What originally endeared this progressive rock band to fans was their unique musical evolution out of 1960s English Folk music. The band has enjoyed commercial success over the years with a talented array of British musicians.Â Â First starting in 1967 as the Strawberry Hill Boys, a bluegrass and folk trio, the Strawbs became stars of the British progressive rock and folk scene at the same timeâ€”gracefully using the traditions of electric and acoustic music for their unique sound.
The groupâ€™s reputation in the U.S. and Canada firmed up with the release of the A&M Records albums ‘Hero & Heroine’ and ‘Ghosts. Still led by founder David Cousins, the same band that recorded those historic albums will be performing here– Dave Lambert on lead guitar/vocals, John Hawken on keyboards, Chas Cronk on bass/vocals, and drummer Rod Coombes.
These gifted musicians have each traveled through a special musical journey; Cousins is widely considered to be one of Britain’s top songwriters- he played guitar for both Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell on their first UK TV shows; Lambert’s work with the band Fire is noteworthy; Hawken enjoyed success with The Nashville Teens and Renaissance; Cronk has worked with Rick Wakeman (a former Strawbs member before joining Yes) and for five years toured with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett; Coombes was part of Steelers Wheel.
In 1974, The Strawbs album HERO AND HEROINE spent 17 weeks on the Billboard album charts, also selling well in Canada. The band’s follow-up, GHOSTS also spent several months on the Billboard album charts. The Strawbs have a huge catalog of great songs to draw upon and they continue to release new material and win over new fans.
June 10Â Â Â Â Â New York, NYÂ Â B.B. King’s Blues Club
June 11Â Â Â Sellersville, PAÂ Â Sellersville Theater 1894
June 12Â Â Â Â Â Annapolis, MDÂ Â Rams Head On Stage
June 13Â Â Â Â Â Kent, OHÂ Â Kent Stage
June 14Â Â Â Â Â Columbus, OHÂ Â The Thirsty Ear
June 15Â Â Â Ann Arbor, MIÂ Â The Ark
June 17Â Â Â Â Chicago, ILÂ Â Abbey Pub
June 18Â Â Â Â Â Milwaukee, WIÂ Â Shank Hall
June 20Â Â Â Â Syracuse, NYÂ Â Red House
June 21Â Â Â Â Pawling, NYÂ Â Towne Crier CafÃ©