British Music Legends
S T R A W B S
To Release New Album
“The Magic Of It All”
followed by documentary later this year
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SUPERB NEW ALBUM BY STRAWBS FEATURING DAVID COUSINS, BLUE WEAVER AND JOHN FORD
British music legends Strawbs will be releasing their new album “The Magic Of It All” on July 14th! Recorded in Cape Town, the album features David Cousins, Blue Weaver, and John Ford from classic 1970’s line up joined by some of the finest musicians and singers in South Africa.
Strawbs were high in the charts with “Grave New World” and “Bursting At The Seams” 50 years ago which coincided with a pivotal moment in the struggle for freedom in South Africa, when students and workers launched a new wave of resistance against so-called “resettlement”. The resistance in South Africa identified with Strawbs songs, especially “Part Of The Union”, “Lay Down”, and “New World”.
Recognizing this, South Africa documentary maker, Niel van Deventer, approached David Cousins with the idea of producing a documentary about Strawbs and the band’s influence around the world. Niel wanted to film while new songs were being recorded in a Cape Town studio. David Cousins came up with a bunch of his finest songs; Blue Weaver flew over to produce the sessions and co- write some of the material, while John Ford joined in with his contribution to the songs from New York.
Featuring brand-new songs recorded at the Academy Of Sound Engineering in Cape Town, with engineer Peter Pearlson, who worked with Paul Simon when he was recording South African musicians for the “Graceland” album. The South African musicians on this album include Mauritz Lotz, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Byron Abrahams, Simangele Mashazi, Marzia Barry and Luna Paige. Cathryn Craig and Nicole Tee joined the singers from the UK. The documentary “The Magic Of It All” will be released July 14, 2023.
The Magic Of It All
Cherry Red press release announces the new Strawbs album, to be released on CD, vinyl and download on 14 Jul 2023. You can pre-order the album from Cherry Red from the Cherry Red website. Purchasers will get signed postcards whilst stocks last.
The new Strawbs studio album was recorded in Cape Town in 2022.David Cousins, Blue Weaver, and John Ford from classic 1970s Strawbs join with the some of the finest musicians and singers in South Africa.
Strawbs were high in the charts with Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams fifty years ago in the early 1970s. It coincided with a pivotal moment in the struggle for freedom in South Africa when students and workers launched a new wave of resistance against so-called “resettlement”. The resistance in South Africa identified with Strawbs songs, especially "Part of the Union", "Lay Down", and "New World". Strawbs albums sold well and became highly prized.
Recognizing this, South Africa documentary maker, Niel van Deventer, approached David Cousins with the idea of producing a documentary about Strawbs and the band’s influence around the world. Niel wanted to film while new songs were being recorded in a Cape Town studio. David Cousins came up with a bunch of his finest songs, Blue Weaver flew over to produce the sessions and co-write some of the songs, while John Ford joined in with his contribution to the songs from New York.
The album is called The Magic Of It All - 11 brand-new songs recorded at the Academy of Sound Engineering in Cape Town in Sep 2022. Engineer Peter Pearlson worked with Paul Simon when he was recording South African musicians for the Graceland album. The South African musicians on this album include Mauritz Lotz, Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Byron Abrahams, Simangele Mashazi, Marzia Barry and Luna Paige. Cathryn Craig and Nicole Tee joined the singers from the UK.
David Cousins says: “The Academy of Sound Engineering is a college for training young audio engineers. We were surrounded by several students every day while we recorded, and they were involved in setting up the studio and lining up the desk. They learned a lot – and so did I. It was magic!”
Blue Weaver says: “It really was 'Magic' working in Cape Town especially having such great musicians and an engineer who made my job very easy. It was wonderful also to see how the students reacted to our ways of recording live in the studio and to answer their questions. I‘m looking forward to seeing the documentary especially the "fly on the wall" video recordings that were made during the sessions.“
The Magic Of It All is released simultaneously on vinyl, CD and download by Cherry Red on 14 July. The documentary "The Magic Of It All" will be released later this year."
Strawbs “The Magic Of It All” will be available on CD and vinyl.
To pre-order: www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/strawbs
AT FAIRPORT'S CROPREDY CONVENTION
THURSDAY 10 AUG 2023
NILE RODGERS & CHIC
Toyah & Robert Fripp
Damien Wilson & Adam Wakeman
FRIDAY 11 AUG 2023
Strawbs (farewell show)
Peat and Diesel
Kiki Dee and Carmel Luigieri
Two more Friday Acts TBA
SATURDAY 12 AUG 2023
Fairport Convention & Friends
The Young 'Uns
Beans on Toast
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (recorded live) (1970)
From the Witchwood (1971)
Grave New World (1972)
Bursting at the Seams (1973)
All Our Own Work (1973; recorded 1967)
Hero and Heroine (1974)
Deep Cuts (1976)
Burning for You (1977)
Don't Say Goodbye (1987)
Ringing Down the Years (1991)
Heartbreak Hill (1995)
Baroque & Roll (2001)
Strawberry Sampler Number 1 (2001; recorded 1969)
30 Years in Rock (2001; Issued with "Wondrous Stories" magazine)
Blue Angel (2003)
Déjà Fou (2004)
Live at Nearfest (2006)
The Broken Hearted Bride (2008)
Dancing to the Devil's Beat (2009)
Hero & Heroine in Ascencia (2011)
The Ferryman's Curse (2017)
Live in Concert CD / DVD (2020)
Best of The Strawbs - Live in Concert Vinyl (2020)
The Magic Of It All (2023)
Two Weeks Last Summer (1972) (with Roger Glover, Rick Wakeman, Dave Lambert, etc)
Old School Songs (1980) (with Brian Willoughby)
The Bridge (1994) (with Brian Willoughby)
Hummingbird (2002) (with Rick Wakeman)
Wakeman and Cousins "Live 1988" (2005) (with Rick Wakeman)
High Seas (2005) (with Conny Conrad)
The Boy in the Sailor Suit (2007)
Secret Paths (2008)
Duochrome (2008) (with Ian Cutler) live recordings from the US tour in March 2008
Moving Pictures (2015) solo acoustic live recording from The Kent Stage, Kent, Ohio US 15 March 2008
Dave Cousins has co-written a song "The Water Song" with Kendra, a 15-year-old South African schoolgirl as part of the Commonwealth Medical Trust’s (Commat) initiative to bring the importance of conserving water as widely as possible to school children in countries throughout the world.
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