Strawbs

Twickenham Stadium

12 September 2009

Photos by Adrian the Rock.

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40 Years On

Day 1

Flying cross logo

Strawbs index | Chiswick 29/8/98 | Banbury 28/5/99 | Exeter 20/4/01 | Derby 8/2/02 | Wythall 14/6/03 | Henley-in-Arden 31/1/04 | Teddington 14/2/05 | Bilston 28/6/05 | Wythall 17/9/05 | Teddington 2/3/06 | Brighton 22/6/06 | Wythall 16/9/06 | Teddington 2/12/06 | Wythall 22/9/07 | Bilston 29/5/08 | Wythall 20/9/08 | Bilston 20/5/09 | 40 Years On | Wythall 19/9/09 | Bilston 10/11/10 | Bilston 24/11/11 | Bilston 18/11/12 | Bilston 27/4/16 | Witchwood chat group | Strawbsweb | Witchwood Records | Acoustic Strawbs | Family tree | Alison Brown's site | John Ford | Brian Willoughby | Rick Wakeman | Oliver Wakeman | John Hawken | Blue Weaver | BW&CC Solihull 7/3/03 | BW&CC Shepperton 6/5/06 | DC&Conny Conrad 31/7/05


Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman | John Ford | Blue Angel lineup | Cry No More | Heartbreak Hill lineup | Zeus | Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler


Strawbs held their two-day 40th anniversary festival at Twickers on 12-13/9/2009. This comprised a sequence of mostly 40-minute sets by Strawbs lineups, spinoff bands and Strawbs' members bands.
Unfortunately I could only go on the Saturday due to other commitments :(, but it was a fantastic day with great music, humour and camaraderie.


Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler

Ian Cutler & Dave Cousins Proceedings opened with a duet between Dave Cousins and violinist Ian Cutler. Ian is also part of the Blue Angel Orchestra, which is one of Dave's spinoff bands.
  Dave Cousins
Ian Cutler  

Zeus

Next were Zeus, a new acoustic band Dave Lambert has formed. Zeus
Graeme Taylor Graeme Taylor has played in many bands including Gryphon and the Rolf Harris Band.
Dave Lambert. Dave Lambert
Tom Leary Violinist Tom Leary was also in Feast of Fiddles and Little Johnny England.
Jon Davie was also in Gryphon as well as having played with John Williams and John Etheridge. Jon Davie

Strawbs (Heartbreak Hill lineup)

Strawbs - Heartbreak Hill lineup This was the first time the lineup that recorded Heartbreak Hill had ever played live, as Strawbs had split up shortly after recording that album, with Dave Cousins starting off on his radio producer career.
Guitarist Jo Partridge has also worked with many top bands of the 70s and 80s. Jo Partridge
Dave Cousins  
Tony Fernandez joined Strawbs before they recorded Deadlines, and has worked with Rick Wakeman for the last 34 years. Tony Fernandez
Andy Richards Andy Richards took over the keyboards after Deadlines and has played with many well-known artists since.
Chas, by then, was the only other remaining member from the Hero & Heroine lineup. Chas Cronk
Heartbreak Hill lineup  

Cry No More

Cry No More grew out of the coming-together of Chas and Roy Hill. Cry No More
Roy Hill Roy had supported the Strawbs 1978 Deadlines tour.

Strawbs (Blue Angel lineup)

Fast forward a couple of decades or so, and we come to the lineup from Blue Angel. Strawbs - Blue Angel lineup
Dave Cousins Dave Cousins singing and playing the dulcimer on Benedictus.
Great to see Blue Weaver playing with the band again. He brought with him not just one Mellotron, but two! Great to hear these vintage instruments in action again. Blue Weaver
Cathryn Craig Cathryn Craig is a fabulous singer and it was great to see her in a Strawbs lineup.
Chas joins the chorus. Chas Cronk
Tony Fernandez  
It's not so often you see Brian Willoughby playing an electric guitar these days. I'd forgotten how good he is! Brian Willoughby

John Ford

John Ford Next up was John Ford, specially flown in from the USA.
Fantastic to see him given a decent-length slot - it was a real delight to hear Hudson-Ford songs such as Floating in the Wind again. John Ford
John Ford, Tony Fernandez, Cathryn Craig and Blue Weaver The "Part of the Union 2009" lineup delivered a rousing finale to his set as Tony, Cathryn and Blue, who of course played on the original, joined in.

Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman's return to the Strawbs fold for a duet with Dave Cousins made a wonderful climax to the evening. Great also to see and hear a real grand piano in action - how often do you get that nowadays? Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins
Rick Wakeman I'd never seen Rick live before, I was totally blown away.
  Dave Cousins
Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins A fabulous end to a great day's music!

Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman | John Ford | Blue Angel lineup | Cry No More | Heartbreak Hill lineup | Zeus | Dave Cousins & Ian Cutler


Strawbs index | Chiswick 29/8/98 | Banbury 28/5/99 | Exeter 20/4/01 | Derby 8/2/02 | Wythall 14/6/03 | Henley-in-Arden 31/1/04 | Teddington 14/2/05 | Bilston 28/6/05 | Wythall 17/9/05 | Teddington 2/3/06 | Brighton 22/6/06 | Wythall 16/9/06 | Teddington 2/12/06 | Wythall 22/9/07 | Bilston 29/5/08 | Wythall 20/9/08 | Bilston 20/5/09 | 40 Years On | Wythall 19/9/09 | Bilston 10/11/10 | Bilston 24/11/11 | Bilston 18/11/12 | Bilston 27/4/16 | Witchwood chat group | Strawbsweb | Witchwood Records | Acoustic Strawbs | Family tree | Alison Brown's site | John Ford | Brian Willoughby | Rick Wakeman | Oliver Wakeman | John Hawken | Blue Weaver | BW&CC Solihull 7/3/03 | BW&CC Shepperton 6/5/06 | DC&Conny Conrad 31/7/05


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