single was released in America last Friday."
However (a) an MM ad in Folk Forum (15 Nov 1968) ran: "Don't forget the new Strawbs single 'The Man Who Called Himself Jesus' A&M Records AMS 738" and (b) the promo copies of the single were stamped for release on 22 Nov 1968, so it looks like the UK date slipped a week in the end.
Comedian Spike Milligan heard it on the radio and asked for a copy. Strawbs were invited to a party at his house, attended by many of the comedy gods in the UK, and handed over the complimentary copy.

15 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Nottingham

17 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Wood Green

19 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Swindon

20-22 Nov, 26-28 Nov 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD MORGAN STUDIOS

Back into the studio to replace the tracks which A&M rejected (which would later find their way onto a private vinyl pressing of less than 100 copies (to avoid tax issues) "Strawberry Sampler Number 1", which would be sent out to stimulate cover versions of the unused songs.
These second sessions (and some more on 4-6 Dec 1968) produced 5 new tracks, 4 of which were included on the revised Strawbs album: "That Which Once Was Mine", "Pieces of 79 And 15" and "Where AmI/I'll Show You Where To Sleep" and the first of Strawbs' epics - "The Battle".
A fifth track, Tony's "Young Again" with frenetic banjo backing, didn't make the cut and the song was later reworked for Dragonfly - the original also was included on the Sampler.

21 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: The Tinkers, Chas Upton.

23 Nov 1968 - Strawbs - Allnighter, Les Cousins, Greek Street

28 Nov 1968 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

No mention of Strawbs on ad
Featured artist: Peter Sarstedt

29 Nov - 1 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Belfast Festival,

30 Nov 1968 - Fire - MM review of Fire's single "Round The Gum Tree"

Chris Welch wasn't happy:
"Unbelievable teeny bopper rubbish, as bad as all that Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Co. bilge. There is a speeded up Chipmunks passage. Own up chaps, this isn't what it's all about. Worst record of the year."
That said, neither were Fire: Mike Berry, John Turner and Derek Savage persuaded us to record a song written by Mike Berry for Fire's second single release. The B-side was so bad that Lambert refused to sing on it on it even though it was going out under the Fire name. The vocals are provided by Turner and Savage.

30 Nov 1968 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - University College London

3 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, Copper Kettle, Tower Bridge Road, London,

4 - 6 Dec 1968 - STRAWBS - RECORD MORGAN STUDIOS

4 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Folk Blues Concert, Regent Street Polytechnic, London

Also playing: Curtis Jones

5 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs featured in ad
Also playing: Maureen Kennedy Martin (was Brian Willoughby her accompanist by then?)

7 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Theatre Royal, York

8 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Coventry

10 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - BBC session (transmitted 12 Jan 1969)

Tracks included: "I'll Show You Where To Sleep", "Poor Jimmy Wilson", "The Battle", "That Which Once Was Mine"
Line-up: DC, TH, Ron, Tony Visconti (MD and recorder)

11 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - BBC My Kind Of Folk recording

12 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs featured in ad
Also playing: Alex Campbell, Chas Upton

13 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Redhill

14 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Fiesta, Fulham Road (10.00-2.30)

15 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Chelmsford

18 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Strawbs, My Kind Of Folk transmitted

19 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow Christmas Party

Strawbs featured in ad
Also playing: Chas Upton, residents
Fancy dress only!

20 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Brentwood

21 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - MM My Kind Of Folk piece

MM reported that "The Strawbs recorded their My Kind Of Folk programme this week. It's the last in the series and among their guests is Alan Price. "

21 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - White Hart, Collier Row, Romford

Also playing: Maureen Kennedy Martin, Nic Jones, The Riggers, Terry Munday.

22 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Hitchin

23 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - The Granary, Bristol

29 Dec 1968 - Strawbs - Chichester



1969

5 Jan 1969 - Paul Brett/Johnny Joyce - Nags Head, Battersea

9 Jan 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

No mention of Strawbs on ad
Featured artist: Johnny Joyce, Chas Upton

10 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Top Gear interview with Brian Matthew

Interview with Brian Matthews, included as part of Top Gear transmission on 12 Jan. Part appeared as a bonus track on the 2008 CD release of Strawbs, along with two tracks from the session recorded on 10 Dec 1968, "The Battle" and "Poor Jimmy Wilson".

12 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - John Peel Top Gear transmitted, with Moby Grape, Bakerloo, Caravan

Thu 16 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Folk Club, Black Bull, Whetstone

also playing: Dennis and Vanessa

Fri 17 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - BEA Apprentices Club, Northolt

Sat 18 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Portsmouth

also playing: Jon Isherwood/Pat Nelson

Sun 19 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Folk Club, Norwich

21-22 Jan 1969 - Dave Cousins - Recording with Clancy Brothers

Thu 23 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - All Saints Church Hall, Notting Hill

25 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Rehearse with Julie Felix

Sun 26 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Swindon

27-28 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - Recording with Julie Felix, Jack Jones also present

30 Jan 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Also playing: Cyril Tawney

31 Jan 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Meeting with Phil Denny to discuss recording Paper Bubble

5 Feb 1969 - STRAWBS - BBC TOP GEAR RECORDING - WITH RICK WAKEMAN ON KEYBOARDS

Sat 8 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Liverpool University

9 Feb 1969 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Lyceum

A West London College SU gig
Also playing: Simon Dupree and the Big Sound

10-11 Feb 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Paper Bubble rehearsals

12 Feb 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Paper Bubble recordings, with Herbie Flowers, Clem Cattini

Also playing Herbie Flowers and Clem Cattini.
The string overdubs were recorded that afternoon.

13 Feb 1969 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Also playing: Nic Jones, Chas Upton

Fri 14 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Liverpool

Sat 15 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Bristol

16 Feb 1969 - STRAWBS - BBC TOP GEAR TRANSMITTED

One of these tracks with Rick on board in his "One Take Wakeman" role, "The Battle", was included on A Taste Of Strawbs, but with a possibly erroneous transmission date of Dec 1968.

20 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Jon Isherwood

Fri 21 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Country Club, Haverstock Hill, London

"Murray Kash introduces The Strawbs, The Southern Ramblers at the Country Club, 210A Haverstock Hill"

21 Feb 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Paper Bubble reduction

22 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Appearance on Once More With Felix

BBC Genome: "Julie Felix is joined by the folk trio The Strawbs in a song "We'll Meet Again Some Time"; and Jack Jones, hailed by many as the new Sinatra, sings "Without Her" and his latest release "Love Story"."
They may also have performed "Josephine" on this occasion in Jones' presence as he later received a copy of the Strawberry Sampler and recorded it himself on his album A Time For Us.
MM on 21 Dec 1968 reported that the Strawbs would appear on 22 Jan 1969.

Sun 23 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Roundhouse, LSE London

Wed 26 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - Kidderminster

27 Feb 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Mike Absalom, Chas Upton

27 Feb 1969 - Fire - London College SU

Also playing: The Moody Blues

2 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - BBC show

3 Mar 1969 - Dave Cousins - Cousins meets Lonnie Donegan

4 Mar 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Compiling Paper Bubble album Scenery

Wed 5 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Angel Hotel, Ilford

6 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Blues Project, Chas Upton
ad comments: "complete, unexpurgated"

Fri 7 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Mothers Club, Birmingham

8 Mar 1969 - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - MM ad Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera splits

"The Velvet Opera has parted from their lead vocalist. It was agreed that the vocalist should retain the title "Elmer Gantry" and the Velvet Opera will retain its own title and will continue with new member Johnny Joyce on 12 string guitar."

Tue 11 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, The Copper, Tower Bridge Road, London

"Cliff Aungier presents" The Strawbs at The Dungeon Club"

13 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Piers Hayman, Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, Chas Upton,

14 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Tyne Tees Television show recording

Mon 17 Mar 1969 - STRAWBS - WESTMINSTER CENTRAL HALL, LONDON

Key show where Strawbs performed "Martin Luther King's Dream" in front of his widow, Coretta King.
Also appearing: Julie Felix.

20 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Southern Ramblers, Chas Upton,

Fri 21 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Imperial College, London

25 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Tyne Tees Television show transmission

27 Mar 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs?)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Malcolm Price "plus residents"

27 Mar 1969 - Velvet Opera - Maria Grey College, Twickenham

Still advertised as Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
Ad comments: "folk, electric and sitar"

Sat 29 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - White Hart, Colliers Row, Romford

also playing: Colin Scott

Mon 31 Mar 1969 - Strawbs - Hanging Lamp, The Vineyard, Richmond

Verity Stevens, resident

Fri 4 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Living Arts, Redhill

Mon 7 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Colchester

Fri 11 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Country Club, Haverstock Hill

17 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Also playing: Gerry Lockran, Chas Upton

Sat 19 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Robin Hood, Rochdale

Sun 20 to Sat 26 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Change Is Club, Bath Lane, Newcastle

This was Bob Monkhouse's Club, where they performed alongside Monkhouse and other comedians including Lennie Bennett. King Crimson had played in the club's first week, and Strawbs were booked for the second week. More info in Exorcising Ghosts, p.100.

24 Apr 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs?)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: The Yetties, Chas Upton, plus residents ??

Tue 29 Apr 1969 - Strawbs - Plymouth

31 Jul 1969 - Dave Cousins, Tony Hooper - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: Jon Isherwood, Dave Tony, Chas, Alan

Thu 1 May 1969 - Strawbs - Swansea

Fri 2 May 1969 - Strawbs - Railway Hotel, London E15

Sun 4 May 1969 - Strawbs - Hitchin

5-7 May 1969 - Dave Cousins - Recording String Driven Thing demos, Glasgow

8 May 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Also playing: Alex Campbell, Chas Upton, Alan Howard plus residents

Sun 11 May 1969 - Strawbs - Scarborough

11 Jun 1969 - Cousins and Hooper - Meet Spike Milligan

The infamous occasion where Cousins and Hooper attended a party held at Milligan's house to deliver a copy of "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus".

15 May 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs?)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: Alex Atterson

Sat 17 May 1969 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Earls Court, London

18 May 1969 - Dave Cousins - Subject For Sunday transmitted, with Robin Denselow

18 May 1969 - Dave Cousins - BBC Pop Prophets transmitted

Radio Times:
"The Pop Prophets
Have the writers and singers of present-day pop music ' a message'? And if so. what is it?
David Winter investigates with the help of Paul Simon, Nigel Goodwin Robin Denselow and Dave Cousins."
Postponed from 4 May.

19 May 1969 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted, Terry Cox on drums

Wed 21 May 1969 - Strawbs - Crown and Sceptre, Staines Road, Feltham

According to his self-published memoir, Brian Willoughby was one of the organisers of this club, along with Wayne Hiscox and John Puddock. They were the residents, and apparently Brian even sang in those days!
He recalls booking the Strawbs and paying them 8 pounds "and I still think it was too much!"

22 May 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Noel Murphy and Shaggis (aka Davey Johnstone, later Elton John's long-term guitarist), Chas Upton

23 May 1969 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF STRAWBS ALBUM

Ads in the music press announced the long awaited release of their first album, 8 months or so after they had first played the first version to A&M.

Fri 23 May 1969 - Strawbs - Arts Lab, Norwich

26 May 1969 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted, Terry Cox on drums

Wed 28 May 1969 - Strawbs - Canterbury

29 May 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Ralph McTell, Alan Howard, Chas Upton

Sun 1 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Swindon

5 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Singers Night, White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Billed as a "Singers Night" with no featured artist

5 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - BBC TV Colour Me Pop recording

Fri 6 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Redhill

6 Jun 1969 - STRAWBS - RECORD "FOREVER"/"WE'LL MEET AGAIN SOMETIME", TRIDENT STUDIOS

Dave's diary records a session in Jun 1969 at Trident Studios, recording "Forever" and "We'll Meet Again Sometime".
No other details, but there was a version of the latter which appeared on "Halcyon Days" (the tape was supposed to be the Miller Anderson version from Two Weeks, but instead it was a full scale band number).
"Forever" was thought to be a Dragonfly outtake, but it maybe that the basic tracks were laid down here rather than in Copenhagen, with Claire Deniz adding cello in those Copenhagen sessions. In the end it didn't come out till 17 Jul 1970, after the QEH concert 6 days previously had affirmed the Strawbs' new electric line-up.

Sat 7 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Turville Heath

7 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - MM short review of Strawbs album

"First album from this talented trio featuring all original material by Tony Hooper and Dave Cousins. Thoughtful arrangements offset the songs, which are reminiscent of the Moody Blues' style."

8 Jun 1969 - Strawbs/David Bowie - Rehearse "Poor Jimmy Wilson" with David Bowie

Mon 9 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Hanging Lamp, Richmond

9 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted, Terry Cox on drums

Wed 11 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Midsummer Festival, Cambridge

Also playing: David Bowie, Audience, Screw, Family

Fri 13 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Van Dyke Club, Plymouth

Sat 14 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Gateshead

14 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Colour Me Pop transmitted

16 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted, Terry Cox on drums

Tue 17 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Crown, Twickenham

22 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Marquee, London

23 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted, Terry Cox on drums

Tue 24 Jun 1969 - Strawbs - Dungeon Club, Tower Bridge Road, London

26 Jun 1969 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artists: Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, Dave, Chas, Alan

1 Jul 1969 - Strawbs, Velvet Opera - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Opening night featured Velvet Opera (Hud, John, Paul Brett, Johnny Joyce)

Wed 2 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Goldsmiths College, London (lunchtime)

Fri 4 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Edenbridge

Sat 5 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Epsom

Sun 6 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Horsham

Fri 11 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Troubadour, Bristol

Sat 12 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Barnsley

15 Jul 1969 - STRAWBS - HOUNSLOW ARTS LAB, WHITE BEAR HOUNSLOW

Strawbs included in ad
Featured artist: David Bowie

18 Jul 1969 - STRAWBS - REHEARSAL WITH CLAIRE DENIZ

19 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Johnnie Walker Show transmitted, includes Strawbs

Sun 20 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Benfleet

Tue 22 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Three Horseshoes, Carlisle

Wed 23 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Paradiso, Amsterdam

Fri 25 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Tony Bale benefit, Cecil Sharp House, London

Strawbs headline
Also playing: Johnny Handle and the High Level Ranters, Valley Folk, Dave & Toni Arthur

26 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Essex Folk Festival, Romford

Strawbs headliners
Also playing: Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Robin and Barry Dransfield.

30 Jul 1969 - Strawbs - Rehearsal with Claire Deniz

Sun 3 Aug 1969 - STRAWBS - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL

Strawbs are not included in the programme, but appeared in an ad in MM giving their appearance time as 5.55pm - for the programme, see the Cambridge 1969 programme page.
There was also a flyer saying that they'd be playing at 10.00am on Sunday morning in a "special session on main stage for visiting artists ('drop-ins')". One of the other drop-ins was Johnny Silva (sic).
Also appearing, amongst others: Colin Scot, The Magna Carta, The Johnstons, The Dubliners, Alex Campbell, The Young Tradition, Noel Murphy, Dave and Toni Arthur, Al Stewart, Ralph McTell, Derek Brimstone and Shelagh McDonald.

7 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Featured artists: Mike Absalom, Chas, Alan

8 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - BBC recording Stuart Henry, Noise At Nine

Sat 9 Aug 1969 - STRAWBS - PLUMPTON FESTIVAL

9th National Blues and Jazz Festival (held at Plumpton after move from planned site at West Drayton)
Also playing: Bonzo Dog Band, Roy Harper (headlining), Breakthru, Jigsaw, Peter Hamill
This appears to be the first gig recorded featuring new cellist, Claire Deniz, whose recruitment was formally announced in MM 23 Aug 1969
The gig was reviewed in the music press on 16 Aug 1969:
"The Strawbs proved to be a great - if not incredible - string band. Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper on guitars were supported for the first time by bass and cello and the overall sound was strong but peaceful and came over clearly. A pleasing formula of fine vocals applied to good melodies and direct unpretentious lyrics, including 'We'll Meet Again Sometime', 'Poor Jimmy Wilson', 'Josephine For Better Or For Worse' and the witty 'Man Who Called Himself Jesus'. They won strong applause."

10 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Stuart Henry, Noise At Nine transmitted

10 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Hounslow Arts Lab

Thu 14 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Shrewsbury

Sat 16 Aug 1969 - STRAWBS - DAVID BOWIE'S FREE FESTIVAL, BECKENHAM RECREATION GROUND

Line-up included Clare Deniz.
also playing: Bridget St. John, Keith Christmas, Junior's Eyes, David Bowie. Photographer Ray Stevenson took some iconic photographs that day.
The event was recreated on 17 Aug 2019, with a Dave Cousins solo set, Keith Christmas and Bridget St. John also turning out, alongside a range of Bowie-inspired acts. Ray was also there. For a review, and some of Ray's photos from both eras, see Review - Journey To The Centre Of The Strawbs".

16 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Johnny Silvo, Country Meets Folk transmitted

Mon 18 Aug to Sat 23 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Pipers Club, Bottallack, Penzance

also playing: Brenda Wootton, John the Fish

23 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - MM report that Claire Deniz joining the Strawbs

Cellist Claire Deniz, formerly lead cellist with the Royal Ballet Orchestra has joined the Strawbs for gigs and recording. Clare will be heard with the group on this Saturday's [23 Aug 69] Country Meets Folk and on Sunday's [24 Aug 69] Noise At Nine presented by Stuart Henry.

23 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Country Meets Folk (with Claire) transmitted

24 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Stuart Henry, Noise At Nine transmitted

25 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Session for Top Gear

"We'll Meet Again Sometime", "Another Day", "Till The Sun Comes Shining Through" (transmitted Sun 7 Sep 69 Top Gear)

26 Aug 1969 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Third Ear Band

Fri 29 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Wolverhampton

Sun 31 Aug 1969 - Strawbs - Swindon

6 Sep 1969 - A&M - MM piece on 2nd UK act signed by A&M

A&M's second British signing was rather less exciting than their first! MM reported that Peppermint Circus was a Leamington Spa quintet previously recorded for Olga and Polydor Records. They managed a couple of singles for A&M in 1969 and 1970 then no more.

Sun 7 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Manchester

9 Sep 1969 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Tucker Zimmerman

11 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Dave Sewell, Chas Upton

Fri 12 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Kingston

Sun 14 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Rugby Festival

also playing: Roy Harper, Eclection, Ralph McTell, Magna Carta, Ron Geesin, Mike Absalom, Colin Scott, Diz Disley, Shelagh McDonald, Derek Brimstone.

Mon 15 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Richmond

18 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Also playing: Derek Brimstone, Chas Upton

Fri 19 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Shelter Benefit Concert, Cecil Sharp House, London

also playing: Magna Carta, Jon Betmead, Southern Ramblers

Sat 20 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Midhurst

21 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - BBC recording Peter Sarstedt show

23 Sep 1969 - Velvet Opera - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Tue 23 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Barnsley ???

24 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - My Kind Of folk final edition transmitted, with The Johnstons, Ralph McTell, Pentangle, Peter Sarstedt, The Spinners, Strawbs, Redd Sullivan

26 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Adam and Eve Folk Club, Digbeth, Birmingham

Poster at the 1965-1972 posters page.

26 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Peter Sarstedt show transmitted

Sat 27 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Barnsley ???

Sun 28 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Chelmsford

Tue 30 Sep 1969 - Strawbs - Hayes Folk Club, The Angel, Hayes End

Wed 1 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Chiswick???

Thu 2 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Bedford College, London

Fri 3 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Sir John Cass College, City

Sat 4 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Farnborough

Sun 5 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - University, Warwick

Mon 6 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - University, Swansea

7 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included in ad
Featured artist: Pete Brown

8-25 Oct 1969 - STRAWBS - STRAWBS IN DENMARK, RECORDING DRAGONFLY

Strawbs left for Denmark on 8 Oct 1969. Dave's diary shows recording dates for Dragonfly and the single Forever on 10 Oct, 17 Oct and 22 Oct, returning to the UK on 25 Oct. Further recordings for Forever took place in England in Mar 1970.

21 Oct 1969 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Accolade, Johnny Joyce and Paul Brett

23 Oct 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Colin Scott

26 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Appearance on Peter Sarstedt show

Mon 27 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Newcastle

Tue 28 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Nottingham

29 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Tyne Tees Walk Right In recorded

30 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Tyne Tees Walk Right In transmitted

Walk Right In was a 1969 Tyne Tees Television series, presented by Wally Whyton. Artists featured over the series included The Corries and The Scaffold.

Fri 31 Oct 1969 - Strawbs - Bristol

3 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Mixing Dragonfly - John Etheridge

Tue 4 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - RAF, Brize Norton

Wed 5 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - College, Hull

6 Nov 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Maureen Kennedy Martin plus residents

Fri 7 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Ritz Ballroom, Bournemouth

Sat 8 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Plymouth

Mon 10 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Wolverhampton

10 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Mixing Dragonfly

Tue 11 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Southampton

Wed 12 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Buxton

13 Nov 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artist: Pigsty Hill Orchestra, Chas Upton, Alan Howard

Thu 13 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Norwich

Fri 14 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Coventry College of Education - Cancelled due to sickness

Ad in MM: "Strawbs wish to apologise to their friends, Hadley Artists, Coverntry College of Education, The Magic Village Manchester and Kingston Hotel for their non-appearance owing to illness."

Sat 15 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - The Magic Village, Manchester - Cancelled due to sickness

Sun 16 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Kingston Hotel - Cancelled due to sickness

Not known whether the other act, Skin Alley, performed in Strawbs' absence.

Mon 17 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - College Hatfield

Wed 19 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Dome Brighton

also playing: Edgar Broughton Band, Steamhammer, Success, Fox, Heaven, guest star David Bowie

Thu 20 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - University, Bristol

22 Nov 1969 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artists: Robin and Barry Dransfield, Chas Upton and residents

Sat 22 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - 1st Polytechnic Arts Festival, Regent Street Polytechnic, London

"Poly Folk presents an evening of sunshine with Strawbs, Magna Carta, Derek Brimstone and the poetry of Gabriel Chanan."
7/6 (37.5p); 10 shilling (50p) on the door

Sun 23 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Hitchin

Mon 24 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Mothers, Birmingham

Tue 25 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Essex University, Chelmsford

27 Nov 1969 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included on ad
Ron Chesterman's birthday party
Featured artists: John Townsend, Keith Clark, Chas Upton

28 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Recording vocals for Forever/Another Day

28 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Recording vocals for "Forever"/"Another Day", Morgan Studios

Sat 29 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - All Saints, Sandersted

Sun 30 Nov 1969 - Strawbs - Chichester

Mon 1 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - North Western Polytechnic

Tue 2 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Kings College, Strand, London

3 Dec 1969 - STRAWBS - DRAGONFLY OVERDUBS WITH PAUL BRETT AND RICK WAKEMAN, MORGAN STUDIOS

Rick Wakeman came in to add keyboards to "The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake" and Paul Brett to add guitars. Exorcising Ghosts recounts that there was an issue with the Wakeman session, in that the tape machines used in Copehagen and Morgan Studios ran at differet soeeds and therer was no varispeed function, so the piano sounded out of tune. Visconti came up with a plan - put Wakeman's playing througha rotating Leslie speaker, which gave it an otherworldly sound which matched the subject matter.
The album was mixed at Regent Sound and Trident Studios in early December.

4 Dec 1969 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included on ad
Featured artists: The Leasiders, Chas Upton

4 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Mixing Dragonfly, Regent Sound

Fri 5 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Royal College of Art, London

("in concert style")
also playing: Pentangle, Gary Farr, Graham Bond, Initiation, Daddy Longlegs, Bram Stoker

Sat 6 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Bradford University

7 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Peter Sarstedt show transmitted

8 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Recording Poetry and Folk, The Troubadour

9 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Mixing Dragonfly, Trident Studios

Wed 10 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Marlborough School Marlborough

Thu 11 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Maria Grey College, Twickenham

also playing: Johnny Joyce and Paul Brett

Fri 12 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Victoria Ballroom, Stoke on Trent

Sat 13 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - University, Durham

Sun 14 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Barnsley

Mon 15 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

Club run by Gerry Lockran and Cliff Aungier. Royd Rivers also played

15 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Mixing Dragonfly, Trident Studios

16 Dec 1969 - Fire - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

The first half was a showing of the Bob Dylan film "Don't Look Back" followed by a lively performance from Fire.

Wed 17 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Havant

18 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Christmas Party, White Bear, Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Featured artists: Diz Disley, Chas Upton, Alan Howard

26 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - BBC Radio 3 Poetry and Folk special, 45 min

BBC Genome: "From "The Troubadour" in London with Al Stewart, The Strawbs, Adrian Mitchell and Brian Patten. Introduced by George Macbeth.
The revival of spoken poetry has created new opportunities for poets to work in public as professional entertainers. Among younger poets there has been an increasing interest in working in folk clubs alongside singers and musicians. Many poets have drawn on the rhythms and tone of song to give impact and clarity to their words. At the same time. folk singers have deepened and strengthened their lyrics with a more complex kind of lighting akin to poetry. Audiences, predominantly of young people. have been quick to respond. Tonight's concert offers a sample of how the new mix can work."

27, 29 Dec 1969 - STRAWBS - MEET LINDSAY COOPER

Dave Cousins' diary notes two meetings with Lindsay Cooper, who was initially brought in to replace Claire Deniz on cello when she decided the non-classical life was not for her, though he later played bass briefly to replace Ron Chesterman before the Hudson/Ford duo joined the band.

30 Dec 1969 - Strawbs - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow

Strawbs included on ad
Featured artists: Mix



1970

22 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Meeting with Tony Visconti to plan album

1 Jan 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Featured artists: Nigel Denver, Chas Upton, Alan Howard

3 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Wally Whyton Country Meets Folk transmitted, Hillsiders

Tue 6 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham

Wed 7 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Magic Horse, Klooks Kleek, Railway Hotel

8 Jan 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Featured artists: Skillets, Chas Upton, Alan Howard

13 Jan 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: "Special guests" plus Tony Crerar. Crerar was a mime artist, who would perform with Strawbs at their 1971 Shaw Theatre, London concert and again at the Royal Festival Hall on 14 Feb 1972. Crerar would later perform with Hawkwind on the Space Ritual tour (1972) and Chronicles Of The Black Sword tour (1985).

27 Jan 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: Forest, Robin Scott

Tue 27 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Cardiff University

Wed 28 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Reading

also playing: Saffron, Blue Blood

30 Jan 1970 - Fire - Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Stree, London

Also playing: Status Quo, Kripple Kreek

Sat 31 Jan 1970 - Strawbs - Lanchester Arts Festival (23 Feb to 1 Mar)

also playing: Roy Harper, Free, Atomic Rooster, Mott The Hoople, Yes, Chicken Shack, Jack Bruce, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre and others. John Peel was there too.
More info at:
https://www.festivival.com/history/lanchester-arts-festival-1970

Sat 1 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Coventry

3 Feb 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: Spencer Davis and guests

5 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Also playing: Cliff Aungier, Gerry Lockran, Chas Upton

Fri 6 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Hull University

8 Feb 1970 - Fire - Revolution, Briton Place, London W1

Mon 9 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Swindon

12 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Also playing: Foggy Dew-O, Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, Chas Upton

Fri 13 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Swindon

14 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - MM review of "Josephine" by Sandy Denny

MM Blind Date got other artists in to review records without knowing who they were (though Sandy surely must have had a head start on working this one out!)
"It's the Strawbs and the record's called "Josephine For Better Or For Worse". I wish them all the best of luck as they never seem to have much luck. It's a great record which I am sure will give a lot of people a lot of enjoyment. Dave Cousins sings very well on this track."

Sat 14 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Cambridge University

Mon 16 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Catacombs, Wolverhampton

16 Feb 1970 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF DRAGONFLY ALBUM

17 Feb 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: Dr Strangely Strange

19 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Also playing: Urban Clearway, Chas Upton

Fri 20 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Factory, Birmingham

21 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Disco 2 transmitted

Strawbs played tracks from Dragonfly.
Also performing rock band Judas Jump, who opened the Isle Of Wight Festival later that year, and whose line-up included Alan Bown, former Amen Corner player Allan Jones and Henry Spinetti (who played drums on Rick's Six Wives).

Tue 24 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - Roebuck, Chiswick (opening night)

Wed 25 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - Crown and Sceptre, Feltham

26 Feb 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear, Hounslow

Dave Cousins included in ad
Also playing: Maureen Kennedy Martin

Fri 27 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Club Fairyland, Glasgow

Sat 28 Feb 1970 - Strawbs - Arts Lab, Basildon

also playing: High Tide

1 Mar 1970 - Fire - Shelter Benefit, Roundhouse, London

3 Mar 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab, White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included on ad
Featured artists: David Bowie and Hype
The band were dressed as superheroes - Rainbowman (Bowie), Gangsterman (Mick Ronson), Cowboyman (John Cambridge on drums) and Tony Visconti on bass was togged up as Hyperman. The extremely loud set was largely taken from Bowie's forthcoming album The Man Who Sold The World.

4 Mar 1970 - Dave Cousins - Recording with Alex Campbell, Tony Pike Studios

Thu 5 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Arts Festival, Guildford, Civic Hall

5 Mar 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Also playing: Packie Byrne, Chas Upton and "many singers"

5 Mar 1970 - Fire - Maria Grey College, Twickenham

Also playing: Hammer

6 Mar 1970 - Fire - Co-op Hall, Chesham

Fri 6 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Dam Club, Slough

Sat 7 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Technical College, Ewell

also playing: Greatest Show On Earth
Gig poster on Strawbsweb on 1965-1972 Posters page.

7 Mar 1970 - STRAWBS - RICK JOINS THE STRAWBS

Dave's diary compliation gives this date for Rick Wakeman joining the band. Frank Jarvis in his Goldmine article gave the date 28 Mar 1970.

Sun 8 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Bristol

Mon 9 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

12 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - City Polytechinc

Also playing: Dave Kelly and Bob Hall

12 Mar 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad
Also playing: Robin and Barry Dransfield, Chas Upton and "many singers"

Fri 13 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Westfield College

also playing: High Tide, Cochise, Wonderloaf
Kidderpore Ave, NW3 8.30-3.30 10/- all to charity

14 Mar 1970 ? - Fire - Balizes, Queensgate

14 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - BBC recording Strawbs Sunday night show

17 Mar 1970 - VELVET OPERA - WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW (NO STRAWBS)

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artists: Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, with Johnny Joyce, and Marc Brierley. Was this the catalyst for Cousins bringing John and Hud into the new band line-up?

18 Mar 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artists: Urban Clearway

Thu 19 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Penzance

19 Mar 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artists: Dave and Toni Arthur, Chas Upton "and many singers"

19 Mar 1970 - Velvet Opera - Maria Grey College, Twickenha,

Fri 20 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Van Dyke Club, Plymouth

21 Mar 1970 - STRAWBS - MM REPORT THAT RON CHESTERMAN LEAVING STRAWBS

MM Folk News: "Bass player Ron Chesterman is leaving the Strawbs to join Noel Murphy and Davy Johnstone. Murph and Shaggis will lose their affectionate title and a new name is being sought for the group which takes effect from May 9 when they play Hammersmith Town Hall."

22 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Strawbs Sunday night folk show transmitted

Radio Times:
Dave Cousins, Tony Hooper and Ron Chesterman with tracks from their new LP Dragonfly

23 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Record single, Trident Studios

No other details.

24 Mar 1970 - STRAWBS - REHEARSAL WITH LINDSAY COOPER ON BASS

Only a few days after Ron announcing his departure, Cousins moved fast to secure another bass player - a jazz bassist also capable of playing the cello - Lindsay Cooper, Few photos exist of this lineup of the band which only lasted a few months, before Hud and John came on the scene.

24 Mar 1970 - STRAWBS - REHEARSE WITH LINDSAY COOPER ON BASS

25 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Meeting with Mike Dolan of Marquee Dolan

Mike Dolan and Jim Dawson ran the mangement company Marquee Dolan , which would become Arnakata, Strawbs manager from 1970 to 1978.

26 Mar 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Strawbs not included in ad, playing in Accrington on this occasion
Featured artists: Alex Campbell, Chas Upton and many other singers

Fri 27 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Accrington

Sat 28 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Blackwood Institute, Glamorgan

29 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - Sunday night folk programme transmitted, with Paper Bubble

Strawbs appeared along with Paper Bubble, for whom they had just produced a debut LP.
Paper Bubble (as Brake and Crane) supported the Strawbs on their April 1971 tour to promote From The Witchwood.

30 Mar 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Stuart Henry show

30 Mar 1970 - Fotheringay - Fotheringay, Elton John play Royal Festival Hall

31 Mar 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab

Strawbs not included in ad
Featured artists: Comus, Paper Bubble

Sat 4 Apr 1970 - STRAWBS - ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS, PARIS

The Rock and Roll Circus, where various performers performed as backing for the circus acts. Other acts included Arthur Brown and Heavy Jelly.
Rick had just joined the band (Cousins, Hooper and Lyndsay Cooper by this time) and he and his wife Ros treated this trip as their honeymoon.
Dan Wooding's book "The Caped Crusader" tells us that Rick was playing borrowed keyboards, and was responsible for an imitation drum roll, when each act reached its climax (no drums as yet in Strawbs).
At one point a strange man with a moustache walked on stage and Rick shouted at him to get off. It was of course, Salvador Dali, but Rick had no idea.
The Rock and Roll Circus played at other venues - Wishbone Ash played in Rouen on 6 and 7 Apr, but I believe Strawbs (according to Rick's "Grumpy Old Rock Star" book, billed as "Les Strobes") only played the Paris dates.

Sun 5 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Rock And Roll Circus, Paris

9 Apr 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Terry McGowan

14 Apr 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab

Featured artist: Edgar Broughton Band

Wed 15 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Marquee, London

acoustic slot ("an evening with Strawbs and their friends")

16 Apr 1970 - Dave Cousins - White Bear Hounslow Dave Cousins listed)

Featured artists: The Tinkers, Chas Upton, Dave Cousins

Fri 17 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Victoria Hall, Hanley (North Staffs Polytechnic)

also playing: Roy Harper/Tea and Sympathy

Mon 20 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Kingston Hotel, Kingston

Tue 21 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - The Charade, Rotherham

22 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Vocals Session for "Forever" with Hud and John

23 Apr 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artists: Leon Rosselson, Chas Upton

23 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Two Brewers, Manchester - Granada TV appearance with Rick Wakeman

A 1970 Granada TV show with a rare line-up: Cousins, Hooper, Wakeman and Lindsay Cooper. Their performance of "Till The Sun Comes Shining Through" appeared as a bonus track on Live In Tokyo/Grave New World DVD.
This rare footage shows the Strawbs in transition from the folk world to rock. Filmed at the Two Brewers in Manchester, this was their first appearance in Britain with Rick Wakeman, who was making his television debut (the band had just come back from Rick's debut gigs with the band in Paris at the Rock'n'Roll Circus which also doubled as Rick's honeymoon!).
Coincidentally, it was Lindsay Cooper's last appearance with the group before John Ford and Richard Hudson joined as the rhythm section.
Also appearing on the show: Draught Porridge and Ralph McTell

25 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Hounslow Arts Lab

Featured artists: Strawbs, Sally Brown

24 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Vocals session for "Forever"

Sat 25 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - Strathclyde University

28 Apr 1970 - STRAWBS - HOUNSLOW ARTS LAB

This was the first appearance of the new Strawbs line-up with Hudson and Ford replacing Lindsay Cooper (despite MM ads suggesting that the gig at the Fishmongers Arms on 2 May was "the first London appearance of the new Strawbs".

30 Apr 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (closed due to excessive noise in previous weeks)

Thu 30 Apr 1970 - Strawbs - North Western Polytechnic

Strawbs line-up includes Hud, John & Rick
Also playing: Accolade (including Gordon Giltrap), Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (presumably Hud & John also played in Velvet Opera), Fire (including Dave Lambert)
The gig was for National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children compered by White Bear co-host Chas Upton.

Fri 1 May 1970 - Strawbs - Peterborough

Sat 2 May 1970 - STRAWBS - FISHMONGERS ARMS

Billed as the "first London appearance of the new Strawbs", but the new line-up had already played at the Houslow Arts Lab on 28 Apr 1970.

Sun 3 May 1970 - Strawbs - Esmereldas, Bletchley

also playing: Kevin Ayers And The Whole World

4-6 May 1970 - Strawbs - Rehearsals with Rick, John, Hud

7 May 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artists: Jeremy Taylor, Chas Upton

Fri 8 May 1970 - Strawbs - Slough College

Sat 9 May 1970 - Strawbs - Kingston Polytechnic

Also playing: The Tinkers

9 May 1970 - Strawbs - MM article by Jerry Gilbert: "No Limit to the Strawbs Ambitions"

There seems no limits to the Strawbs ambitions and achievements. From a simple straightforward bluegrass duo then known as the Strawberry Hill Boys, Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper then proceeded to expand beyond the realms of folk music with their songs; and yet maybe they were ahead of their time for they still haven't attained the recognition they deserve.
Like Fairport Convention they use traditional traits to supplement their own songs, and like the Fairports they also have the ability of hoisting themselves back on their feet after being struck a double blow. For first their cellist Claire Deniz parted company and recently bass player Noddy Chesterman decided to team up with Noel Murphy and Davy Johnstone.
Now the new Strawbs have taken shape around the solid nucleus provided by Dave and Tony. Rick Wakeman is the new keyboard operator, while Lindsay Cooper plays double bass, and his second string instrument, so to speak, is cello.
When I saw the group recently, all four seemed pleased with the way the new set up was working out. "We've just returned from a week at the Open Circus in Paris, but we hadn't found much time to rehearse before we went," Dave Cousins explained. "We had to extend all our numbers as we were accompanying circus acts, and it gave everyone a good idea of how we sound. We ended up doing nearly all the acts and it was also a great chance for rehearsing."
"We're fairly well integrated now. The cello weaves in and out of the guitars and it's great having the organ as it's a thicker, more versatile instrument. It's also nice that we haven't lost the cello, which gives us quite a distinctive sound."
This has of course been one of the features of the Strawbs and it was shown to good effect on their last album Dragonfly, about which Dave and Tony were very enthusiastic. "It seems to be selling a lot better than the first, and this time it's exactly what we wanted to do - just as we are on stage. But then we lost Claire before the album came out and were unable to promote it properly. We went to Denmark with the pure intent of recording the album. It was the only week we could fit in, and our producer Tony Visconti came over to do the album in a new studio. Apparently we were asked to suss out its possibilities - they particularly wanted an English group and an English producer."
Dave explained that while the material on the first album tended to be slightly aggressive, the Dragonfly album contained more peaceful songs, as this was the mental state he was going through at the time. The song "Dragonfly" was actually completed in Denmark, where the Strawbs hired the equipment they needed to apply the finishing touches to the songs and complete the album.
Dave Cousins has now started using electric guitar, but as Tony Hooper was quick to point out, the Strawbs are conscious of the fact that instruments must be used tastefully. Perhaps this is why their music has always been neat and crystal clear rather than being congested with extraneous sounds.
"We'll be recording again in June or July and the songs are coming along quite nicely. We want to do a suite of songs called "Antiques"." At the time Dave was raving over a tuning he found by adjusting the machine heads of his electric guitar. "I don't know what it is, so I daren't change it, but it really sounds good."
"I honestly believe that the Strawbs are now the best they've been. People were dancing to our music in Paris, where we got a really good reception. Rick Wakeman played with us on the album, but Lindsay was doing quite a lot of modern jazz before, and is now finding a lot more freedom on stage. Although the Strawbs have been in existence for 2 years, this group's only been together for two weeks and there's a bit more poke in the numbers now."
Dave considered that the Strawbs tended to get spoiled by folk club audiences and welcomed the chance to play more pop and underground clubs and colleges. For the Strawbs, far from quitting folk music, are simply expanding their focus. It seems that audience tastes are becoming more sophisticated - in the past the Strawbs' most requested number was "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus" whereas new songs like "Dragonfly" and "The Battle" are [now] the most called for. After a heavy electric band, the Strawbs do tend to provide a welcome relief for overworked ears in the underground clubs.
Right now the Strawbs are awaiting the release of a single called "Forever" but Cousins and Hooper are also involved in the music business in other capacities. Between them they run Strawberry Music, their own publishing company, and have been recording a group called Paper Bubble whom they heard in Oswestry. In addition, Dave has played on countless sessions and has far from abandoned dulcimer and banjo. He also runs a folk club and arts lab in Hounslow which helps to keep him right in touch with the music business.

Mon 11 May 1970 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Acton

A gig for National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children at Acton Town Hall, compered by Chas Upton.
Also playing: Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera and Fire - with Hud, John and Dave Lambert all present, a precursor of things to come .... - and Accolade (a band which included Gordon Giltrap).

11 May 1970 - Ron Chesterman - MM piece on Ron Chesterman joining Draught Porridge

"Noel Murphy and Davy Johnstone are joined by Ronnie Chesterman, who has now left the Strawbs to play bass full time with Murphy. NM: "I provide the humour, Davy provides the music and Ronnie will be laying down the background. The group hadn't expected to get underway until May and Ronnie's move has come quicker than expected.
The group name started as a matter of conjecture as Murph, Shaggis and Noddy."

12 May 1970 - Hounslow Arts Lab - Hounslow Arts Lab (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Occasional Word Ensemble
A Liverpool-based group of beatnik poets, who issued an album called "The Year Of The Great Leap Sideways" on Dandelion. Their guitarist was Rick Sanders (not the Fairport fiddler) who accompanied Bridget St. John.

Wed 13 May 1970 - Strawbs - College of Education, Hereford

also playing: Principal Edwards Magic Theatre

14 May 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Vera Johnson, Chas Upton

14 May 1970 - Strawbs - Redcar

Also playing: Brethren
The band included Simon Cowe (guitar), Rod Clements (bass), Ray Jackson (harmonica/vocals) and Ray Laidlaw (drums). By 1970 they had joined forces with singer songwriter Alan Hull, with all of them turning up to each other's gigs. The combined band made its debut as Lindisfarne in July 1970 at - where else - Newcastle City Hall.

Fri 15 May 1970 - Strawbs - Chesterfield

21 May 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Draught Porridge and all their friends

Fri 22 May 1970 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

Sat 23 May 1970 - Strawbs - University, Sheffield

26 May 1970 - Strawbs - TV show, Belgium

Thu, 28 May 1970 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

28 May 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Alastair Anderson and Graham Pert

Fri, 29 May 1970 - Strawbs - Coventry College of Education

Tue 2 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Southampton

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

Wed 3 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

4 Jun 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Bob Bassette and Dana Scott

Thu 4 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

Fri 5 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Until Tomorrow, an overnight music festival in Buxton, Derbyshire. Startihg at 8pm on 5 Jun, running till 6am on 6 Jun, the bands played with records played by John Peel in between. Strawbs were on at 9pm after Flaming Youth (Phil Collins band before he joined Genesis).
Also playing: Colosseum, Taste, Atomic Rooster, Liverpool Scene, Matthews Southern Comfort, Brinsley Schwartz, Daddy Longlegs. Barclay James Harvest were on the prgramme but did not play.
More info at: The UK Rock Festivals site.

Sat 6 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Dome, Brighton

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

11 Jun 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Legacy, Chas Upton and singers

Thu 11 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Part of the Roy Harper/Strawbs tour
A flyer on StrawbsWeb at the 1965-1972 posters page
The tour programme at the 1970 Harper/Strawbs page

Fri 12 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Shoreditch College

18 Jun 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: Famous Jug Band

Sat 20 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - Oxford

22 Jun 1970 - Dave Cousins ? - Session with Anita Kerr Singers, Chapell Studios

Wed 24 Jun 1970 - Strawbs - University of Canterbury

25 Jun 1970 - White Bear - White Bear Hounslow (no Strawbs)

Featured artist: The Johnstons

2 Jul 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Wizz Jones or Derek Brimstone (or both)

Fri 3 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Van Dyke Club, Plymouth

3 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Granada TV Songs From The Two Brewers transmitted

This was the show from which the rare footage used as a bonus track on Live In Tokyo/Grave New World - The film was licensed. Rick Wakeman plays upright piano and Lyndsay Cooper is on upright bass as the two leads sing "Till The Sun Comes Shining Through".
Also playing were Draught Porridge (including Davey Johnston and Stawbs alumnus Ron Chesterman on double bass.

Sat 4 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Greyhound Stadium, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Pop Day

("Pop Day '70 - A Progressive Extravaganza")
Also playing: Uruah Heep, The Keef Hartley Band, Hookfoot, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, Affinity, Gypsy, Gentle Giant, Heaven, East Of Eden and Rosemary.

Sun 5 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Coatham Hotel, Redcar

Mon 6 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Catacombs, Wolverhampton

Wed 8 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Exeter School

11 Jul 1970 - STRAWBS - QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, LONDON

The famous QEH Hall concert, part of which was released as Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios in 1970. The following week, the front page of Melody Maker had a picture of Rick under the headline "Tomorrow's Superstar".

17 Jul 1970 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF FOREVER SINGLE

Released in the UK in 1970, the Italian release (pictured) was not put out until 1971.

Sat 25 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Folk Festival, Reading

Mon 27 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

30 Jul 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Johnny Silvo

Fri 31 Jul 1970 - Strawbs - Lyceum, London

Also playing: Free, Groundhogs
MM Raver column - Keith Emerson took a box to check out Rick Wakeman
Poster on the 1965-1972 posters page

Aug 1970 - FIRE - RELEASE OF FIRE: THE MAGIC SHOEMAKER

Released in August 1970, the album included Dave Cousins on banjo, as well as the trio of Lambert, Voice and Dufall. After it failed to achieve commercial success, Voice and Dufall joined up with Paul Brett's Sage, whilst Lambert put together a new line-up Pete Sully (bas), Deniis Taylor (drums) and Graham Keedy (piano) - this line-up recorded some demos (later released on the compilation Underground Overground). After that line-up dissipated, Lambert dallied with sessions work, including a collaboration with Rick Wakeman on the soundtrack for the film X, Y and Z (retitled Zee & Co for the US market), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine. He played some folk gigs with Dave Cousins and joined the King Earl Boogie Band, from which Cousins promptly poached him for the Strawbs after producing their album Trouble At T'Mill.
On 31 Nov and 1 Dec 2007, Lambert staged a Fire reunion, where the original members performed an extended version of The Magic Shoemaler in its entirety, with former producer Ray Hammond providing the commentary. A CD of the recordings came out in 2008.

3 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - Rick Wakeman's club, Acton

6 Aug 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Tudor Lodge

9 Aug 1970 - STRAWBS - 10TH NATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, PLUMPTON

Also playing: Audience, Black Sabbath, Brian Davison's Every Which Way, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Caravan, Cat Stevens, Chris Barber, Clark-Hutchinson, The Climax Blues Band, Colosseum, Dada, Daddy Longlegs, Deep Purple, East of Eden, Family, Fat Mattress, Fotheringay, Granny's Intentions, Hard Meat, Hardin and York, Jackson Heights, Juicy Lucy, The Keef Hartley Band, Made in Sweden, Magna Carta, Patto, Peter Green, Quatermass, Rare Bird, Steamhammer, Taste, The Groundhogs, The Incredible String Band, Turley Richards, Van Der Graaf Generator, The Wild Angels, Wishbone Ash, and Yes.

13 Aug 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Alex Campbell

Fri 14 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - Shrewsbury

Sat 15 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - Greenwich

19 Aug 1970 - STRAWBS - PHOTO SESSION AT THE LONDON APPRENTICE

This was the session that produced the relaxed pub photo which appeared on the back cover of reissues of Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios. The first pressing, which is quite rare, featured a moody, rather green looking portrait of the five members, which apparently Rick hated.

22 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - Recording at Trident Studios

Like any live album, there would have been a few glitches here and there, which needed fixing. Two sessions at Trident on 22 Aug and 2 Sep for those minor tweaks.

27 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - White Bear, Hounslow

20 Aug 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Malcolm Price

2 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Recording at Trident Studios

3 Sep 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: John and Winkle (I'm not making it up!)

9 Aug 1970 - Strawbs - Arlo Guthrie, My Kind Of Folk transmitted

10 Sep 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Colin Scot

Fri 11 Sep 1970 - STRAWBS - A&M CONVENTION, MARQUEE

Sat 12 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Edinburgh

12 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Show Of The North transmitted incl Settlers

17 Sep 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Gypsy Moses.

Sat 19 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - 12 hour Gravesend event

19 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Disco 2 transmitted, Caravan and Kris Kristofferson

24 Sep 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Foggy Dew O (who had recorded no fewer than four Strawbs songs on their 1970 album Born To Take The Highway, after got hold of a copy of the Strawberry Sampler limited release private pressing). See the Covers page.
A later album of theirs, Simple Gifts, released on York Records in 1972 was produced by Tony Hooper and had various members of the Strawbs playing on it (Cousins on organ, with John and Hud on bass and drums). See the Sessions page.

Fri 25 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Walsall

Sat 26 Sep 1970 - Strawbs - Tunbridge Wells

Thu 1 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Bristol University

1 Oct 1970 - Fire - Hounslow Arts Lab

Also playing; Mighty Hard (yes really!)

Fri 2 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle

Sat 3 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Sun 4 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Frank Freeman's Club, Kidderminster (afternoon)

Sun 4 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Boat Club Nottingham (evening)

5 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Top Gear recorded

The tracks recorded were "Canon Dale", "The Antiques Suite" and "Song Of A Sad Little Girl". Transmitted on 31 Oct 1970,

6 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Folk On 1 recorded

The tracks recorded were "Martin Luther King's Dream", "Song Of A Sad Little Girl", "It's In Your Hands", "Temperament Of Mind" and "The Antiques Suite". Transmitted on 7 Nov 1970,

8 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Sunday show

8 Oct 1970 - Paper Bubble - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Johnny Joyce

Fri 9 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - St Paul's College, Rugby

10, 11, 13 Oct 1970 - Paper Bubble - Record Paper Bubble second album

Again, produced by Cousins and Hooper, these sessions resulted in Prisoners, Victims, Strangers, Friends, the second album by Paper Bubble, which unfortunately wasn't released until 2018 as CD 2 of Paper Bubble: Behind The Scenery.

Tue 13 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Southampton

13 Oct 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Johnny Joyce

Fri 16 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Hereford

Sat 17 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare

Sun 18 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Joan Littlewood Theatre, Stratford, London

Wed 21 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Newcastle Festival

21 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, John Peel transmitted, Climax Chicago Blues Band

22 Oct 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Jonathan Kelly

Fri 23 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Il Rondo, Leicester

23 Oct 1970 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF JUST A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES AND CURIOS ALBUM

The original UK release had a moody picture of the band on the back, but this was later replaced by a shot of them sitting around in a pub (The London Apprentice).
The first album to be released in the US, Canada and a range of European territories other than Karl Knudsen's Sonet label in Denmark.

Sat 24 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Bath University

24 Oct 1970 - Paper Bubble - Mixing Paper Bubble second album

29 Oct 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Jugular Vein

Fri 30 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - Bedford College, Regents Park (but see Leeds)

Fri 30 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - University, Leeds (but see Bedford College)

Sat 31 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - University, Leicester

31 Oct 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Top Gear transmitted

Sun 1 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Coatham Bowl, Redcar

Thu 5 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Watford

5 Nov 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Robin and Barry Dransfield

Fri 6 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - New Town Pavilion, Stockton on Tees (evening)

7 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Folk On 1 transmitted (includes "Antiques Suite")

7 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Folk On 1 transmitted

Sat 7 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Newcastle University (overnighter)

Strawbs travelling from Stockton gig the previous evening to arrive by 1.00am on Sat 7 Apr!

Sat 7 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Gliderdrome, Boston

Fri 13 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Birmingham University

Sat 14 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Dreamland Ballroom, Margate

15 Nov 1970 - STRAWBS - JUST A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES AND CURIOS ENTERS UK CHARTS AND PEAKS AT NUMBER 27

Tue 17 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Theatre Royal, Stratford

19 Nov 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Dave and Toni Arthur

Fri 20 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Royal Holloway College, Egham

Sat 21 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Country Club, Kirklevington

Sun 22 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Queens University, Belfast

22 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios at number 34 in UK charts

24 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Rehearsals

26 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Rehearsals

26 Nov 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Finbar and Eddie Furey

Fri 27 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Woolwich (see Barking)

Fri 27 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Fagins, Barking (see Woolwich)

Sat 28 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Bradford University

Sun 29 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Frank Freeman's, Kidderminster

Mon 30 Nov 1970 - Strawbs - Music Hall, Shrewsbury

Tue 1 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Manchester

Wed 2 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Oval Hall, City Hall, Sheffield

3 Dec 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Bo Idle

Fri 4 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - George Hotel, Walsall

Sat 5 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Stoke on Trent

7 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Maria Grey College, Twickenham

Also playing: Lindisfarne

Tue 8 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

also playing: Flying Burrito Brothers

Wed 9 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - City Hall, Hull

Also appearing: Yes.
This was reputedly the concert where Yes clocked how brilliant Rick was and decided to recruit him.

10 Dec 1970 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Jonathan Kelly

Fri 11 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Hobbit's Garden, Wimbledon

Sat 12 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Brighton College

13 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride

15 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Cavalcade recording, transmission date unknown

Mon 21 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - Royal Albert Hall, London

also playing: Al Stewart; Hardin & York
Poster for this gig (pitctured) on Strawbsweb at: Posters 1965-1972.
Programme on Strawbsweb at: Royal Albert Hall programme page.

26 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - BBC Night Ride transmitted

26 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - All Night Ride transmitted

28 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - TV show, Glasgow

29 Dec 1970 - Strawbs - TV show, London Weekend Television

16 Nov 1972 - STRAWBS - LAY DOWN FIRST AIRED ON BBC 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.

23 Nov 1972 - STRAWBS - LAY DOWN PLAYED ON BBC TOP OF THE POPS

The song was played 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".

30 Nov 1972 - STRAWBS - LAY DOWN PLAYED ON BBC TOP OF THE POPS

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 ended up at number 1, and which Strawbs parodied as part of their live shows in the following year.



1971

2 Jan 1971 - STRAWBS - CIVIC HALL, GUILDFORD

Also playing: Pure Wings
Poster for the show on
the 1965-1972 posters page
Jerry Gilbert reviewed the gig for Sounds.

7 Jan 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Dana Scott

Sat 9 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Gliderdrome, Boston

Thu 14 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

14 Jan 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Jeremy Taylor

Fri 15 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Slough

Also playing: Tom Houlihan
review in Slough Oserver dated 22 Jan 1971.

Sat 16 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - UEA, Norwich (Rick hospital)

18-20 Jan 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

21 Jan 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Steve Benbow and Denny Wright

Fri 22 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Eland, Delft

Sat 23 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Electric Center, Haarlem

Wed 27 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Exit Club, Rotterdam

28 Jan 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Singers night

Sat 30 Jan 1971 - Strawbs - Paradiso Club, Amsterdam

Dave Cousins' diary notes that Rick sprained his ankle at this gig - too vigourous with the paint roller perhaps?

4 Feb 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Mike Absalom

5 Feb 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

Sat 6 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Lanchester Arts Festival

also playing that show: Mr Fox, Ralph McTell
Other shows during the festival: Climax Blues Band, Caravan, Centipede, Climax Chicago Blues Band and Elton John - on the artier side: poets such as Ivor Cutler and Adrian Henri.
And late night entertainment for three nights running fom Monty Python's Flying Circus!
Andrew Means review in MM dated 13 Feb 1971. More info at: https://www.festivival.com/history/lanchester-arts-festival-1971

Wed 10 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Big Apple, Brighton

Sat 13 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Durham

11 Feb 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Foggy Dew O

Sun 14 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Bowes Lyon, Stevenage

Also playing: Jade.

Feb? 1971 - Strawbs - George's, Stevenage

Also playing: Jade.

15-16 Feb 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING FROM THE WITCHWOOD

Wed 17 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - High Wycombe

Fri 20 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Sheffield

18 Feb 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING FROM THE WITCHWOOD

18 Feb 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Don Partridge

Mon 22 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Oxford

25 Feb 1971 - STRAWBS - MIXING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

25 Feb 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Tight Like That

Fri 26 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Polytechnic, Leeds

Sat 27 Feb 1971 - Strawbs - Reading

24 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Royal Court Theatre show - switch to Shaw Theatre

The Strawbs initially announced that their major London debut with Blue Weaver would be at the Royal Court Theatre on 24 Oct 1971. However, local residents got up a petition against pop groups playing at the venue and the gig was shifted so that Strawbs would play two houses rather than one at the Shaw Theatre on 31 Oct instead.

1 Mar 1971 - STRAWBS - MIXING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

Wed 3 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Ealing

4 Mar 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Gnome Sweet Gnome (again, I'm really not making this up!)

Fri 5 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Melody Rooms, Norwich

11 Mar 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Gasworks, Gnome Sweet Gnome (again)

Fri 12 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Flamingo Ballroom, Hereford

Sat 13 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Regent Street Polytechnic, London

15 May 1971 - Dave Cousins - Rehearse with Mary Hopkin

Produced by Mary's then husband, Tony Visconti, the album Earth Song/Ocean Songwas to feature some fine contemporary songs, bringing together the likes of Dave Cousins, Ralph McTell and Danny Thompson. You can clearly hear Cousins' guitar style on the two Harvey Andrews songs "There's Got To Be More", and partucularly "Martha", and he contributes banjo to a beautiful version of Ralph McTell's "Silver Birch And Weeping Willow".

Thu 18 Mar 1971 - STRAWBS - ABBEY THEATRE, WEXFORD (WEXFORD FESTIVAL)

also playing: Danny Doyle, Johnstons, Southern Comfort, Dr. Strangely Strange, Fairport, Curved Air, The Chieftains, Mellow Candle, Tir Na Nog, Principal Edwards' Magic Theatre.
Review by Andrew Means in MM 3 Apr 1971

18 Mar 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Derek Brimstone

Fri 19 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

20-21 Mar 1971 - STRAWBS - MIXING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

23 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Beat Instrumental interview and photo

Thu 25 Mar 1971 - Strawbs - Blimp Club, Parker Street, Liverpool

25 Mar 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Pigsty Hill Orchestra

Fri 26 Mar 1971 - STRAWBS - COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, LUTON

According to the Jerry Gilbert interview with DC in Sounds (24 Apr), after four numbers, DC sent the rest of the band offstage, then did one song on his own and went off (not known what that song was ...). He explained "[the Witchwood album] took an awful lot out of me .."
Review by Andrew Means in MM 3 Apr 1971.

Mon 29 Mar 1971 - DAVE COUSINS AND DAVE LAMBERT - TRENT PARK COLLEGE

One of two gigs where the two Daves performed their songs together. The other was on 4 May 1971 in Isleworth.
The idea was that each would play a song and the other would find a story/link between that and the next song that he was about to play. Oh to have a recording of these ...

1 Apr 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Noel Murphy

Fri 2 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Osprey Rooms, Aviemore

2 Apr 1971 - STRAWBS - PLANNED UK RELEASE DATE FOR WITCHWOOD SINGLE

No date on the promo single, but test pressings exist which give a release date of 2 Apr 1971.

Sat 3 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Olympia Ballroom, East Kilbride

Sun 4 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline

Sat 10 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Gliderdrome, Boston

Mon 12 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - John Williams concert at Royal Festival Hall

Fri 16 Apr 1971 - STRAWBS - FAIRFIELD HALL, CROYDON

Opening night of the april tour, support: Brake and Crane
Poster ad at: the 1968-1971 poster ads page.
Reviewed in Coulsdon Advertiser 23 Apr 1971

Sat 17 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Barnsley

Sun 18 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Green's Playhouse, Glasgow

Support: Brake and Crane

Mon 19 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Caley Cinema, Edinburgh

Support: Brake and Crane

Tue 20 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

Support: Brake and Crane

Wed 21 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Support: Brake and Crane

Thu 22 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Portsmouth

Support: Brake and Crane

Fri 23 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Guildford

Support: Brake and Crane

Sat 24 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Support: Brake and Crane

Sun 25 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

Support: Brake and Crane

Mon 26 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Albert Hall, Nottingham

Support: Brake and Crane

Tue 27 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - York

Wed 28 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Leeds

Support: Brake and Crane

Thu 29 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Blackpool

29 Apr 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Bridget St John

Fri 30 Apr 1971 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Support: Brake and Crane

Sat 1 May 1971 - Strawbs - Exeter

Tue 4 May 1971 - DAVE COUSINS AND DAVE LAMBERT - ISLEWORTH POLYTECHNIC

One of two gigs where the two Daves performed their songs together. The other was on 29 Mar 1971 at Trent Park College.
The idea was that each would play a song and the other would find a story/link between that and the next song that he was about to play. Oh to have a recording of these ...

Wed 5 May 1971 - Strawbs - Regal Cinema, Uxbridge

6 May 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: The Heathsiders

Sun 9 May 1971 - Strawbs - Lyceum, London

13 May 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Mike Absalom

Fri 14 May 1971 - Strawbs - Cardiff University

Sun 16 May 1971 - Strawbs - Woodville Hall, Gravesend

17-18 May 1971 - STRAWBS - MIXING FROM THE WITCHWOOD, AIR STUDIOS

19 May 1971 - DAVE COUSINS AND DAVE LAMBERT - EALING

Thu 20 May 1971 - Strawbs - Trinity College, Carmarthen

20 May 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Tight Like That

Fri 21 May 1971 - Strawbs - Students Union, University of Sheffield

Sun 23 May 1971 - Strawbs - Plymouth

Thu 27 May 1971 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

27 May 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Joe Stead

Fri 28 May 1971 - Strawbs - Music Hall, Shrewsbury

Sat 29 May 1971 - STRAWBS - QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, LONDON

Also playing: Steeleye Span.
Strawbs on at 6.15pm, Steeleye Span play at 9.00pm
For the Time Out ad (pictured) see the 1968-1971 poster ads page.

Sat 29 May 1971 - Strawbs - Pembroke College Oxford

Arnakata itinterary states that Strawbs also played Pembroke College Oxford as well on this date, presumably a late gig after they had the early slot at the QEH.

3 Jun 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Jon Isherwood

10 Jun 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Heron

17 Jun 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artists: Noel Murphy, Bartram and Coverdale

Mon 21 Jun 1971 - Dave Cousins - Glastonbury

Solo appearance at Glastonbury - performs "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus"

23 Jun 1971 - Strawbs - Record "Hangman And The Papist" for Top of The Pops

30 Jun 1971 - Strawbs - Ralph McTell TV show

1 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - BBC record Sounds Of The Seventies

Songs recorded: "The Hangman And The Papist", "Sheep", Witchwood". Transmitted 3 Jul 1971.

1 Jul 1971 - STRAWBS - BBC TOP OF THE POPS ALBUM SLOT TRANSMITTED

Strawbs' first appearance on BBC TV's flagship show Top Of The Pops.
Famously, alongside the pop ephemera, with Pan's People, the Strawbs performed one of their most serious and strident songs, "The Hangman And The Papist". For a particular organ effect, Rick used a paint roller on the keys, which got picked up by the TV cameras, and this performance, much to Dave's disgust at the time, has forever after been known as "The Hangman And The Paint Roller".

1 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Stuart Henry transmitted

Sat 3 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - Lyceum, Edinburgh

3 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - BBC Sounds Of The Seventies transmitted

5 Jul 1971 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS AND FRIENDS - THE HOP POLES, ENFIELD, LONDON

The first of two gigs at the Hop Poles, Enfield, who had persuaded the Strawberry Hill Boys to reform, but both the SHB and Colin Scot (backed by Jo Partridge) turned up on the same night. Both outfits performed and agreed to come back the following week as well to fulfil the other booking.
Dave Lambert was also in attendance, having recently played a couple of shows with Dave Cousins.
The late Paul Brazier recorded both shows, but only the 12 July show survived. The setlist for the 5 July show is put together by Paul from his notes and included some rare Dave lambert songs.

8 Jul 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Skyport Ade

11 Jul 1971 - STRAWBS - FROM THE WITCHWOOD ENTERED UK CHARTS AND PEAKS AT NUMBER 39

12 Jul 1971 - STRAWBERRY HILL BOYS AND FRIENDS - THE HOP POLES, ENFIELD, LONDON

Highlights of this show included the first performance by Dave of "Queen Of Dreams", "Jesus" with both Colin Scot and Dave Lambert adding backing vocals, Lambert's "Bovver Blues" and "Live Your Own Life" and a bluegrass banjo workout "When You Wore A Tulip", which Cousins and Hooper reprised with the full Strawbs band when they recorded their 1971 In Concert show for John Peel on 5 Aug 1971.

15 Jul 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Malcolm Price

16 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - BBC Maida Vale 4 Studio (2pm-4,30pm)

16 Jul 1971 - Dave Cousins - Rehearse with Mary Travers (5.30pm)

17 Jul 1971 - Dave Cousins - Filming with Mary Travers, Lime Grove

In his book, Dave recalls this session, having to step apart from the other players and sit at Mary's feet playing guitar, while she sang "Where Have All The Flowers Gone".
Travers died in Sep 2009 - Judy Collins sang "Amazing Grace" at her New York memorial service.

18 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - From the Witchwood at number 44 in UK charts

18 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - BBC TV Centre, Shepherds Bush, Studio 1

22 Jul 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Gypsy Moses

26 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - Night Ride transmitted

29 Jul 1971 - White Bear - White Bear, Hounslow

Featured artist: Joe Stead

29 Jul 1971 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Stuart Henry transmitted

late Jul 1971 - DAVE COUSINS - AT HIS CARAVAN IN DEVON, WRITES "BENEDICTUS"

Exorcising Ghosts tells the well known story of the I Ching's involvement is coming up with the lyrics.
Cousins later sold the caravan to Rick Wakeman and bought a thatched cottage in Alfington, Devon.

Aug 1971 - STRAWBS - AUDITION/REHEARSE WITH BLUE WEAVER

Exorcising Ghosts has more about Blue's audition.
The band headed back to Devon for rehearsals and songwriting, producing the band-written prog-facing number "Tomorrow".

5 Aug 1971 - STRAWBS - BBC IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE, LONDON

Recorded on 5 Aug 1971 as John Peel's Second Sunday Concert. Transmitted 15 Aug 1971.
Probably Rick Wakeman's last show with the Strawbs, including his instrumental "RMW" (his then-wife's initials) and an early version of "The Flower And The Young Man" with Dave Cousins vocals.
Having reunited the Strawberry Hill Boys (Cousins, Hooper and Chesterman) at the two Hop Poles folk club events in July, the Strawbs also retraced their bluegrass roots here with "When You Wore A Tulip".
Released on Strawbs At The BBC: Vol. 2 In Concert.

15 Aug 1971 - Strawbs - In Concert, Bob Harris transmitted

18 Aug 1971 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Bob Harris transmitted

28 Aug 1971 - STRAWBS - ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, DENMARK (28-29 AUG)

Back to Denmark for the Strawbs: appearing alongside them was the sitar player - Cy Nicklin - from the Sandy Denny sessions, both of whose bands, Day Of Phoenix and Culpepper's Orchard are on the bill (he was probably only with the latter by then, as he is said to have "suddenly" left the earlier band). Day Of Phoenix covered "Tell Me (What You See In Me)" and another Nicklin group - Cy, Robert & Maia covered "I'm On My Way" (see Covers page for info on both of these).
There's a poster on the 1965 to 1972 posterrs page

24 Sep 1971 - RICK WAKEMAN - RICK WAKEMAN'S FIRST LIVE SHOW WITH YES

Tony Kaye's last show as Yes's keyboard player was at Crystal Palace Bowl on 31 Jul 1971. Rick first stepped out on stage with Yes at the Queen's Hall, Barnstaple, the first gig in the tour to promote Fragile..

Sun 26 Sep 1971 - Strawbs - Frank Freeman's, Kidderminster

Fri 1 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - University, Nottingham

2 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Announcement in NME that Blue Weaver has joined Strawbs

Announcement in NME (cover date 2 Oct 1971) that Blue Weaver has joined the Strawbs. After having rehearsed in secret with the band, his stage debut was at Nottingham University on 1 Oct 1971. The NME included a picture of the new line-up standing outside a London striptease bar!

Sun 3 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Warwick University

14 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Rehearse "Benedictus"

15 Oct 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORD "BENEDICTUS"

Thu 21 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Plymouth

25 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - BBC Maida Vale Studio 4

27 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - BBC Maida Vale Studio 5

Sat 30 Oct 1971 - Strawbs - Manchester University

31 Oct 1971 - STRAWBS - THE SHAW THEATRE, LONDON

The first major gig featuring new keyboard player Blue Weaver.
Also playing: Jonathan Kelly. Featured a ballerina and mime artist Tony Crerar.
Notable trasks include unrecorded song "Morning Song" and an unrecorded band version of "Heavy Disguise". Guests were handed a printed poster/lyric sheet by way of a program.
Gig poster on Strawbsweb on 1965-1972 Posters page, has the lyrics of the performed songs on the back.

Wed 10 Nov 1971 - Strawbs - Cleopatra's, Newport

15-19 Nov 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING GRAVE NEW WORLD

19 Nov 1971 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF BENEDICTUS SINGLE

Released as an A-side only in the UK (exact release date unknown - there seems to have been no promo copies), the B-side was John Ford's "Keep The Devil Outside" rescued from the aborted "Witchwood" single release.
In 1972 with the whole album Grave New World to choose from, "Heavy Disguise" was preferred in the USA and Canada, with "Benedictus" as a B-side. In Japan, A&M/King Records put "New World" as the A-side, and later picked up "Keep The Devil Outside", as a single with "Tomorrow" as the B-side.
Details at: the 1968-1972 Singles page.

Sat 27 Nov 1971 - Strawbs - Belfry, Wishaw

Mon 6 Dec 1971 - Strawbs - Southampton

7 Dec 1971 - STRAWBS - RECORDING GRAVE NEW WORLD

13 Dec 1971 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Bob Harris transmitted on Radio 1/2, Roy Harper, Wishbone Ash, Spyrogyra

16 Dec 1971 - Strawbs and Friends - White Bear Hounslow, Christmas Party

Also playing: Foggy Dew O



1972

3 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Bob Harris transmitted on Radio 1/2

10 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Mixing Grave New World backing tracks, Morgan Studios

13 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Dome, Brighton

21 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Town Hall, High Wycombe

26 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Kings Lynn Tech

27 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - BBC Sounds Of The Seventies live recording

28 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - BBC Speakeasy recording

28 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Homerton College, Cambridge

29 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Pete Drummond transmitted

30 Jan 1972 - Strawbs - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Also playing: Jonathan Kelly
The show was reviewed.

Feb 1972 - Dave Lambert - Barmy Arms, Twickenham

2 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Civic Centre, Harlow

(2 concerts)

3 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Aberystwyth University

4 Feb 1972 - STRAWBS - GRAVE NEW WORLD RELEASE DATE

Released on 4 Feb, one of the most ornate records - a triple fold cover and a lavish 16pp booklet. The first Strawbs album I bought and still my all-time favourite.

4 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - St Georges Hall, Liverpool

5 Feb 1972 - STRAWBS - 1972 BBC IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE, LONDON

5 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - In Concert, Alan Black transmitted, Jonathan Kelly

6 Feb 1972 - STRAWBS - CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND

One of the nicest gig posters by far in my collection.

11 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Floral Hall, Southport

12 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

13 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Barnsley

14 Feb 1972 - STRAWBS - ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

RFH gig featured mime artist Tony Crerar with films plus Jonathan Kelly as support
Review

15 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

18 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Portsmouth

Also playing: Beggars Death.
A poster for this is on Strawbsweb at:
the 1965-1972 posters page.

19 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare

20 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Darlington

20 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World enters UK charts at number 25

21 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Colston Hall, Bristol

22 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Southampton

23 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - St Andrews Hall, Norwich

24 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

This gig was famously hit by a power cut and was very late in starting - the crowd were all waiting outside to get in and were entertained by Dave Cousins on the steps to the venue providing an impromptu solo warm-up act.

25 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - City Hall, Hull

27 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

27 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 12

28 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Steve Turner photo session (for GNW film)

29 Feb 1972 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Oxford

29 Feb 1972 - STRAWBS - OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST TRANSMITTED

Also playing: Seals And Crofts,

3 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Luton College of Tech

Dave Cousins became unwell during this show and the show was curtailed.

4 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - East London Polytechnic

5 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 18

6-8 Mar 1972 - STRAWBS - FILMING GRAVE NEW WORLD

9 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Trinity College Dublin - cancelled

Dates in Ireland/Northern Ireland dates were announced but later cancelled or rearranged

9 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Pete Drummond transmitted, Gnidrolog, Flash

10 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Magee College Derry, N Ireland

Dates in Ireland/Northern Ireland dates were announced but later cancelled or rearranged

11 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Coleraine New University of Ulster

Dates in Ireland/Northern Ireland dates were announced but later cancelled or rearranged

12 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Queens’ University Belfast

Dates in Ireland/Northern Ireland dates were announced but later cancelled or rearranged

12 Mar 1972 - STRAWBS - GRAVE NEW WORLD IN UK CHARTS PEAKS AT NUMBER 11

15 Mar 1972 - STRAWBS - RECORD "HERE IT COMES" SINGLE, MORGAN STUDIOS

16 Mar 1972 - STRAWBS - RECORD "GOING HOME" SINGLE, MORGAN STUDIOS

It looks as though "Going Home", recorded the day after "Here It Comes" was being considered as a possible alternative single at that time.
See also 21 Mar, 23 Mar, 27 Mar below.
"Going Home" was eventually released as a Dave Cousins single in Oct 1972, and also on his solo album Two Weeks Last Summer.
There is also a version featuring vocals by Dave Lambert, which was released on A Taste Of Strawbs. That tape also has a Dave Lambert vocal on the old Strawbs out-take "Just The Same In Every Way".

18 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Stoke Alsager

19 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 15

21 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Record "Going Home" single, Morgan Studios

25 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Cambridge

23 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Mix "Going Home", Morgan (9am-1pm)

23 Mar 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - Recording King Earl Boogie Band, Pye Studios (2pm-midnight)

24 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Mix "Here It Comes", Morgan (9am-1pm)

24 Mar 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - Recording King Earl Boogie Band, Pye Studios (2pm-midnight)

26 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 15

27 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Mix "Going Home", Morgan

20 Mar 1972 - Strawbs - Record "Here It Comes" single, Morgan Studios

2 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 16

9 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - BBC Bob Harris Show

9 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 21

10 Apr 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - King Earl demo mix, Pye Studios

11-13 Apr 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - Recording King Earl Boogie Band, The Manor

15 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - TV show, Milan, Italy

16 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 19

19 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - BBC live recording, Aeolian Hall, London

Tracks recorded: "New World", "Heavy Disguise", "Tomorrow", "The Hangman And The Papist", "Here It Comes".

21 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham

22 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Waltham Forest Technical College

28 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - BBC recording Johnny Walker show

Tracks recorded: "Benedictus", "Here It Comes", "On Growing Older".

29 Apr-4 May 1972 - DAVE COUSINS - RECORDING TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER, THE MANOR

Dave Cousins went back to the Manor to record his solo album, with Roger Glover on bass, Jon Hiseman on drums and Miller Anderson on guitar, with some keyboards from Tom Allom, Rick Wakeman, who arived for his session in a Rolls Royce, according to Cousins' sleeve notes for the 2019 CD re-issue. Unusually we got to hear Dave playing piano himself on "When You Were A Child".
The Kidlington Kossacks, who sang on the atmospheric accapella "October To May" were Cousins, Dave Lambert and Tom Newman.
"We'll Meet Again", a song that had seen a number of earlier band treatments, was recorded in the open air at the Manor, with just two guitars. (The weather must have been better than it was in the 1976 sessions in the same place, where "Simple Visions" was recorded, preceded by Cousins announcing "Hey me words have blown away"!)
Robert Kirby's woodwind arrangement for "That's The Way It Ends" was added on 2 Jun at Sound Techniques.

30 Apr 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World re-enters UK charts at number 23

1 May 1972 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Bob Harris transmitted, Jonathan Kelly, Mick Softley

5 May 1972 - Strawbs - Bournemouth

7 May 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 47

8 May 1972 - Dave Cousins - Recording Two Weeks Last Summer, Roger Glover, Morgan Studios

10-18 May 1972 - Strawbs - Touring In Italy

This tour in Italy was the occasion when Dave wote the lyrics to "Tears And Pavan":
"I wrote the lyrics in Italy having travelled through a series of Swiss mountain passes. We descended through a pass to find ourselves overlooking a lake with the blue of the lake reflecting the clouds overhead. There was a bell tower near by - hence the carillon of bells, which inspired the whole feeling."

14 May 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 43

19 May 1972 - STRAWBS - GERMERSHEIM FESTIVAL (2ND BRITISH ROCK MEETING), GERMANY

This was the second British Rock Meeting, a 3-day festival with over 70,000 attending. It was heavily sponsored by the US Army, as over half those attending were US military personnel.
A tape exists of the Strawbs set, which unusually includes Dave performing the traditional song "Higher Germanie" on banjo, presumably in homage to the location. A photo of Dave playing banjo which is thought to be from this show, was used (inappropriately) for the bootleg In Search Of The Heroine along with some other pictures featuring Dave's rather splendid flowery jacket.
Also playing over the three day period: Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Faces, The Kinks, Family, Status Quo, Beggar's Opera, Savoy Brown, Humble Pie, Country Joe MacDonald, Osibisa, Atomic Rooster, Incredible String Band, Home, Quiver, Curved Air, Quiver, Tom Paxton, Linda Lewis, Rory Gallagher, Pacific Gas & Electric, Buddy Miles Express, Uriah Heep, Lindisfarne, Spencer Davis, Billy Joel, Frumpy, Ekseption, Amon Duul, New RIders Of The Purple Sage, East Of Eden, Jerusalem, Roy Young Band.

19 May 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - UK release of Plastic Jesus single

21 May 1972 - Strawbs - Mannheim Pop Festival, Frankfurt

21 May 1972 - Strawbs - Grave New World in UK charts at number 44

22 May 1972 - Strawbs - Sitard Music Festival, Holland

Headlining

26 May 1972 - Strawbs - Norwich

27 May 1972 - STRAWBS - GREAT WESTERN FESTIVAL, LINCOLN, 26-29 MAY

Strawbs' "only summer appearance"
Also playing: The Beach Boys, Faces, Lindisfarne, Slade, Genesis, Groundhogs, Nazareth, Focus, Billy Joel, Don McLean, Stone The Crows, Natural Acoustic Band and others.
Poster ad at 1972-1973 Poster Ads page

2 Jun 1972 - Dave Cousins - Recording woodwind for "That's The Way It Ends", Sound Techniques

7-10 Jun 1972 - Dave Cousins - Mixing Two Weeks Last Summer, The Manor

12 Jun 1972 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s, Andrew Finney transmitted, The Johnstons, Kevin Ayers

14 Jun 1972 - Strawbs - Strawbs first US tour - Strawbs fly to New Orleans

21-25 Jun 1972 - STRAWBS - WHISKY A GO GO, LOS ANGELES, USA - STRAWBS A&M RECORDS RESIDENCY

Also playing: Michael Murphey.
There's a reproduction poster at: the 1965-1972 posters page.

7 Jul 1972 - STRAWBS - SHAEFER MUSIC FESTIVAL, WOLLMAN SKATING ARENA, CENTRAL PARK, NYC (15 JUN TO 2 SEP 1972)

This was a series of concerts in Central Park, NYC running over the Summer of 1972. The Strawbs played alongside Leo Kottke and Billy Preston. The show was noted for a manic drum solo, reminiscent of his old Velvet Opera days, where Hud travelled all over the kit.
Programme at: the Schaefer festival programme page, which, as well as a short biog, includes a crafty ad for Grave New World ("the album that caused Strawbs to leave their own country").

9 Jul 1972 - Strawbs - Ravinia Festival, Highland Park IL, USA

Also playing: Billy Preston.

mid July 1972 - Strawbs - Strawbs return from US

Aug 1972 - STRAWBS - RECORD LAY DOWN. SOUND TECHNIQUES

Aug 1972 - Rick Wakeman - Recording session for Rick Wakeman Six Wives of Henry VIII

Dave Cousins' recording session for Rick's solo album - it may be that Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk were also in attendance as well.

19 Aug 1972 - Strawbs - Friars, Civic Hall, Dunstable

Also playing: Jonathan Kelly.
There's a poster on Strawbsweb

26-27 Aug 1972 - STRAWBS - FOLK IN AUGUST FESTIVAL, ESSEX AGRICULTURAL SHOWGROUND, CHELMSFORD

Strawbs play on Sunday, Steeleye on Saturday (after Cambridge Fest).
Dave Lambert jams with band for the two encores ("Going Home" and "Sheep"). Not sure who sang "Going Home" - a tape exists with Lambert vocals (b/w with "Just The Same In Every Way", another Cousins song, for which the original Strawbs album backing track was repurposed). In the end, Cousins revocalled the song and it appeared on his Two Weeks Last Summer album. The Lambert version appeared on A Taste Of Strawbs.
This was founding member Tony Hooper's last known gig with the band: Sounds (23 Sep 1972) reported that he left the band two weeks previously, after fulfilling commitments on the band's return from the US.
There are a few photos at: The Chelmsford Folk Festival gallery page. Check out Dave Cousins playing a Fender Telecaster and Dave Lambert's wild haircut!
Tony was interviewed after he left the band (link to follow).

15 Sep 1972 - DAVE COUSINS - UK RELEASE OF DAVE COUSINS GOING HOME SINGLE

The Japanese release (pictured) uses the image of Cousins with Dave Lambert's dog, which appeared on the album cover.
The song, recorded with various Strawbs on backing (not the Two Weeks session players) had originally been intended as a vehicle for Dave Lambert, and that version with his vocals was included on A Taste Of Strawbs boxed set.

28 Sep 1972 - STRAWBS - TOWN HALL, WATFORD

This was Dave Lambert's debut as a member of the band, widely reviewed in the music press.

22 Sep 1972 - King Earl Boogie Band - UK release of Starlight/Goin' To German single

"Starlight" was a Dave Lambert written/sung track which was not inckuded on the King Earl's album, produced by Dave Cousins in 1972 (though it was included on Lambert's 2004 album on Witchwood Media, Work In Progress"). "Goin' To German" featured Dave Cousins on banjo.
By the date of release Lambert had left the band to join up with the Strawbs and played his first major gig with the Strawbs at Watford Town Hall on 28 Sep 1972.

Oct 1972 - STRAWBS - RECORDING BURSTING AT THE SEAMS, SOUND TECHNIQUES

7 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Gliderdrome, Boston (*)

Some dates in October may have been cancelled in order to clear studio time for recording Bursting AT The Seams (Press report that Watford Town Hall was their only British date until next year). However some supporting evidence that some of these gigs did take place - marked (*)

12 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Hard Rock, Manchester (*)

Some dates in October may have been cancelled in order to clear studio time for recording Bursting AT The Seams (Press report that Watford Town Hall was their only British date until next year). However some supporting evidence that some of these gigs did take place - marked (*)

13 Oct 1972 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF LAY DOWN SINGLE

Danish Sonet release pictured.
One of the Strawbs' most widely released singles, including releases in Israel and Peru!

16 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Dave Cousins' diary also records that the band played a TV show whilst in Amsterdam from 16-18 Oct 1972.

19 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Locarno, Coventry - rearranged?

This gig seems to have been reorganised for 2 Nov 1972.

24 Oct 1972 - Rick Wakeman - Old Grey Whistle Test BBC2 transmitted, Bob Harris interviews Rick

27 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Exeter University

29 Oct 1972 - Strawbs - Locarno, Bristol

Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Recording orchestral overdubs with Robert Kirby for Bursting At The Seams, Morgan Studio

2 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Locarno, Coventry

3 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Leeds Polytechnic

also playing: King Earl Boogie Band

4 Nov 1972 - STRAWBS - ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

Strawbs' return to the Royal Festival Hall. The following week MM had John Ford on the cover.
There's a half page poster ad on the 1965-1972 poster ads page

4 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 34 in UK charts

9 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Capitol, Cardiff

11 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 31 in UK charts

15 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Top Rank Swansea

18 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 26 in UK charts

24 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Luton College of Tech

Second Luton gig this year, probably a rebook to make up for curtailed show in Feb.

25 Nov 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 20 in UK charts

2 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - University of Kent

2 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 13 in UK charts

8 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Photo session with Gered Mankowitz

9 Dec 1972 - STRAWBS - LAY DOWN PEAKS AT NUMBER 12 IN UK CHARTS

16 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 16 in UK charts

19 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - TV show, Amsterdam

21 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Recording Bursting At The Seams, Morgan Studios

22 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Hard Rock, Bournemouth

23 Dec 1972 - Strawbs - Weston-Super-Mare



1973

4 Jan 1973 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF PART OF THE UNION SINGLE

The release pictured is a US promotional release, which included an elaborate 2x2 single size foldover sleeve. (NB. whilst the promo copies were dated 4 Jan, Dave's diary records a release date of 12 Jan.)
The Strawbs' most widely released single, including releases in France, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Israel, Guatemala, Brazil and Venezuela

6 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Sounds On Sunday recording, Langham Studio

7 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 38 in UK charts

9 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Sounds On Sunday recording, Kensington House

12 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Princetown University, Princetown NJ

13 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Imperial College, London

14 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Lay Down at number 49 in UK charts

14 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Sounds On Sunday transmitted

16 Jan 1973 - RICK WAKEMAN - OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST BBC2 TRANSMITTED, WITH COUSINS, LAMBERT AND CRONK

The later line-up of Acoustic Strawbs and the bedrock of the electric line-up, Cousins, Lambert and Cronk, all played on one track on Rick's debut solo album The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. "Catherine Howard" included a gentle middle passage with DC on his splendid Rickenbacker electric banjo, and the Old Grey Whistle Test version brought them together once again to perform it live. You can see it on You Tube.
Was it the first time these three had played together? It certainly wouldn't be the last!!!

19 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

21 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union etners UK chart at number 19

23 Jan 1973 - RICK WAKEMAN - RELEASE OF RICK WAKEMAN: SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII

25 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Top Of The Pops transmitted

26 Jan 1973 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

26 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Speakeasy, Paris Theatre

27 Jan 1973 - STRAWBS - WINTER GARDENS, MALVERN

First date of the marathon 52-date "Bursting At The Seams" tour.
The tour programme (pictured) is at: the 1973 tour programme page.

28 Jan 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 7 in UK charts

4 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 3 in UK charts

9 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s sequence transmitted, JSD Band

11 Feb 1973 - STRAWBS - PART OF THE UNION PEAKS AT NUMBER 2 IN UK CHARTS, SWEET "BLOCKBUSTER" AT NUMBER 1

12 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

13 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Dave Cousins' diary records a second night at Swindon, which was not featured in publicity for the tour.

14 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Chatham

17 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Portsmouth

Ray Hammond review - 24 Feb Sounds

18 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Theatre Royal, Norwich

18 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 2 in UK charts, Sweet "Blockbuster" at number 1

18 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams entered UK chart at number 28

18 Feb 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives enters UK charts at number 12

19 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Old Grey Whistle Test recording

19 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Old Grey Whistle Test recording, BBC TV Centre

20 Feb 1973 - STRAWBS - OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST TRANSMISSION

also appearing: Judee Sill

20 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells

21 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Guildford

23 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - New Theatre, Oxford

24 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - City Hall, St Albans

25 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Preston

25 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 2 in UK charts, Slade "Cum On Feel The Noize" at number 1

25 Feb 1973 - STRAWBS - BURSTING AT THE SEAMS PEAKS AT NUMBER 2 IN UK CHARTS, ELTON JOHN "DON'T SHOOT ME" AT NUMBER 1

25 Feb 1973 - RICK WAKEMAN - SIX WIVES PEAKS AT NUMBER 7 IN UK CHARTS

27 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Royal Hall, Harrogate

28 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Leas Cliff Pavilion, Southend

Arnakatka, the Strawbs mangement (or possibly Derek Block, the promoter) appear to have produced a standard poster for venues on the tour - very simple design with room at the bottom for gig details to be overprinted. These are known to exist for:
17 Feb - Guildhall, Portsmouth
2 Mar - Town Hall, Birmingham
3 Mar - City Hall, Hull
5 Mar - Victoria Hall, Hanley (may not have been used as this gig was moved to 9 Mar)
6 Mar - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
7 Mar - The Dome, Brighton
10 Mar - New Civic Hall, Barrow in Furness
22 Mar - Newcastle City Hall
Examples of the poster on the 1973-1980 posters page

28 Feb 1973 - Strawbs - Royal Hall, Harrogate

Dave Cousins' diary records a second night at Harrogate, which was not featured in publicity for the tour.

2 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

The show was said have been recorded for a radio broadcast.
However there are two possible dates for the Birmingham show - 2 Mar and 26 Mar. A poster was produced by the promoters for the first of those, and it appeared on the music paper full page ads. The latter was taken from tour paperwork to which I have had access.

3 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - City Hall, Hull

4 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Leeds - cancelled

4 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 2 in UK charts

4 Mar 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 10 in UK charts

6 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

7 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Dome Theatre, Brighton

8 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Barnsley

9 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Victoria Hall, Stoke

(originally on 5 Mar)

10 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Barrow in Furness

11 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

11 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 12 in UK charts

11 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 4 in UK charts

11 Mar 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 19 in UK charts

12 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Midday recording of TV show, Hilversum, Holland

Also appearing: David Cassidy.

12 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Reading

13 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Southampton

From Dave Cousins' diary, not included in tour promotion ads.

14 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Capitol Theatre, Cardiff

14 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Rehearsals in Devon

From Dave Cousins' diary. Not certain how this fitted with Cardiff gig listed that evening.

15 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Festival Hall, Paignton, Devon

16 Mar 1973 - STRAWBS - SUNDOWN, EDMONTON

Recorded with a view to releasing as live album. Never released.

16 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Sounds Of The 70s sequence transmitted, Patto

17 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Sundown, Brixton - cancelled

18 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Paris Theatre, BBC In Concert (rescheduled to 25 Mar)

18 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 20 in UK charts

18 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 6 in UK charts

18 Mar 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 13 in UK charts

19 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Music Hall, Aberdeen

20 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

21 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

22 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

23 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - City Hall, Sheffield

Frank Heath review (off to US in May) BUT NOT ON 2nd ad

24 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Odeon, Leicester

Not on 2nd ad published with the later tour dates - did this go ahead?

24 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Market Hall, Carlisle

25 Mar 1973 - STRAWBS - 1973 BBC IN CONCERT, PARIS THEATRE, LONDON

Recorded on 25 Mar 1973. Transmission date: 7 Apr 1973.
I remember trying to record it off my dad's clapped out valve-based "radiogram" (a huge piece of furniture in our front room, which was desperately unreliable. I still have the reel to reel tape, which decreased in volume gradually and was inaudible after abóut 6 tracks. We bought a transistor radio after that and I ripped the guts out of the radiogram and used it as a storage box!
There is a BBC Transcription Disc.
Released on various bootlegs - the best of which is Heroes Are Forever, which is a 2CD set with the 1974 In Concert as the second CD.
Legitimate releases: Live In Concert, Windsong, 1995 (which includes part only of the 1974 show) and on Strawbs At The BBC, Vol. 2, Universal, 2010.

25 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 7 in UK charts

25 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 32 in UK charts

25 Mar 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 21 in UK charts

26 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

See note on other possible date for this - 2 Mar 1973

27 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Dublin Stadium

29 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Floral Hall, Southport

30 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Colston Hall, Bristol

31 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Original music paper ads announced this for the Manchester Opera House on 25 Mar 1973 (which was when the BBC In Concert was recorded in London. A later music press ad for the last few dates shows it as having shifted to the Free Trade Hall on 31 Mar, probably to allow for the BBC recording,

1 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 17 in UK charts

1 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 47 in UK charts

1 Apr 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 22 in UK charts

7 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - BBC Live In Concert transmission date

Transmission date of the BBC Live In Concert show recorded on 25 Mar 1973

7 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - In Concert Alan Black transmtted

8 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 21 in UK charts

8 Apr 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 28 in UK charts

14 Apr 1973 - STRAWBS - THE RAINBOW, FINSBURY PARK, LONDON

Also playing: Gallagher & Lyle.
According to Exorcising Ghosts, the show was late starting owing to arguments over whether the comedy elements (eg "Bovver Blues", "Long Haired Lover" etc.) which had been included in earlier gigs would remain. The compromise was reached that they would but that Dave Cousins would include a solo performance of the bitter "A Song For Me" (which was later recorded on Dave and Brian's Old School Songs.
There is a comment in Dave's book that this show was also recorded, but has never seen the light of day.

15 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 34 in UK charts

15 Apr 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 25 in UK charts

22 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 46 in UK charts

22 Apr 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 39 in UK charts

24 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Fly to US

Dave Cousins' diary notes meeting Marc Bolan at Heathrow.

26 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After, Eagles

27 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Hara Arena, Dayton OH, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After, Eagles

28 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Academy Of Music, NYC, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

29 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - University Of Winsconsin, Oshkosh WI, USA - cancelled

Cancelled, but would have been playing with Ten Years After

29 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 50 in UK charts

29 Apr 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 30 in UK charts

30 Apr 1973 - Strawbs - Metro Sports Center, Minneapolis, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After, Foghat

1 May 1973 - Strawbs - Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After

2 May 1973 - Strawbs - Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, USA

Also playing: Slade, Peter Frampton

3 May 1973 - Strawbs - Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After

4 May 1973 - Strawbs - Civic/Muny Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After

5 May 1973 - Strawbs - Warehouse, New Orleans, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After

6 May 1973 - Strawbs - Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After
Poster at: the 1973-1980 posters page.

6 May 1973 - Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams at number 50 in UK charts

6 May 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 35 in UK charts

7 May 1973 - Strawbs - Civic/Muny Auditorium, Kansas City, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After, another group TBC

9 May 1973 - Strawbs - State Fair Coliseum, Dallas TX, USA

Also playing: Ten Years After, another group TBC

11 May 1973 - Strawbs - Armory, Springfield, Illinois, USA

Also playing: King Crimson, Black Oak Arkansas

12 May 1973 - Strawbs - Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Also playing: Poco

15 May 1973 - Strawbs - Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana, USA

16 May 1973 - Strawbs - London Arena, London ON, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson

17 May 1973 - Strawbs - Forum, Hamilton ON, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson

18 May 1973 - Strawbs - Massey Hall, Toronto ON, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson

19 May 1973 - Strawbs - Sudbury Arena, Sudbury, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson
Colin MacDonald, who used to work for A&M in Canada contributed a story to: The Strawbs Stories page, which was an early feature of Strawbsweb. Scroll down to his name (there's no contents list).

20 May 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Ottowa, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson

22 May 1973 - Strawbs - Pavillion Jeunesse, Quebec, Canada

Also playing: King Crimson

24 May 1973 - Strawbs - Winterland, San Francisco, USA

Also playing: Procol Harum, Terry Reid

26 May 1973 - Strawbs - Civic Center, San Diego, USA

Also playing: Procol Harum

27-28 May 1973 - Strawbs - Bloodbath on Rodeo Drive

Exorcising Ghosts gives the full story, but this is the occasion where one of the Strawbs' managers told Dave that the other members were ousting him from the band he founded and taking the name.
Understandably furious, he sat down the next morning and worked out the percentages of who had contributed what (ever the statistician - the handwritten calculations are recorded in his songwriting notebook that he carried around).
He then went back to Rodeo Drive to find the band and managers in the pool celebrating, so he kicked all the potted plants into the water.
Next morning he sounded Lambert out, who agreed to join a new incarnation of the Strawbs.

27 May 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives re-entered at number 41 in UK charts

Jun 1973 - Strawbs - Auditions for new line-up

During the course of June, Cousins and Lambert held auditions for the new line-up, which seem to have been no piece of cake.
A surviving tape has two gems:
the first, a complex early version of "Shine On Silver Sun", which had "Words Of Wisdom" (aka "Somewhere") as an extra middle section. This was played with John Hawken on keys and the Ten Years After rhythm section, Ric Lee and Leo Lyons, and appears on A Taste Of Strawbs.
The second is a breakneck version of "Where Do You Go", Hawken's piano to the fore which falters at the end through a final set of abrupt chord changes. That one didn't make it onto the boxed set, but Hawken made the cut and joined the new Strawbs.

13 May 1973 - Rick Wakeman - Six Wives at number 36 in UK charts

Jul 1973 - Strawbs - Band rehearsals in Devon

A poor quality tape of a rehearsal in a hall in Feniton has the new line-up running through some of the new songs - "Shine On Silver Sun", Where Do You Go" and "Why".
Another, of even worse quality recording has them running through the proposed running order for the next tour.

30 Jul-1 Aug 1973 - Strawbs - Recording Shine On Silver Sun/Where Do You Go, Island Studios

The new line-up headed into the studio to record some new tracks: "Shine On Silver Sun" and "Where Do You Go (When You Need A Hole To Crawl In" were the front runners, with the former finally making the cut. Also recorded at that time was a Lambert track (almost certainly "Just Love") and the three part "Why And Wherefore", the last bit of which was used (in an alternative version) as the B-side for "Shine On" - the full recording resurfaced on Halcyon Days (UK edition) and appears on the most recent Japanese Hero And Heroine CD reissue.
The first section "Why" was used as the b-side for the UK "Hero And Heroine" single.
"Where Do You Go" was added to Ghosts and was used as the b-side to some releases of the "Lemon Pie" single.

2-3 Aug 1973 - Strawbs - Recording, Sound Techniques

3 Aug 1973 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD PICK UP THE PIECES SINGLE

Yugoslavian release pictured. The single was widely released around the world, including in India, one of very very few Strawbs related releases there. See the Pick Up The Pieces page
"Burn Baby Burn" and "Floating In The Wind" were also released in Yugoslavia.

7 Aug 1973 - Strawbs - Photo session

Thought to be where the first promo pics of the new line-up was taken: see Promo pics 1973 onwards.

12 Aug 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces enters UK chart at number 49

19 Aug 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 30 in UK charts

26 Aug 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 17 in UK charts

2 Sep 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 10 in UK charts

5 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Berlin-Messe, Germany

7 Sep 1973 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF SHINE ON SILVER SUN SINGLE

Italian release pictured.
UK promo singles are dated 31 Aug 1973, but were stickered with the delayed release date of 7 Sep 1973.

7 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Audit Maxim, Hamburg University, Germany

8 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Rhine Hall, Dusseldorf, Germany

9 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Offenback Stad Halle, Frankfurt, Germany

9 Sep 1973 - HUDSON FORD - PICK UP THE PIECES PEAKS AT NUMBER 8 IN UK CHARTS

11 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Congress Hall, Freiburg, Germany

14 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Bataclan, Paris, France

15 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Cini Marni, Brussels, Belgium

Review of gig

16 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland

Review and follow-up Jerry Gilbert article in Sounds

16 Sep 1973 - STRAWBS - NIGHTBIRD RADIO INTERVIEW TRANSMITTED

A radio interview with DJ Alison Steele, which was included with there other band interviews and circulated to the Armed Forces under the auspices of the US Army Reserve. There was a second show on 20 Oct 1974. See the Nigtbird releases page.

16 Sep 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 13 in UK charts

19 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark

23 Sep 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 22 in UK charts

27 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, USA

Also playing: Slade/King Crimson

27 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Fly to USA

28 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Quincy, Ill, USA

Also playing: Black Oak Arkansas

29 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Auditorium, Chicago, Ill, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

30 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Also playing: J Geils Band

30 Sep 1973 - Strawbs - Shine On Silver Sun enters UK charts at number 47

30 Sep 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 32 in UK charts

1 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

4 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - CW Port College, Greenvale NY, USA

Also playing: Slade

5 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Trenton State College, Trenton NJ, USA

6 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Shubert Theater, Philadelphia PS, USA

Also playing: Fleetwood Mac

7 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Washington University, USA (deleted from itinerary)

7 Oct 1973 - Hudson Ford - Pick Up The Pieces at number 48 in UK charts

7 Oct 1973 - STRAWBS - SHINE ON SILVER SUN PEAKS AT NUMBER 34 IN UK CHARTS

11 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

13 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Academy Of Music, NYC, USA

Also playing: Spooky Tooth, Foghat

14 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Shine On Silver Sun at number 44 in UK charts

15 Oct 1973 - Strawbs - Civic, Santa Monica CA, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

19 Oct 1973 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD TAKE IT BACK SINGLE

German release pictured. The single was only released in the UK and Germany.

Nov 1973 - Strawbs - Recording Hero And Heroine, Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark

Back to Denmark for the recording sessions for Hero And Heroine.

12 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Royal Hall, Harrogate

15 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - City Hall, Newcastle

Poster ad at: Related poster ads page. The Harrogate gig above and some gigs listed below did not appear in the tour ad and may have been added later - details of those gigs and many of the 1974 and 1975 gigs were taken from the late Ken Laws' personal Hudson Ford archive.

16 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Alsager College, Northwich

19 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Apollo, Glasgow

20 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

22 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - New Theatre, Oxford

24 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

25 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol

29 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Opera House, Manchester

30 Nov 1973 - Hudson Ford - Town Hall, Birmingham

3 Dec 1973 - HUDSON FORD - ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

4 Dec 1973 - Hudson Ford - Old Grey Whistle Test BBC2 transmitted, with Gordon Giltrap

4 Mar 1973 - Strawbs - Part Of The Union at number 4 in UK charts



1974

25 Jan 1974 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD BURN BABY BURN SINGLE

The promo single cited a release date of 18 Jan 1974, but later promo copies were stickered over and a sticker on the picture sleeve gave a release date of 25 Jan 1974.

28 Jan 1974 - Strawbs - Remix Strawbs By Choice, Trident Studios

1 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Bristol Polytechnic

2 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

3 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Queens Hotel, Westcliff On Sea

4 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Quaintways, Chester

5 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Strawbs By Choice compilation,Trident Studios

8 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton

9 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Manchester Polytechnic

10 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Woods Leisure Centre, Colchester

12 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Leave For USA

14 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Kleinhans Auditorium, Buffalo NY, USA

15 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - The Joint In The Woods, Parsippany NJ, USA

15 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Borough Hall, Greenwich

16 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Country Playhouse, Westport CT, USA

16 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

17 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Academy Of Music, NYC, USA

Also playing: The James Gang, Tommy Bolin

17 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 30 in UK charts

18 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Roxy Theater, Northampton PA, USA

19 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Winter Gardens, Cleethorpes

20 Feb 1974 - STRAWBS - ULTRASOUND STUDIOS, NYC, USA - LIVE RADIO SHOW ON WLIR

A live radio performance for WLIR, subsequently released as a CD bootleg In Search Of The Heroine, with gloriously anachronistic photos from 1972.
Notable for the mellotron breaking down mid-show, prompting some classic chat from DC whilst efforts were made to fix it, before abandoning the attempt to play "Hero And Heroine" and moving instead to play "Why And Wherefore".
This track was recorded in the sessions for the new line-up's first single along with "Shine On Silver Sun" and "Where Do You Go (When You Need A Hole To Crawl In)". The ending "And Wherefore" was used as the B-side to the single, and "Why" surfaced as the B-side to the "Hero And Heroine" single later on. However the studio version of the whole track remained unreleased until the release of Halcyon Days.
An ad in the 4 Dec 1975 Calderone programme for UltraSound Studios gives its address as 100 North Franklin Street, Hempstead NY.

22 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Guildhall, Plymouth

22 May 1974 - Strawbs - Leave for USA

23 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas, USA (*)

24 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Palace Avenue Theatre, Paignton

24 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 20 in UK charts

25 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Midnight Special, NBC

26 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Gel Ballroom, Camarthen

26 Feb 1974 - Strawbs - Midnight Special, NBC

27 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Abersytwyth - CANCELLED

28 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Mecca Ballroom, Staffordshire

Mar 1974 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF HERO AND HEROINE SINGLE

Spanish release pictured, which had a different b-side ("Round And Round") to most other releases, which used "Why", a segment of "Why And Wherefore", recorded in the same sessions as "Shine on Silver Sun" in July 1973.

1 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Winterland, San Francisco CA, USA

2 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Bangor University

2 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA, USA

3 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Exhibit Hall, Tucson AZ, USA

3 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 18 in UK charts

4 Mar 1974 - STRAWBS - EBBETS FIELD, DENVER, COLORADO, USA

Ebbets Field was a tiny 230-seater downtown music club in Denver Colorado, named after the famous Brooklyn Dodgers baseball park. Both Strawbs (this gig and two further nights in Jun 1974) and Hudson Ford (26-28 Aug 1974) played there, along with many many other artists. Sandy Denny played there with Fairport Convention when they reunited in 1974.
The venue's sound company ListenUp began habitually recording shows, either for simultaneous or later radio broadcast, recording hundreds of shows of which a number have made it out as bootlegs or CD releases.
One track from this show "Out In The Cold/Round And Round" was released on CD Live From Ebbets Field Vol 2. Details at 2000s Various Artists page.

6 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Pensacola, FL, USA

Also playing: Foghat

7 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Laurel, Missouri, USA

Also playing: Foghat

8 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Also playing: Foghat

8 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Barbarella's, Birmingham

9 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - St Matthews Baths, Ipswich

10 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn enters UK charts at number 44

10 Mar 1974 - HUDSON FORD - BURN BABY BURN PEAKS AT NUMBER 15 IN UK CHARTS

12 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - The Mosque, Richmond VA, USA

13 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Auditorium, Charleston, WV, USA

Gig at this venue also listed as gig with King Crimson on 21 May 1974.

14 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Coliseum, Knoxville TN, USA

15 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Roanoke VA, USA

17 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Agora Club, Toledo OH, USA

17 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 19 in UK charts

18 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Agora Club, Cleveland OH, USA

19 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Montauk ?? (*)

21 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Lyric Theater, Baltimore, USA

22 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Tower Theater, Philadelphia PA, USA

Also playing: Renaissance

23 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, USA (*)

24 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Performing Center, Boston MA, USA (*)

24 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 23 in UK charts

26 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA

27 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA

28 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA - early show

28 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Bottom Line, NYC, USA - late show

29 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Lafayette College, Easton PA, USA (*)

29 or 30 Mar 1974 - Strawbs - Victory Theater, Toronto, Canada (*)

30 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - BBC, Aeolian Studios, Bond Street, London (Sounds On Sunday recording)

31 Mar 1974 - STRAWBS - MASSEY HALL, TORONTO ON, CANADA

The 1974 US/Canada tour closed out with a tour de force performance at Toronto's Massey Hall.
Brian Hetherington in Melody Maker reported that the concert was spectacular, with Cousins, despite a worsening cough and a fading voice, taking most of the lead vocals. He left the stage for Dave Lambert take the spotlight (presumably for “Just Love”) and returned wearing a Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey shirt bearing captain Dave Keon’s number - a crowd-pleasing gesture to enahance an already well-received performance. Lambert, Hawken Cronk and Coombes were all praised, and the gig ended the audience on their feet yelling for more after two encores. However, Cousins was now on the verge of completely losing his voice and had to appeal to the audience to let them go.

31 Mar 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 30 in UK charts

Apr 1974 - STRAWBS - US RELEASE OF HEROINE'S THEME/ROUND AND ROUND SINGLE

2 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Return from USA

5 Apr 1974 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE DATE FOR HERO AND HEROINE ALBUM

7 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Burn Baby Burn at number 41 in UK charts

7 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Sounds On Sunday, Stuart Henry transmitted

10 Apr 1974 - STRAWBS - DE MONTFORT HALL, LEICESTER

The 1974 UK tour opened in Leicester. Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends
Steve Orme review in Music press
Post ad for the tour at: the 1973-1975 poster ads page.

10 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Old Grey Whistle Test transmitted

11 Apr 1974 - STRAWBS - BBC IN CONCERT

Recorded on 11 Apr 1974. Transmission date: 20 Apr 1974.
There is a BBC Transcription Disc.
Released on various bootlegs - the best of which is Heroes Are Forever, which is a 2CD set with the 1973 In Concert as the first CD.
Legitimate releases: Live In Concert, Windsong, 1995, but this includes part only of the 1974 show, ie the numbers which weren't played in 1973. The concert appears in full on Strawbs At The BBC, Vol. 2, Universal, 2010.

16 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - City Hall, Hull

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

17 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Caird Hall, Dundee

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends
This date originally allocated to Aberdeen Music Hall

19 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

20 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Royal Court, Liverpool (2 shows)

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

20 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - BBC Live In Concert transmission date

20 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - In Concert Alan Black transmtted

21 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham (2 shows)

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

21 Apr 1974 - STRAWBS - HERO AND HEROINE ENTERS UK CHARTS AND PEAKS AT NUMBER 35

22 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Heavy Steam Machine, Hanley

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends
(originally announced at Victoria Hall)

23 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - St George’s Hall, Bradford

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends
Tour programme at: the 1974 tour programme page.

24 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Guildhall, Preston

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

25 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - City Hall, Sheffield

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

26 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

27 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

27 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Ballymena, Norther Ireland

28 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Opera House, Manchester (2 shows)

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

28 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Omagh, Northern Ireland

28 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Sounds On Sunday Alan Black, transmitted

29 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Coleraine, Northern Ireland

30 Apr 1974 - Strawbs - Royal Theatre, Harrogate

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

30 Apr 1974 - Hudson Ford - Barmbridge, Northern Ireland

1 May 1974 - Strawbs - Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n' Friends
Again, Arnakata seem to have produced a standard poster for overprinting. I have a blank copy signed by the band. Pictured here is the Swansea poster. Other known posters: Liverpool and Preston. Poster at the 1973-1980 poster page

1 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Isle Of Man

2 May 1974 - Strawbs - Colston Hall, Bristol (2 shows)

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

3 May 1974 - Strawbs - Festival Theatre, Paignton

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

3 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Mayfair, Newcastle

4 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Dudley

4 May 1974 - Strawbs - Leeds University

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

7 May 1974 - Strawbs - New Theatre, Oxford

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

8 May 1974 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

10 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Newport Pagnell

12 May 1974 - STRAWBS - THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE, LONDON

Also playing: Colin Scot 'n Friends

12 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - See You Sunday BBC1 transmitted

14-19 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Europe (TBA)

16 May 1974 - Strawbs - Granada TV show transmitted

The Strawbs performed "Hero And Heroine".

19 May 1974 - Strawbs - Kingswatch, Brighton

21 May 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Charleston, WV, USA

Also playing: King Crimson, Brownsville Station
Gig at this venue also listed on 13 Mar 1974.

21 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Stirling

24 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Newcastle

24 May 1974 - Strawbs - Academy Of Music, NYC, USA

25 May 1974 - Strawbs - Painters Mill, Owing Mills MD, USA

26 May 1974 - Strawbs - Springfield Oak Music, Springfield, Mich., USA

27 May 1974 - Strawbs - The Brewery, Lansing, Mich., USA

28 May 1974 - Strawbs - The Gardens, London ON, Canada

29 May 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Akron OH, USA

30 May 1974 - Strawbs - Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich., USA

30 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Chatham

31 May 1974 - Hudson Ford - Swindon

31 May 1974 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF HOLD ON TO ME SINGLE

German release pictured.

31 May 1974 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD FLOATING IN THE WIND SINGLE

German release pictured.

1 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA

Also appearing: Poco

1 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - Bradford

2 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA

Also appearing: Poco

3 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Midnight Special

4 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - Tottenham

4 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Midnight Special

5 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Ebetts Field, Denver CO, USA

6 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Ebetts Field, Denver CO, USA

9 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Diablo Stadium, Tempe AZ, USA

Also appearing: Ten Years After/King Crimson

11 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield CA, USA

Also appearing: King Crimson

12 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - State University, San Jose, USA (deleted from itinerary)

Also appearing: King Crimson

13 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Cow Palace, San Francisco CA, USA

Also appearing: King Crimson/Ten Years After
Poster at: the 1973-1980 posters page

14 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - San Diego, USA (deleted from itinerary)

15 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

16 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Selland Arena, Fresno CA, USA

Also appearing: Ten Years After/Blue Oyster Cult

17-21 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - Quiet Night, Chicago, IL, USA

18 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Community Center, Tucson AZ, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

19 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - The Shrine, Los Angeles, USA

Also playing: King Crimson

20 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento CA, USA (deleted from itinerary)

22 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - Seneca College, Toronto ON, Canada

22 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Convention Center, Indianapolis, USA

23 Jul 1974 - Hudson Ford - CHOM-FM Montreal, Canada

23 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - BBC, Langham 1, Portland Place, London (Rock On, trans 29 June)

23 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - Floating In The Wind entered UK chart at number 37

24 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Richards Club, Atlanta GA, USA

The show was recorded at either this show or the following night (or both) and bootlegged on CD (no dates or recording info on packaging).
It includes between songs chat from Dave Cousins, including him reciting lines from an unreleased song "The Writing On The Wall" (later released on CD2 of A Taste Of Strawbs)
Details of the Atlanta bootleg at: the Atlanta bootleg page.

25-28 Jul 1974 - Hudson Ford - Ebetts Field, Denver CO, USA

25 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Richards Club, Atlanta GA, USA

26 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Ambassador Theater, St Louis MO, USA

Also appearing: Frank Zappa

28 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, USA (deleted from itinerary)

28 Jun 1974 - Strawbs - Return from USA

28-29 Jun 1974 - Hudson Ford - International Festival Tokyo, Japan -TBC

29-30 Jul 1974 - Hudson Ford - The Orphanage, Montgomery, San Francisco, USA

30 Jun 1974 - HUDSON FORD - FLOATING IN THE WIND PEAKS AT NUMBER 35 IN UK CHARTS

16 Jul-13 Sep 1974 - STRAWBS - RECORDING GHOSTS

The band recorded Ghosts at The Manor, Kidlington; Sound Techniques, London; TPA London; Chapel of Charterhouse School, Godalming Surrey (except "Where Do You Go" which was recorded previously in Autumn 1973). Mixed at Trident.

Summer 1974 - Strawbs - appearing at Festivals Belgium/Holland Aug

1-3 Aug 1974 - Hudson Ford - Aquarius, Seattle, Washington, USA

2 Aug 1974 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF STRAWBS BY CHOICE

A compilation put together by Dave Cousins, covering the first album through to Hero And Heroine, notable for including various rare single releases ("Forever" and "Here It Comes") and "The Actor" from Two Weeks Last Summer.
The dripping strawberry image (without the stuffed rabbit) was used in the A&M calaogues of the time and became the inspiration for Strawbsweb's "logoberry".

7-11 Aug 1974 - HUDSON FORD - WHISKEY A GO GO, SUNSET BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, USA

12 Aug 1974 - Hudson Ford - Agora Club, Cleveland OH, USA

23 Aug 1974 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD FREE SPIRIT SINGLE

Portuguese release pictured.
The only Strawbs-related single released (as far as I know) in Angola (the picture sleeve is pretty much identical to the Portuguese release).

31 Aug 1974 - Hudson Ford - Free Spirit press stunt

Press reports in music press cover dated 31 Aug 1974, reported that John Ford had been arrested in America, charged with committing an act of public indecency at the Electric Auditorium in Atlanta (the nature of which was using "blasphemous language" when fans were manhandled by security guards.
Reliably informed that this was a load of tosh and never happened, but was a good story to promote their new single "Free Spirit"!

Sep 1974 - Strawbs - Vocals for Ghosts, Trident Studios

6 Sep 1974 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD FREE SPIRIT ALBUM

Free Spirit was the first album recorded by the touring Hudson Ford Band (Mickey Keen, Ken Laws and Chris Parren) - only 8 tracks but some extended instrumental passages which gave an idea of how powerful they could be live.

3 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Warwick University

4 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Exeter University

4 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Brunel University

Also appearing: Zzebra.
Melody Maker review by Colin Irwin.

5 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Nottingham University

5 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Sheffield University

6 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Theatre Royal, Norwich

6 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

7 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

9 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Leeds University

10 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Inverness University/Caledonian Hotel, Inverness

11 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Edinburgh University

11 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Leicester University

12 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Glasgow University

12 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Pavilion, Hastings Pier

15 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Barbarella's Birmingham

16 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - York University

18 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic

18 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Liverpool Polytechnic

19 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Reading University

20 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Woods Centre, Colchester

20 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Nightbird & Co interview aired in the US

23 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Birmingham University

24 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Top Of The World, Stafford

25 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Mayfair, Newcastle

25 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Locarno, Blackpool OR Mecca, Liverpool

26 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Leicester University

26 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Nottingham University

27 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Gravesend

27 Oct 1974 - HUDSON FORD - KINGS ROAD THEATRE, LONDON (2 SHOWS)

29 Oct 1974 - Strawbs - Queensway Hall, Sunderland

31 Oct 1974 - Hudson Ford - Civic Centre, Ottawa, Canada

Also playing: Nazareth

1 Nov 1974 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE FOR GRACE DARLING SINGLE

To promote their Nov 1974 UK single on a TV show, Strawbs boarded a lifeboat with members of the RNLI to visit the Longstone lighthouse (home of Grace Darling). (Rod Coombes seems wisely to have opted to stay home!)
The film emerged as a bonus track on the DVD Live In Tokyo/Grave New World.

1 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Woodburn High School, Toronto ON Canada

2 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Massey Hall, Toronto ON, Canada

Also playing: Climax Blues Band

4-6 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Centennial Auditorium, Winnipeg, Canada

Also playing: Nazareth

7 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon, Canada

Also playing: Nazareth

10 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Canada

12 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Centre Of The Arts, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

13 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Canada

14 Nov 1974 - Strawbs - Granada TV show transmitted

Also on the show: Ayesha, Peter Straker, The Tymews, Ace

15-16 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - P&E Agrodome, Vancouver BC, Canada

17 Nov 1974 - Hudson Ford - Memorial Arena, Victoria BC, Canada

8 Dec 1974 - Hudson Ford - Sounds On Sunday, Noel Edmonds transmitted

Dec 1974 - Hudson Ford - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA

23 Feb 1974 - Hudson Ford - Taunton College



1975

Jan/Feb 1975 - Strawbs - US tour Jan/Feb 75

Jan-Mar 1975 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RECORD WORLDS COLLIDE

Jan 1975 - STRAWBS - RECORD CHERIE JE T'AIME IN MONTREAL

Cousins stayed in Montreal in Jan 75 and went into the studio to record a French language vocal for the backing tapes of "Grace Darling" for the Canadian market. Released as David Cousins et Strawbs, promo copies were manufactured and I have seen a visual of a release copy (pictured, thanks to Pierre Alexandre Tremblay for that) but never found any other trace of one.

24 Jan 1975 - Hudson Ford - Bradford University

29 Jan 1975 - Hudson Ford - Top Rank, Reading

25 Jan 1975 - Hudson Ford - Sheffield University

29 Jan 1975 - Strawbs - Plateau, Montreal, Canada

30 Jan 1975 - Strawbs - Capitol Theatre Quebec, Canada

31 Jan 1975 - Hudson Ford - Gipsy Hill College, Kingston

31 Jan 1975 - Strawbs - Arts Centre, Ottawa

Ottawa Citzen review establishes date as 31 Jan
Also playing: Man

31 Jan 1975 - Strawbs - Old Grey Whistle Test transmitted, with Lynsey De Paul

Feb 1975 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF GHOSTS

Originally planned for Oct/Nov 1974 but delayed by production difficulties. The original front cover (pictured here) featured a view of Charterhouse School, where the choral parts of "Grace Darling" were recorded. However the school refused permission and the designers had to go back to the drawing board.
For more on te original cover see
the Ghosts album versions page.

1 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener Ontario

Review mentions "2 concerts this Sunday"

5 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Orpheum, Boston MA, USA

Feb 1975 - Strawbs - review of Hamilton Place Ontario concert (same as ?)

6 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

newspaper/FM radio reviews of Massey Hall Toronto gig

- Strawbs - Ontario concert at Alumni Hall Wednesday night (same as above) ?

8 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - Michigan Palace, Detroit MI, USA

25 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Providence RI, USA

Also playing: Faces, Blue Oyster Cult

27 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - Roxy Theatre, Northampton PA, USA

28 Feb 1975 - Strawbs - War Memorial, Trenton NJ, USA

1 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, USA

2 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Beacon Theatre, NYC, USA

Also appearing: The Pretty Things

3 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Beacon Theatre, NYC, USA

Also appearing: The Pretty Things

6 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Masonic, Philadelphia PA, USA (advertised as tentative)

7 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Allen Theater, Cleveland OH, USA

8 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Capitol Theater,Porchester NY, USA

9 Mar 1975 - Strawbs - Century Theater, Buffalo NY, USA

12 Apr 1975 - STRAWBS - STRAWBS ON TOKYO TV SHOW

13 Apr 1975 - STRAWBS - SUNPLAZA, TOKYO, JAPAN

Strawbs played a televised gig in Tokyo which was the first to be beamed out to all the islands that make up the country.
The Japanese music media were hugely enthusiastic - a Japanese music mag (probably Music Life which had repeatedly covered Strawbs) featured a three page Strawbs article, helpfully titled in English "Strawbs Coming To Japan". Article at: Japan music mag article page.
The concert had already appeared as a very poor bootleg CD Ghosts And Specters, but was finally released on DVD by Witchwood Media in 2003 along with the Grave New World film and a couple of other features - see Live In Tokyo '75/Grave New World - The Movie.
Plans announced earlier to go on to Australia and South Africa in Apr 75 were shelved.

14 Apr 1975 - Strawbs - Strawbs fly from Tokyo to USA

19 Apr 1975 - Strawbs - Warehouse, New Orleans LA, USA

Also appearing: Blue Oyster Cult/Atlanta Rhythm Section/Passport

25 Apr 1975 - Strawbs - Texas Hall, Arlington TX, USA

Also appearing: Blue Oyster Cult

2 May 1975 - Strawbs - Winterland, San Francisco CA, USA

Also appearing: Joe Walsh/Link Wray

3 May 1975 - Strawbs - Winterland, San Francisco CA, USA

Also appearing: Joe Walsh/Link Wray

4 May 1975 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF LEMON PIE SINGLE

"Lemon Pie" appears with different B-sides. In UK, Australia and New Zealand, the Dave Lambert song "Don't Try To Change Me" was the B-side, but in the USA, Canada and South Africa, A&M opted for "Where Do You Go".

11 May 1975 - Strawbs - Long Beach Arena CA, USA

Also playing: Black Oak Arkansas, Montrose.
Tour pass at: Access All Areas page.

16 May 1975 - Strawbs - Denver CO, USA

Also playing: Lynyrd Skynyrd

17 May 1975 - Strawbs - The Isle/Island Music Centre, Comack NY, USA

Also appearing: Blue Oyster Cult/Brian Auger Trinity
The venue produced a programme for the show: see The Isle programme page.

19 May 1975 - Strawbs - Syracuse NY, USA

Also playing: Guess Who

21 May 1975 - Strawbs - Music Hall, Cambridge MA, USA

Also playing: ZZ Top

Jun 1975 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE "WHEN LOVE HAS OVERGROWN"/"WHAT IS A DAY WITHOUT LOVE" SINGLE

In the US, a promo appeared, with no sight of a full release, but with the A/B sides flipped.

Jun-Jul 1975 - STRAWBS - STRAWBS RECORD NOMADNESS

Jul 1975 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE WORLDS COLLIDE

Hudson Ford's final album for A&M also included John Mealing on keys.

19 Jul 1975 - Hudson Ford - In Concert Alan Black transmitted

Flyer for this show atthe 1973-1980 posters/flyers page.

Sep 1975 - STRAWBS - NOMADNESS RELEASED

After John Hawken's departure, the Strawbs' final album for A&M was recorded with various keyboard players: Rick Wakeman, Tommy Eyre, John Lumley-Saville, along with John Mealing, who joined Robert Kirby as one of the two keyboard players on Strawbs live tours.

Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Strawbs start 10 week US tour

8 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Capital Theatre, Quebec, Canada

9 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - The Forum, Montreal, Canada

10 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada

11 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

12 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada

13 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - The Place, Hamilton ON, Canada

14 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - The Arena, London ON, Canada

17 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Winnepeg, Canada

18 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Regina, Canada

19 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Saskatoon, Canada

21 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Edmonton, Canada

22 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Calgary, Canada

24 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - The Gardens, Vancouver Island, Canada

24 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Paramount Theater, Portland OR, USA

Also appearing: Gentle Giant

25 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Moore Theater, Seattle WA, USA

Also playing: Gentle Giant
Poster at: the 1973-1980 posters page

28 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Community Theater, Berkeley CA, USA

Also appearing: Gentle Giant and Bette White

30 Oct 1975 - Strawbs - Celebrity Theater, Phoenix AZ, USA

Also appearing: Gentle Giant

2 Nov 1975 - Strawbs - Civic Center, San Diego CA, USA

Also appearing: Gentle Giant

28 Nov 1975 - Strawbs - Tower Theatre, Philadelphia PA, USA

29 Nov 1975 - Strawbs - Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ, USA

Also appearing: Bette White

4 Dec 1975 - Strawbs - Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NJ

The Strawbs' first appearance at the Calderone. The tapes were used for the Witchwood Media release NY '75 in Oct 2007. See the NY '75 page for details.
The venue produced a programme - see the Calderone 1975 programme page. Includes an article by Paul Robinson, Programme director of WLIR, and an ad for Ultra-Sonic Recording Studios, 100 North Franklin Street, Hempstead NY, where Strawbs recorded the WLIR broadcast live studio session which has appeared on CD as In Search Of The Heroine.
Many thanks to Laura Wiggers for letting me have this copy.

16 Dec 1975 - Strawbs - Old Grey Whistle Test transmitted, with Ace

18 Dec 1975 - Strawbs - Assembly Halls Tunbridge Wells

Adverts appeared announcing 2 UK gigs only for 1975 as Strawbs had spent the entire year in the US, Canada and Japan (in fact there were three). Advert at: the 1973-1980 poster ads page.

20 Dec 1975 - Strawbs - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

21 Dec 1975 - STRAWBS - VICTORIA PALACE, LONDON

Flyer for this show (pictured) atthe 1973-1980 posters/flyers page.
Reviews mention John Mealing on keyboards.



1976

22 Jan 1976 - Dave Cousins - JP's

2-6 Feb 1976 - Strawbs - Rehearse Deep Cuts

9-13 Feb 1976 - - Rehearse Deep Cuts

16-20 Feb 1976 - - Rehearse Deep Cuts

24-27 Feb 1976 - Strawbs - Record Deep Cuts, Sarm Studios, London, with Tom Allom

1-5 Mar 1976 - - Record Deep Cuts, Sarm Studios, London, with Tom Allom

Apr 1976 - Strawbs - Cousins and Cronk writing further material in Devon

15 Apr 1976 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE WATERFALL SINGLE ON CBS

Hudson Ford had also moved from A&M. They ended up with CBS, and a new producer, Robin Geoffrey Cable, and their music began to pick up on the prevailing disco-tinged music of the late 70s. The A-side did not appear on the Daylight album, but was included on the 2019 Esoteric CD reissue, as was the B-side, a single edit of the title track.

May-Jun 1976 - Strawbs - Record Deep Cuts, The Manor, with Rupert Holmes and Jeffrey Lesser

12 Jun 1976 - STRAWBS - ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE STRAWBS HAVE SIGNED WITH OYSTER RECORDS

24 Jun 1976 - STRAWBS - I ONLY WANT MY LOVE TO GROW IN YOU REVIEWED

The single was reviewed on this date. Oyster released this single in many territories, including the only single releae for known Strawbs in Belgium. Oyster's Japanese arm produced a Japanese version (pictured) which used the Alun Hood "thorn" graphic from the Deep Cuts album cover.
Many copies of the single were manufactured in the UK and sales were at a level which should have delivered a top 20 hit. However charts rules had allegedly been contravened and the single was held back at 51, where it remained "bubbling under" for 6 weeks.

Jul 1976 - Strawbs - Cromer West Runton Village Inn

23 Jul 1976 - DAVE COUSINS - JULY WAKES FESTIVAL, CHORLEY

Dave performed as a solo artist at this major new folk festival in Chorley, Lancashire, which was intended to be a competitor with Cambridge, but sadly only lasted two years (I went both times, my first two festivals!)
Other acts (too many to list all) included Alan Hull of Lindisfarne along with other Northern heroes of mine, Jack The Lad; the first UK appearance of Kate and Anna McGarrigle; Bert Jansch; John Martyn; The Chieftains; Alan Stivell and folk stalwarts Richard Digance, Dave Burland, Mike Harding, Derek Brimstone, Bernard Wrigley, Wally Whyton and Bill Barclay were on hand.
Newly minted Five Hand Reel (featuring Dick Gaughan and Bobby Eaglesham) played a storming set and the Dransfield brothers new folk rock band "Dransfield" made its debut.
For the programme and a full list of performers, see
the July Wakes programme page.
I said hello to Dave whilst he drank wine out of a plastic cup on the other side of the fence separating artists from punters. In the background, the helicopter which was due to airlift him away to the evening gig at Cardiff Castle - see below. Rock'n'roll indeed!

23 Jul 1976 - STRAWBS - CARDIFF CASTLE

Dave Cousins was helicoptered in from the July Wakes Festival in Chorley where he appeared as a solo artist at lunchtime.
Also playing: Status Quo, Hawkwind, Curved Air, Budgie.
Some photos from both gigs at: July Wakes Folk Festival/Cardiff Castle - July 1976 - gallery.

30 Jul 1976 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE 95 DEGREES IN THE SHADE SINGLE

Like the Strawbs, Hudson Ford tended to have non-album B-sides. The B-side for this single was "Lost In A World", which was included in the 2019 Esoteric CD release (but presented as "Lost In A Lost World").

Sep 1976 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF DEEP CUTS

Strawbs' first album for Oyster Records - produced by Rupert Holmes and Jeffrey Lesser. It offered a more commercially-oriented sound, with an increased songwriting contribution from Chas Cronk who co-wrote a number of tracks with Cousins, including the nearly-hit single "I Only Want My Love To Grow In You" and concert favourite "Simple Visions".
The early sessions produced by Tom Allom were abandoned, but various tracks were recorded, including "Hard Hard Winter" which did make thefianl album, and a blistering "Blue Angel", which finally saw the light of day on A Taste Of Strawbs and, latterly, the Deep Cuts Extended Edition, released in 2019.

18 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Pier Pavilion, Hastings

18 Sep 1976 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins' Top 12 transmitted, with Brian Matthew

23 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle

24 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Leeds Polytechnic

25 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

28 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

29 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Free Trade Hall, Manchester

30 Sep 1976 - Strawbs - Colston Hall, Bristol

1 Oct 1976 - Strawbs - Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

1 Oct 1976 - Strawbs - Bradford University

2 Oct 1976 - Strawbs - Reading University

3 Oct 1976 - STRAWBS - THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE, LONDON

8 Oct 1976 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE SOLD ON LOVE SINGLE

9 Oct 1976 - Strawbs - Multi Coloured Swap Shop transmitted, including Dave Cousins phone in

Noel Edmonds was a big Strawbs fans, regularly featuring and supporting their records. Also featured: Eddie And The Hot Rods, Basil Brush.

17 Oct 1976 - Strawbs - Riviera Theatre, North Chicago

29 Oct 1976 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF CHARMER SINGLE (UK ONLY)

The single version is different from the LP version, and this variant was included on 2019's Esoteric Extended Edition of Deep Cuts

27 Nov 1976 - Dave Cousins - Peace Rally, Trafalgar Square

Dec 1976 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR AWAY SINGLE (NOT UK)

1 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Fly to USA

3 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Calderone Theater, Hempstead NY, USA

Also playing: Ambrosia

3 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - My Father's Place, Long Island NY, USA

4 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, USA

Also playing: Ambrosia
This show was broadcast on local radio station, and good recordings exist.

5 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Tower Theater, Philadelphia PA, USA

Also playing: Ambrosia

7 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Radio slots WXFM, WXRJ, WDAI, WJKL

8 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Riviera Theater, Chicago, Ill., USA

Also playing: Dirty Tricks

10 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto ON, Canada

Also playing: Max Webster Band

11 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Civic Center, Ottawa, Canada

Also playing: Burton Cummings

12 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - McMaster University, Hamilton ON, Canada

14 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - O'Nationale, Montreal, Canada

Montreal Star had a review on 15 Dec 1976 - the first of a three show two-night stand at The O’National, Montreal

15 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - O'Nationale, Montreal, Canada

17 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - Century Theater, Buffalo NY, USA (deleted from itinerary)

19 Dec 1976 - Strawbs - William Patterson College, Wayne NJ, USA



1977

- STRAWBS - A&M UK REISSUE PART OF THE UNION/LAY DOWN SINGLE

Mar 1977 - STRAWBS - RELIGHT STUDIOS, HILVARENBEEK, HOLLAND

Recording of Burning For You.

3 Feb 1977 - Dave Cousins - Staines, Middlesex

A cassette recording exists of this show.

29 Apr 1977 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE KISS IN THE DARK/A SIMPLE MAN SINGLE

May-Oct 1977 - STRAWBS - DUBLIN SOUND/UTOPIA STUDIOS

May 1977 - STRAWBS - US RELEASE OF HEARTBREAKER SINGLE

May 1977 - HUDSON FORD - UK RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD DAYLIGHT ALBUM

Switching away from A&M and longtime producer Tom Allom, CBS brought in a new producer Robin Geoffrey Cable, and Hudson Ford's music took on a disco tinge to match the flavour of the times for the last album released under their name. CBS put a lot of effort in, releasing numerous singles, but without any notable chart success.

2 Jun 1977 - Strawbs - Top Of The Pops - Back In The Old Routine

Jul 1977 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF BURNING FOR YOU

Phil Sutcliffe review of the album (23 Jul 1977).

Jul-Aug 1977 - STRAWBS - RECORDING DEADLINES, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Aug 1977 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF KEEP ON TRYING SINGLE

5 Aug 1977 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD RELEASE ARE YOU DANCING SINGLE

Sep 1977 - HUDSON FORD - LIMITED RELEASE OF HUDSON FORD REPERTOIRE SAMPLER ALBUM

This is a compilation by Arnakata, Hudson-Ford (and Strawbs') then management, intended to stimulate cover versions of Hudson Ford songs (just like the extremely rare 1969 private pressing Strawberry Sampler No 1 was intended to do for Strawbs).
It includes an unreleased track "When The Lights Go Out", which was also included on the A&M three album boxed set released by Caroline in 2017.

Sep 1977 - STRAWBS - RECORDING DEADLINES, AIR STUDIOS, LONDON

22 Oct 1977 - Strawbs - Deadlines complete

Dec 1977 - Strawbs - Recording for BBC Sight and Sound, Golders Green Hippodrome, London

1 Dec 1977 - Strawbs - Dave Cousins meets with Andy Richards

Dave Cousins' diary shows a meeting with Andy Richards. The recording at Golders Green Hippodrome, which was aired on TV and radio, took place later in the month, bootlegged as Live In London 1977 and elsewhere.



1978

Jan 1978 - STRAWBS - ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TONY FERNANDEZ AND ANDY RICHARDS HAD JOINED THE BAND

Announced in Jan 1978. Tony Fernandez had joined the band in time for the recording of Deadlines in May 1977 onwards and Andy Richards had joined the band in time for the recordings at Golders Green Hippodrome in Dec 1977, which were transmitted on BBC as part of the groundbreaking Sight And Sound series in Feb 1978 - see below.

Jan 1978 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF JOEY AND ME SINGLE

Most of the European picture sleeve releases featured a claming photo of the current line-up, but the German release (pictured) could almost be a punk single, going by the design.

31 Jan 1978 - Strawbs - ITV Get It Together TV show

3 Feb 1978 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF DEADLINES ALBUM

For their new signings, Arista shelled out for a gatefold cover designed by design studio Hipgnosis, who famously designed Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon and albums for countless other artists. See the Wikipedia page for an astonishing list of their work.

4 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Multi Coloured Swap Shop transmitted

Also appearing: Spike Milligan

5-11 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Strawbs in rehearsal

18 Feb 1978 - STRAWBS - BBC SIGHT AND SOUND TRANSMITTED

This concert was broadcast on 18 Feb 1978 on BBC's innovative Sight and Sound programme - BBC2 carried the pictures and FM radio simultaneously broadcast the music in stereo. As TV (certainly in the UK) didn't broadcast in stereo in 1978, the idea was that you watched your TV on with the volume down and listened to the stereo FM output from your tuner.
The first show was Renaissance, followed by Thin Lizzy, Santana, Rory Gallagher, Jethro Tull and Procol Harum – among others.
The second series included: Camel, Split Enz and John Martyn, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Chris de Burgh and Gilbert O'Sullivan, Joan Armatrading, Supertramp, Nazareth and Dr Feelgood, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Gordon Giltrap and Michael Chapman, Frankie Miller and Sammy Mitchell.
Gentle Giant did a show which was transmitted in quadrophic sound.
Some shows have been resurrected for a while on BBC iPlayer (not Strawbs as far as I know). For more background see Nostalgia Central.
The Sight And Sound show was released on CD (audio only) and DVD as part of Esoteric's 2019 extended edition of Deadlines.

21-22 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Strawbs in rehearsal

22 Feb 1978 - STRAWBS - LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY

The 1978 Deadlines tour opened in Liverpool, with all dates supported by Roy Hill.

24 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Cardiff University

26 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

27 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

28 Feb 1978 - Strawbs - Fiesta, Plymouth

1 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

2 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Colwyn Bay

3 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Edinburgh University

4 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Strathclyde University

5 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Top Rank, Sheffield

8 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Reading University

9 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Forum, Hatfield

10 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Salford University

11 Mar 1978 - Strawbs - Bradford University

12 Mar 1978 - STRAWBS - HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON

The 1978 Deadlines tour closed at the Hammersmith Odeon, which I was at. As with other gigs on the tour, there was plenty of up to date material, but we were treated to a few oldies in a more or less acoustic format: Dave Cousins going solo for "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus", Lambert offering up his "William Tell/Bovver Blues medley" and a first encore of Cousins and Lambert only delivering "The Hangman And The Papist" - worth the price of admission alone - after which the full band returned for a second encore: "New World".

8 Apr 1978 - Strawbs - Sounds Interesting transmitted

Also appearing: Andrew Gold, Manhattan Transfer, National Health

12 Apr 1978 - Strawbs - Manchester TV show (Paul Nicholas)

21 Apr 1978 - SANDY DENNY - DEATH OF SANDY DENNY

On 17 April, after an earlier fall, Sandy was found in a coma at the foot of some stairs. She was rushed to hospital in Roehampton, then transferred to Wimbledon. When husband Trevor Lucas arrived back from Australia, he was told thta she would not recover and agreed to turn off life support.
Dave Cousins was in the US on an Arista promotional tour and the lyrics of his anthem to Sandy, "Ringing Down The Years" go as follows:
"I was in a Cleveland hotel room when they telephoned the news
I drowned my sorrow all night long, the Southern Comfort blues
The show went on to great applause, choking back the tears
As every word you ever sang came ringing down the years."
At the funeral on 27 Apr 1978, a piper played "Flowers Of The Forest". .

27 Apr 1978 - SANDY DENNY - SANDY DENNY FUNERAL, PUTNEY VALE CEMETERY

Mar 1978 - STRAWBS - UK RELEASE OF NEW BEGINNINGS SINGLE

8-12 May 1978 - Strawbs - Rehearsals for Heartbreak Hill, Mawson Arms, West London

13-14 May 1978 - Strawbs - Recording Heartbreak Hill, Startling Studios

14 May 1978 - STRAWBS - DAVE LAMBERT LEAVES RECORDING SESSION, LEAVES THE STRAWBS

17 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Teacher Training College, Bangor

Having supported Strawbs on their 1978 tour earlier in the year, Roy Hill opened his own tour at Bangor.

19 May 1978 - Roy Hill - 76 Club, Burton On Trent

20 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Ford Green, Leeds

21 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Lakeland Lounge, Accrington

23 May 1978 - Strawbs - Manchester TV show (Paul Nicholas)

24 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Bradford University

25 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Barbarellas, Birmingham

26 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Clouds, Edinburgh

26-29 May 1978 - Strawbs - Group Weekend, Devon

27 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Rock Garden, Middlesbrough

28 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Stage Coach, Dumfries

29 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Tiffany's Glasgow

30 May 1978 - Roy Hill - Manique, Falkirk

1 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Circles, Swansea

3 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Boat Club, Nottingham

4 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Memorial Hall, Newbridge

6 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Limit, Sheffield

9 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Weymouth College

10 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Granary, Bristol

16 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Nottingham University

23 Jun 1978 - Roy Hill - Everyman, Cheltenham

4-8 Jul 1978 - Strawbs - Rehearsals for Heartbreak Hill, Mawson Arms, West London

11-14 Jul 1978 - Strawbs - Rehearsals for Heartbreak Hill, Mawson Arms, West London

18-21 Jul 1978 - Strawbs - Rehearsals for Heartbreak Hill, Mawson Arms, West London

24-26 Jul 1978 - Strawbs - Recording Heartbreak Hill, Startling Studios

1-6 Aug 1978 - Strawbs - Recording Heartbreak Hill, Startling Studios

7-13 Aug 1978 - Strawbs - Recording Heartbreak Hill, Strawberry Studios South

Sep 1978 - STRAWBS - A&M RELEASE 2LP BEST OF STRAWBS

Canada had already beaten other territories to the punch with a 1977 2LP compilation Classic Strawbs, which concentrated on the epic and more gothic Strawbs material. This 2LP set was released more widely (including in Canada) and was a more balanced collection with a lighter approach and included Dave Cousins solo album track "Blue Angel" (quite a few copies were stickered to that effect).

Oct 1978 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT

Released in the US, Canada and Guatemala with "Words Of Wisdom" as the b-side. It's been spotted in a Music Master singles catalogue for UK release with a UK Arista catalogue number with "The Last Resort" on the b-side, but no other traces of this have ever been found.
See the I Don't Want To Talk About It single page.

14 Nov 1978 - Dave Cousins - The Greyhound, Fulham

late Dec 1978 - Strawbs - this weekend, Strawbs celebrate Christmas with local Devon gig/Alex Campbell special guest



1979

21 Jan 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Halfway House, Exmouth

22 Jan 1979 - Roy Hill - Announcement of Roy Hill tour including Chas Cronk and Tony Fernandez

late Jan 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - follows appearance last week at Three Horseshoes Hampstead festival

26 Jan 1979 - Roy Hill - Bath University

Whilst Dave Cousins was occupied with his "back to the folk clubs" tour with Brian Willoughby, Roy Hill's second tour saw two otherwise unoccupied Strawbs added to the band - Chas Cronk on bass (the start of a beautiful friendship!) and Tony Fernandez on drums joined longtime Roy associate Bimbo Acock on sax and David Hughes (guitar) and Mike Taylor (keyboards).

26 Jan 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby ? - Kings Arms Folk Club, Ottery St Mary, Devon

28 Jan 1979 - Roy Hill - Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

Feb 1979 - DAVE LAMBERT - RELEASE OF DAVE LAMBERT FRAMED ALBUM (NOT UK)

Lambert left the Strawbs during the recording sessions for Heartbreak Hill after recording one track ("Something For Nothing") owing to a clash with recording his own solo album, which came out in early 1979 in the US, Canada and France, but disappointingly no UK release.
For more info see
the Framed page.

1 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Wheatsheaf, Margate

2 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - City University, London

2 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Tapton Hall College. Sheffield

4 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Nene College, Northampton

5 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Village Pump, Trowbridge

6 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Huddersfield Polytechnic

8 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - West Glamorgan Institute, Swansea

9 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Rathbone Hall Of Residence, Bangor

10 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Barbarella's, Birmingham

11 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Blacksmiths Arms, Epping

13 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Quay Tavern, Gateshead

13 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford

15 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Liverpool University

16 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Newcastle Polytechnic

18 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Crocker’s, Bristol

18 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Fforde Green Hotel, Leeds

19 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Half Moon, Putney

20 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Leeds University

21 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Portsmouth Polytechnic

22 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Sheffield University

23 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Rochester Folk Club

23 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - Harlow Technical College

24 Feb 1979 - Roy Hill - West London Institute of Higher Education, Twickenham

25 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Centre Hotel, Portsmouth

26 Feb 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Cannon, Newport Pagnell

28 Feb 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - COLLEGIATE THEATRE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON

This was the key London date of Dave and Brian's acoustic tour, and was hosted by me at UCL's Collegiate Theatre. Local band Turnham Green and Frances McGillvray and Mick Burke also played.
The promo photo for the tour (featuring DC only) is at: Related band promo pics page.

4 Mar 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Golden Lion, Rainford, Merseyside

17 Mar 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Half Moon, Putney

20 Mar 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Brentwood

31 Mar 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - St Albans

5 Apr 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Stockport

13 Apr 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Layton Arms, Tarrant Monckton

14 Mar 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Exmouth

28 Apr 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Sheffield

29 Apr 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - West Hartlepool

6 May 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Cheltenham

16 May 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - RECORDING OLD SCHOOL SONGS

27 May 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - EXMOUTH FESTIVAL

This Festival ran over 26-29 May, The Cousins and Willoughby set on 27 May 1979 was released on Old School Songs.
Also appearing: Mary O'Hara (26 May), the Albion Band (27 May), Stan Tracy (28 May), Nicko McBrain (29 May).

Jun 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - RELEASE OF OLD SCHOOL SONGS

Initially a private pressing, it was released in the US and Canada in Jan 1980. The first side were studio recordings, including then unreleased songs "I've Been My Own Worst Friend" and "You Keep Going Your Way". The second was a live recording of the duo at the Exmouth Festival on 27 May 1979, followed by another studio recording - the infamous and bitter "A Song For Me" which Cousins delivered as a blistering solo piece at the Rainbow in 1973.

10 Jun 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Orange Tree, Finchley

22 Jun 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Nottingham University

6-9 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Trowbridge Village Pump Festival (6-9 Jul)

6-7 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Rotterdam

11 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Cranleigh School

16 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Black Horse, Amberley

19-22 Jul 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - NYON FOLK FESTIVAL

Invited to a folk festival in France, Cousins and Willoughby performed their only French language number "Cherie Je T'Aime" which was included on the 2LP release.
Other performers include: Maddy Prior, Fairport Convention, Planxty, Melanie, Tannahill Weavers, Dan Ar Bras and Loudon Wainwright III,
For more on the album, see the Nyon Folk Festival album page.

27 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Ravenscourt Park

24 Jul 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Hammersmith

27-29 Jul 1979 - COUSINS AND WILLOUGHBY - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL

Cousins and Willoughby graced the stage of the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1979, playing on all three days of the festival:
Fri 27 Jul - main stage 1 - 8.00pm
Sat 28 Jul - mainstage 1 - 1.15pm
Sun 29 Jul - main stage 2 - 2.45pm and 8.45pm
Also appearing were old mates Alex Campbell, Noel Murphy, Maddy Prior (who would perform on "The King" single, released not too long afterwards)
Programme at: Cambridge 1979 programme page
Poster at: Related posters page

4 Aug 1979 - Dave Cousins - Aalborg Festival

late Aug 1979 - Strawbs/Cousins and Willoughby - Turks Head, Twickenham

26 Aug 1979 - STRAWBS - PORT RUSH FESTIVAL (24-26 AUG)

This was intended as an annual three day festival, but was never repeated. Strawbs played Sunday 26 Aug 1979, Dave (and presumambly Brian) played as well.
The McPeake family were also playing and presumably sang "Will You Go".
Also playing: John Martyn, Boys of the Lough, De Dannan, Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Loudon Wainwright III. Weekend tickets were £ 8.00.
Poster at: the 1973-1980 posters page

31 Aug 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Jaegerspris, Denmark

Aug/Sep 1979 - Strawbs - a couple of informal Strawbs gigs

1 Sep 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Aarhus, Denmark

2 Sep 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Aalborg, Denmark

3 Sep 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Joring, Denmark

27 Sep 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Brighton Polytechnic

4 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Riverside Theatre, Hammersmith

24 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Denmark

25 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Denmark

26 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Copenhagen, Denmark

27 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Bornholme, Denmark

28 Oct 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Fly to Copenhagen, King of Denmark pilots plane

2 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Bath University

3 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Old Bell Inn, Banwell

4 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Centre Hotel, Portsmouth

8 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - North London Polytechnic

9 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell (2 shows)

11 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Golden Lion, Rainford, Merseyside

16 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - City University, London

18 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Crockers, Bristol

19 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Half Moon, Putney

21 Nov 1979 - ANDY RICHARDS/MADDY PRIOR BAND - KEELE UNIVERSITY

Andy Richards went on tour with the Maddy Prior Band (Maddy, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum and John Connor). Chris Parkins booked them for Keele University and supplied a poster (pictured). Support was Melanie Harrold.

22 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Liverpool University

23 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Rotherham

24 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Keele University

25 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Hitchin

27 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Three Horseshoes Festival, Hampstead

28 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Fakenham

30 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby (with Maddy Prior) - unknown

2 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Brighton Folk Club

3 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Preseli Folk Club, Brecon

4 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Cardiff University

6 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Sheffield University

9 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Roebuck, Erdingham, Birmingham

11 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Youth House, Brentwood

13 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Kings Head, Rochester

16 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Tramshed Arts Centre, Woolwich

19 Dec 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Farmhouse Inn, Exmouth

23 Nov 1979 - Cousins and Willoughby - Rockingham Arms, Wentworth



1980

8 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Sheffield University

9 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Chelsea College, London

13 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Keele University

15 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Slough College

16 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Loughborough University

22 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Reading University

26 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - York University

Poster at: the 1973-1980 posters page.

27 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - UMIST

29 Feb 1980 - Strawbs - Bath University

1 Mar 1980 - Strawbs - Riviera Lido, St Austell

2 mar 1980 - Strawbs - Alfred Beck Lido, Hillingdon

7 Mar 1980 - Strawbs - NELP, Barking

9 Mar 1980 - Strawbs - The Venue, Victoria, London

10 Mar 1980 - Strawbs - Nottingham Polytechnic

27 Mar 1980 - Dave Cousins - Cambridge Festival show transmitted

Also featured: Maddy Prior and Telephone Bill And The Smooth Operators

21 Apr 1980 - Cousins and Willoughby - Varese, Italy

22 Apr 1980 - Cousins and Willoughby - Pavia, Italy

23 Apr 1980 - Cousins and Willoughby - Milan, Italy

24 Apr 1980 - Cousins and Willoughby - Torino, Italy

30 Jun 1980 - DAVE COUSINS - JOINS RADIO TEES, LEAVES THE STRAWBS

5 Jul 1980 - Roy Hill Strawbs - Oasis, Swindon

6 Jul 1980 - ROY HILL STRAWBS - THE VENUE, VICTORIA, LONDON



1983

29-31 Jul 1983 - STRAWBS - CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL

After an appearance on Rick Wakeman's Gas Tank show, Strawbs reformed for the 1983 Cambridge Folk Festival, which was televised and recorded.
Poster at:
1983-2001 posters page.

Sep 1983 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

Sep 1983 - STRAWBS - SIDMOUTH

13 Dec 1983 - Cousins and Willoughby - Three Horseshoes, Hampstead



1984

1984 - HIGH SOCIETY - HIGH SOCIETY CASSETTE

High Society came out of some fooling around by the then-Monks Hud, John and Terry Cassidy. One came up with the 30s-style "I Never Go Out In The Rain". A rich seam of songwriting was unlocked and the boys had found yet another genre to exploit.
Their first incarnation included Chris Parren and Jenny Ford on vocals, with some contributions from Brian Willoughby. After John Ford moved to the US, his place was taken firstly by Nigel Portman-Smith and later Dickey Baldwin on bass.
In 1984 they released an album on cassette, later released on CD as an extended edition with 5 additional tracks by Fazz Music (Hud and John's publishing company) on Cyberdisk Records in 1997 (pictured). Reissued with yet more bonuses by Angel Air Records in 2009.

21 May 1984 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

27 May 1984 - Cousins and Willoughby - Elephant Folk, St. Germans, Cornwall

2 Sep 1984 - STRAWBS - RADWAY CINEMA, SIDMOUTH (TV SOUTH WEST RECORDING)

The show was filmed for TV South West, with a short documentary about the band as it was in 1984 - Hud and John, Blue Weaver and Tony Hooper joining Cousins and Willoughby. The show included "That's When The Crying Starts", which emerged on 1987's Don't Say Goodbye release. The material has never seen the light of day ....

4 Dec 1984 - Strawbs - Paradise Club, Boston MA, USA

5 Dec 1984 - Strawbs - Bottom Line NYC, USA

6 Dec 1984 - Strawbs - Bottom Line NYC, USA

11 Dec 1984 - Strawbs - Bottom Line, NYC, USA - early

11 Dec 1984 - Strawbs - Bottom Line, NYC, USA - late



1985

2 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Bottom Line NYC, USA - two shows,

3 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Bottom Line NYC, USA - early show

7 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Cubby Bear Lounge, Chicago, USA - 1st set

7 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Cubby Bear Lounge, Chicago, USA - 2nd set

13 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Kroghs Restaurant and Brewpub, Sparta NJ, USA

14 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - My Father's Place, Long Island NY, USA

15 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Lone Star Cafe, NYC, USA - early

15 Apr 1985 - Strawbs - Lone Star Café, NUC, USA - late

11 Nov 1985 - Cousins and Willoughby/John Ford - Lone Star Cafe, NYC, USA

30 Nov 1985 - Strawbs/Cousins and Willoughby - George Robey, Finsbury Park



1986

1986 - Strawbs - Bottom Line Club, NYC, USA

31 Jan 1986 - Strawbs - The Cricketers, nr Oval

1 Feb 1986 - Strawbs - George Robey, Finsbury Park

2 Feb 1986 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

21 Feb 1986 - Strawbs - The Fox, Palmers Green

24 May 1986 - Strawbs - George Robey, Finsbury Park

25 May 1986 - Strawbs - Woodville Halls, Gravesend

18 Jun 1986 - Strawbs - Barrymore's Imperial Theatre, Ottawa, Canada

22 Jun 1986 - Strawbs - Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, USA - early

22 Jun 1986 - Strawbs - Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, USA - late

8 Jun 1986 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

13 Sep 1986 - Strawbs - The Tithe Barn, Old Basing

23 Oct 1986 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

24 Oct 1986 - Cousins and Willoughby - unknown

30 Oct 1986 - Strawbs - Konsurthuis, Oslo, Norway

5 Nov 1986 - Strawbs, Cousins and Willoughby - Folk On 2 transmitted



1987

4 Apr 1987 - DC/BW - Red Lion, Kings Heath

6 Apr 1987 - DC/BW - Half Moon, Putney

19 Apr 1987 - Strawbs - The Cricketers, nr Oval

24 Apr 1987 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

25 Apr 1987 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Cheltenham

Gig recorded for BBC Radio

30 Apr 1987 - Strawbs - Konsurthuis, Oslo, Norway

May 1987 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF DON'T SAY GOODBYE

The vinyl album was released in the UK (on the Strawbs own Toots label), and in Canada and Japan on Virgin in May 1987 and came out on CD on Chord in Jun 1988.

19 May 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Grey Horse, Kingston

Turkey Leg Johnson is basically the late 1980s Strawbs line-up without Dave Cousins. Issue 8 of the Strawbs Info Service newsletter set things out:
B B Tremello (aka Brian Willoughby)
Kid "Gloves" Parren (aka Chris Parren)
Rev (Count de Money) Wedge (aka Richard Hudson)
TLJ himself (aka Rod Demick)
As well as a number of gigs of their own, TLJ was often brought on as an easy option support band for the Strawbs.

21-23 May 1987 - Brian Willloughby with Bonnie Dobson - Devon County Show (21-23 May)

29 May 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Royal Albert, New Cross Road

5 Jun 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

12 Jun 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

16 Jun 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Grey Horse, Kingston

19 Jun 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

26 Jun 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

4 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

8 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Southampton, Surbiton

9 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

12 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Red Lion Brentford

13 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Grey Horse, Kingston

16 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Dublin Castle, Camden

17 Jul 1987 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

18 Jul 1987 - Strawbs - Beck Theatre Grounds, Hayes, Middlesex

19 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

19 Jul 1987 - Strawbs - Mr C.'s, Poole

25 Jul 1987 - Strawbs - Trowbridge Village Pump Festival (24-28 Jul)

27 Jul 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Grey Horse, Kingston

13 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Half Moon, Putney

15 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

16 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

20 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Half Moon, Putney

27 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Half Moon, Putney

30 Aug 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

4 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Royal Albert, New Cross Road

6 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

10 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Swan, Fulham Broadway

11 Sep 1987 - Strawbs - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

"annual folk concert"
also appearing Rita MacNeill, Akimbo

17 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Southampton, Surbiton

19 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Cartoon, Croydon

24 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - The Southampton, Surbiton

26 Sep 1987 - Turkey Leg Johnson - Mulberry Tree, Twickenham

13 Oct 1987 - Strawbs - Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, USA

29 Oct 1987 - Strawbs - Library Theatre, Mansfield

30 Oct 1987 - Strawbs - Little Theatre, East Retford

3 Nov 1987 - Strawbs - Toronto - first gig

mid Nov 1987 - Strawbs - Philadelphia - last gig 2 weeks later

4 Dec 1987 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

19 Dec 1987 - Strawbs - The Red Lion, Kings Heath



1988

20 Apr 1988 - Dave Cousins - Folk On 2 Jim Lloyd transmitted

This was a commemoration the death of Sandy Denny, 10 years on.

30 Apr 1988 - Strawbs - The Garden Nightspot, Yeovil

22 Jun 1988 - Strawbs - Red Lion, Somerton, Somerset

14 Jul 1988 - DAVE COUSINS AND RICK WAKEMAN - PLAZA THEATRE, EXETER

After a couple of solo numbers from Dave ("Grace Darling" and, unexpectedly, "Part Of The Union"), Dave and Rick played the rest of the first half, whilst the second half was Rick on his own.
The first act recordings were released in 2005 by Witchwood Media as
Wakeman And Cousins Live (Witchwood Media Archive Series, Vol. 1) - the CD also included a performance of "Martin Luther King's Dream" recorded at the Dranouter Festival in Belgium on 6 Aug 1988. The rest of the Dranouter recordings (the setlist largely the same as Exeter) remain unreleased.

6 Aug 1988 - Dave Cousins and Rick Wakeman - Dranouter Festival, Belgium

9 Aug 1988 - Strawbs - Hilverstone Adult Education Centre Hilverston, Broadstairs

12 Aug 1988 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

10 Sep 1988 - Strawbs - International Club, Rusholm, Manchester



1989

Apr 1989 - Strawbs - Bonnington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Nottingham

Recorded for local radio, cassette recordings exist.

21 Oct 1989 - Strawbs - Bingham Leisure Centre, Bingham, Notts

10 Dec 1989 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Plaza Theatre, Exeter

31 Dec 1989 - STRAWBS/LINDISFARNE - BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE

A New Years' Eve Party to be reckoned with!



1990

1 Feb 1990 - Cousins and Willoughby - Bracknell

3 Feb 1990 - Strawbs - Hounslow

3 Feb 1990 - Strawbs - Centre Space, Hounslow

20 Feb 1990 - STRAWBS - CENTRAL TV VIDEO/STRAWBS GREATEST HITS LIVE CD/CLASSIC ROCK LEGENDS

Recorded for Central TV's Bedrock show, this performance has been released on video and CD in various formats - see:
Greatest Hits Live (VHS video);
Greatest Hits Live (CD);
Classic Rock Legends(DVD);
Access All Areas (CD/DVD).

1990 - Brian Willoughby - Sunday lunchtime residency at Turks Head, Twickenham

Nov 1990 - Sound Thrashing - Empire Ball Room, Leicester Square

Sound Thrashing was a band including Hud, Brian, Terry Cassidy and Nigel Portman Smith, which played two known gigs, one at the Liverpool Arms and the other at the Empire Ballroom, Leicester Square, London. Strawbs Information Service had a list of further gigs which they would supply, but that isn't in my archive. No further details.

10 Nov 1990 - Sound Thrashing - Liverpool Arms, Kingston

16 Nov 1990 - Strawbs - Turks Head, Twickenham

18 Nov 1990 - Strawbs - Royal Oak Skittle Alley, Sidbury, Devon

20 Nov 1990 - Strawbs - Winding Wheel, Chesterfield



1991

19 Feb 1991 - Strawbs - Centre Space, Hounslow

6 Apr 1991 - Strawbs - Regal Arts Centre, Worksop

26 Apr 1991 - Cousins and Willoughby - George Hotel, Crewkerne

2 Jul 1991 - Cousins and Willoughby - Light Dragoon Pub, Etton, nr Beverley

5 Jul 1991 - Strawbs - Cleckheaton Town Hall

7 Jul 1991 - Cousins and Willoughby - Cabbage Patch, Twickenham

16 Jul 1991 - Cousins and Willoughby - White Horse, Hampstead

July 1991 - Strawbs - plans announced for gigs in Italy in July

23 Sep 1991 - Strawbs - Town And Country Club

28 Sep 1991 - Strawbs - Bingham Leisure Centre, Bingham, Notts

16 Oct 1991 - Dave Cousins - Folk Season transmitted

Another Sandy retrospective, also including contributions from Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson and John Renbourn.

10 Nov 1991 - Strawbs - Wolverhampton Civic Hall

22 Nov 1991 - Strawbs - Town And Country Club, Kentish Town

22 Nov 1991 - Strawbs - Assembly Halls, Worthing (cancelled late owing to promoter)

15 Dec 1991 - Strawbs - Beacon Centre, Kingston



1992

8 Feb 1992 - Cousins and Willoughby - Mid-Winter's Tale Of Folk Rock, South Hill Park Centre, Berks

8 Feb 1992 - Strawbs - Mid-Winter's Tale Of Folk Rock, South Hill Park Centre, Berks

19 May 1992 - Cousins and Willoughby - White Horse, Hampstead

5 Sep 1992 - Strawbs - Kingsmead Community School, Wiveliscombe, Devon

NB Don Airey stood in for Chris Parren who was playing in The Rocky Horror Show in London.

11 Sep 1992 - Strawbs - Arts Centre, Southport

NB Don Airey stood in for Chris Parren who was playing in The Rocky Horror Show in London.

18 Sep 1992 - Strawbs - Mean Fiddler, Harlesden

NB Don Airey stood in for Chris Parren who was playing in The Rocky Horror Show in London. By early the following year he had joined the band as Parren's replacement for the 1993 Silver Jubilee Tour.

Oct 1992 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF A CHOICE SELECTION CD

After some delays, A&M/Universal finally got round to capitalising on the rich back catalogue of the Strawbs, their first release since 1978's Best Of The Strawbs.



1993

1993 - STRAWBS - SILVER ANNIVERSARY TOUR - GENERAL SETLIST

17 Jan 1993 - STRAWBS - ASSEMBLY HALLS, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Poster at: 1983-2001 posters page.

18 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Theatre Royal, Lincoln

19 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Town Hall, High Wycombe

20 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Queen's Hall, Bradford

21 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Barbican Centre, York

22 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Leisure Centre, Mansfield

24 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Maidstone

26 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Pavilions, Plymouth

27 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Queen's Hall, Barnstaple

28 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Fernham Halls, Fareham

29 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Arcadia Threatre, Llandudno

30 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Spring Street Theatre, Hull

31 Jan 1993 - Strawbs - Prince Of Wales Centre, Cannock

2 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

3 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare

4 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

5 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Wulfrun Theatre, Wolverhampton

6 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Empire Theatre, Sunderland

7 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Brentwood Centre, Brentwood

11 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Pavillion Theatre, Worthing

14 Feb 1993 - Strawbs - Leadmill Theatre, Sheffield

8 Aug 1993 - Strawbs - Heineken Beer Fest, Singleton Park, Swansea (originally announced for 6 Aug)

28 Aug 1993 - STRAWBS - SUFFOLK'N'GOOD FESTIVAL

Hoped to be an annual fixture (the Strawbs' Cropredy) there was only one Suffolk'n'Good Festival. Opened by Turkey Leg Johnson, and headlined by the Strawbs, the festival also featured Nick Harper, his father Roy, John Martyn, Bert Jansch and Bridget St John. Julie Matthews and Pat Shaw, and Hell Bent Heaven Bound (Christine Collister, Barb Jungr, Jim Parker and Helen Watson) and Little Chief were also on the bill.
Festival programme at: the Suffolk'n'Good programme page.
Some photos at: the Suffolk'n'Good gallery page.

1 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow

2 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - The Wheatsheaf, Stoke On Trrent

9 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens

12 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - The Boat Race, Cambridge ???

15 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

17 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - The Witchwood, Ashton under Lyne

18 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - Irish Centre, Leeds

26 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - The Boat Race, Cambridge ???

30 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - West End Centre, Aldershot

31 Oct 1993 - Strawbs - Clwyd Theatre, Mold

4 Nov 1993 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Garage, Highbury Corner

Also appearing: Labi Siffre

16 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

17 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Apollo, Oxford

18 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - St David's Hall, Cardiff

19 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Civic Hall, Guildford

20 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Grand Theatre, Swansea

21 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Arts Centre, Poole

22 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Colston Hall, Bristol

24 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Royalty Theatre, Great Yarmouth

25 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Brentwood Centre, Brentwood

26 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Perdiswell Centre, Worcester

27 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

28 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - White Rock Pavilions, Hastings

30 Nov 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Guildhall, Portsmouth

1 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Ritz Theatre, Lincoln

2 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - City Hall, Hull

3 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Victoria Theatre, Halifax

4 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Barbican, York

5 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Sands Centre, Carlisle

7 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Davenport Theatre, Stockport

8 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Victoria Hall, Hanley

9 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

10 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Winter Gardens, Margate

11 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Regent Theatre, Ipswich

12 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Swan Theatre High Wycombe

13 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Festival Theatre, Paignton

15 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Caird Hall, Dundee

16 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Capital Theatre, Aberdeen

17 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Ice Rink, Inverness (TBC)

18 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Marcus Centre, Fort William (TBC)

19 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Usher Hall, Edinburgh

20 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Concert Hall, Glasgow

21 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Theatre Royal, Nottingham

22 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - City Hall, Sheffield

23 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Guildhall, Preston

29 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - City Hall, Newcastle

The first of two Christmas concerts at Lindisfarne's spiritual home, Newcastle City Hall. As I generally used to travel back home to the North East for the annual Lindisfarne show, this was a perfect gig for me, my two favourite bands in one show.
Programme at: the 1993 Strawbs/Lindisfarne tour programme page.

30 Dec 1993 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - City Hall, Newcastle



1994

14 Jan 1994 - Strawbs/Lindisfarne - Hammersmith Odeon, London (cancelled)

The SIS newsletter reported that the promoter Flying Music had cancelled a number of gigs at short notice, including this one.

12 Mar 1994 - STRAWBS - MELTON THEATRE, MELTON MOWBRAY

When an organisational slip-up resulted in neither Brian Willoughby nor Rod Demick being available for this gig, Dave Cousins recruited the obvious choice on bass, Chas Cronk, but - what to do for a guitarist .... Help arrived in the shape of Paul Wiffen (who also wrote for Sound On Sound magazine). I met Paul in the pub the day after the Chiswick extravanganza in August 1998 and he confessed that his recruitment was all a bit whirlwind, as indeed were the rehearsals. Having listened through on album to the Strawbs songs required for the set, he arrived at Dave Cousins' house in Chiswick to find the note on the door - gone to the pub! A video of the gig shows that there was no harm done by a light touch on the rehearsal front ....
Photos of the event at:
Melton Mowbray Gallery page

18 Jun 1994 - Strawbs - The Britannia, Plymouth

25 Jun 1994 - Strawbs - Cheltenham Town Hall

29 Jun 1994 - Strawbs - Breedon Bar, Cotteridge, Birmingham

30 Jun 1994 - Strawbs - Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

2 Jul 1994 - Strawbs - Kings Head, Hexham

3 Jul 1994 - Strawbs - King Tut's Glasgow

9 Jul 1994 - Strawbs - Village Hall, Stonesfield, Oxon

17 Jul 1994 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Creek, Rochester, NY State

Recorded for local radio, cassette recordings exist.

20 Jul 1994 - Cousins and Willoughby - Krogh's Restaurant & Tavern, Sparta, NJ

21 Jul 1994 - Cousins and Willoughby - Krogh's Restaurant & Tavern, Sparta, NJ

9 Sep 1994 - Strawbs - Livorno Festival, Bergamo

11 Sep 1994 - Strawbs - Torino (TBC)

16 Sep 1994 - Strawbs - Tower Arts Centre, Winchester

20 Oct 1994 - Strawbs - Wolverhampton Civic Centre (Wolfram Theatre)

2 Nov 1994 - Dave Cousins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes, part 1 of 4 transmitted

Ralph McTell was the presenter.

11 Nov 1994 - Dave Cousins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes, part 2 of 4, transmitted

Not clear whether DC was in this one.

18 Nov 1994 - Dave Cousins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes, part 3 of 4, transmitted

Also including Richard Thompson

23 Nov 1994 - Dave Cousins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes, part 4 of 4, transmitted

Also including Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Joe Boyd

8 Dec 1994 - Strawbs - Harveys, Stockton on Tees

9 Dec 1994 - Strawbs - Fibbers, York

no date - Strawbs - The Britannia, Plymouth



1995

21 Jan 1995 - Strawbs - Saturday Week transmitted, 1973 nostalgia

5 May 1995 - Strawbs - Woodville Halls, Gravesend

9 Sep 1995 - Strawbs - Walton on the Naze Folk Festival

An unusual line-up with Chas Cronk stepping back into the breach as bass player.

30 Sep 1995 - High Society - Old Spotted Cow, Charity Ball, Cotswolds



1996

10 Feb 1996 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - The Stables, Milton Keynes

22 Feb 1996 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - The Esplanade, Southend

23 Feb 1996 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - The Filling Station, Newport

18 Mar 1996 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - Half Moon, Putney

6 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - Southampton (TBC)

12 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - The Filling Station, Newport (TBC)

12 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - Route 66, Trowbridge (TBC)

13 or 15 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - The Lanterns, Ashburton, Devon (TBC)

19 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - Adelphi, Preston (TBC)

20 Apr 1996 - Strawbs - The Cellar, South Shields (TBC)

3 Oct 1996 - Strawbs - Turks Head, Twickenham

4 Oct 1996 - Strawbs - Richmond Hall, Carlisle

5 Oct 1996 - Strawbs - Town Hall, Hartlepool

22 Nov 1996 - Strawbs - West Wilts Arts Centre, Warminster

Strawbs Info Service reported that Tony Hooper was at the gig and was persuaded to join the band onstage.



1997

10-11 Jan 1997 - Strawbs - Towngate Theatre, Basildon, Charity concert (cancelled)

4 Jul 1997 - Cousins and Willoughby - Troubadour, Earls Court, London

18 Sep 1997 - Strawbs - Turks Head, Twickenham

19 Sep 1997 - Strawbs - Majestic Theatre, Retford

After the shoiw at Retford, we all piled back into a local pub - at some point in the festivities, Cathryn Craig was persuaded to sing accapella - you could have heard a pin drop. Not long afterwards, the Craig & Willoughby double act hit the circuit.

7 Nov 1997 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Troubadour, London

17 Jan 1998 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Clinton Arms, Retford

13 Feb 1998 - Cousins and Willoughby - Troubadour, Earls Court, London

24 Apr 1998 - Cousins and Willoughby - Troubadour, Earls Court, London

1 May 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - Troubadour, Earls Court, London



1998

1 Feb 1998 - CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY - BROMLEY ACOUSTIC MUSIC CLUB

First recorded gig for Craig and Willoughby.

13 Feb 1998 - Cousins and Willoughby - The Troubadour, London

20 Feb 1998 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - Shire Hall, Howden

23 Mar 1998 - Cousins and Willoughby - Black Horse, Nettleham

12 Apr 1998 - Rod Demick - Half Moon Putney

7 May 1998 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - Pavilion, Glasgow

9 May 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - The Zetland, Marske

10 May 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - Hendrix's, Holmfirth

17 May 1998 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - The Waterfront, Belfast

26/27 Jun 1998 - Strawbs - Skagen Festival

3 Jul 1998 - Jim Diamond/Brian Willoughby - Hastings

21 Jul 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - Dartford Folk Club

28 Jul 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - The Ropery

30 Jul 1998 - Dave Cousins, Craig and Willoughby - Stockton Festival

9 Aug 1998 - Strawbs - Broxbourne Festival, Hoddesdon

15 Aug 1998 - DAVE COUSINS - CROPREDY FESTIVAL

Invited to Cropredy on the 20th anniversary of Sandy Denny's death, Dave sang "Lay Down" and "Ringing Down The Years" backed by Fairport.

29 Aug 1998 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - CHISWICK HOUSE - 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The Strawbs multi-lineup stellar 30th anniversary bash in the grounds of Chiswick House, West London. Recorded and released on CD (see here for the CD and here for the DVD).
Poster (designed by me!) at: 1983-2001 posters page.
Programme at: Chiswick programme page.

29 Aug 1998 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - CHISWICK HOUSE - 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

29 Aug 1998 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - CHISWICK HOUSE - 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

1 Sep 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - The Processed Pea, Etton

6 Sep 1998 - Craig and Willoughby - Acoustic Music Cente, Bromley

30 Oct 1998 - Cry No More - Turk's Head, Twickenham

27 Nov 1998 - Cry No More - Turk's Head, Twickenham

29-30 Nov 1998 - Nanci Griffith (with Brian Willoughby) - Barbican, London



1999

1 May 1999 - STRAWBS - THE GARAGE, BERGEN, NORWAY

The post Chiswick "BATS plus Brian" twin guitars line-up kicked off its 1999 tour with a one-off gig in Bergen, Norway, which I flew out to attend.
Poster at:
the 1983-2001 posters page.
There was also a t-shirt of similar design.

7 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

9 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

11 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Regal Centre, Worksop

12 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - The Stables, Milton Keynes

13 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - The Playhouse, Alnwick

19 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Southport Arts Centre, Southport

20 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Custom House, South Shields

21 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

22 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Cottier Theatre, Glasgow

24 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - The Brook, Southampton

Poster for the 1999 UK tour at: the 1983-2001 posters page.

25 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale

26 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham

27 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Turks Head, Twickenham

28 May 1999 - Strawbs/Rod Demick - Mill Arts Centre, Banbury



2000

17 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Turks Head, Twickenham

20 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Picture Playhouse, Beverley

21 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn

22 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

27 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - The Stables, Milton Keynes

A venue that has become a Strawbs favourite since its refurbishment in 1999/2000. They played in the old venue in 1999, which was pretty dire acoustics- and audience-wise, and were the second act into the new venue, after owners Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, for this 2000 gig. The new Stables has fantastic sight lines, excellent acoustics, a near perfect venue.
For photos and reviews, see
the 2000 tour reviews page.

28 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

29 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone

30 Apr 2000 - Strawbs - Neptune Theatre, Liverpool

1 May 2000 - Strawbs - Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham - first night

2 May 2000 - Strawbs - Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham - second night

3 May 2000 - Strawbs - Music Hall, Shrewsbury

4 May 2000 - Strawbs - The Old Mill, Banbury

5 May 2000 - Strawbs - Varieties Theatre, Leeds

6 May 2000 - Strawbs - Mechanics Theatre, Burnley

7 May 2000 - Strawbs - Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

8 May 2000 - STRAWBS - QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, LONDON

30 years after the seminal Queen Elizabeth Hall concert with Rick Wakeman, the 2000 line-up returned as part of the 2000 electric tour. Tony Hooper joined them on stage for two numbers in the second half - "Josephine For Better Or For Worse" and "Oh How She Changed" - and the encore - "On My Way".
Setlists for the 2000 tour at: Setlists - 2000

9 May 2000 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

10 May 2000 - Strawbs - The Flowerpot, Derby

11 May 2000 - Strawbs - The Adelphi, Preston

12 May 2000 - Strawbs - Cottier Theatre, Glasgow (CANCELLED)

13 May 2000 - Strawbs - Robin Hood Club, Dudley

14 May 2000 - Strawbs - Palace Theatre, Newark

10 Jul 2000 - WITCHWOOD GROUP - LAUNCH OF THE WITCHWOOD YAHOO DISCUSSION GROUP

The Witchwood Discussion Group was started by Steve Young to provide a forum for Strawbs enthusiasts to exchange views. It generated huge amounts of interest in the fan community - at its height, hundreds of e-mails a day. Nigel Bennett had some Witchwood badges made up and Witchwooders convened on many occasions. It was a very close and friendly community, to which it was a pleasure to contribute and belong.
Steve took the decision to close Witchwood in 2019 as it was no longer really being used - Facebook has supplanted it. And YahooGroups itself disappeared in 2020.

8 Oct 2000 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS (COUSINS, WILLOUGHBY AND LAMBERT) - CABBAGE PATCH, TWICKENHAM

The first Cousins, Willoughby and Lambert gig. Booked as a Cousins and Willoughby gig, a sprained wrist for Cousins meant that he was unable to play a full set, so Lambert was drafted in to help. However they'd clearly prepaed for more than just a stopgap.
After an opening set from C&W, Lambert played three numbers including new song "Inside Your Hell Tonight", followed by a three hander set where they really got the bit between their teeth, including a number of tracks which eventually emerged on Acoustic Strawbs' first album Baroque & Roll. As well as some early folky stuff ("On My Way", Not All The Flowers Grow", and "Tears And Pavan", this saw the first acoustic versions of Strawbs epics "Out In The Cold/Round And Round" and "The River/Down By The Sea" (Cousins: "I think we're chancing our arm on this one").
They'd apparently prepared a whole bunch more and could have played all night ...
Review and setlist at: the Cabbage Patch gig page.



2001

10 Feb 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS (COUSINS, WILLOUGHBY AND LAMBERT) - THE HOGARTH, TEDDINGTON

8 Apr 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS (COUSINS, WILLOUGHBY AND LAMBERT) - THE RED LION, ISLEWORTH

17 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Turks Head, Twickenham

The 2001 UK tour opened at the Turks Head in Twickenham.
Poster at at:
the 1983-2001 posters page.

18 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

19 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

20 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Phoenix, Exeter

21 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Rosehill, Whitehaven

22 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - King Tuts, Glasgow

24 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

25 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Mechanics, Burnley

26 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Picture Playhouse, Beverley

27 April 2001 - Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

28 April 2001 - STRAWBS - HERRINGTHORPE LEISURE CENTRE, ROTHERHAM

29 Apr 2001 - Strawbs - Charlotte, Leicester

1 May 2001 - Strawbs - Customs House, South Shields

2 May 2001 - Strawbs - Neptune, Liverpool

3 May 2001 - Strawbs - Varieties Theatre, Leeds

4 May 2001 - Strawbs - Regal Centre, Worksop

8 May 2001 - Strawbs - Waterfront, Belfast

9 May 2001 - Strawbs - Whelans, Dublin

11 May 2001 - Strawbs - Exchange Theatre, Maidstone

12 May 2001 - Strawbs - The Flowerpot, Derby

13 May 2001 - Strawbs - Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC2

14 May 2001 - Strawbs - Palace Theatre, Newark

31 May 2001 - Acoustic Strawbs - La Fontana Club, Avesa, Verona, Italy

1 Jun 2001 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cortile Palazzo G.B. Castello, Gandino (Bergamo), Italy

2 Jun 2001 - Acoustic Strawbs - Auditorium Liceo Scientifico, Pinerolo, Torino, Italy

3 Jun 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ROZAZZO ABBEY, MANZANO, UDINE, ITALY

Reviews at: the 2001 Italian mini-tour page.

6 Jul 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/VARIOUS ARTISTS - 2001 RHYTHM AND BLUES CONCERT, THE SWAN HIGH WYCOMBE

A charity gig in aid of South Bucks Hospice, with a variety of artists - the first I think where the name Acoustic Strawbs was used (though not on the poster which went with "The Strawbs"). Cousins, Willoughby and Lambert were on at 10pm, with a four song set, followed by a set from Kiki Dee and her guitarist Carmelo Luggeri. Then Lambert and Willoughby were back on stage with others for a blues set.
Reviews at: the South Bucks Hospice page.

16 Aug 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - THE WHITE BEAR, HOUNSLOW

The album launch party for Baroque & Roll saw a return to the White Bear, Hounslow, where Strawbs ran the folk club back in the 60s.
Also playing: Derek Brimstone.
The first Acoustic Strawbs poster was used as the design for the tickets for the show.
Reviews at: the White Bear 2001 page.
Poster at: the 2001-2008 posters page.

17 Aug 2001 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rattan And Rush, Kirkby Stephen

18 Aug 2001 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bein Inn, Glenfarg, Perth

20 Aug 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH - FIRST NIGHT

21 Aug 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH - SECOND NIGHT

22 Aug 2001 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ASSEMBLY ROOMS, EDINBURGH - LAST NIGHT



2002

15 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Swindon Arts Centre

16 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hampton Hill Theatre

17 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Darlington Arts Centre

18 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Carlisle Folk Club, Coach House, Heads Nook, nr. Carlisle

19 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Met, Bury

20 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall, Lichfield

21 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The New Roscoe, Leeds

22 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Cheltenham

23 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

24 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tower, Winchester

25 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Mill, Banbury

27 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Theatre Brycheiniog

28 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Music Hall, Shrewsbury

29 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

30 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall, Grantham

31 Jan 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Swan, Leek

1 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - St. Mary In The Castle, Hastings

2 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Yealmpton Centre, Devon

3 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wharf, Tavistock

4 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon

5 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Astor Theatre, Deal

6 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

7 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ring O'Bells, Nailsea

8 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Flower Pot, Derby

9 Feb 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion, Kings Heath, Birmingham

11 Apr 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Auditorium S. Fedele, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia, Italy

12 Apr 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Casino Municipale, S. Pellegrino Terme, Bergamo, Italy

5 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The White Bear, Hounslow

6 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Blackheath Concert Halls

7 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Armthorpe Community Centre

8 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Golf Club, Tidbury Green (Bob and Lou party)

9 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Thurston Community College, Bury St Edmunds

13 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Forest Arts, New Milton

14 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, High Wycombe

16 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Witchwood, Ashton-Under-Lyne

20 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Newbury

21 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

23 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Boardwalk, Sheffield

29 Jun 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ludlow Festival

28 Jul 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gravesend Festival

3 Aug 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pwllheli Festival

13 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - David Hall Arts, South Petherton

14 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Central Studio, Basingstoke

18 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

19 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Brook Theatre, Chatham

20 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

21 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Otley Folk Festival

25 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pacific Arts Centre, Birkenhead

26 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Picture Playhouse, Beverley

27 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse 2, Shaw

28 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

29 Sep 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pavilion, Hailsham



2003

15 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The White Bear, Hounslow

23 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - first night

24 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - second night

25 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - third night

26 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - London Convention Center, London ON, Canada

28 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Blackthorne Tavern, South Easton

29 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Johnny D's, Boston MA, USA

30 Apr 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Unity Performing Arts, Unity

1 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Iron Horse, Northampton MA, USA

2 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Night Eagle Cafe, Oxford NY, USA

3 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Grace Norton Rodgers School Theater, Hightstown NJ, USA

4 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA, USA (both shows)

5 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Birchmere, Alexandria VA, USA

6 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - XM Satellite Radio Show, USA

7 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Baldwin's Station, Sykesville MD, USA

9 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

10 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA, USA (two shows)

11 May 2002 - Acoustic Strawbs - New Jersey Proghouse, Piscataway NJ, USA

14 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA

15 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Fitzgerald's, Berwyn IL, USA

16 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Jack Quinn's, Covington, KY, USA

17 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Thirsty Ear Tavern, Columbus OH, USA

18 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bellville Opera House (Highlands of Ohio), Bellville OH, USA

19 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Lexington KY, USA

21 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Krogh's, Sparta NJ, USA

22 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Krogh's, Sparta NJ, USA

23 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA (2 shows)

24 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

25 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Joseph Langer Presents - Amalgamated Union Hall (Local 712) Bristol CT, USA

28 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tralf, Buffalo NY, USA

29 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Milestones, Rochester NY, USA

30 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bodles Opera House, Chester NY, USA

31 May 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY, USA

4 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Hartlepool

8 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Godiva Festival, War Memorial Park, Coventry, Free Event

11 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare

12 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Swan, Leek

13 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rockingham Arms, Wentworth

14 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Inkford Hotel (Bob and Lou's party)

15 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

19 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Regal Theatre, Worksop

20 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Moira Miners Welfare, Ashby De-La-Zouche

22 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Martlett's Hall, Burgess Hill

26 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Devizes Festival

27 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bridport Arts Centre

29 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

30 Jun 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Colchester Arts Centre

7 Jul 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Myron's Cabaret, Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island

9 Jul 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Festival D'Ete, Quebec City, Canada (8-10 Jul)

10 Jul 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Festival D'Ete, Quebec City, Canada (8-10 Jul)

11 Jul 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

12 Jul 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

3 Aug 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Whitchurch Festival

23 Aug 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nantwich Festival

29 Aug 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Pokey Hole, Netherseale

30 Aug 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hampton Hill Playhouse

31 Aug 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - South Parade Pier, Southsea

5 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ram Club, Claygate

6 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone

7 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Crooks On The Level Folk Club, Union Tavern, Camberwell

10 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Chequermead Theatre, East Grinstead

11 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Robin 2 Club, Bilston

12 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trinity Arts, Gainborough

13 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Footlights, West Chiltington

18 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

19 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norwich Arts Centre

20 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Herringthorpe Leisure Centre, Rotherham

21 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Worden Arts Centre, Langley

22 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The New Roscoe, Leeds

23 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pillar Rooms, Town Hall, Cheltenham

24 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

25 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Flowerpot, Derby

26 Sep 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - TowerArts, Winchester

27 Sept 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Central Studio Basingstoke

6 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Fitzgerald's, Berwyn IL, USA

7 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA

9 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Legion Arts (CSPS), Cedar Rapids IA, USA

12 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bellville Opera House, Highlands of Ohio, Bellville OH, USA

13 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Milestones, Rochester NY, USA

14 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bodles Opera House, Chester NY, USA

15 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

16 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Night Eagle Cafe, Oxford NY, USA

18 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - WUMB Radio show

18 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Johnny D's, Boston MA, USA

20 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Club Café, Pittsburgh PA, USA

21 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Cellar Stage, Baltimore MD, USA

22 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA, USA

23 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, USA (2 shows)

28 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

29 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bottom Line, NYC, USA - 2 shows

30 Nov 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - NJ Proghouse at The Franklin School House, Metuchen, NJ USA

3 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Krogh's, Sparta NJ, USA

4 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Krogh's, Sparta NJ, USA

5 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Chicory House, Wilkes-Barre PA, USA

6 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Jammin' Java, Vienna VA, USA

7 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY, USA

9 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Capos, Lowell MA, USA

10 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tralf, Buffalo NY, USA

12 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - WCPN Radio Show At 11:30am, Cleveland OH, USA

12 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Winchester, Cleveland OH, USA

13 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mickey Finn's Pub, Toledo OH, USA

14 Dec 2003 - Acoustic Strawbs - Canal Street Tavern, Dayton OH, USA



2004

14 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Post Christmas Party, NPL, Teddington

15 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Swindon Arts Centre

16 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon

17 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club c/o The Hibernian, Kings Heath

18 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wharf, Tavistock

21 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford

23 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Met, Bury

24 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall, Leicester

28 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

29 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Swan, Leek

30 Jan 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Arts Centre, Pocklington

31 Jan 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - HAVEN PASTURES GOLF CLUB, HENLEY IN ARDEN (BOB AND LOU'S)

Another of Bob and Lou Richardson's private gigs, to which I was kindly invited.
This one was notable for being a "Truly Acoustic" Strawbs gig - the power failed half way through the first set, but the band regrouped and carried on the rest of show without any amplification.

1 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, Garboldisham, Diss, Norfolk

2 Fe 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nettlebed Village Folk Club

3 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

5 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Llanelli Entertainment Centre

6 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

7 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Citadel Arts, St. Helens

10 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, High Wycombe

12 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Brook Theatre, Chatham

13 Feb 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Minehead Middle School

2 May 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - South Yorkshire Music Festival, Wath-upon-Dearne

4 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - National Forest Folk Club, Moira, nr Ashby de la Zouch

6 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sun Hotel, Hitchin

10 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

11 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rockingham Arms, Wentworth

13 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Maidstone - Cancelled

17 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Newbury

19 Jun 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

24 Jun 2004 - Strawbs - Milestones, Rochester NY, USA

25 Jun 2004 - Strawbs - The Winchester, Lakewood OH, USA

26 Jun 2004 - Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

27 Jun 2004 - Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

29 Jun 2004 - Strawbs - Johnny D's, Boston, MA, USA

1 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Empire Theater, Belleville ON, Canada

1 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Empire Theatre, Bellville, Ontario, Canada

2 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - first night

3 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - second night

4 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada - third night

6 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Kroghs Brewpub, Sparta NJ, USA

7 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

9 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Joe's Pub, NYC, USA - second show

10 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

11 Jul 2004 - STRAWBS - NEARFEST, BETHLEHEM PA, US

Invited to headline a major prog festival, the reformed Hero And Heroine line-up were recorded and the result was released on Witchwood Media.

17 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - The Roadmender, Northampton (replacement date for cancelled 23 July concert)

20 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Danesfield School, Minehead

21 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

22 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - The Underworld, Camden

This concert was recorded but has never been released. Shame ....

23 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - CANCELLED - Cripps Hall, Theatre, Northampton

24 Jul 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - TROWBRIDGE VILLAGE PUMP FESTIVAL

Acoustic Strawbs played on Saturday.

25 Jul 2004 - STRAWBS - TROWBRIDGE VILLAGE PUMP FESTIVAL

Strawbs headlined on Sunday. This was the last appearance of the BATS plus Brian line-up of the Electric Strawbs, before it was superseded by the reunited Hero And Heroine line-up.
Other artists included: Richard Thompson (Sun) - The Levellers Acoustic (Sat) - Eddi Reader (Sat) - Eliza Carthy Band (Sun) - Oysterband (Frid) - Show Of Hands (Sat) - Dougie Maclean (Frid) - Ashley Hutchings Morris On (Sun) - Naked Voices (Sun)

26 Jul 2004 - Strawbs - Strawbs End Of Tour Party Gig, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

4 Aug 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - NATURAL SOUND, KITCHENER ON, CANADA

This concert was recorded by Jon Connolly and released as Full Bloom.

5 Aug 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Barrymore's, Ottawa ON, Canada

6-8 Aug 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, Canada

13 Aug 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - KNARESBOROUGH FESTIVAL, KNARESBOROUGH, UK

This was Brian Willoughby's last appearance as a member of the Acoustic Strawbs.

30 Aug 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ISLEWORTH

The first sighting of Chas as part of the Acoustic Strawbs, a warm up gig in Isleworth, West London which I was lucky enough to be invited to. Chas seemed to me to be an obvious choice to replace Brian - not a guitar hero as such, but adding vocals, bass and twelve-string to the mix, and in due course, bass pedals and keyboard effects, all of which added another layer to the Acoustics' sound. If you were to give him a broom, he'd sweep the stage ....

1 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse, Hampton Hill

2 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Plough Arts Center, Great Torrington

3 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Talbot Hotel, Tregaron

4 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Dunstable Folk Festival

9 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - David Hall Arts Centre, South Petherton

11 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Maritime Festival, Deal

12 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quay Arts Centre, Sudbury

16 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

17 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Riga Bar, Westcliff on Sea

18 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Inkford Hotel (Bob and Lou's party)

19 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow

20 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rattan and Rush, Kirkby Stephen

21 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Regal Arts Centre, Worksop

22 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Swan, Leek

23 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

24 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norden Farm Arts Cenrte, Maidenhead

25 Sep 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Central Studios, Basingstoke

1 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC, USA

2 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Redlight Cafe, Atlanta GA, USA

5 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bellville Opera House, Bellville OH, USA

7 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

8 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bodles Opera House, Chester NY, USA

9 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

10 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA, USA

13 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ark, Ann Arbor MI, USA

15 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ, USA

16 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

17 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Baldwin's Station, Sykesville MD, USA

19 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Kroghs, Sparta NJ, USA

20 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - River House Concerts

22 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Thunderbird Inn, Florissant CO, USA

23 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO, USA

25 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Henflings, Ben Lomond CA, USA

26 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rios, Rio Nido CA, USA

27 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkely CA, USA

28 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Little Fox, Redwood City CA, USA

29 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - McCabes Guitar Shop, Santa Monica CA, USA

20 Oct 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - PAINTED SKY STUDIO CONCERT SERIES, CAMBRIA CA, USA

Material from this studio show was recorded and released, together with material from a previous show on 20 Oct 2004 as part of the Painted Sky release in 2005.
For the album, see the Painted Sky page

31 Oct 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Plough and Stars, San Francisco CA, USA

1 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Routes, Las Vegas NV, USA

4 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Home Stretch, KXCI Radio, Tucson AZ, USA

5 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - KOLD TV (CBS), Tuscon AZ, USA (midday)

5 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rhythm and Roots Concert Series, Tuscon AZ, USA

6 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Music San Diego, San Diego CA, USA

10 Nov 2004 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - HUGH'S ROOM, TORONTO ON, CANADA

This was the launch party for the Acoustic Strawbs DVD Live In Toronto, recorded the previous year.
For the DVD, see: the Live in Toronto DVD page

11 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Milestones, Rochester NY, USA

12 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - The New Tralf, Buffalo NY, USA

13 Nov 2004 - Acoustic Strawbs - Satalla, Manhattan NY, USA



2005

8 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

13 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

14 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Norwich

15 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Farm, Chapel-Saint-Leonards

20 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Arts Centre, Chesterfield

22 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall, Lichfield

25 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gala Theatre, Durham

26 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Scholar's Bar, Scarborough

27 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bein Inn, Glenfarg

28 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bein Inn, Glenfarg

29 Jan 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rattan and Rush, Kirkby Stephen

4 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Bridgwater

5 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Footlights, West Chiltington

10 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

11 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Folk House, Bristol

12 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - St Claire's, Seaton

14 Feb 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - ST. VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL END OF TOUR PARTY GIG (NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY, TEDDINGTON)

18 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA

19 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Satalla, New York, NY

20 Feb 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - DOWNTOWN PUB, BRISTOL, CT

Organised by longtime Strawbs fan Joe Langer, this was a great gig, with Acoustic Strawbs and John Ford in attendance.
For reviews and pictures, see
the Feb Mar 2005 US/Canada tour page

26 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Strictly Mundial/Folk Alliance Conference, Montreal, Canada

Also playing: Juan Martin (Spain), with whom Strawbs recorded in 1981 (see A Taste Of Strawbs
for details).
Other acts on the bill included: The Cottars (Nova Scotia); Teada (Ireland); Guy Davis (USA); Ray Bonneville (Montreal); Rosheen (Quebec); Chuck Brodsky (USA)

27 Feb 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - CCI Industry Showcase, Toronto, Canada

1 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA

2 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

3 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

4 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY

5 Feb 2005 - High Society - Prince Albert, Uxbridge

5 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - NJ Proghouse, Somerset, NJ

6 Mar 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

2 Apr 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - OLGIATE COMASCO, COMO, ITALY

On their 2005 trip to Italy, the Acoustics were performing the epic "Antiques Suite". After they had finished, a lady dignitary in the front row stood up and said: "I know that this song means a lot to you but now it will mean something more to us all. While you were performing that piece the Pope has died". We gave the audience, and ourselves, ten minutes break. The decision was taken for us to return to the stage and play two more songs, "A Glimpse Of Heaven" and "Lay Down", both of which we felt appropriate, but no encore. The rest of the short tour was cancelled.
For more on this by Dave Lambert - see the reviews page

15 Apr 2005 - Craig and Willoughby - radio show, Niagara University

15 Apr 2005 - CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY - GALLAGHER CENTER, NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Having established a strong following in the UK folk clubs, these are the first dates for the Craig and Willoughby duo in her native USA.

16 Apr 2005 - Craig and Willoughby - Blue Cactus, Buffalo

17 Apr 2005 - CRAIG AND WILLOUGHBY/JOHN FORD - AMERICAN LEGION HALL BRISTOL, CT (JOE LANGER PRESENTS)

Joe Langer had put on Acoustic Strawbs on 20 Feb 2005, and now turned his attention to Craig and Willoughby and John Ford.

21 Apr 2005 - Jenny Agutter - Jenny Agutter reads "A Glimpse Of Heaven" at Royal British Legion concert, St Georges, Hanover Square

22 Apr 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sonderborghus, Sonderborg, Denmark

24 Apr 2005 - Strawbs - WFUV, broadcast of Pete Fornatello show featuring Strawbs

25 Apr 2005 - Craig and Willoughby - Lexington, KY "Woodsongs" Radio

25 Apr 2005 - Craig and Willoughby - Kentucky Theater, Lexington, KY

26 Apr 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rytmeposten, Odense, Denmark

27 Apr 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Rock, Kobenhavn, Denmark

29 Apr 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Haslev Vise Vers Klub, Haslev, Denmark

30 Apr 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Maanen, Haderslev, Denmark

5 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA

6 May 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - PAINTED SKY STUDIO CONCERT SERIES, CAMBRIA CA

Material from this studio show was recorded and released, together with material from an earlier show on 26 Oct 2004 as part of the Painted Sky release in 2005.
More info at: Painted Sky page

7 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - McCabes Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA

8 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Music San Diego, San Diego, CA

9 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Don Quixote, Felton, CA

12/05/2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At Noon, KVAL TV, Eugene, OR

11 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live show, KRVM Radio, Eugene, OR

12 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR (Double bill with John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee)

13 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Eden Hall, Gleneden Beach, OR (Double bill with John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee)

14 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cafe Paradiso, Eugene, OR

15 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA

19 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Lobo Theater, Albuquerque, NM

20 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gordon's CDs Outdoor Concert Series, Los Alamos, NM

21 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rhythm and Roots Concert Series, Tuscon, AZ

22 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Studio 111, Flagstaff, AZ (SHOW CANCELLED)

23 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hassayampa Inn, Prescott, AZ

26 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Birchmere Tavern, Alexandria, VA

27 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mayfair Festival, Allentown, PA

28 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Joe's Pub, Manhattan, NY (2 shows)

29 May 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Darress Theater, Boonton, NJ (*Double bill with Fairport Convention)

10 Jun 2005 - Cousins and Conrad - KIK, Offenburg

11 Jun 2005 - Cousins and Conrad - Gasthaus Lowen, Weitingen

12 Jun 2005 - COUSINS AND CONRAD - SCHLOSS WEITENBURG, KREIS TUBINGEN

German prog player Conny Conrad collaborated on a set of songs, released as Cousins and Conrad: High Seas in 2005. There were a handful of duo gigs in Germany, and Conny came over to the UK to play at the NPL in Teddington on 31 Jul 2005.
Poster at: 2001-2008 posters page.
More on High Seas at: 2001-2008 posters page.

18 Jun 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Black Sheep Festival, Masham, North Yorkshire - 2 sets

20 Jun 2005 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS CD SINGLE

A three track CD single, one of which is "Sunday Morning" from Deja Fou with additional strings (aka "The Movie Version") which had been left off the earlier release. The Movie Version also appeared on A Taste Of Strawbs.

21 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

22 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

24 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Tuno Festival, Denmark

26 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - The Farm, Chapel-Saint-Leonards

27 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

28 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Robin 2 Club, Bilston

29 Jun 2005 - Strawbs - Axminster Guildhall, Axminster

30 Jun 2005 - STRAWBS - END OF TOUR PARTY GIG NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY, TEDDINGTON

9 Jul 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ely Folk Weekend, Ely, Cambridgeshire - 2 sets

11 Jul 2005 - COUSINS AND CONRAD - RELEASE OF COUSINS & CONRAD: HIGH SEAS

Dave Cousins joined forces with German progster multi-instrumentalist Conny Conrad for this album of new Cousins and Conrad material. Rick Wakeman added keyboards to the splendid "Deep In The Darkest Night", inspired by the death of Dave's brother. The album also included the striking "The Call To Action." Both tracks would also appear later on Strawbs albums.

31 Jul 2005 - COUSINS AND CONRAD - NPL, TEDDINGTON

The only UK gig showcasing songs from the duo album Cousins And Conrad: High Seas

11 Aug 2005 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF LIVE AT NEARFEST

Strawbs' barnstorming performance, headlining at Bethlehem PA's Nearfest event on 11 Jul 2004, was released on CD.

21 Aug 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Burntwood Folk Festival, Burntwood, Staffordshire

29 Aug 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Castle Park Festival, Leicester

31 Aug 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - "WORKSHOP" GIG, NPL, TEDDINGTON

An Acoustic Strawbs gig with a difference, with the band telling the background to the songs and explaining how they were put together.

1 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Penrith Playhouse, Penrith

2 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bein Inn, Glenfarg

3 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bein Inn, Glenfarg

4 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow

8 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mr Kyps, Poole

9 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tower Arts Centre, Winchester

10 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - North Shropshire Folk, Whitchurch

16 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rockingham Arms, Wentworth

22 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool

23 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

24 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Riga Music Bar, Westcliff On Sea

26 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tudor Folk, Chesham

29 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Swan, Leek

30 Sep 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Windsor Club, Neath

7 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse In The Park, Mobile, AL

8 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Redlight Cafe, Atlanta, GA

9 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Coastline Convention Centre, Wilmington, NC

11 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

12 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA

13 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

14 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood, NJ

15 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Music At The Mission, Milford, NJ

16 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA

18 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA, USA

19 Oct 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - SATALLA, NEW YORK, NY

John Hawken joined the Acoustic Strawbs on stage for "Autumn" and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" when they played this Manhattan venue.
John Ford played the next set with his son, but it was inevitable that Cousins and Lambert would join him for his "Part Of The Union" finale!
Reviews at: the Oct 2020 US reviews page.
Loads of photos at: the Oct 2020 US tour pages.

20 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY

20 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Strawbs radio interview, WVKR-FM

21 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY

22 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA

23 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

25 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Milestones, Rochester, NY

26 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bellville Opera House, Bellville, OH

27 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - WKSU-FM, Kent, OH

27 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Winchester, Cleveland, OH

28 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

29 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL

30 Oct 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

1 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

2 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

3 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Aeolian Hall, London ON

4 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts, Oakville ON

5 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON

7 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cafe Campus, Montreal QC

9 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ginger's Tavern, Halifax NS

10 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Imperial Theatre, Saint John NB

11 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Capitol Theatre, Moncton NB

12 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton NB

13 Nov 2005 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mersey House, Liverpool NS

26 Nov 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - STRAWBS VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS PARTY, NPL, TEDDINGTON

The first of a series of resurgent Strawbs Christmas parties (like those in the old days at the White Bear in Hounslow), with special guests and themed fancy dress. This one was "Victorian", with Dave Cousins purporting to be his own grandfather ....
Reviews and more photos at: 2005 Christmas Party page.

4 Dec 2005 - High Society - Red Lion, Isleworth

7 Dec 2005 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - RELEASE OF PAINTED SKY

Painted Sky was recorded at two shows (20 Oct 2004 and 6 May 2005) at the Painted Sky Studios, Cambria LA, and was produced by Steve Crimmel (also producer of Live At Nearfest).
Highlight for me was the inclusion of "The Antique Suite", which I never tired of hearing live.

7 Dec 2005 - High Society - Prince Albert, Uxbridge

7 Dec 2005 - Cry No More Farewell Gig - Turks Head, Twickenham

9 Dec 2005 - High Society - Carlisle Folk & Blues

10 Dec 2005 - High Society - Rattan And Rush



2006

7 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

13 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - National Forest Folk Club, Moira, nr Ashby de la Zouch

14 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon

19 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

20 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

21 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone

22 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin

27 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Met, Bury

28 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax

29 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall Theatre, Derby

30 Jan 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nettlebed Village Folk Club, Nettlebed

2 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Wycombe Town Hall, High Wycombe

3 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - High Barn, Great Bardfield

4 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

10 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Platform, Morecambe

11 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Selby

12 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Dave Lee Travis show, Three Counties Radio

18 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

19 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quay Arts Centre, Newport, IOW

19 Feb 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - John Hannam Show, Isle Of Wight Radio

Mar 2006 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - WITCHWOOD PROJECT SAMPLER AVAILABLE

Made available as a free gift to subscribers to the Classic Rock Society (of which Cousins and Wakeman were directors), it included some rare material - a then-uknown Strawberry Hill Boys track "The Happiest Boy In Town" (subsequently included on A Taste Of Strawbs) and an Acoustic Strawbs out-take from the 2001 sessions which resulted in Baroque And Roll - "Simple Visions".
Alongside various excepts from Witchwood Media releases, including Jennifer Cutting and The Watersons, Conny Conrad's band Dark Ocean also had a track on there, as did John Ford and Dead Like Harry, who supported the electric tour that year.

2 Mar 2006 - Strawbs - National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

3 Mar 2006 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

4 Mar 2006 - Strawbs - Astor Theatre Arts Centre, Deal

5 Mar 2006 - STRAWBS - ROBIN 2 CLUB, BILSTON

This show included John Ford as a special guest and was recorded for release as Lay Down With The Strawbs on CD and DVD by Secret Films. Things took awhile and the releases came out 2 years later in 2008.
CD:
Lay Down With The Strawbs CD page.
DVD: Lay Down With The Strawbs page DVD.
In 2020, this material emerged again, as a 2CD/1DVD package Strawbs Live In Concert, released alongside a selection of the best bits on 180gm vinyl Best Of Strawbs Live In Concert.

6 Mar 2006 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF RECOLLECTION

A 1970 concert with the Cousins/Hooper/Wakeman/Ford/Hudson QE Hall line-up which recorded Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios. As well as most of the tracks which appeared on that album ("Martin Luther King's Dream" is AWOL), we get to hear "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus", "That Which Once Was Mine", "Or Am I Dreaming", The Battle", "Josephine" and the jokey finale "Dance On".
Not roon emough either for "Draught Raga" (Hud's sitar workout) and "Where Am I/I'll Show You Where To Sleep", which appeared on A Taste Of Strawbs later that year.
Put them all together and you get a good idea of what the whole QEH concert sounded like.

1 Apr 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

8 Apr 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

10 Apr 2006 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF HEARTBREAK HILL PLATINUM EDITION

The first release of Heartbreak Hill was taken from some moderate quality copy tapes. This was remastered from master tapes, which were apparently found in a skip and passed on to Dave Cousins. This release includes the unique "whiplash" mix of "Something For Nothing", which doesn't appear elsewhere.

5 May 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Festival Of Folk, Holmfirth

11 Jun 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Strawberry Hill House Music & Fun Day, Twickenham

18 Jun 2006 - Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

19 Jun 2006 - Strawbs - Penrith Playhouse, Penrith

20 Jun 2006 - Strawbs - Boardwalk, Sheffield

22 Jun 2006 - Strawbs - Komedia, Brighton

24 Jun 2006 - Strawbs - Freilichtbühne, Thalgau, Salzburg

27 Jul 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Otterton Mill, Otterton

4 Aug 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London

2 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - New Cut Arts, Halesworth

8 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rockingham Arms, Wentworth

9 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, Lowdham

11 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Saltaire Festival, Saltaire

14 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

15 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Folk House, Bristol

16 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Winning Post, Twickenham

17 Sep 2006 - DAVE COUSINS - A NIGHT AT THE BLUE ANGEL, DEAL MARITIME FOLK FESTIVAL

The first "Night at the Blue Angel", aka the Astor Theatre in Deal, featuring the fabulous Blue Angel Orchestra with special guests Fred Wedlock, Audience's Howard Werth and local cross-dresser torch-songstress Pussy D'Amour.
Poster at: 2001-2008 posters page.

21 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Musician, Leicester

22 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Carnival, Barton-upon-Humber

23 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Riga Music Bar, Westcliff On Sea

24 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Colliford Lake Park Music Festival, Bodmin

30 Sep 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - David Hall Arts Centre, South Petherton

6 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ, USA

7 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - NJ Proghouse, Metuchen NJ, USA

8 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - University Cafe, Stony Brook NY, USA

11 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville VA, USA

12 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Purple Fiddle, Thomas WV, USA

13 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

14 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bodles Opera House, Chester NY, USA

15 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA, USA

17 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bop Shop Concert Series At Milestones, Rochester NY, USA

18 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Kroghs, Sparta NJ, USA

19 Oct 2006 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins interview on WCUC

19 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Baldwin's Station, Sykesville MD, USA

20 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

21 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Joe's Pub, Manhattan NY, USA

22 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY, USA

25 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA, USA

26 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ark, Ann Arbor MI, USA

27 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Winchester, Cleveland OH, USA

31 Oct 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA, USA

1 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Johnny D's, Somerville MA, USA

2 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Redhouse, Syracuse NY, USA

3 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

4 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

5 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - Night Eagle, Oxford NY, USA

9 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

13 Nov 2006 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - RELEASE OF A TASTE OF STRAWBS

The long-awaited Strawbs boxed set - 4CDs as standard and a 5th bonus CD "Tastebuds" for the first 1000 purchasers.
Earlier plans by Universal were no more really than a boxed set compilation of already released recordings, which would have had limited appeal to Strawbs devotees. The vision behind the Witchwood Media release was to include many of the classic Strawbs songs that ought to be in a Strawbs boxed set, but virtually none of the versions that even devout fans will currently have in their collection. Accordingly it was sourced from the Strawbs' own archives and other sources - unreleased songs, demo versions, alternate mixes, live material.
I went to Dave's house and looted his loft - taking away numerous tapes for transfer to CD for Dave to review and choose the tracks to be included. What a treasure trove! Too many delights to mention - see A Taste Of Strawbs for full details.

17 Nov 2006 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Dec 2006 - John Ford - Release of John Ford: A Christmas Trilogy

Dec 2006 - Dark Ocean (Conny Conrad) - Release of Dark Ocean: Cosmica

The album includes two tracks featuring Dave Cousins' vocals: "Skip To My Lou" and "Bloodless Sun", neither of which featured on the Cousins/Conrad album High Seas.

1 Dec 2006 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins interview on WBZC

2 Dec 2006 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - STRAWBS 1960S CHRISTMAS PARTY

Another fabuous Christmas Party at the NPL, this time with a 60s theme - the outfits were spectacular. Both Cousins and Lambert fronted up the Blue Angel Orchestra, the latter closing the night with a set of 60s standards (he'd belted out "Stairway To Heaven" as a solo piece earlier). Surprises of the night - two numbers feauring celloist Claire Deniz with DC (just before I was on stage - follow that!); Chas got up to do a solo version of his song "Starshine"; and Neil Byford showed he wasn't just a sound/tour manager with "Yo Yo Man".
Reviews.

9 Dec 2006 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins on Rick Wakeman's Planet Rock show

23 Dec 2006 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, The Turks Head, St Margaret's, Twickenham



2007

11 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax

12 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - High Barn, Great Bardfield

13 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Gate, Goole

18 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Norwich

19 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead

20 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn

25 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

26 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon

27 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

29 Jan 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nettlebed Folk Club, Nettlebed

1 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Arts Centre, Chesterfield

8 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trinity Arts, Gainsborough

9 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse 2, Oldham

10 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quay Arts Centre, Newport, IOW

13 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

16 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cambria Arts, Tregaron

17 Feb 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Fishpond, Matlock Bath

18 Feb 2007 - STRAWBERRY MOUSSE - STRAWBS FANS GET TOGETHER BETWEEN GIGS

This was the first time a bunch of guitar playing Strawbs fans (referred to as "the Strawberry Mousses") got together for a Strawbs playalong. After an acoustic gig in Matlock, the band were due to play an electric gig next day at the Robin 2 and the band and many fans were staying at the inappropriately named "Quality Hotel" just off the M6 (as you'll see it should have been called the Tolerant Inn!)
In the evening, Dave Cousins showed us some of his tunings in the bar; John Ford who had got lost en route, turned up very late and played a few songs in the bar, with festivities going on very late.
The next morning, notwithstanding hangovers, the Mousses got together in a conference room hired for the purpose and played loads of Strawbs songs, most of which were captured. I got some stick for trying to insist that each song started with a "clean start", which became my (more acceptable) nickname with those who eventually became the Strawberry Fools. Dave Lambert popped his head in encouragingly, but wisely retreated before he could be pressed into service!
And then we all headed down to the gig ....
There was another Strawberry Mousse event in 2008, from which I shamelessly recruitred the other four members of the Strawberry Fools tribute band (David Claridge, Ralph Tonge, Les Cotton and Pete Rand).
Pictured left to right: Tonge, Claridge, me and Heather Malcolm. More pictures at:
The Strawberry Mousse event page.

18 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - Robin 2 Club, Bilston

20 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

21 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

22 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

23 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - Cheese And Grain, Frome

24 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

25 Feb 2007 - Strawbs - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

Feb 2007 - Hudson Ford - Ken Laws (Hudson Ford drummer) dies

16 Mar 2007 - STRAWBS - RON CHESTERMAN DIES

17 Mar 2007 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - MUSIQUES DISPERSES FESTIVAL, LLEIDA, SPAIN

An Acoustic Strawbs appearance marked Strawbs' first ever date in Spain.

7 Apr 2007 - LAMBERT CRONK - RELEASE OF LAMBERT CRONK: TOUCH THE EARTH

When Strawbs broke up in 1980, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk decided to form Lambert Cronk, alongside latter-day Strawbs, Andy Richards and Tony Fernandez. However, as fate would have it, Trevor Horn invited Andy Richards to become the keyboard sound of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Chas Cronk was invited to join the Steve Hackett Band where he met Nick Magnus, and Tony Fernandez went on a world tour with Rick Wakeman. In the end, an album's worth of Lambert Cronk material was recorded but, as punk had become the raging flavour of the day, it remained on the shelf.
Unearthed during the search for material for A Taste Of Strawbs (on which the title track was included as a "taste"), the Lambert Cronk material was released as Touch The Earth.

7 Apr 2007 - Strawbs - WML Reissue of Burning For You

19 Apr 2007 - Strawbs - The Brook Theatre, Chatham

20 Apr 2007 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS AND RICK WAKEMAN - PLANET ROCK LIVE SESSION

A Planet Rock session, with Rick Wakeman hosting the show and guesting with the Acoustics on four numbers - the first time Rick had played with the Strawbs since he left in 1971.
The tracks appeared as audio bonus tracks on the DVD: Acoustic Strawbs Live At Hampton Court
Reviews: here and more photos: here. .

5 May 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs/Rick Wakeman - Acoustic Strawbs/Wakeman Planet Rock show transmitted

9 Jun 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - "JBFest", Uffington, (private show)

19 Jun 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Folk In De Wâldren, Oentsjerk, Netherlands

21 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - Bopshop at The German House, Rochester NY, USA

22 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - The Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, USA

23 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

24 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

25 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

25 Jun 2007 - DAVE COUSINS - RELEASE OF THE BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT

Dave Cousins' second studio album (after a wait of 35 years), supported by the splendid Blue Angel Orchestra: Miller Anderson (who supplied guitar on Two Weeks Last Summer), fiddler supreme Ian Cutler, our own indefatigable Chas Cronk on bass and veteran Chris Hunt on effortless drums.

26 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

27 Jun 2007 - Strawbs - BB Kings, Manhattan NY, USA

Special guest: Bridget St John

30 Jun 2007 - STRAWBS - THE STAN ROGERS FOLK FESTIVAL, CANSO, NS

1 Jul 2007 - Strawbs - The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS

3 Jul 2007 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

4 Jul 2007 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

5 Jul 2007 - STRAWBS - CENTRE IN THE SQUARE, KITCHENER ON, CANADA

Staged by longtime fan Jon Conolly, there was a fantastic poster to promote it. See: the 2001-2008 posters page

27 Jul 2007 - Lambert Cronk - Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk on Gene Godfrey show, Classic FM

29 Jul 2007 - Dave Lambert - Dave Lambert on Soundscapes radio show

3 Aug 2007 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins on Gene Godfrey show, Classic FM

7 Aug 2007 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

8 Aug 2007 - Strawbs - Astor Theatre Arts Centre, Deal

11 Aug 2007 - STRAWBS - CROPREDY FESTIVAL, CROPREDY

Strawbs finally got to play at Cropredy, to a barnstorming reception.
Lots of reviews and photos here.

26 Aug 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury

8 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Footlights, West Chiltington

15 Sep 2007 - STRAWBS - FMPM, MONTREAL

20 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trinity Arts, Gainsborough

21 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Met, Bury

27 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Carnival, Barton-upon-Humber

28 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wesley Centre, Maltby

29 Sep 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Citadel Arts, St. Helens

6 Oct 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - RO'FOLK Festival, Roskilde

29 Oct 2007 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF NY75

Cousins, Lambert, Cronk and Coombes plus Kirby and Mealing, recorded in full flow at the Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead NJ, USA on 4 Dec 1975.

1 Nov 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Assembly House, Norwich

3 Nov 2007 - DAVE COUSINS AND FRIENDS - A NIGHT AT THE BLUE ANGEL II - ASTOR THEATRE, DEAL

A second show put on by Dave in his home town of Deal, featuring the Blue Angel Orchestra, Howard Werth of Audience, Danny Clarke painting to music (Danny was one half of Foggy, who Cousins and Hooper produced back in the 70s) and a drag torch singer artist called Pussy D'Amour .. you had to be there!

6 Nov 2007 - Cousins Cutler and Cronk - Central Theatre, Chatham

9 Nov 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - QEH Theatre, Bristol

19 Nov 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Forest Folk, North Boarhunt

25 Nov 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - The BoardWalk, Sheffield

29 Nov 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Bridgwater

30 Nov 2007 - FIRE - FIRE - PERFORMING THE MAGIC SHOEMAKER, WINDLESHAM CLUB AND THEATRE, WINDLESHAM

A carefully arranged reunion of the original Fire line-up, Dave Lambert, Bob Voice and Dick Dufall, playing an enhanced version of their classic ultra-rare prog album, The Magic Shoemaker on two consecutive nights.
Reviews: here
Programme and ticket: here.

1 Dec 2007 - FIRE - FIRE - PERFORMING THE MAGIC SHOEMAKER, WINDLESHAM CLUB AND THEATRE, WINDLESHAM

8 Dec 2007 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS, BAO, BENEDICTUS - STRAWBS CHRISTMAS PARTY

28 Dec 2007 - Cry No More - Annual Farewell Concert, Turks Head, Twickenham



2008

28 Dec 2007 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, The Turks Head, St Margaret's, Twickenham

Jan 2008 - Strawbs - Best Strawbs (Zounds compilation)

A compilation by German label Zounds featuring "Part Of The Union" from Universal, and the rest of recordings released by Witchwood Media.

2 Jan 2008 - DAVE COUSINS - DAVE COUSINS RECORDED SECRET PATHS

11 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Kite Club, Blackpool

12 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Tearoom, Kirkby Stephen

17 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Rondo Theatre, Bath

18 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon

19 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The David Hall, South Petherton

24 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ovington Social Club, Ovington

25 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Famous Bein Inn, Glenfarg

26 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Famous Bein Inn, Glenfarg

28 Jan 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tudor Folk, Chesham

1 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Millfield Arts Centre, Edmonton

2 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

3 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Guildhall Theatre, Derby

5 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

8 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Playhouse, Sleaford

9 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

12 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Forge, Basingstoke

14 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club, The Swan, Leek

15 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

16 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

17 Feb 2008 - Blue Angel Orchestra - Half Moon, Putney

25 Feb 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - The Barge, Gillingham

28 Feb 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Brook Theatre, Chatham

3 Mar 2008 - DAVE COUSINS - RELEASE OF DAVE COUSINS: SECRET PATHS

Secret Paths was recorded by Dave with steel guitar player Melvin Duffy on 2 Jan 2008, intended to reflect the content of his upcoming solo tour in the US. It included "Canada" (which had already appeared on A Taste Of Strawbs and new song "Plainsong". Produced by Chris Tsangarides.

5 Mar 2008 - COUSINS AND CUTLER - THE STRAND, LAKEWOOD, NJ

6 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - The Cutting Room, New York, NY

Blue Angel Orchestra fiddle player Ian Cutler joined Dave Cousins for the first half of his US solo "Stories And Songs" tour in 2008, where I caught the first four shows at The Strand, Lakewood NJ, the Cutting Room, NYC, The Tin Angel, Philadelphia and The Towne crier, Pawling NJ.
Recordings from the tour emerged as CD releases
Duochrome, 2008 and Moving Pictures, 2015.
Reviews: here.
Photos: here.

7 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA

8 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY

9 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - NJ Proghouse, Metuchen, NJ

10 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - Kroghs, Sparta, NJ

11 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - The Turning Point, Piermont, NY

12 Mar 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - Bopshop at The German House, Rochester, NY

13 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

14 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - The Winchester, Cleveland, OH

15 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - The Kent Stage, Kent, OH

16 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - The Abbey, Chicago, IL

18 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

21 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - Mersey House, Liverpool, NS

22 Mar 2008 - Dave Cousins - Fire Hall, Mount Uniacke, NS

16 Apr 2007 - Acoustic Strawbs - Le Baladin, Piozo, Cuneo, Italy

17 Apr 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Borderline Club, Pisa, Italy

18 Apr 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cinema Teatro Nuovo, Trescori Balneario, Italy

19 Apr 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Circolo "Il Giardino", Lugagnano di Sona, Italy

22 Apr 2008 - Dave Cousins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Bob Harris presenter transmitted

21 May 2008 - Strawbs - The BoardWalk, Sheffield

22 May 2008 - Strawbs - Glenfarg Hotel, Glenfarg

23 May 2008 - Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

24 May 2008 - Strawbs - The Platform, Morecambe

25 May 2008 - Strawbs - The Inn At Lathones, St Andrews

27 May 2008 - Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

28 May 2008 - Strawbs - Wyeside, Builth Wells

29 May 2008 - Strawbs - Robin 2 Club, Bilston

30 May 2008 - Strawbs - The Playhouse, Sleaford

31 May 2008 - Strawbs - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

1 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Memorial Hall, Freshwater IOW

4 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

5 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

6 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

7 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Hailsham Pavilion, Hailsham

10 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - BB Kings, Manhattan

11 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA

12 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis, MD

13 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Kent Stage, Kent, OH

The last tour to feature John Hawken as a member of the band (he has however guested on several occasions subsequently).
Reviews: here.
Photos: here.

14 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Thirsty Ear, Columbus, OH

15 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

17 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Abbey, Chicago, IL

18 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

20 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - The Redhouse, Syracuse, NY

21 Jun 2008 - Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY

26 Jun 2008 - STRAWBS - JOHN HAWKEN ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM STRAWBS

13 Jul 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gillingham Festival

2 Aug 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Karlsoy Music Festival

5 Aug 2008 - STRAWBS - UNIVERSAL REISSUED STRAWBS, DRAGONFLY AND NOMADNESS ON CD

At last, Universal release the "missing" A&M albums on CD with bonus tracks.

7 Sep 2008 - Roy Hill - Brentford Free Festival, Boston Manor Park

8 Sep 2008 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF THE BROKEN HEARTED BRIDE (UK)

The first new Strawbs album for a while, recorded with John Hawken on keyboards prior to his departure.
Initial plans for the cover featured a bleak image of a blindfolded woman, which the US distributors did not like. The cover image used is by Solitaire Miles (who also supplied the image for Hero And Heroine in Ascensia).
Details (including both covers) on: the Broken Hearted Bride page.

10 Sep 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Lowry, Salford Quays

11 Sep 2008 - Roy Hill - The Barn, Milton Arms, Portsmouth

15 Sep 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Minster In Sheppey WMC, Minster on Sea

24 Sep 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Musician, Leicester

27 Sep 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

28 Sep 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Madame Guitar Fest, Tricesimo, Udine Italy

2 Oct 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quay Theatre, Sudbury

3 Oct 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

7 Oct 2008 - Strawbs - Release of The Broken Hearted Bride (US)

22 Oct 2008 - Blue Angel Orchestra/Cousins and Duffy - Half Moon Putney

The BAO appeared without Miller Anderson (who was otherwise engaged - Melvin Duffy stood in).
The opening act was Cousins, Cutler and Duffy - a combination not seen before or since ...

31 Oct 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Siste Indre, Hammar, Norway - Fri

1 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Musikkflekken, Sandvika, Norway - Satur

2 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Garage, Bergen, Norway - Sun

5 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Café Pilegarden, Bronshoj, Denmark - Wednes

6 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sonderborgus, Sonderborg, Denmark - Thurs

7 Nov 2008 - Roy Hill - Turks Head, Twickenham

7 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Vise Vers Klub, Haslev, Denmark - Fri

8 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Strandlyst, Svendborg, Denmark - Satur

9 Nov 2008 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bruunske, Frederica, Denmark - Sun

27 Nov 2008 - Blue Angel Orchestra, with Cousins and Cutler - The Brook Theatre, Chatham

The opening act was Cousins and Cutler.

Nov/Dec 2008 - Strawbs - Strawbs article in Shindig magazine

6 Dec 2008 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - STRAWBS "BLUES BROTHERS" CHRISTMAS PARTY

The 2008 NPL Christmas party had a Blues Brothers theme, and included the live debut of The Strawberry Fools tribute band (Dick Greener, David Claridge, Les Cotton, Pete Rand, Ralph Tonge).
Reviews: here.
Photos: here.

21 Dec 2008 - Cousins and Cutler - The Courtyard, Deal

27 Dec 2008 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, The Turks Head, St Margaret's, Twickenham



2009

10 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

26 Jan 2009 - HIGH SOCIETY - RELEASE OF HIGH SOCIETY CD ON ANGEL AIR

26 Jan 2009 - THE MONKS - RELEASE OF THE MONKS: SUSPENDED ANIMATION ON ANGEL AIR

16 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wesley Centre, Maltby

24 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax

27 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Leigh-On-Sea

29 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Rondo Theatre, Bath

30 Jan 2009 - Fire - Fire article in Goldmine magazine

31 Jan 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Jan/Feb 2009 - Fire - Fire article in Shindig magazine

5 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon CANCELLED OWING TO BAD WEATHER

6 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pontardawe Arts Centre, Neath CANCELLED OWING TO BAD WEATHER

7 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Little Civic, Wolverhampton

8 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quay Arts Centre, Newport, IOW CANCELLED

The two shows advertised at the Quay Arts Centre on 8 Feb (Acoustic Strawbs) and 9 Feb (Dave Cousins solo) were cancelled despite signed contracts being received from the promoter by the Acoustics/DC.

9 Feb 2009 - Dave Cousins - Quay Arts Centre, Newport, IOW CANCELLED

12 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Dal Verme Theatre, Milano, Italy

15 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

20 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ovington Social Club, Ovington

21 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Running Horse, Nottingham

22 Feb 2009 - Roy Hill - The Load of Hay, Uxbridge

22 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Riga Music Bar, Westcliff On Sea

28 Feb 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sala della Comunita, Vicenza, Italy

5 Mar 2009 - STRAWBS - CAPITOL THEATRE, MONCTON NB

The third member of the Wakeman family to join the band on keyboards took over from John Hawken in 2009. This was the first date in a Canadian tour.
Poster at:
the 2009-2013 posters page.
Reviews and photos here.

6 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Café Campus, Montreal QC, Canada

7 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC, Canada

8 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Empire Theatre, Bellville ON, Canada

9 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

10 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

11 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts, Oakville ON, Canada

12 Mar 2009 - Strawbs - Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON, Canada

27 Mar 2009 - Lambert Cronk - Dave Lambert Chas Cronk interview in Goldmine magazine

22 Apr 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - NPR World Café radio broadcast

24 Apr 2009 - Dave Lambert - Dave Lambert interview on Glastonbury Radio

1/2 May 2009 - RICK WAKEMAN/ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - SIX WIVES CONCERT, HAMPTON COURT

Rick's historic recreation over two nights (1 and 2 May) of the Six Wives of Henry VIII album to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Henry's accession to the throne, with Acoustic Strawbs in support. Rick's band included Strawbs alumni Tony Fernandez and son Adam Wakeman.
The Acoustic Strawbs songs were filmed and released on DVD as Live At Hampton Court Palace. Bonus audio tracks were included from the Planet Rock show Rick did with the Acoustics on 20 Apr 2017.
Details of the DVD at the Hampton Court page.

3 May 2009 - Strawbs - Sweeps Festival, Rochester

8 May 2009 - Strawbs - Folk On The Pier, Cromer

15 May 2009 - Strawbs - The BoomBoom Club, Sutton

16 May 2009 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

17 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Empress Suite, Worthing

19 May 2009 - Strawbs - Plinston, Letchworth

20 May 2009 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

21 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

22 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Flower Pot, Derby

23 May 2009 - Strawbs - Cheese And Grain, Frome

24 May 2009 - Cousins and Cutler - Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin

26 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

27 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Playhouse, Alnwick

28 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

29 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Civic Hall, Bedworth

30 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Globe, Cardiff

31 May 2009 - Strawbs - The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford

5 Jun 2009 - Strawbs - 4th Verona Prog Festival, Verona, Italy

12 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon

21 Jun 2009 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/VDGG - NOKIA THEATRE, MANHATTAN NY, USA

Acoustic Strawbs joined Van Der Graaf Generator for some shows in the US, opening at the Nokia Theater in NYC's Times Square.
Reviews and photos here.

22 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett NY, USA

23 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - The Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, USA

24 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - State Theatre, Falls Church VA, USA

25 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH, USA

26 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - The Abbey, Chicago IL, USA

27 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA

29 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo NY, USA

30 Jun 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA, USA

1 Jul 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/VDGG - Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis MD, USA

2 Jul 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

3 Jul 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

4 Jul 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

5 Jul 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY, USA

23 Jul 2009 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - DONCASTER ROCKS FESTIVAL

Also playing: Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull

5 Aug 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Great British Beer Festival, London

21 Aug 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rhythm Festival, Clapham, Bedford

24 Aug 2009 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF DANCING TO THE DEVIL'S BEAT

Only a year after the last new Strawbs album, another great collection of new songs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first album release, this time with the third member of the Wakeman family - Oliver - to play keyboards on a Strawbs album - must be some sort of record.
Highlights included "The Pro Patria Suite" and "Where Silent Shadows Fall" (the latter would be an orchestral finale for the 40th anniversary gig) and Copenhagen, which became a staple of the Acoustics set.

24 Aug 2009 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - RELEASE OF ACOUSTIC STRAWBS AT HAMPTON COURT DVD

As well as video of the six Acoustic Strawbs tracks performed at the two shows, there are four audio tracks recorded with Rick at Planet Rock and a preview of Rick's own DVD for the 1-2 May 2009 concerts in front of the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace.

5 Sep 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sedgefield Folk Festival

6 Sep 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live Lounge at Baby Blue, Liverpool

12 Sep 2009 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, TWICKENHAM - DAY 1

The two-day 40th anniversary celebrations were a huge success. Day 1 saw:

  • David Cousins and Ian Cutler
  • Zeus (Dave Lambert | Tom Leary | Graeme Taylor | Jon Davie)
  • Strawbs: Heartbreak Hill line-up (David Cousins | Andy Richards | Chas Cronk | Tony Fernandez | Jo Partridge)
  • Cry No More (Roy Hill | Chas Cronk)
  • Strawbs: Blue Angel line-up (David Cousins | Brian Willoughby | Blue Weaver | Cathryn Craig | Chas Cronk | Tony Fernandez)
  • John Ford
  • Rick Wakeman and David Cousins
  • Autographed flyer at: the 2009-2013 posters page

    13 Sep 2009 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, TWICKENHAM - DAY 2

    Day 2's treats were:

  • Fred Wedlock
  • Blue Angel Orchestra (David Cousins | Ian Cutler | Melvin Duffy | Chas Cronk | Chris Hunt)
  • Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby
  • Acoustic Strawbs with Sonja Kristina
  • Fire (Dave Lambert | Dick Dufall | Bob Voice)
  • Electric Strawbs (David Cousins | Dave Lambert | Rod Coombes | Chas Cronk | Oliver Wakeman) with members of The Royal Artillery Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Robert Kirby
  • Gig programme at: the 40th anniversary page. The Strawberry Fools were due to appear on Day 2, opening proceedings, but were unable to play owing to personal reasons, and Fred Wedlock filled in the gap. (We're in the programme though!)

    29 Sep 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Waterfront, Norwich - Cancelled

    30 Sep 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Royal And Derngate, Northampton

    1 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Curved Air - Civic Centre, Aylesbury

    2 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - The Anvil, Basingstoke

    3 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Fairfield Hall, Croydon

    4 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

    5 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

    9 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs, Stackridge and Curved Air - Palace Theatre, Southend

    10 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Orchard Theatre, Dartford

    11 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

    12 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Corn Exchange, Cambridge

    13 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil

    15 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Hall for Cornwall, Truro

    16 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs - Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley

    17 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Grimsby Auditorium - CANCELLED

    18 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Parr Hall, Warrington

    19 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Guildhall, Preston

    20 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - The Athena, Leicester - CANCELLED

    21 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

    22 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Town Hall, Cheltenham

    23 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Assembly Hall, Worthing

    24 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Palace Theatre, Newark

    25 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Southport Theatre, Southport

    26 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

    27 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Oakengates Theatre, Telford - CANCELLED

    28 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - The Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    29 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth - CANCELLED

    30 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

    31 Oct 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth - CANCELLED

    1 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Alban Arena, St Albans

    2 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Corn Exchange, Ipswich

    3 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Epsom Playhouse, Epsom

    4 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - The Dome, Morecambe - CANCELLED

    5 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Robin 2, Bilston

    6 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs, Focus and Eddie And The Hot Rods - City Hall, Salisbury

    7 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

    8 Nov 2009 - Acoustic Strawbs/Focus/Wishbone - Buxton Opera House, Buxton

    13 Nov 2009 - Roy Hill - Turks Head, Twickenham

    15 Nov 2009 - High Society - Red Lion, Isleworth

    17 Dec 2009 - Roy Hill - The Big Ask, Warrington



    2010

    5 Mar 2010 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, The Turks Head, St Margaret's, Twickenham

    Originally scheduled for 8 Jan 2010.

    16 Jan 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion, Kings Heath

    29 Jan 2010 - Cousins and Cutler - The Village Pump, Trowbridge

    10 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Fisher Theatre, Bungay

    18 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

    19 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - St Johns Church, Newhall

    20 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

    21 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

    23 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Globe, Cardiff

    25 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Borderline, London

    26 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks

    27 Feb 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mission Theatre, Bath

    13 Mar 2010 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, Royal Oak, Hampton

    19 Mar 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Parc Hall, Cwmparc

    17 Apr 2010 - Cry No More - Royal Oak, Hampton

    30 Apr 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Astor Community Theatre, Deal

    1 May 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

    14 May 2010 - STRAWBERRY FOOLS - STRAWBERRY FOOLS TWO DAYS IN MAY TOUR - ALDERMASTON VILLAGE HALL

    Two nights on the trot is a tour in my book!
    At the opening night, Tony Hooper graced us with his presence and complimented our version of "Forever"
    The projector Claridge had brought along took up most of the stage and the PA system was cranky and difficult.
    It's a wonder we made the second night ....

    15 May 2010 - STRAWBERRY FOOLS - STRAWBERRY FOOLS TWO DAYS IN MAY TOUR - THE HYTHE CENTRE, THORPE ROAD, STAINES

    The second night had an opening act, the indefatigable Mr Roy Hill and was a less fraught affair. Photo by Pete Bradley
    More pictures and foolishness on
    the Strawberry Fools website.
    The Strawberry Fools have never played another public gig, but you're still not safe ... 2021 will be our 13th anniversary!

    16 May 2010 - Cry No More - Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    29 May 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Four Churches Festival (organised by Rick Wakeman Two shows: 6.30pm and 8.30pm), Brockdish Village, Norfolk

    1 Jun 2010 - Cousins and Cutler - Medway Folk Cellar, Central Theatre Chatham Support: Doug Hudson

    16 Jun 2010 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF SANDY DENNY AND THE STRAWBS: THE COMPLETE SESSIONS

    A lavish reissue of the 1973 Hallmark All Our Own Work album, recorded in 1967 in Copenhagen with Sandy, together with strings-laden versions preferred by Joe Boyd on his 1991 Hannibal release and never before heard outtakes and demos. The packaging includes a montage of entries in Dave Cousins' diary, finally establishing the timeline for these historic recordings and a review in Danish (dated 28 Jun 1967) of their appearances at the Vise Ver Hus in Tivoli Gardens.
    In 2014, Numerophon brought out a vinyl edition on 2x 180 gram vinyl LPs.

    19 Jun 2010 - Cry No More - Royal Oak, Hampton

    22 Jun 2010 - Cousins and Cutler - Ringwood Folk Club

    12 Jul 2010 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF STRAWBS AT THE BBC VOL 1

    Vol 1 of Strawbs At The BBC is a single CD of studio session recordings.

    12 Jul 2010 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF STRAWBS AT THE BBC VOL 2

    Vol 2 of Strawbs At The BBC is a 2CD package covering 3 Live In Concert recordings:
    1971 (featuring Rick Wakeman in one of his last gigs with the Strawbs, recorded Jul 1971, transmitted 15 Aug 1971)
    1973 (the Bursting At The Seams Live In Concert programme, recorded 25 Mar 1973, transmitted 7 Apr 1973) and
    1974 (recorded 11 Apr 1974, transmitted 20 Apr 1974)
    The 1971 show has never previously been released, but the 1973 and 1974 show were bootlegged on Heroes Are Forever, which however omitted Lambert's "Bovver Blues". Selections from the 1973 and 1974 shows appeared on Windsong's 1995 release BBC In Concert.

    17 Jul 2010 - Cry No More - Charity gig, Hampton Hill High Street

    18 Jul 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Strawberry Hill Fun Day, St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill

    31 Jul 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Knowle Hall, Bridgewater – CANCELLED

    14 Aug 2010 - COUSINS AND CUTLER - BOOK LAUNCH, ASTOR THEATRE, DEAL

    The launch of Dave's book of collected lyrics "Secrets, Stories and Songs" with a short set from Dave and Ian Cutler in the cosy surroundings of the Astor Theatre bar in Deal.
    Reviews and photos.

    15 Aug 2010 - Dave Cousins - Dave Cousins Isle Of Wight Radio interview

    15 Aug 2010 - Roy Hill/Cry No More - 35 Years In Showbiz And Still No Hits Gala Performance, Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    19 Aug 2010 - Cry No More - The Antelope, Surbiton

    9 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ark, Ann Arbor MI, USA

    10 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Abbey, Chicago, IL USA

    Also playing: Sir Plastic Crimewave

    11 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH USA

    12 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsbugh PA, USA

    14 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Turning Point, Piermont NY, YSA

    15 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Music on Main Street, Woodbridge NJ, USA

    16 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

    17 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Strand, Lakewood NJ, USA

    Also playing: Patrick Fitzsimmons

    18 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

    19 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - University Cafe, Stony Brook NY, USA

    21 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - BB Kings, NYC, USA

    Also playing: Aztec Two-Step

    22 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA, USA

    23 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady NY, USA

    24 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Redhouse, Syracuse NY, USA

    25 Sep 2010 - Acoustic Strawbs - Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY, USA

    26 Sep 2010 - Roy Hill - 35 Years In The Music Business, Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    Roy celebrates 35 years in the music business. Possibly the first possible launch date for Roy's long awaited second album Switzerland, but we had to wait a bit longer yet ......
    A later post:
    Sadly, Roy's long-awaited second solo album ever, Switzerland, due to be launched and on sale that night, is not quite yet finished. Roy comments:
    "After six short years Switzerland, the highly anticipated (anticipated by who? Mrs GK of Lancs) follow-up to my 1978 debut album, Roy Hill, is almost finished. A few days ago I thought it actually was finished but decided against a premature, George Bush-type, the war with Iraq is over, announcement. Good job really as there are a couple of tracks that need improving so improve them I must. Anyone who was coming to my solo show at the Ram Jam Club in downtown Kingston on Sunday 26 September to purchase a copy may be disappointed but, let's be honest, probably not that surprised. However ... everyone who does come to the Ram Jam Club on Sunday 26 September will get a … FREE FOUR TRACK SWITZERLAND SAMPLER CD ... Yes, that's right, FREE. Four tracks, from Switzerland, on CD, FREE and it's only £5 to get in! To good to be true you say? Rubbing your eyes in disbelief? Got one of those quizzical, I must be dreaming looks going on? Well, dear heart, it's true ..."

    2 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - The Studio at Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON, Canada

    3 Oct 2010 - ROBERT KIRBY - ROBERT KIRBY MEMORIAL CONCERT

    Appearing: Luke Jackson, Ben & Jason, Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Ashley, Paul Weller, The Gentle Power of Song (a vocal group that Robert was in during his years at Cambridge).
    Sadly Strawbs were away in Canada.

    3 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON, Canada

    4 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, London ON, Canada

    4 Oct 2010 - SANDY DENNY - RELEASE OF UNIVERSAL 19CD SANDY DENNY BOXED SET

    Universal's 19 CD limited edition box set release of Sandy's recordings, includes the original All Our Own Work recordings featuring Sandy and the string-enhanced Joe Boyd versions.
    There's also Fotheringay's version of "Two Weeks Last Summer" in two versions (one labelled as "the Boyd mix") .
    There was a modest 4CD version released in 2012 (The Notes And The Words), but that doesn't have any Strawbs content.
    Details of the limited edition at: the Sandy/Fotheringay page.

    5 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    5 Oct 2010 - STRAWBS AND FRIENDS - RELEASE OF STRAWBERRY FAYRE

    A selection of the recordings made at the Strawbs' extravagant 40th anniversary celebrations at Twickenham in 2009. Includes Acoustic Strawbs with Sonja Kristina, the Blue Angel line-up reunited, Zeus and Fire (both including Dave Lambert and two tracks with the Royal Artillery Orchestra, arranged by Robert Kirby (who sadly died a few weeks later).

    6 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    7 Oct 2010 - Strawbs - Outremont Theatre, Montreal QC, Canada

    23 Oct 2010 - Cry No More - Royal Oak, Hampton

    31 Oct 2010 - Cry No More - Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    10 Nov 2010 - STRAWBS - ROBIN 2, BILSTON

    2010's electric line-up included Tony Fernandez and new keyboard player John Young
    Also playing: The Valuable Fools

    11 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Cluny, Newcastle

    12 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Buck Hotel, Reeth

    13 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Flower Pot, Derby

    14 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

    15 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - Stanley Theatre, Liverpool

    16 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Green Hotel, Kinross

    18 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst

    20 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - Astor Community Theatre, Deal

    21 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - Mr Kyps, Poole

    22 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - Bierkeller, Bristol

    25 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Boom Boom Club, Sutton

    27 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Borderline, London

    28 Nov 2010 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston (recording live album)

    28 Nov 2010 - Strawbs - The Globe, Cardiff

    3-5 Dec 2010 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - GREAT BRITISH FOLK FESTIVAL, BUTLINS, SKEGNESS

    The Great British Folk Festival, held at Butlins in Skegness, was a convention of the great and good of English folk rock, as well as the Acoustics (playing in an extremely chilly theatre!!!), artists included: Donovan, Kate Rusby, John Renbourn & Jacqui Mcshee, Oyster Band, Gordon Giltrap, The Gathering (including current/former members of Lindisfarne, Steeleye Span, Jethro Tull, Fairport, Magna Carta) and Lindisfarne's Rod Clements, amongs others.
    See reviews and photos.

    10 Dec 2010 - Roy Hill - Release of Roy Hill: Switzerland

    3 Sep 2010 - Cry No More - Royal Oak, Hampton



    2011

    3 Jan 2011 - Rick Wakeman - Rick Wakeman joins Just A Minute radio show

    22 Jan 2011 - Cry No More - Cry No More Farewell Gig, Royal Oak, Hampton

    23 Feb 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

    5 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Centenary Centre, Peel IOM

    6 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas IOM

    6 Mar 2011 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    11 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Mission Theatre, Bath

    19 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Centre, St Mary Bourne, Andover

    27 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

    30 Mar 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

    8 Apr 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Norden Farm, Maidenhead

    8 Apr 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wesley Centre, Maltby

    15 Apr 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Hat Factory, Luton

    16 Apr 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Jook House at the Grand Victorian Hotel, Worthing – CANCELLED

    25 Apr 2011 - Dave Lambert - Dave Lambert interview - Strawbs at the Manor, BBC Oxford

    1 May 2011 - Cry No More - Royal Oak, Hampton

    13 May 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Borderline, London

    19 May 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Brook Theatre, Chatham

    22 May 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acoustic Festival, Uttoxeter

    27 May 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Seasons, Bognor Regis Town Football Club

    28 May 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Grayshott Folk Club, Village Hall, Grayshott

    3 Jun 2011 - Cousins and Cutler - Kentish Horse Festival, Edenbridge

    10 Jun 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne

    26 Jun 2011 - Cry No More - Strawberry Hill Music Day

    Also playing: The Mustangs, Skalectrix, Leaf Hound, Robin Bibi Band, Nark Drool & The Shudders, The Carnabys, The Orleans Park School Soul Band

    23 Jul 2011 - Roy Hill - White Lion Annual Cider Festival, Bourton, Dorset

    Also playing: Blackmore Vale Folk, Dan Bovey, Heifer, Jeb and the Ends, El Skanko, Stop Go Sixty, The Kitchen Sink Band, The Makinis, The Minority.

    24 Jul 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/Rick Wakeman - Abbeyfest, Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

    8 Aug 2011 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - RELEASE OF ACOUSTIC GOLD

    Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, featuring Bill Wyman, Andy Fairweather-Also playing: Low, Georgie Fame, Albert Lee and others.

    18 Aug 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arcipelaghi Sonori, San Cesario sul Panaro, Modena, Italy

    19 Aug 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Andar per Musica Moio de'Calvi, Bergamo, Italy

    27 Aug 2011 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Grey Horse, Kingston

    14 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling NY, USA

    15 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - MusikFest Cafe, Bethlehem PA, USA

    16 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring MD, USA

    17 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Keswick Theatre, Glenside PA, USA

    18 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown NY, USA

    19 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD, USA

    19 Sep 2011 - Sandy Denny - Release of Sandy Denny, Alex Campbell: 19 Rupert Street

    21 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Showcase Live, Foxborough MA, USA

    22 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH, USA

    23 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT, USA

    24 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville NJ, USA

    25 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Solo Acoustic Strawbs Show Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ, USA

    26 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - City Winery NYC, USA

    27 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - City Winery NYC, USA

    28 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - State Theater, State College PA, USA

    30 Sep 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix AZ, USA

    1 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills CA, USA

    2 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

    3 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Solo Acoustic Strawbs Show AMSDconcerts, San Diego CA, USA

    5 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - McPhillips Station Casino Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    7 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Casino Regina, Regina SK, Canada

    9 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Century Casino, Edmonton AB, Canada

    12 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - Kamloops Convention Centre, Kamloops BC, Canada

    13 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Zombies - River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond BC, Canada

    19 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Jam House, Birmingham

    20 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Pop Factory, Porth Postponed until 2012

    21 Oct 2011 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gedling All Hallows, Nottingham

    2 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Duchess, York

    3 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

    4 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

    Also playing: Roy Henderson

    5 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Green Hotel, Kinross

    6 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Buck Hotel, Reeth

    9 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Borderline, London

    10 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Musician, Leicester

    15 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - Reading 3 Club, Tel Aviv CANCELLED

    23 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

    24 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    25 Nov 2011 - Strawbs - Quay Theatre, Sudbury

    26 Nov 2011 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - The Ivy Leaf, Dartford

    19 Dec 2011 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - BARBICAN, LONDON

    Also playing: Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy



    2012

    2 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Tunnels, Bristol

    3 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, Blackawton

    4 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks

    8 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

    10 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Grammar School, Bourne

    11 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Halifax

    17 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon

    18 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge - POSTPONED

    23 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Flower Pot, Derby

    24 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes - CANCELLED

    25 Feb 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Grayshott Folk Club, Village Hall, Grayshott

    2 Mar 2012 - Roy Hill - White Lion, Bourton, Dorset

    2 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Union Scene, Drammen, Norway

    Double bill with Pentangle

    3 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gregers Bar, Hamar, Norway

    9 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

    10 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Buck Hotel, Reeth

    11 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Inn At Lathones, St Andrews POSTPONED

    16 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - All Hallows Parish Church, Gedling

    17 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion, Ouston Fundraiser for MacMillan Nurses

    22 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Factory, Porth

    24 Mar 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Rifleman, Sevenoaks

    24 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Artrix, Bromsgrove

    28 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Auditorium Flaiano, Pescara, Italy

    29 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Way to Blue Festival, Roma, Italy

    29 Mar 2012 - Roy Hill - St Georges Day gig, Orpington Rugby Club

    30 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Teatro Dell'Acquario, Cosenza, Italy

    31 Mar 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Club Il Giardino, Lugagnano di Sona, Verona, Italy

    14 Apr 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Hall, Chelmsford

    20 Apr 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Alban Arena, St Albans

    21 Apr 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trading Boundaries, Nr Fletching, East Sussex

    22 Apr 2012 - Roy Hill - Ivy Leaf, Dartford

    27 Apr 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Birmingham

    29 Apr 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Teatro-Cine, Gouveia, Portugal

    3 May 2012 - Roy Hill - Drakes, Maidstone Fringe Festival

    6 May 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    13 May 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Corn Exchange, King's Lynn POSTPONED

    13 May 2012 - Zeus - Cromer Folk At The Pier Festival

    Also playing: Richard Digance, Harvey Andrews, Home Service, Wizz Jones, Dave Swarbrick, the new Albion Band, Oysterband, Edward II and a couple of interesting pairings - Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock and Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson.

    19 May 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Palace Theatre, Newark

    22 May 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge

    23 May 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Borderline, London - POSTPONED

    26 May 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rock Against Cancer Festival, Kings Arms, All Cannings, Wiltshire

    Compere - Bob Harris
    Also playing: The Dave Kelly Blues Band, The Wurzels, 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
    For a festival held on a hot day in the grounds of a pub, running out of beer was unfortunate, but the gig was more popular than expected and something like normal service beer-wise was eventually restored.

    6 Jun 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hall for Cornwall, Truro

    9 Jun 2012 - Roy Hill/Ty Watling - Folk Ale Festival, Kentish Horse. Edenbridge. Kent

    18 Jun 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nettlebed Folk Club, Nettlebed

    23 Jun 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Crystal Palace Garden Party - CANCELLED

    Jul 2012 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF OF A TIME

    Dave Cousins' recreation of the original Strawbs album, as presented to (and rejected by) A&M executive Gil Friesen on 3 Sep 1968, plus outtakes and some 1973 revoicings by Dave of songs originally recorded with Sandy or Tony taking the lead.

    6 Jul 2012 - Roy Hill - White Lion, Bourton, Dorset

    13 Jul 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, Suffolk

    14 Jul 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

    20 Jul 2012 - Cousins and Cutler - St Edith Hall, Kemsing

    21 Jul 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Embassy Theatre, Skegness

    4 Aug 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    17 Aug 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rockin' The Park 2012, Clumber Park, near Worksop

    24 Aug 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Rhythm Festival, Biggleswade – CANCELLED

    5 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Jammin' Java, Vienna VA, USA

    6 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA, USA

    7 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ, USA

    8 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ, USA

    9 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis MD, USA

    9 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD, USA

    11 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - BB Kings, NYC, USA

    12 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry NH, USA

    This show with Acoustic Strawbs and John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) was live-streamed by www.concertwindow.com.

    13 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Catherine Cummings Theatre, Cazenovia NY, USA

    14 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo NY, USA

    15 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY, USA

    18 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - City Winery, Chicago IL, USA

    19 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs/John Wesley Harding - The Winchester Music Hall, Cleveland OH, USA

    21 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Towne Crier, Pawling, NY, USA

    30 Sep 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

    4 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden

    Alo playing: Steve O'Kane & Fiona McBain, Greg Harper, Chris Davis & Gary Holder

    5 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wesley Centre, Maltby

    13 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Gesu Theatre, Montreal QC, Canada

    14 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON, Canada

    16 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    17 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    18 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON, Canada

    19 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, London ON, Canada

    20 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON, Canada

    21 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Festival Place, Sherwood Park AB, Canada

    22 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At The Royal, Nelson BC, Canada

    23 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Minstrel Cafe, Kelowna BC, Canada

    24 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria BC, Canada

    25 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Nancy Appleby Theatre, Athabasca AB, Canada

    27 Oct 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Crescent Heights Community Hall, Calgary AB, Canada

    8 Nov 2012 - STRAWBS - THE BEAVERWOOD CLUB, CHISLEHURST

    2012's electric tour saw Adam Wakeman return to the fold, along with new boy Adam Faulkner on drums/percussion.

    9 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - The Boom Boom Club, Sutton

    11 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - The Garage, Swansea

    13 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - The Green Hotel, Kinross

    14 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

    15 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Citadel Arts, St. Helens

    16 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Exchange, Bristol

    18 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    Also playing: Red Shoes

    22 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - The Borderline, London

    23 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Astor Community Theatre, Deal

    24 Nov 2012 - Strawbs - Soundhouse, Otford

    1 Dec 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shire Hall, Howden, East Yorkshire

    5 Dec 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - Playhouse, Whitley Bay

    14 Dec 2012 - Acoustic Strawbs - West Cliff Theatre, Clacton on Sea

    23 Dec 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Christmas Special/Farewell Appearance, Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    21 Apr 2012 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ivy Leaf, Dartford



    2013

    12 Jan 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, King's Somborne, Hampshire

    7 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Theatre, Doncaster

    16 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Assembly Hall, Worthing

    21 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight

    22 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Auden Theatre, Holt, Norfolk

    23 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

    27 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

    28 Feb 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Scene, Swansea

    3 Mar 2013 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    6 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Greystones, Sheffield

    7 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Ferry, Glasgow

    8 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Bannerman's, Edinburgh

    9 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Green Hotel, Kinross

    14 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks

    15 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - New Cut Arts, Halesworth

    16 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Hailsham Pavilion, Hailsham

    20-25 Mar 2013 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - MOODY BLUES CRUISE

    Other acts include: Moody Blues (of course), Greg Lake, Little River Band, and Strawbs' touring mates the Zombies.

    29 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - City Varieties, Leeds

    30 Mar 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Folk Club, Grayshott

    5 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Parish Church, Wigan

    Also playing: John Ainsworth and T.E.Yates

    6 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - HRH Prog Festival, Rotherham

    12 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Landmark Centre, Teddington

    20 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - St Mary the Virgin, Ingleton

    20 Apr 2013 - Roy Hill/Ty Watling and others - The Crown, Old Oxted

    27 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Exeter

    28 Apr 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - St Andrews Hall, Norwich

    7 May 2013 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge

    11 May 2013 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ivy Leaf, Dartford

    25 May 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trading Boundaries, nr Fletching

    30 May 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs/Zombies - G Live, Guildford

    31 May 2013 - Roy Hill and Friends - Kentish Horse. Edenbridge. Kent

    1 Jun 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs/Zombies - IndigO2, London

    16 Jun 2013 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    1 Sep 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - Weyfest, The Rural Life Centre, Farnham

    16 Sep 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Maltings, Farnham POSTPONED

    19 Sep 2013 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes

    8 Oct 2013 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley - Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge

    Dec 2013 - Strawbs - Record Collector article by Patrick Humphries



    2014

    30 Jan 2014 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    Also playing: El Born

    31 Jan 2014 - Strawbs - The Flower Pot, Derby

    1 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - The Touchline, Hullbridge

    2 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

    5 Feb 2014 - Strawbs/Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Borderline, London

    6 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst

    7 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Long Street Blues Club, Devizes

    9 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton

    Also playing: Peter Knight's Gigspanner

    12 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Fibbers, York

    13 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Green Hotel, Kinross

    14 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

    15 Feb 2014 - Strawbs - Anchor Arts, Wingham

    22 Feb 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, Blackawton

    27 Feb 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Brook Theatre, Chatham

    1 Mar 2014 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS, CURVED AIR, MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH - CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE

    2014 saw Acoustic Strawbs partner up as a package with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and Curved Air.

    4 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Grand Theatre, Swansea

    7 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Hessle

    8 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne

    15 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Kings Theatre, Southsea

    18 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

    20 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Cameo Hotel, Ipswich

    21 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

    22 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Fairfield Halls, Croydon

    22 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Fairfield Halls Croydon

    23 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Corn Exchange, Exeter

    26 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

    29 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea

    30 Mar 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Cresset Theatre, Peterborough

    2-7 Apr 2014 - STRAWBS - MOODY BLUES CRUISE

    Other acts include: Moody Blues (of course), Zombies, Carl Palmer of ELP, Lighthouse and many many more.

    7-12 Apr 2014 - STRAWBS - CRUISE TO THE EDGE

    Other acts include: Yes (of course), Steve Hackett, Marillion, UK, Queensryche, Tangerine Dream, Renaissance, and the art of Roger Dean and many many more.

    19 Apr 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Riverside, Chelmsford POSTPONED

    20 Apr 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Kaff, Wigan CANCELLED

    26 Apr 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Town Hall, Selby

    17 May 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Village Hall, Chaldon

    23 May 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Torquay United Associated Football Club

    4 Jun 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Greystones, Sheffield

    10 Jun 2014 - Roy Hill/Ty Watling - Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge

    22 Jun 2014 - Roy Hill/Ty Watling - Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    4 Jul 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Hop Farm Music Festival, Kent

    1 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Go Folk Fest, Gouveia, Portugal

    9 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Castello di Torrechiara, Langhirano, Parma (Festival di Torrechiara)

    10 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Piazza del Republico, Montecatini, Pisa (Musicastrada Festival)

    13 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Castello de Pagazano, Bergamo

    14 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Coumboscuro Centre, Monterosso Grana (38 Festival)

    16 Aug 2014 - Roy Hill/Steve Whalley and special guests - Final night at the Ram Jam Club, Kingston

    16 Aug 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Castelnuevo Ne' Monti, Reggio Emilia (SuonaRErock)

    Oct 2014 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF PROGNOSTIC

    A selection of Strawbs more prog-oriented offerings.

    1 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

    3 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Cellars, Eastney

    4 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Quartz Festival, Taunton

    5 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Scene, Swansea

    17 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place, Hamilton ON, Canada

    18 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Peter's Place, Gravenhurst ON, Canada

    19 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Schoolhouse, Burnstown ON, Canada

    20 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    21 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    21 Oct 2014 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - DAVE COUSINS BOOK LAUNCH, HUGH'S ROOM, TORONTO ON, CANADA

    The launch of Dave's biography "Exorcising Ghosts" was held at Hugh's Room in Toronto.

    21 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    22 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Petit Campus, Montreal QC, Canada

    24 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Aeolian Hall, London ON, Canada

    26 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Princess Cinema, Waterloo, Canada

    28 Oct 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Festival Place, Sherwood Park AB, Canada

    8 Nov 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole

    9 Nov 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs, Curved Air, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash - St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

    12 Nov 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth

    15 Nov 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Astor Community Theatre, Deal



    2015

    28 Jan 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath

    7 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs/The Yardbirds - Cheese And Grain, Frome

    19 Feb 2015 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS, MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH, CARL PALMER - TOWN HALL, CHELTENHAM

    Another package, again with Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, but with ELP's Carl Palmer headlining.

    20 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - City Hall, Hull CANCELLED BY VENUE

    21 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - White Rock Theatre, Hastings

    22 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Public Halls, Harpenden

    25 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Civic Theatre, Darlington

    26 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells CANCELLED BY VENUE

    27 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

    28 Feb 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - The Woodville, Gravesend

    1 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Cresset Theatre, Peterborough CANCELLED BY VENUE

    4 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Corn Exchange, Exeter

    5 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Spinney Theatre, Northampton

    6 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Grove Theatre, Dunstable CANCELLED BY VENUE

    7 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - City Hall, Newcastle

    8 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Palace Theatre, Southend

    11 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight CANCELLED BY VENUE

    12 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Cameo Hotel, Ipswich CANCELLED BY VENUE

    13 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Gala Theatre, Durham

    14 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Capitol Theatre, Horsham

    15 Mar 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Carl Palmer - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton CANCELLED BY VENUE

    15 May 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Wokingham Music Club

    29 May 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

    30 May 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Roots Aan De Zaan, Zaandam, The Netherlands

    31 May 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg, The Netherlands

    Jun 2015 - Strawbs - Rollong Stone votes Hero and Heroine in Top 50 prog albums

    5 Jun 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Greystones, Sheffield

    8 Jun 2015 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF ACCESS ALL AREAS (CD/DVD)

    Edsel reissued the 1990 Central TV show (previously issued as Greatest Hits Live (CD and VHS) and Classic Rock Legends (DVD) as a CD/DVD package.

    13 Jun 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage

    27 Jun 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Old Court Theatre, Wigan

    15 Sep 2015 - Roy Hill - Punch and Judy Bar, Tonbridge

    13 Nov 2015 - DAVE COUSINS - RELEASE OF DAVE COUSINS: MOVING PICTURES

    Some fantastic recordings of Dave's solo show in 2008 in the US (better than the recordings used for 2008's Duochrome).

    27 Nov 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

    10 Dec 2015 - Acoustic Strawbs/Family - ABC, Glasgow

    13 Dec 2015 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS/FAMILY - THE FORUM, KENTISH TOWN, LONDON



    2016

    10 Jan 2016 - DAVID BOWIE - DAVID BOWIE DIES

    David Bowie kept circling round the Strawbs, or vice versa. He fronted up glam rock (along with the other Visconti protege, Marc Bolan), into which the 1972/1973 band threw themselves wholeheartedly. He played at the White Bear with his band Hype (including Visconti on bass), the precursor to the Spiders From Mars), and did a TV mime to back "Poor Jimmy Wilson" for Strawbs' appearance on Colour Me Pop back in Jun 1969. Strawbs appeared at Bowie's Beckenham Festival on 16 Aug 1969.
    And of course, the B-side of "Lay Down", "Backside" was a tongue in cheek tribute to Bowie as performed by Ciggy Barlust And The Whales From Venus.
    An exceptional artist, who reinvented himself over several decades. Pictured, his first appearance as Ziggy Stardust, along with guitarist Mick Ronson.

    11 Feb 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Hawth, Crawley

    12 Feb 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Astor Community Theatre, Deal

    13 Feb 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Worthing Piers Southern Pavilion, Worthing

    19 Feb 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe

    21 Feb 2016 - STRAWBS - ROYAL OAK, HAMPTON WARM-UP GIG

    The first live gig for the new electric line-up featuring the talented Dave Bainbridge - a secret gig, made known to a few key stalwart fans, as a warm up for the band's appearances on the Moody Blues Cruise a few days later.
    See
    Reviews of the warm up gig.

    26 Feb 2016 - STRAWBS - MOODY BLUES CRUISE

    The Moodies Cruise also included a "storyteller" session.

    26 Feb - 1 Mar 2016 - STRAWBS - MOODY BLUES CRUISE

    12 Mar 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston

    13 Mar 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Half Moon, Putney

    26 Mar 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough

    15 Apr 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Square & Compass, Ilminster

    16 Apr 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guildhall, St Ives

    17 Apr 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Matthews Hall, Topsham

    22 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - The Flowerpot, Derby

    23 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - Nell's Jazz & Blues Club, Kensington

    24 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - Anchor Arts, Wingham

    27 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    28 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - The Stables, Milton Keynes

    29 Apr 2016 - Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne

    5 May 2016 - Strawbs - Town Crier Cafe, Beacon NY, USA

    6 May 2016 - STRAWBS - ROSFEST, GETTYSBURG PA, USA

    Strawbs appearance on 5 June 2016 at the prestigious ROSFest in Gettysburg PA was recorded and filmed for the Witchwood Media CD/DVD release Live At Gettysburg, capturing the updated Hero And Heroine set for posterity.
    See reviews and photos from ROSFest and the rest of the US "Hero And Heroine" tour.
    For the album: see the Live At Gettysburg page.

    7 May 2016 - Strawbs - Sellersville Theater 1894, Sellersville PA (2 shows), USA

    10 May 2016 - Strawbs - BB Kings, NYC, USA

    11 May 2016 - Strawbs - Strand Center For The Arts, Lakewood NJ, USA

    12 May 2016 - Strawbs - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT, USA

    13 May 2016 - Strawbs - YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Shore NY, USA

    14 May 2016 - Strawbs - St. Ann's Hall, Wilmington DE, USA

    15 May 2016 - Strawbs - Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ, USA

    17 May 2016 - Strawbs - Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis MD, USA

    18 May 2016 - Strawbs - AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda MD, USA

    20 May 2016 - Strawbs - Arcada Theater, St Charles IL, USA

    22 May 2016 - Strawbs - Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI, USA

    24 May 2016 - Strawbs - Music Club Supper Box, Cleveland OH, USA

    25 May 2016 - Strawbs - Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY, USA

    26 May 2016 - Strawbs - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA, USA

    17 Jun 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cricket Club Sunbury

    19 Jun 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Beverley Folk Festival

    A great 3-day festival (17-19 Jun) featuring Acoustic Strawbs (19th), as well as the following (and many many more):
    Kate Rusby (17th); Jez Lowe (18th/19th); Steeleye Span (19th); Lindisfarne Story Band (18th) - Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw; The Animals & Friends (18th) - with original members John Steel & Mick Gallagher; Steve Tilston & Friends (18th); Gilmore & Roberts (17th/18th); Les Barker (19th); Merry Hell (19th) (boisterous folk rock from ex-members of the Tansads).

    2 Jul 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees

    3 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight

    16 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Music Club, Wokingham

    17 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - David Hall Arts, South Petherton

    18 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleve

    22 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Acapela Studios, Pentyrch, Cardiff

    23 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Civic, Barnsley

    24 Sep 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

    2 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Cultural Centre, Midland ON, Canada

    3 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh’s Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    4 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Hugh’s Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    5 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Theater, Oakville ON, Canada

    6 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Kingston ON, Canada

    7 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst ON, Canada

    9 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ricks Place, Wentworth-Nord QC, Canada

    11 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Carleton, Halifax NS, Canada

    13 Oct 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Steamers Theater, St Johns, NB, Canada

    19 Nov 2016 - Dave Cousins - Cecil Sharp House (Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders)

    A rare Dave Cousins solo appearance at Cecil Sharp House as part of Wesley Stace's show the Cabinet of Wonders. Wesley (aka John Wesley Harding) had supported the band on a 2012 US tour. Dave also played at the Cabinet show at New York city's City Winery venue on 24 Feb 2017 (below).

    24 Nov 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Auditorium Biblioteca, Gandino, Italy

    25 Nov 2016 - Acoustic Strawbs - Conservatorio Nicolini, Piacenza, Italy

    1 Dec 2016 - Strawbs - Cheese And Grain, Frome

    3 Dec 2016 - STRAWBS - VINTAGE TV FESTIVAL, BUTLINS, BOGNOR REGIS

    Strawbs' appearance at the Vintage TV Festival, held at Butlins in Bognor Regis on 3 Dec 2016, was filmed and shown on the UK channel Vintage TV (sadly no longer operating).



    2017

    24 Feb 2017 - Dave Cousins - City Winery NYC, USA (Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders)

    3 Mar 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Junction, Goole

    4 Mar 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Courthouse, Otley

    11 Mar 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Bristol Folk House

    16 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - The Pier, Worthing

    18 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - HRH Festival Pwllheli, Wales

    19 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - Friezland Church Hall, Greenfield, Oldham

    20 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

    21 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

    22 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    23 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

    24 Mar 2017 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF LIVE AT GETTYSBURG (CD.DVD)

    The first Strawbs album to feature the talents of Dave Bainbridge on keyboards.

    24 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - The Astor Theatre, Deal

    25 Mar 2017 - Strawbs - The Pavilion, Hailsham

    5 May 2017 - HUDSON FORD - HUDSON FORD THE A&M YEARS BOXED SET RELEASED

    Witchwood Media did try to release a Hudson Ford best of, but failed to get an agreement with Universal. Caroline fared better and produced a 3 CD boxed set with all three of the A&M albums on it plus single B-sides and outtakes. A nice booklet co-written by me.

    22 Jun 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Colchester Arts Centre

    23 Jun 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Darwen Library Theatre

    24 Jun 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Victoria Hall, Settle

    8 Jul 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - New Forest Folk Festival (7-9 Jul)

    14 Jul 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Piaza san Colombano, Bobbio, Piacenza, Italy

    17 Jul 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Castello Boncompagnani Viscoglioni, Isola del Liri, Italy

    25 Aug 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - New Day Festival (25-27 Aug)

    23 Sep 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

    24 Sep 2017 - MELODY MAKER - FIRST SCREENING OF MELODY MAKERS FILM, VUE, LEICESTER SQUARE

    A film by Leslie Ann Coles, about the vintage British rock newspaper Melody Maker and its journalists. At the preview, as part of the Raindance Film Festival at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, which I attennded, also there were a number of the paper's staff who were featured in the film also in the audience - Barrie Wentzel, Chris Charlesworth, Chris Welch (who was a particular Strawbs supporter) and others.
    The film had already won several awards and is an excellent dive back in time to the heady days of the 60s and 70s when the paper had its heyday. Lots of images and comment from staff photographer Wentzel, interviews with the journalists and a number of other famous faces - including (our very own) Dave Cousins, Sonja Kristina, Fairport's Judy Dyble, Ian Anderson and others.
    And the final touch for a Strawbs fan, after a brief excerpt from "All The Little Ladies" during the film, the playout credits closed with the whole of "Oh How She Changed"!
    For more info, see
    www.melodymakersmovie.com.

    30 Sep 2017 - Acoustic Strawbs - Guitar Festival, Lynn, North Wales (29 Sep-1 Oct)

    5 Oct 2017 - STRAWBS - THE STABLES, WAVENDON

    The Hero And Heroine 2017 tour kicked off at the Stables in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, a favourite Strawbs venue. Poster at Posters 2014 onwards page.

    6 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Village Hall, Lowdham

    7 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - The Globe, Cardiff

    12 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne

    13 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Dorking Halls

    14 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury

    15 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Crabble Stadium, Dover

    16 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

    19 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - The Core Theatre, Solihull

    20 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Vivacity, Peterborough

    21 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Music & Arts Centre, Barnoldswick CANCELLED -

    24 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

    25 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - The Green Hotel, Kinross

    26 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

    27 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - Tolbooth, Stirling

    28 Oct 2017 - Strawbs - King George's Hall, Blackburn

    29 Oct 2017 - STRAWBS - UNDER THE BRIDGE, STAMFORD BRIDGE, LONDON

    The formal launch gig of The Ferryman's Curse, the first full album of new Strawbs material since 2009, was a splendid affair at the Under The Bridge venue at Chelsea's football ground. The tour had featured four of the new album's songs, opening with the starkly powerful "Nails From The Hands Of Christ".
    See reviews and pictures from the show
    For the album see the Ferryman's Curse page

    10 Nov 2017 - STRAWBS - SELLERSVILLE THEATER, SELLERSVILLE PA, USA (2 SHOWS)

    The 2017 US electric tour, billed as The "Chapter And Verse" tour, featured the playthrough of Hero And Heroine as before.
    Poster at Poster 2014 onwards page.

    12 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - BB Kings, NYC, USA

    14 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Music Box, Cleveland OH, USA

    15 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Lovin' Cup, Rochester NY, USA

    17 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Center For The Arts, Homer NY, USA

    20 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Jammin' Jave, Vienna VA, USA

    21 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Tin Pan, Richmond VA, USA

    24 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ, USA

    26 Nov 2017 - Strawbs - Towne Crier, Beacon NY, USA



    2018

    2-7 Jan 2018 - STRAWBS - MOODY BLUES CRUISE

    Other bands announced included: The Zombies; Alan Parsons Live Project; Al Stewart; Jefferson Starship, Richie Furay, Rare Earth; Ambrosia (who supported Strawbs back in '75), Caravan and fellow A&M artist Shawn Phillips.

    8 Feb 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Music & Arts Centre, Barnoldswick

    9 Feb 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Stamford

    10 Feb 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

    11 Feb 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleve

    17 Feb 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Attic, Ashford

    16 Mar 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Baptist Church, Chipping Sodbury

    7 Jun 2018 - WITCHWOOD MEDIA - AGREEMENT TO SELL BACK CATALOGUE TO CHERRY RED

    22 Aug 2018 - STRAWBS - UNIVERSAL JAPAN - 9 STRAWBS SHCM CDS RELEASED

    All 9 A&M Strawbs albums, reissued on SHCM CD with bonus tracks (in some cases slightly different to previous CD releases). Lovely packaging, with a deluxe box for all 9 CDs. Just a shame they forgot about Two Weeks Last Summer to make it absolutely perfect .....

    24 Aug 2018 - Hudson Ford - Hudson Ford: Daylight CD reissue (with bonus tracks previously on only singles)

    10 Oct 2018 - STRAWBS - MAISON DE LA MUSIQUE, QUEBEC CITY QC, CANADA

    2018 saw the Strawbs take their revitalised Hero And Heroine show to Canada
    Poster at
    Posters 2014 onwards page.

    11 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Club Soda, Montreal QC, Canada

    12 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Centre for Performing Arts, Oakville ON, Canada

    13 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Peters Players, Gravenhurst ON, Canada

    14 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    15 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Hugh's Room, Toronto ON, Canada

    16 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Aeolian Hall, London ON, Canada

    17 Oct 2018 - Strawbs - Cultural Centre, Midland ON, Canada

    9 Nov 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Baptist Church, Emsworth

    14 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

    15 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    17 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - HRH Prog, Pwllheli

    18 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Corn Exchange, Hertford

    19 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Public Halls, Harpenden

    21 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - The Pier, Worthing

    22 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - The Brook, Southampton

    23 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - The Astor Community Theatre, Deal

    24 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

    25 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Cheese and Grain, Frome

    26 Nov 2018 - Strawbs - Under The Bridge, Stamford Bridge, London

    1 Dec 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Whitty Theatre, Wokingham

    1-2 Dec 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - GB Folk Festival, Skegness

    3 Dec 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Barnoldswick

    5 Dec 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - City Hall, Newcastle (with Steeleye Span)

    17 Dec 2018 - Acoustic Strawbs - Arts Centre, Warwick (with Steeleye Span)



    2019

    10-15 Feb 2019 - STRAWBS - ON THE BLUE CRUISE

    Other bands announced included: Justin Hayward; The Zombies; Todd Rundgren; Dave Mason; Steve Hackett; Alan Parsons; Procol Harum; Al Stewart; Wishbone Ash; Poco

    12 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore NY

    13 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ

    15 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - Jammin Java, Vienna VA

    17 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - Lovin Cup, Rochester NY

    19 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - Towne Crier, Beacon NJ

    20 Apr 2019 - Strawbs - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA

    26 Apr 2019 - STRAWBS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, LAKEWOOD NJ

    The 50th anniversary celebrations took place in the USA this time, with a weekend of line-ups and festivities at the sublime Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ, aided and abetted by long time fan, mayor of Lakewood and proprietor of the theater, Ray Coles.
    Highlights were:

  • A complete performance of Grave New World with John Ford and Blue Weaver to hand.
  • Classic Strawbs - with the Terra Nova Orchestra
  • Acoustic Strawbs with Annie Haslam
  • Fire - Lambert with Hawken, Cronk and Fernandez
  • The John Ford band
  • Dave Cousins with Larry Fast
  • A Modern Collection of Antiques And Curios - rare Strawbs songs covered by guest artists
  • and a grand finale
  • Poster at: the 2014 onwards posters page.

    27 Apr 2019 - STRAWBS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, LAKEWOOD NJ

    28 Apr 2019 - STRAWBS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, SUNDAY BRUNCH, LAKEWOOD NJ

    7 Jun 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

    8 Jun 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Assembly Hall, Melksham

    9 Jun 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Robin 2, Bilston

    21 Jun 2019 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF DEADLINES EXTENDED EDITION (2CD/1DVD)

    A reissue of the Witchwood Media release of this album, with bonus tracks galore, along side a CD and a DVD of the 1978 BBC Sight And Sound concert, recorded in Dec 1977 and broadcast 18 Feb 1978, released legitimately for the first time.

    13 Jul 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Stables, Wavendon

    27 Jul 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

    28 Jul 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Wharf, Tavistock

    17 Aug 2019 - DAVE COUSINS - BOWIE BANDSTAND, BECKENHAM

    A trip back in time to the Beckenham Bandstand, where, 50 years previously, in 1969, the Strawbs (Cousins, Hooper, Ron Chesterman and, in one of her earliest gigs with the band, cellist Claire Deniz) performed at David Bowie's Free Festival. Dave joined other artists who had played on the day - Bridget St John and Keith Christmas, as well as a range of Bowie-related tribute bands and local artists. Dave's solo set was effortlessly superb.
    Photographer Ray Stevenson, who had captured the 1969 show was on hand as well and kindly sent some of his photos from both events. See reviews and pictures from the 2019 show and from 1969
    The 1969 bandstand photo (pictured) featured on the BBC website to promote the show.

    20 Sep 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Artrix, Bromsgrove

    9 Oct 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - The Crescent, York

    10 Oct 2019 - ACOUSTIC STRAWBS - VOODOO ROOMS, EDINBURGH

    The 50th anniversary celebrations carried with Acoustic Strawbs gigs throughout the rest of the year. I was able to travel up by train and catch this show (absolutely superb sound, all credit to the in house system and its operator) and the following night's show in Gosforth.
    Post at: Posters 2014 onwards page.

    11 Oct 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Civic Theatre, Gosforth

    12 Oct 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Folk Festival, Banbury

    16 Nov 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton

    22 Nov 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Victoria Hall, Settle

    29 Nov 2019 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF DEEP CUTS EXTENDED EDITION

    Bonus tracks and new notes from Dave Cousins

    29 Nov 2019 - DAVE COUSINS - RELEASE OF TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER EXTENDED EDITION

    Bonus tracks and new notes from Dave Cousins

    6 Dec 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - St George’s Church, Beckenham

    7 Dec 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Anchor Arts, Wingham

    17 Dec 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs/Steeleye Span - Barbican, London

    20 Dec 2019 - Acoustic Strawbs - Trading Boundaries, Fletching



    2020

    6 Feb 2010 - High Society - The Fox Inn, Higham on the Hill, nr Nuneaton

    3 Jan 2020 - Dave Cousins - Royal Norfolk Hotel, Sandgate

    26 Jan 2020 - DAVE COUSINS - FERNKLOOF ESTATE, HERMANUS, SOUTH AFRICA

    In 2020, Dave Cousins made a trip to South Africa, the first Strawbs-related appearance in that country, despite their loyalty in releasing many of the Strawbs' albums and singles there. (A trip had been arranged in 1975, but had to be cancelled owing to other commitments.)
    This was the first of three gigs.
    Poster at:
    Posters 2014 onwards page.

    27 Jan 2020 - Dave Cousins - Alma Café, Rosebank, Capetown, South Africa

    28 Jan 2020 - Dave Cousins - Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    6 Jun 2020 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF BURNING FOR YOU EXTENDED EDITION

    Bonus tracks and new notes from Dave Cousins

    6 Jun 2020 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF HEARTBREAK HILL EXTENDED EDITION

    Bonus tracks and new notes from Dave Cousins and new color scheme for the cover.

    24 Jul 2020 - DAVE COUSINS - RELEASE OF THE BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT EXTENDED EDITION

    Bonus tracks and new notes from Dave Cousins

    30 Oct 2020 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF BEST OF STRAWBS LIVE

    A vinyl only single album collection of the best of the Strawbs Live In Concert released simultaneously with the 2CD/1DVD reissue (formerly known as Lay Down With The Strawbs) in both audio and video formats.

    30 Oct 2020 - STRAWBS - RELEASE OF STRAWBS LIVE IN CONCERT

    18 Nov 2020 - STRAWBS - TONY HOOPER DIES

    Sadly, Tony Hooper passed away in a hospice after contracting oral cancer. Many tributes were paid on Facebook and elsewhere. Rest In Peace.

    4 Dec 2020 - Strawbs - Tony Hooper's funeral

    4 Dec 2020 - STRAWBS - NEW STRAWBS ALBUM SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED ON FACEBOOK AND STRAWBSWEB

    Esoteric Records announce a new Strawbs album, recorded entirely remotely owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, produced by Blue Weaver, and scheduled for release on 21 Feb 2021.
    For details see the Settlement page.


    About the Timeline Project

    This project started when I researched the British Library's archive of music papers, held at the then-new BL in Euston Road. I had bunked off work (well, not gone back to the office after a work conference down in Chichester which ended early) and headed to Kensington, behind the Royal Albert Hall, where I thought the archive was based. However, it had moved to the new British Library building in Euston Road, so I headed off there and queued for a reader's ticket. Several people in front of me were rejected because they could find the material they wanted elsewhere. I stepped forward and said "I want to read old copies of the Melody Maker, Sounds and NME" and was immediately accepted as a serious academic!

    There followed months of happy Saturdays spent at the BL (a nice place to work), turning the fragile pages of real copies of those papers, many of which I had bought, owned and foolishly disposed of – a real treat. I came away with a timeline of the Strawbs' history, finding the earliest mention I could of the Strawberry Hill Boys in the MM's gig pages (24 Sep 1963), and many things besides, with the intention of using them to write a book about the band. I did some preliminary work, about 120,000 words, and several interviews with band members, but somehow it never seemed to come together. Maybe one day ….

    Step forward to the "noughties", with me being involved as a director of Strawbs' record label, Witchwood Media. When Dave started writing his autobiography, I sent him my timeline research. It then turned out that he had kept many of his diaries over the years, and they included a huge amount of info about gigs and his activities, which complemented my research. He produced a combined timeline, which we originally thought we'd include as an appendix to the book "Exorcising Ghosts" - however it became clear that the book was already a substantial tome, and the timeline material would be far too bulky, so it could not be included.

    A little while back, I did some pages for Strawbsweb to cover a few early years, using some of Dave's work and mine, but stalled after I covered 1971, thinking something more was needed (also there was a lot of stuff not covered by either of us which needed inclusion from various other sources which had emerged, for which many thanks are due - see below).

    As we headed into lockdown in March 2020 during the current Covid-19 crisis, I started a new project – a database which would hold all this information and spit out pages for inclusion on the website. After months of work, the Timeline is now ready to be made public. Starting out as a list of just gigs and setlists, it's now become something bigger, with the inclusion of release dates, recording dates and TV and radio dates, as well as seminal events in the Strawbs' history (eg the meeting where A&M rejected the first album). I think it is a true timeline feature, with over 3000 pieces of information, some just bare details of a show, others with commentary, and a selection of images to embellish what would otherwise be a very text-heavy page.

    It'll never be finished, and I'll keep adding to it over the months to come, but you can’t wait for these things to be complete or they'll never see the light of day. I hope Strawbs fans enjoy reliving things they recall (vaguely - or maybe with crystal clarity), and if they aren't there, please let me know. Corrections and additions always welcome.

    Please note however – this compilation of information is © Strawbsweb and represents a huge investment of my time and energy – previously published timeline info included on Strawbsweb has been lifted and included elsewhere online without permission. This material should not be reproduced elsewhere – please include a link to these pages instead. Thank you.

    Thanks

    First and foremost, thanks to Dave Cousins, whose compilation of his diary entries provided hundreds if not thousands of pieces of info, especially the sort of things not advertised in Melody maker, but which took place behind the scenes. How otherwise would we know when he met Nosrati and his Arab friends, the Arabic band who played on "Tell Me What You See In Me" on the Strawbs first album, or exactly when Sandy Denny first rehearsed with the Strawbs.

    Thanks also to:

  • Hud for access to his clippings collection way back when, and a constant stream of support and stuff when he clears out his garage
  • Strawbs tour manager Rob Harvey, for providing tour info from the 1970s
  • Denise and the late Sandy for their work in promoting gigs in the 80s and 90s, pre Strawbsweb, via the Strawbs Info Service newsletters (a complete archive of which was given to me by Brian Cairney, amongst other things)
  • Dave Passmore, who many years ago also gave me access to his clippings collection and Laura Wiggers who gave me hers
  • All those who have provided info over the years to Strawbsweb from its creation in late 1995 to the present day – setlists, gig info, scans, corrections – all hugely appreciated
  • Ebay – a constant temptation ….
  • How to view the timeline

  • Entries with major significance (in my view) are presented in bold capitals
  • Some have commentary below, including details (where I have them) of other featured artists at the gig in question
  • Where I have it, I've included details of events at the White Bear and the Hounslow Arts Lab, run by Strawbs, even where Strawbs have not been present
  • I've also tried to include entries for connected and spin off artists to some extent, where this informs our understanding of the course events, eg Sandy Denny's activities immediately before and after joining the Strawbs, ditto the Velvet Opera (Hud and John) etc. and Hudson Ford's career after leaving the Strawbs
  • Quite a few entries have images which are connected up with a shaded banner
  • Next steps

    There are many more events to add, particularly radio and TV appearances and recording details. Many gigs have setlists, but as yet there is no connection between the Timeline and the setlists pages.



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