Strawbs acoustic
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Strawbs acoustic @ John Peel Centre

As Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band.

Although forming in the mid 60’s, coming out of the exciting British Folk Movement alongside Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper, this tour will mark the 50th Anniversary of their first major recording, being the first UK band to be signed by the famous Hollywood label A & M, under the guidance of Herb Albert and Gerry Moss.

Major chart success followed with classic albums Dragonfly, Bursting at the Seams, Ghosts, Grave New World and Hero & Heroine earning the band 2 Gold Discs and over 30 weeks in in Billboard Charts with 7 consecutive albums charting.

Massive coast to coast tours of America swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa.

From the days of Sandy Denny in the band (pre Fairport) and Sonja Kristina (pre Curved Air), the band have always enjoyed the finest soloists in their ranks. Rick Wakeman and then his son Oliver moving on to join YES as well as Rick’s other son going on to Ozzie Osbourne and Black Sabbath. Blue Weaver to join the Bee Gees and Don Airey to Deep Purple. The keyboard stool now being filled by virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, whose blend of Folk, Rock and Celtic music has endeared them to audiences for over 25 years.

A big influence on bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes, the band are constantly producing some of the best and most respected albums since the 70’s.

The new album “The Ferryman’s Curse” received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and saw them back in the album charts for over 30 years. A recent sold out tour of Canada, producing spectacular reviews of the live show has resulted in two major tours of North America for 2019.

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 which had a remarkable seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the USA.

“Easy to see why they are selling out venues” – Q Magazine

“Never content to rest on their laurels, this exceptional band continue to produce classic tracks and spectacular live shows” – Mojo


Tickets are £18 in advance, available from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (10am-2pm weekdays) or online through our ticket partner, WeGotTickets (10% booking fee applies). Door price (if available) will be £20.

Please note that this is a seated event. Seating is unallocated, though all have a good view.

Licensed bar.