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Event Archive - The Strawbs - Britain's Most Successful Progressive Folk-Rock Band The Strawbs: The Stawbs

Wed. October 24th 2012 Hermann's Jazz Club (All Ages)
08:00 - 11:00 doors at 06:00
$35.50 Advance + s/c / $40 Door
Tickets at: Ditch Records & Cds, Lyles Place, McPhersno Box Office
Britain's Most Successful Progressive Folk-Rock Band
The Strawbs

Tickets: $35.50 Advance + s/c / $40 Door
Available at:, Lyle's Place 770 Yates St. and Ditch Records 784 Fort St..
& McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121



As Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique
sound that has made them Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band.

David Cousins, who leads the group, has been described by the influential All Music Guide as: "the most
talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England". Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath
as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and the Moody Blues. It is well documented that Rick
Wakeman left Strawbs to join Yes but returned to appear at Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration.

However, beyond progressive rock, Strawbs have another key component in their in their complex and intricate
songs, in that they emerged out of the British Folk movement of the mid-1960s. The band started life as the
Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass, before moving into the mainstream by making the first Strawbs album
with Sandy Denny in 1967, a year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. The recording
with Sandy attracted the attention of A&M Records in Los Angeles who signed Strawbs as the first British band
on the label!

Strawbs has a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of albums like Grave New World,
Bursting At The Seams, Hero And Heroine, and Ghosts, and classic songs such as Lay Down, A Glimpse Of
Heaven, and Benedictus.

Acoustic Strawbs comprise David Cousins, along with lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and the astonishingly
versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of the band.

Acoustic Strawbs shows receive rave reviews:

"Carefully selecting their repertoire from less than obvious sources
they invest the rarely performed material
with considerable energy and thoughtful arrangements."
(Record Collector)

"Hearing the brilliant Strawbs [at the Edmonton Folk Festival]
was like a tutorial in UK folk music
from the past 40 years.
(Edmonton Sun)


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