Britain’s most successful progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs, are to make a debut appearance at Birmingham’s Jam House this autumn.
The acoustic line-up of Dave Cousins, an original band member from the 1960s, and ’70s arrivals Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, will be playing the live music and dining venue in St Paul’s Square on Wednesday, October 19.
Celebrating their fifth decade in music making with the release of their new album, Acoustic Gold, The Strawbs will be flying in for the concert directly from a major tour of the USA. Tickets are available priced at just £5 from www.thejamhouse.com
Spoken of in the same breath as progressive rock bands Yes, King Crimson and The Moody Blues, The Strawbs’ unique appeal is in their intricate and complex songs that emerged from the British folk movement of the mid 1960s.
Their devoted fan base has continued to grow on the strength of albums like Grave New World, Bursting At The Seams, Hero And Heroine, and Ghosts, as well as classic hit songs such as Lay Down, A Glimpse Of Heaven and Benedictus.
The band started life as The Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass before making their first Strawbs album with the late Sandy Denny in 1967 – a recording that resulted in A&M Records of Los Angeles signing them as their first UK band.
The influential All Music Guide has described Dave Cousins as “the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England”, while the Chicago Tribune recently praised the Acoustic Strawbs as a band that have “broken new ground by harnessing the power of their electrical incarnation in an acoustic setting”.
John Bunce, General Manager of the Jam House, said: “This is a great opportunity for music lovers to enjoy the best in progressive folk-rock performed by one of the greatest UK bands of all time.”