Strawbs Under Ground date

The Strawbs at The Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne on  March 8
The Strawbs at The Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne on March 8

As the Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that originated in English folk music, rather than rock, that has made them Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band.

Check out their sound for yourself at the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday, March 8.

Founded in 1967 by singer-guitarist Dave Cousins as the Strawberry Hill Boys, the band featured Sandy Denny for a brief period, before she joined Fairport Convention.

Soon afterwards they were to enjoy major success with hit albums Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams, while the singles Part of the Union and Lay Down topped the charts.

Dave Lambertand Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s Strawbs line-up, are still there, as is Dave Cousins, undoubtedly the heart and soul of the band.

Recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Classic Rock Society his complex, epic songs, always delivered in an unmistakable vocal style, are the cornerstone of the band’s appeal.

Seats are £18.50 - in advance from 01323 841414.