Britain’s most internationally successful progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs emerged out of the British folk movement of the mid-1960s, playing bluegrass as the Strawberry Hill Boys. They moved into the mainstream in 1967 with the first Strawbs album, ‘All Our Own Work’ with Sandy Denny (a full year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention).
And they are set for an appearance at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, later this month.
The Strawbs expanded their soundscape with ambitious new compositions and musical luminaries such as keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, who went on to join Yes. The Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands, like Yes, King Crimson and The Moody Blues.
The Strawbs biggest selling album, ‘Hero & Heroine’, has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time”, while legendary producer Tony Visconti listed the Strawbs’ album ‘Dragonfly’ as one of his Top 6 productions.
The current Strawbs line-up – Dave Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, with drummer Tony Fernandez and keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge – has earned glowing reviews and they will be at the Apex, on Monday, October 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website, www.theapex.co.uk for details.