English progressive rock/folk band The Strawbs will be touring U.S. clubs in June with the group’s classic 1974 lineup: founder/lead singer/guitarist David Cousins, lead...

English progressive rock/folk band The Strawbs will be touring U.S. clubs in June with the group’s classic 1974 lineup: founder/lead singer/guitarist David Cousins, lead guitarist/vocalist Dave Lambert, keyboardist John Hawken, bassist/vocalist Chas Cronk, and drummer Rod Coombes.

Before hitting the States, the band will wrap up the extensive UK tour they are currently on by June 7.

The Strawbs started out as a bluegrass band, the Strawberry Hill Boys, before shortening their name. They were the first UK act signed to A&M Records and released their first single in 1968, after a folk-tinged few years. After keyboardist Rick Wakeman joined the group its progressive rock years began. Wakeman subsequently left to join the group Yes.

In 1974, The Strawbs’ album, “Hero and Heroine,” spent 17 weeks on the Billboard album charts. That album was followed by album “Ghosts,” with the same lineup as on the current tour. The Strawbs have toured recently with various combinations of former performers and under different monikers.

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The Strawbs UK itinerary:

May 28 Wyeside Builth Wells, UK
May 29 Robin 2 Club Bilston, UK
May 30 The Playhouse Sleaford, UK
May 31 Maddermarket Theatre Norwich, UK
June 1 Memorial Hall Freshwater IOW, UK
June 4 Half Moon Putney, UK
June 5 The Brook Southampton, UK
June 6 Princess Pavilion Falmouth, UK
June 7 The Hailsham Pavilion Hailsham, UK

The Strawbs US itinerary:

June 10 B.B. King’s Blues Club New York, NY
June 11 Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, PA
June 12 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
June 13 Kent Stage Kent, OH
June 14 The Thirsty Ear Columbus, OH
June 15 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
June 17 Abbey Pub Chicago, IL
June 18 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
June 20 Red House Syracuse, NY
June 21 Towne Crier Café Pawling, NY