19:00 – DOORS
20:00 – STRAWBS 1ST SET
21:30 – STRAWBS 2ND SET
23:00 – CURFEW
FOLK-ROCK LEGENDS THE STRAWBS OFFICIAL LONDON ALBUM LAUNCH!
A never to repeated chance to be present at The Strawbs Official Album Launch Celebration of “The Ferryman’s Curse” at London’s Iconic Award Winning venue, Under The Bridge, at the Chelsea Football Club Ground.
“The Ferryman’s Curse” is the first Strawbs album of new material in eight long years. It has been produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides, whose studio is littered with diamond, platinum and gold discs by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.
The title track of the album is the epic sequal to “The Vision of the Lady of the Lake” from Strawbs’ album “Dragonfly”, rated by producer Tony Visconti as one of his top productions alongside albums by David Bowie and T Rex.
Standout tracks include, “The Familiarity of Old Lovers”, “The Nails from the Hands of Christ” and “The Song of the Infinite Sadness” The vocals and the musicianship are unrivaled and early reports from the music press have given the album five star reviews.
The Strawbs, one of the most iconic bands in British music history first emerged out if the folk movement of the mid 60’s. Starting life as The Strawberry Hill Boys, they soon moved into the mainstream, making their first album “All Our Own Work” with Sandy Denny in 1967, a full year before she recorded with Fairport Convention.
The album attracted the attention of A & M Records in the USA, founded by the legendary Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, and Dave Cousins & co were whisked off to Hollywood, to be the label’s first UK band to be signed.
The band went from strength to strength on both sides of the Atlantic, playing all the major concert halls on both continents and touring with the likes of The Beach Boys, Santana and Frank Zappa.
The Strawbs are Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. They are mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands Yes, King Crimson and The Moody Blues. It is well documented that keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman left The Strawbs for Yes , returning to join the band at their 40th Anniversary Celebration Concerts.
The Strawbs have a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of their incredible live performances together with their classic albums over the years including “Grave New World”, “Bursting at the Seams”, “Hero & Heroine” and “Ghosts”.
The new album “The Ferryman’s Curse” is right up there with the classics.
The band has achieved sales of over three million albums, seven consecutive Strawbs albums have featured in the US Billboard Top 200 albums.
Many top musicians have featured in the Strawbs line up over the years, including Sonjia Kristina, Blue Weaver, Don Airey and as well as Rick Wakeman , both his classically trained sons Adam and Oliver have been featured, a certain compliment to the band’s talent.
The current line up of The Strawbs comprises as ever fronting the show, the imaginative and resourceful Dave Cousins (Lead Vocals, Guitars), longtime regulars Dave Lambert (Lead Guitar, vocals), Chas Cronk ( Bass, vocals), Tony Fernandez (Drums), who recorded and toured with The Strawbs in the 70’s, and is still regularly with Rick Wakeman’s Band. They are joined by keyboard and guitar virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band who created a mystical blend of rock, folk and ambient music, a perfect match for The Strawbs.
All in all, this is an impressive combination of terrific talent to showcase their enduring compositions. With their deep roots and immense creativity, The Electric Strawbs offer a show too good to miss !
“The songwriting was phenomenal and the way the band embellished sublime melodies with supreme harmonies and incredible instrumentation made the performance unforgettable”. Philadelphia Examiner.
“Dave Cousins shows himself as a brilliant and original songwriter”….Classic Rock
“From beginning to end the band put to shame bands a third of 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 are easily the equal of Crosby Stills and Nash”……..New York Music Daily.
“Hero & Heroine”, one of the Top 50 Prog Rock albums of all time…….. Rolling Stone Magazine.