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Strawbs at Under The Bridge, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Under The Bridge, London

Strawbs regroup for their UK electric tour

“This happened when we headlined Wembley Stadium,” says Dave Cousins drolly, as there’s a pause for bass player Chas Cronk to replace a broken string. Strawbs never quite reached that level of popularity, and tonight’s crowd doesn’t match what you’ll see for some of their more celebrated peers. Yet their diehard fans display great affection for them, and tonight enjoy two well-judged sets of older favourites and new tracks. The 72-year-old Cousins had health problems not long ago, and quips that during the interval the band will be charging their pacemakers. His voice always had a reedy, sandy quality, and there are moments where he strains, but he compensates with stentorian, headmasterly anecdotes.

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