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STRAWBS 50 YEARS ON – A 50th ANNIVERSARY ACOUSTIC CONCERT
The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British band to be signed by the famous label. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert & Gerry Moss, major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at the Seams’, ‘Grave New World’, ‘Hero & Heroine’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Ghosts’, earning the band two Gold Albums along the way. Massive coast to coast American tours swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa.
From the days of Sandy Denny pre Fairport and Sonja Kristina pre Curved Air, the band have enjoyed the finest of soloists in their ranks from Rick Wakeman followed by his son Oliver moving on to join Yes as well as Adam Wakeman joining Black Sabbath, Blue Weaver to The Bee Gees and Don Airey to Deep Purple.
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.
Dining tickets include a table reservation for the evening and a delicious two course dinner. Upon arrival you will be shown to your table where you can enjoy dinner & drinks before kicking back to enjoy the show. There are always vegetarian/vegan options on the menu and we are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements - although we kindly ask (in the case of major allegies) that guest notify us in advance where possible.
The seating plans are usually communal, especially for popular concerts although we do have 5 premium booths ( the best seats in the house ) that are available upon request for each event. Premium booths require a minumum of 4 persons and there is a small additional surcharge for booking. Contact our showroom on 01825 790 200 to learn more and make a reservation. All guest are welcome to explore the showrooms (which are open all evening) before and after dinner and our friendly staff will be on hand to assist with any questions you have or purchases you may wish to make.
Although we recommend dining tickets as the best way to experience our events, we also have limited room for standing guests at most shows! Due to the intimate nature of our restaurant, standing guests are invited to use the dedicated standing bar area inside the showroom until 15 minutes before the event. Guests are welcome to browse the showrooms, make use of the heated garden decking and visit the Roger Dean gallery until the show begins.
Due to the intimate nature of the venue the you will never be more than 40 feet from the stage. Expect incredible acoustics and an electric atmosphere. There is room around the main dining area for standing guests and staff will point you in the right direction on the evening.
To allow diners the space to enjoy their meals without crowding, we do try and encourage standing guests to arrive from 8pm onwards. If you wish to arrive earlier to explore our showrooms then you are still more than welcome. Please note that our tickets are non-refundable
Please note our doors open at 7pm. Tickets are non refundable however in the unlikely event a concert is cancelled, a refund will be offered or a credit note issued.
Unless otherwise stated all concerts will begin around 9pm and generally finish between 11.15pm and midnight.
Shows will usually consist of two 45 minute sets with a short 20 minute interval although this may vary between events. Please check the event specific information on your tickets after purchase.