The Strawbs – Hastings Pier 18th September 1976 & Stallion write up.


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Jim Breeds…..Going to see Rick Wakeman this year

Clifford Rose…..This concert was 18/09/1976 and I still have my ticket. I was going to go but changed my mind and went to see Queen at the free Hyde Park concert instead. I did see Strawbs later when they performed at the White Rock with Lindisfarne 28/11/1993.

Yvonne Cleland…..That must have been a great gig.

Alan Esdaile…..still my favourite track, the b side of ‘Lay Down’ which they recorded under the name of’ Ciggy Barlust & The Whales from Venus’ called ‘Backside’.

Henry Mann….Went to this. Absolutely packed out. Not always the case with some pretty big bands.

Tony Davis… Have seen the Strawbs many times in Hastings and elsewhere. Last time was at the White Rock on the bill with the Carl Palmer Band and Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash last year. Next time will be at the Shepherds Bush Empire in December when they are the support act for Family. Looking forward to that double header!

John Wilde… Wahooo its me! As a young un I always wanted a band called Johnny Wild and the Tamers.

Phil Gill… Well, we didn’t win the Vitavox award, but the song we submitted was a live version of The Hard Life recorded at the Lyceum. It was however a good enough recording for it to end up as a bonus track on our 2007 album, The Hard Life.

Mark Gilham… Love the song Lay Down. Still sounds great!

Sheila Maile…  I liked them. I liked The Union Man.

Alan Esdaile… My favourite is the B side of Lay Down, Backside by Ciggy Barlust and The Whales From Venus. (The Strawbs).

Alex Chapman… I still know Chas Cronk (rhs at the back) and Brian Willoughby who joined them in the 80s is a friend of 40+ years. Great Band seen them many times right from the beginning.

Tony Davis… I’ve always really liked the Strawbs album Grave New World. Wasn’t really a lover of the Hudson Ford era such as Part of the Union.

Tony Court-holmes… i think i was there

Lindisfarne & The Strawbs – White Rock Theatre 1993

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Alan Esdaile… Always loved Lady Eleanor

Colin Norton… Always loved that track!

Clifford Rose… Great concert. I liked the way Lindisfarne made the stage resemble a public bar. Strawbs were good as well!

Tony Davis… Saw the Strawbs at the White Rock recently when they were there with the Carl Palmer Band & Wishbone Ash. It amazes how strong Dave Cousins voice still is.

The Classic Legends Of Rock & Folk Super Tour 2015 White Rock Theatre, Hastings Sat 21 Feb 2015 7.30pm. featuring Carl Palmer (ELP), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Dave Cousins & Dave Lambert (The Strawbs).


Three legendary bands perform their part in the history of rock and folk all in one show!
Carl Palmer & his band performing Emerson Lake & Palmer and more
Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. A consummate professional, a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman, he has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
From Wishbone Ash, original founding member Martin Turner & his band plays the music of Wishbone Ash
With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash’s heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts is assured.
The classic line-up of legendary folk band The Strawbs
The Strawbs comprise David Cousins, along with lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of the band. As they move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band.

Eric Cawthraw…A bit of a mixed bag – and very interesting.The Strawbs did start to go a bit heavy at one time – and I’m curious to see Martin Turner’s W. Ash as opposed to Andy Powell’s.It is either going to be a long evening – or short sets. With all the material available – it suggests the former!

Alan Esdaile… Always liked the Strawbs track Lay Down but the ‘B’ was superb. Backside under the name of Ciggy Barlust & The Whales From Venus (1972).

Yvonne Cleland… Lovely, and love the ‘band name’ :-). Hmmmmmmm quite a night! I would love to go to this and would love to see the Strawbs. I’d definitely like to go.

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Strawbs story – 1974 by Philip John – Mott Road Crew Live


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Philip John… London Gardens,home of The London Knights Ice Hockey Team !
First time we’ve played in an ice rink. The line up for this show had been changed due to Queen having to drop out. The Strawbs were topping the bill as they were in the charts with ‘Part of the union’ followed by us then Blue Oyster Cult were opening. The Cult weren’t too happy about this as they’d just brought out their new album ‘Secret Treaties’ and the top track ‘Career of evil’ written by Patti Smith who was also the lead singers girlfriend at that time was getting a lot of radio play.
Anyway before we started the load in the staff covered the ice rink in straw mats. This stopped it being slippery but didn’t do much for the chill factor.Still everything went off OK and once the show started I headed off to check out BOC. Got to say they were a great heavy rock band with biker overtones. Eric the singer came on in full leathers cracking a 10 ft bull whip and they really got the crowd going. Mind you I couldn’t help but notice that once the hall filled up the place began to fill up with clouds of vapour and I wondered if the Cult had a dry ice machine back stage. On further investigation it turned out to be the ice floor warming up .
Mott went on next and went down a storm even though they were partly obscured by the clouds of moisture rising from the floor. I began to think we were rather lucky not to have been topping the bill that night. Blue Weaver who was currently sharing keyboard duties went back stage to catch up with the guys from the Strawbs, seemed he’d spent a few years on the road with them before he’d joined Mott. They were also getting a bit worried about the steaming ice but thought they’d go ahead and play anyway.
Well by halfway through their set they were almost totally invisible . Great clouds of vapour had enveloped the audience and the stage. Occasionally a spare hand or guitar neck would become visible soon to vanish leaving us with with this strange disembodied music floating through the mists.
When the show finished the management opened all the exits and the vapour clouds slowly dispersed. Fortunatly every one saw the funny side of this and as we all got paid there was no problems.
I believe The Stones also played this gig, can’t imagine they were as easy going as our lo