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 28WyesideBuilth Wells, UK
May 29Robin 2 ClubBilston, UK
May 30The PlayhouseSleaford, UK
May 31Maddermarket TheatreNorwich, UK
June 1Memorial HallFreshwater IOW, UK
June 4Half MoonPutney, UK
June 5The BrookSouthampton, UK
June 6Princess PavilionFalmouth, UK
June 7The Hailsham PavilionHailsham, UK

The Strawbs US itinerary:

June 10B.B. King’s Blues ClubNew York, NY
June 11Sellersville Theater 1894Sellersville, PA
June 12Rams Head On StageAnnapolis, MD
June 13Kent StageKent, OH
June 14The Thirsty EarColumbus, OH
June 15The ArkAnn Arbor, MI
June 17Abbey PubChicago, IL
June 18Shank HallMilwaukee, WI
June 20Red HouseSyracuse, NY
June 21Towne Crier CaféPawling, NY

Last Updated on May 29, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen