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  The Strawbs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Strawbs are a rock band founded in 1964 in England.
While Strawbs are best known by many in Europe for their commercial successes (primarily "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down")these do not adequately reflect the outstanding quality of musicianship and songwriting for which they are known by their loyal fan base.
In Spring 2006 the Strawbs are still recording and touring, both in the "Acoustic" format comprising Cousins, Lambert and Cronk and also occasionally as the original "Hero and Heroine"/"Ghosts" line up of the "electric" band comprising Cousins, Lambert, Cronk, Coombes and Hawken.
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 JMI: The Strawbs
Strawbs in their acoustic line-up were onstage in a mediaeval library in Olgiate Comasco, near Lake Como in Italy.
Strawbs are well known for the depth of emotion and spirituality in their songs.
Strawbs first hit the charts in the UK and Europe in the early 1970s with 'Grave New World' and 'Bursting at the Seams', each selling 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
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 Strawbs - The Best of The Strawbs - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - A&M Records/Universal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Vocalist and mainstay, Dave Cousins, began Strawbs in the folk era of Britain during the formative 60s eventually leading them to a decidedly progressive style.
I know how many times during music discussions where I have brought up The Strawbs, people would ask, "Who are The Strawbs?" And it always surprised me; largely because of the import of this band with their varied musical contributions.
The Strawbs are clearly one of rock's forgotten childs, and as such, it's a great thing that AandM Records decided to resurrect diamonds for the uninitiated and for the faithful.
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 OFFOFFOFF music THE STRAWBS band with David Cousins, Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert
Now the Strawbs are three men on guitars — grown-ups with glasses and thinning locks, men who have had careers and lives away from their guitars and in the real world.
I came across the Strawbs in a small venue in northern California, opting to listen because of the Fairport connection and rave reviews from friends better connected to the music world than I. While they have dedicated fans, the Strawbs seem to be a well-kept secret.
The Strawbs are musicians who are highly respected by other musicians, regardless of their popularity level on the charts.
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 Tucson Weekly : Music : Strawbs Unplugged
Although some 30 musicians have been Strawbs members at one time or another, in recent years, the Strawbs often have toured as an acoustic trio and enjoyed considerable success at it, no doubt owing as much to the mellower temperaments of the band and its aging-boomer fans as to the portability of its instrumentation.
The Strawbs recorded regularly from 1969 to 1979, at which point an untidy break-up and shifting trends in music led the band into early, albeit temporary, retirement.
Strawbs fans will likely delight in the fact that both Lambert and Cronk played with the band during its heyday of international stardom in the mid-1970s, when its fan base essentially shifted from the British pop buyers to the folk-obsessed progressive rock fans of North America.
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 STRAWBS discography, MP3 and reviews
One of the better British progressive groups, The STRAWBS were a 60's folk and medieval band turned prog-rock with the help of Dave COUSINS (the heart and soul of this group) and Rick WAKEMAN "master of the keyboards".
The music of The STRAWBS frequently ranges from folky (acoustic guitars) and classic (piano and harpsichord) to bombastic, symphonic rock (fiery electric guitar and glorious Mellotron in the vein of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST and The MOODY BLUES).
Another great introduction to The STRAWBS is their live CD entitled "In concert" with BBC recordings from ’73 and ’74, including compelling renditions of their best works.
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 the TRALF [ music . comedy . club ]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
A new Strawbs album ’DEJA FOU’ is released in August as a forerunner to the most intensive tour of the United States the band has ever undertaken in its 35-year history.
Chas joined the Strawbs on Rick Wakeman’s recommendation and, after Strawbs ceased to tour in the 1980s, became a full-time member of Steve Hackett’s touring band.
Chas Cronk toured with the Strawbs from the mid-1970s as the group concentrated their attention on the United States and Canada where their albums, including the classics ‘Hero and Heroine’ and ‘Ghosts’, spent over fifty two weeks on the Billboard charts.
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 The Strawbs biography >> liveDaily
That same year, the group -- now rechristened the Strawbs, and doing repertory well beyond the bounds of bluegrass music -- briefly became a quartet with the temporary addition of Sandy Denny, who stayed long enough to record a relative handful of tracks with the group on the Hallmark label before joining Fairport Convention.
In 1969, the Strawbs were signed to A&M Records, and cut their first album, the acoustic-textured Strawbs, that same year.
The Strawbs' 1973 album, Bursting at the Seams, featured two Top Ten U.K. hits, "Lay Down" and "Part of the Union," and one album track, "Down by the Sea," racked up substantial airplay on American FM radio.
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 Strawbs: Further down the road   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
That statement is Cousins’ astute method of deflecting the inevitable, fatuous criticism that faces 50-something rock musicians regardless of whether they’re abiding by their convictions or catering to trends.
The current Strawbs couldn’t make up their minds if they wanted it as a Strawbs album or not.
He told me "The band has decided they don’t want you anymore and they’re gonna be the Strawbs and you’re not going to be in it." I said "They’ve got another thing coming!" And we decided to disagree.
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 The Strawbs unplugged in their current incarnation | www.azstarnet.com ®
The Strawbs: Chas Cronk, left, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert have toured constantly the last few years.
Determined not to cancel the tour, the duo brought in former Strawbs member Dave Lambert to fill in.
The substitute fit in so well that when Cousins regained full use of his wrist, the band kept Lambert on and an acoustic version of the Strawbs was born.
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 Review: "Strawbs: The Complete Strawbs-Live at Chiswick House (DVD)" - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for ...
The Complete Strawbs Live at Chiswick House is an excellent DVD document of a one off reunion show to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.
However, The Complete Strawbs is presented in stereo and it is acceptable given the low budget of the recording.
The Strawbs have been an on and off again band for the past twenty years and I am happy to report that they have just released a new studio recording that is exclusively available on the band’s website at the moment.
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 Strawbs 73 to 75: JohnHawken.com
Covering a short four dates, the final date will have a filming of Strawbs for a live DVD to be released in the days ahead.
To fill the hole left by the classically trained Weaver, The Strawbs settled on ex-Renaissance keyboard player John Hawken (also of The Nashville Teens who hit the charts with the top-selling "Tobacco Road").
NearFest closed the three day festival of progressive rock with Strawbs playing before an audience of which probably half were not even born when the 1973 line-up were recording and touring.
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Such is the case with the Strawbs, one of England's better '70s rock bands.
The band has endured for 30 years despite several lineup changes, Rick Wakeman was a member of the group for two years before forming Yes and the great Sandy Dennis recorded an album with the band before she joined Fairport Convention.
The Strawbs also topped the singles chart in Britain with "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down." During the mid-'70s, the band spent more time in the United States and Canada touring with such acts as Santana, Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson and Frank Zappa.
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You would remember the delicate beauty of their songs, the timeless relevance of the prose, and the deep sincerity of the singing and the playing that brought the songs to life.
The show was the first ever to be broadcast simultaneously across all of Japan's islands, and was played by the Hero And Heroine and Ghosts lineup of Cousins, Lambert (who puts in a great performance in the latter part of the show), Hawken, Cronk and Coombes.
There are hair raising scenes of riots, wars and famine in the title track, which was originally written about "The Troubles" in Ireland, but which the band often plays today as a tribute to the events of 9/11.
www.progressiveworld.net /strawbsdvd.html   (696 words)

 AMP Concerts - The Strawbs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Strawbs are viewed by the British public as one of the most respected folk rock bands of their era.
At their peak in the 1970s they spent over a year in the Billboard album charts in the States and toured regularly with the likes of the Eagles, Santana, and King Crimson.
A few years ago, the Strawbs' Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert and David Cousins reformed as an acoustic trio.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Very few groups could do what they've done over the years: The Strawbs were able successfully to restrain Rick Wakeman from showing off much of his prowess on keyboards; in fact, prevent him and the band from becoming known to much more than a mere handful of well-versed persons outside England.
In their previous two American re- leases, the live Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios and From the Withcwood, the Strawbs' style and orientation was clearly established.
Carrying their Celtic bent farther to natural up-dated culmination, the Strawbs came to Grave New World with frailties intact, and strengths altered only technically by the addition of Weaver to what had previously been a remarkably stable set-up (as most groups go nowa- days).
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 The Strawbs unplugged in their current incarnation | Arizona Daily Star ®
His longtime progressive rock band, The Strawbs, was nearing 30 years as a group and had covered everything from bluegrass to folk rock.
It took a shock to the system for Cousins to regain the enthusiasm he once had.
Cousins says the Strawbs have toured nonstop since the addition of Lambert.
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He made his own recording of it over in England and when I went over to do the Strawbs tour, which was in June, we played it on the tour as an acoustic opening thing.
The Strawbs have always been down to earnest young men and suddenly I find women like our record, which is a great thing for me (laughs).
Now touring with the electric Strawbs is virtually impossible because it’s just too big a unit to take around these days, so the Acoustic Strawbs, as a three piece, is perfect.
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 John Ford of the Strawbs
John Ford's influence with The Strawbs, primarily known as a Folk Rock group, shifted into a new direction in the Prog-Art Rock.
July 2004, the STRAWBS SUMMER UK ELECTRIC TOUR in England, featured John on bass and vocals with the original UK electric lineup from the 70s, Highpoints of the tour included The 30th Trowbridge Pump Festival with The Strawbs, doing both the Electric and Acoustic line-ups, headlining for two nights to over 6,000 fans.
THE STRAWBS UK ELECTRIC TOUR performed to sold-out shows at venues ranging from richly, restored performing arts theatres to trendy hot spots, such as The Under World in London and others throughout the UK, with much success.
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 The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music - Sandy Denny and The Strawbs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Strawbs were a folk/rock group very much of their time (late '60s).
Sandy Denny is a key figure in English folk/rock and in English electric folk and later was a member of Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, and did solo work.
Sandy Denny and the Strawbs is their only album
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 The Strawbs - Acoustic Official Ticket Source Joe's Pub New York, NY Broadway Tickets by Telecharge.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Strawbs - Acoustic Official Ticket Source Joe's Pub New York, NY Broadway Tickets by Telecharge.com
Show Description, Cast and Tickets for The Strawbs - Acoustic at the Joe's Pub in New York, NY
Strawbs @ Telecharge.com Entertainment - Broadway and Off-Broadway Tickets, Hotel and Restaurant Reservations
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 The Strawbs & John Ford Tickets
Their recent appearances in the US and Canada have received rave reviews: “Unlike many groups that are past their commercial prime and churn out inferior, dispirited versions of the hits from their glory days, the acoustic Strawbs stand out as a band that performs their old material with passion and precision.
In 1971, John Ford joined The Strawbs, primarily known as a Folk Rock group, into a new direction in the Prog-Art Rock.
John penned perennial favorites, "Heavy Disguise" and "Part of the Union," The Strawbs biggest Chart Hit, included on the Album, released as a Single and spent 59 weeks on the album charts, rising to Top of the Pops fame, working with Bowie/T-Rex Producer, Tony Visconti.
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 The Strawbs : Preserves Uncanned - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Most of these are demos, and many would surface (sometimes in altered form) on future Strawbs and Dave Cousins albums, although quite a few were never officially rerecorded.
Its appeal isn't just limited to Strawbs specialists -- it's good, versatile (if slightly derivative) late-'60s British folk-rock, recalling Fairport Convention and (to a lesser degree) Pentangle in its eclecticism, though the Strawbs were no match for the Fairports in the vocal department.
Most of the songs are Cousins originals, including tuneful, almost poppy harmony numbers and wordy tracts that take their lyrical cues from Bob Dylan and Ray Davies; the traditional folk tunes and bluegrass instrumentals, though indicative of the group's multi-faceted talents, are less interesting.
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 eBay - the strawbs cd, CDs, Music items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Strawbs sealed euro cd Bursting at the Seams original
NG at the SEAMS new import cd/mini lp
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 The Strawbs
By the time of their second album, the Strawbs had a great sound worked out, but they hardly knew how to utilize it perfectly.
The Strawbs' main weakness, at this point, is that they're decent, but never ever outstanding; they can't divert you with a tremendously great solo, and they can't really tune in on to that kind of wave where the listener just goes 'whoah!' and starts grooving along - never mind if it's funk, jazz, or folk.
Yes, this is the very band that fostered the quintessential forefather of symphonic prog, and even if Rick didn't last long in it, he sure left a vital trace.
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 VH1.com : The Strawbs : Biography
One of the better British progressive bands of the early '70s, the Strawbs differed from their more successful compatriots --
In 1971, Wakeman left the Strawbs in order to join Yes; he was replaced by Blue Weaver formerly of the Amen Corner.
The Strawbs responded, in the guise of Cousins, Hooper, Hudson, Ford, Weaver, and Willoughby, and the response was so favorable that a tour was scheduled, which, in turn, led to their return to America in the mid-'80s.
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 The Strawbs
hrough a long career laden with personnel changes, The Strawbs have kept in touch with both their British folk roots and the 70's progressive rock movement.
Their self titled 1969 debut album won great acclaim in British folk circles, but their second album, 1970's Dragonfly, which saw them turning to a keyboard dominated progressive sound (Nicky Hopkins guested on it), left them between audiences.
The Strawbs then reformed and had their first U.K. hit singles with Lay Down in '72 and in '73 with Hudson and Ford's Part Of The Union.
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