Returning after 8 years

Electric Strawbs

‘Hero & Heroine Live’ – American Tour Spring 2016

We’re delighted to announce that UK legends the Electric Strawbs will be performing at RoSfest 2016 as the Friday night headliner.

A two-part evening of the Strawbs’ greatest hits, and a recreation of their classic 1974 album, “Hero And Heroine,” in its entirety.

 

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Part of the ‘70’s British Progressive Rock Invasion of America, the Strawbs differed from their compatriots — the Moody Blues, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd — in one principle matter: the origin of their sound, English folk music rather than rock.

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The band started in 1967 as a bluegrass-based trio called the Strawberry Hill Boys. It was led by singer/guitarist Dave Cousins, whom All Music Guide described as “the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England.” That same year, the group — now rechristened the Strawbs, and doing repertory well beyond the bounds of bluegrass music — briefly became a quartet with the temporary addition of Sandy Denny. This incarnation of the band recorded a relative handful of tracks with the Hallmark label before Denny joined Fairport Convention. In 1969, the Strawbs were signed to A&M Records and cut their first album, the acoustic-textured ‘Strawbs,’ that same year.

However, their sound soon turned electric, augmented by an amazing array of keyboard players, including Rick Wakeman (prior to joining Yes), Blue Weaver, and John Hawken, scoring the band seven consecutive albums on the Billboad Top 200 chart in the USA. They’ve sold over three million albums worldwide, including ‘Bursting At The Seams,’ ‘Grave New World,’ and the beloved ‘Hero and Heroine,’ since their formation.

The exciting full line-up for the Strawbs’ 2016 tour will be announced soon, but the front line is as it was in 1974, with leader David Cousins (guitar & vocals), Dave Lambert (lead guitar & vocals), and Chas Cronk (bass & vocals).

This performance promises to be a remarkable evening spanning Progressive Rock and English Folk across the decades – do NOT miss out!

“We always strive to find superb headliners for RoSfest, and we literally jumped at the opportunity to book The Strawbs. We’re as eagerly anticipating watching these legends on stage as our audience is.” George Roldan

 

Official band website: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk