Chas joined the Strawbs in 1973, having previously worked as a session musician, notably on Rick Wakeman's "Six Wives" album, alongside Dave Cousins (who he knew from childhood days - Mrs. Cousins and Mrs. Cronk were well acquainted) and Dave Lambert. Adding high chorus vocals to many of the numbers played by the "US band" in 1973-75 he quickly became an essential element of the line-up, particularly so when, for Deep Cuts, Chas joined Dave Cousins as the main songwriting partnership within the Strawbs.
After Strawbs broke up in 1980, after gigs with the likes of Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett and others, Chas eventually hooked up with Roy Hill to form Cry No More, who scored a hit single in Germany with "Oh Sharon", and, aided and abetted by fanatical almost obsessional followers (both here and overseas), continue to delight select and lucky crowds with occasional concerts.
In 2001 he privately released a CD of instrumental music - "timeless, spaceless music to chill out to"; Dave Cousins, commented: "Open a bottle of well-chilled chardonnay and put the record on. Forget life in the fast lane, relax and float down stream. I did and it's well worth it."
On Brian Willoughby's departure from Acoustic Strawbs, he stepped up to the plate with shiny new 12-string and acoustic bass in hand (plus bass pedals to boot) as the new broom, debuting on the September 2004 UK tour to great acclaim. The addition of his vocals to the line-up makes the harmonies go with a zing.
Since 2004 Chas has remained a key member of the band in both electric and acoustic form. 2021's Settlement included Chas's "Liberty", the title track of his new 2022 album) and a Chas Cronk closing instrumental "Chorale". The rumoured EP due for release in 2021 was upgraded to a full LP, entitled Liberty and was released in March 2022. There's a full review by Lindsay Sorrell on the Chas Cronk reviews page.
Full album details and more album cover pictures on Album details page.