LAST UPDATED 28 MAR 2022
DAVE COUSINS - SONG CYCLE UPDATED
This song cycle, chosen by Dave Cousins, will make up a year of songs reflecting on the way in which our lives have changed over time. The first song was posted in December 2021 and Dave will be posting further songs monthly to the Strawbs Facebook page, and they'll be archived here in the lyrics section of Strawbsweb.
Each post is accompanied by a specially chosen photo and a link to a YouTube video featuring the song.
The February 2022 track is "The Battle", from Rick Wakeman's first session with the band for "Top Gear" and the March 22 track is Dave playing on a Leionard Cohen TV special. The first two tracks were "Evergreen" (December 2021) and "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" (January 2022).
Click on the RED links below to see the Song Cycle pages which have gone live.
BRIAN WILLOUGHBY SOLO ALBUM - TWIDDLY BITS NEW
Release date: 27 Mar 2022 - order from Brian and Cathryn's website, £10 plus p&p.
This is a new guitar instrumental album. The 4-panel digipack contains a 6-page booklet with track explanations, instruments used, etc. "Twiddly Bits" was what Dave Cousins used to refer to Brian's guitar playing during the days of their Cousins & Willoughby duo - the album features 19 tracks and Brian plays all the instruments, with help from Cathryn's acoustic rhythm guitar on six of the tunes, whistle by Danny McGreevy on one, All-Ireland bodhran champion Niall Quinn on another and drummer Dennis Bryon on a further two.
CHAS CRONK SOLO ALBUM - LIBERTY
Release date: 4 Mar 2022 - available both on CD and vinyl - order from Renaissance Records.
This album was kickstarted by Chas’s release of his new song “Liberty” on Facebook, which proved very popular and prompted US label Renaissance Records to get in touch about a possible EP. Chas added a couple of tracks based on previous work: a finished version of his demo of “Everybody Knows” which had been recorded by Strawbs on Broken Hearted Bride (the recent re-issue of BHB has the early version of the demo).
There’s also “A Splash Of Blue”, which was on the Lambert Cronk album Touch The Earth and featured Dave Lambert on guitar. “Liberty” was also included as a bonus track on the CD version of the 2021 Strawbs album “Settlement”.
Having heard the four tracks, Renaissance floated the idea of making it an album – rather than look for further existing material to rework, Chas decided to record new positive, upbeat tracks, to counteract the grim lockdown experience in which they were recorded. One of these – “Slipping Downstream” has some lead guitar from fellow Strawb Dave Bainbridge, who was staying over with Chas for some Strawbs rehearsals, and there’s some live drumming from Chas’s mate Major Baldini (who I met at a Strawbs warm-up or a Roy Hill gig at the Royal Oak in Isleworth – can’t recall which).
There’s an interview by Chas about the album on YouTube.
Lindsay Sorrell review now on the Chas Cronk reviews page.
DAVE COUSINS - NO LIVE DATES IN 2022
Cherry Red issued the following press release on 17 Dec:
REISSUED BROKEN HEARTED BRIDE - PRESS RELEASE FROM CHERRY RED
Strawbs: The Broken Hearted Bride, Remastered And Expanded - £10.95
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of ‘The Broken Hearted Bride’, the acclaimed 2008 album by Strawbs.
The album was recorded at producer Chris Tsangarides’ Ecology Rooms studio in Kent in April and May 2008 and saw a reunion of the Strawbs’ line-up that had recorded the legendary albums ‘Hero And Heroine’ and ‘Ghosts’, both of which were huge selling releases in North America in the mid-1970s.
The line-up of David Cousins (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dave lambert (vocals, guitar), Chas Cronk (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards), Rod Coombes (drums) and John Hawken (keyboards) recorded a fine work which was heralded by fans upon its original release.
Unavailable for some years, this new edition of ‘The Broken Hearted Bride’ has been newly remastered and features three previously unreleased additional tracks, fascinating demos of the songs ‘Too Many Angels’, ‘You Know As Well As I’ and ‘Everybody Knows’.
The Esoteric Recordings release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay by David Cousins.