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Dave Cousins leader of strawbs, Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band, released his long-awaited autobiography exorcising ghosts: Strawbs and other lives in September 2014.
In the USA and Canada, strawbs sold more records per head of population than in any other country. in the USA the band can boast seven consecutive albums in the billboard top 200. the band’s most successful album, hero and heroine was certified gold in Canada many years ago, but since its re-release on cd in the late 1990s the album has sold over 20,000 copies in Canada alone – an extraordinary figure.
Dave 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 for yes, but he returned to join dave cousins onstage at the band’s 40th-anniversary celebration.
strawbs have a unique component in their intricate prog-rock music – 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, all our own work, with Sandy Denny in 1967, a full year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. the album attracted the attention of a&m records in hollywood who signed strawbs as their first british band.
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.
The 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 strawbs.
The Acoustic Strawbs
The Strawbs have enjoyed major success on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970s, as well as the hit albums, their hit singles "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down" topped the charts. From the mid-1970s they spent more time in the States and Canada where their albums charted for five years as they toured with Santana, The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa.
See The Acoustic Strawbs tour dates
The Earl Haig Club
- 23-25 Penlline Road
- CF14 2AA
- 029 2062 6015