|The Classic Rock Society recentlypresented Dave Cousins, leader of The Strawbs, with the LifetimeAchievement Award, celebrating thirty years in rock music. Theaward was presented by former member of the group, Rick Wakeman.Thirty years on from their huge album chart successes, 'GraveNew World' and 'Bursting at the Seams', the Strawbs now tourthree times a year with an acoustic line-up - Dave Cousins onguitar, dulcimer, banjo and vocals, Dave Lambert on guitar andvocals, plus 70's band member Chas Cronk on guitar, bass andvocals. |
The Strawbs have enjoyed major success on bothsides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970s, as well as the hitalbums, their hit singles "Part of the Union" and "LayDown" topped the charts. From the mid-1970s they spentmore time in the States and Canada where their albums chartedfor five years as they toured, among others, with Santana,The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh, KingCrimson, and Frank Zappa.
Acoustic Strawbs have recently toured Italy tocritical acclaim and played three nights at the Edinburgh Festivalat the prestigious Music Hall in the Scotsman Assembly Rooms.The trio have also finished recording their first studio albumin ten years including several new songs such as 'There WillCome The Day', written by Dave Cousins for a film on humanrights for the Council of Europe, and 'Not All The FlowersGrow' which reflects on the Aberfan tragedy, together withnew acoustic versions of classic Strawbs tracks. On the albumthey are also reunited for three tracks with Robert Kirby,perhaps best known for his arrangements on the Nick Drake albums.
Acoustic Strawbs play classic Strawbs songs withthe integrity and musicianship for which the band has beenalways been recognised.