Strawbs

The Strawbs were an English folk-rock band from London that released eight studio albums and a live disc on A&M between 1969 and 1975, followed by a pair of albums on Oyster/Polydor in 1976/77 and a final release on Arista in 1978. The band was founded in 1967 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Cousins and initially featured future Fairport/Fotheringay singer Sandy Denny, briefly replaced by eventual Curved Air frontwoman Sonja Kristina.

The former Velvet Opera rhythm section of bassist John Ford and drummer Richard Hudson joined the Strawbs for 1970’s Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios and stayed for the following three studio albums; they subsequently recorded as the pop-duo Hudson–Ford. Other members of note who passed through recorded Strawbs lineups include keyboardists Rick Wakeman (Yes) and John Hawken (Renaissance, Illusion). Ex-Fire guitarist Dave Lambert joined the band after appearing on Cousins’ 1972 solo album Two Weeks Last Summer. In 1977, Cousins participated in the Passport Records all-star project Intergalactic Touring Band, delivering full-throated vocals on the ballad “Heartbreaker.”

Members: Dave Cousins (vocals, guitar, banjo, 1967-80, 1983-present), Tony Hooper (guitar, vocals, 1967-72, 1983-93), Ron Chesterman [Nobby] (bass, double bass, 1967-70), Sandy Denny (vocals, guitar, 1967-68), Sonja Kristina (vocals, 1968), Clare Deniz (cello, 1969), Lindsay Cooper (cello, double bass, 1970), Rick Wakeman (keyboards, 1970-71), John Ford (bass, vocals, 1970-73, 1983-85, 1999-2001, 2004), Richard Hudson (percussion, drums, vocals, 1970-73, 1983-2001, 2004), Blue Weaver (keyboards, 1971-73, 1983-84, 1993-2001, 2004), Dave Lambert (vocals, guitar, 1972-78, 1999-present), Chas Cronk (bass, guitar, vocals, 1973-80, 2004-present), Rod Coombes (drums, vocals, 1973-77, 2004-10), John Hawken (keyboards, 1973-75, 2004-08), Tony Fernandez (drums, 1977-80, 2010-12), Andy Richards (keyboards, 1977-80)

Discography:

  • Strawbs (1969)
  • Dragonfly (1970)
  • Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (live, 1970)
  • From the Witchwood (1971)
  • Grave New World (1972)
  • All Our Own Work (1973 • Sandy Denny & The Strawbs)
  • Bursting at the Seams (1973)
  • Hero and Heroine (1974)
  • Ghosts (1975)
  • Nomadness (1975)
  • Deep Cuts (1976)
  • Burning for You (1977)
  • Deadlines (1978)
  • Don’t Say Goodbye (1987)

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