Regretably we have been informed that Dave Cousins of the Strawbs was admitted to hospital last week. Whilst he is now home he will be unable to perform dates in April and May whilst he is convalescing. We will be in touch with ticketholders shortly to advise on a new date.
Acapela Studios welcomes back the Acoustic Strawbs…one of the “best” bands to appear at Acapela….Don’t miss this one, come and be amazed!
In the USA the Strawbs can boast seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200.
In the UK their impact on prog folk rock was immense as they produced a string of albums to critical acclaim.
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.
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.
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 )
“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. Furthermore, they have broken new ground by harnessing the power of their electric incarnation in an acoustic setting.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Hearing the brilliant Strawbs was like a tutorial in UK folk music from the past 40 years. (Edmonton Sun )
“Like a Ray Davies steeped in Arthurian folklore and rustic reverie, David Cousins’ visionary talents are to the fore conjuring up a mythical canvas of Albion awakening.” (Uncut )
“The songwriting was phenomenal, and the way the trio embellished sublime melodies with supreme harmonies and incredible instrumentation made their performance unforgettable. In fact, I repeatedly thought “music just isn’t this good anymore”.” (Philadelphia Examiner )
“Dave Cousins shows himself as a brilliant and original songwriter….” (Classic Rock )
“From beginning to end, this veteran group put to shame bands a third their age with the majesty of their arrangements, the craftsmanship of their tunes and lyrics, which remain as socially relevant as they were decades ago. The band’s vocal harmonies at this stage of their career are tighter and soar higher than anything Crosby, Stills and Nash ever did.” (New York Music Daily )
“Spellbinding guitar interplay, with countless alternative tunings to create the drone effect so evident in The Strawbs’ music, was the hallmark of an evening which provided far more than a dose of nostalgia. Whether you lean towards the folk or the prog it matters little . . . plugged in or not, the Strawbs are the juiciest, tastiest fruit you’re ever likely to hear.” (Swindon Echo )