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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Arnold View Post
    I've never seen Strawbs live, but if I were you, I'd definitely go! Also seems like a good band for an accompanying spouse, whether they are a fan of Prog or not.

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    Thanks! We’re going! I played her “When We Were Young” from Ghosts, qualifying it as not being representative of much of their work, and she liked it!

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    Great! I hope that you both like it. They may not play that particular song, but I am sure that they will play one or more slower songs like that. They always do. (Nice break from the bombast. )
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    Well, it was a nice show. They played 3 tunes from a Ferryman's Curse, a couple from Hero and Heroine, and a couple from Ghosts. Can't remember the rest of them since I'm not that familiar with their discography. Dave Bainbridge was the star of the show; he's even a great guitarist! Dave Cousins had a lot of vocal trouble and seems very frail. I wonder if he's ill? He had a couple of cringe-inducing moments and forgot where they were in the setlist at one point.

    The venue, the Palais Montcalm, seemed mostly full with at least 1000 in attendance. I was a bit surprised, but Cousins mentioned that they've sold more records in Canada than anywhere else in the world.

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    I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Cousins had some sort of operation somewhere around July. Maybe he's not fully recovered?
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    There has been some insinuation that Cousins may be ill. He's lost a LOT of weight. I hope that's not the case though, and I hate when people think you're ill because you lost a lot of weight. But "frail" is a word I have never heard to describe David Cousins. I'm sorry to hear he was having vocal problems.

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    Just working out the kinks I expect....by the time they hit Gravenhurst he was in powerful voice and that continued throughout. He was ill with kidney stones earlier this year & had an operation to remove them, but he's recovered and he looks good.

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    After seeing them, I've delved into their catalog a bit. First, through the Broken Hearted Bride, I think Cousins is a great singer. Yes, his singing is idiosyncratic, but I consider that a good thing. I understand that such a distinctive voice and timbre would turn some people off, but I think it's indispensible for Strawbs music and suits the material. Sadly, I think he's declined since the Broken Hearted Bride. The material on the Ferryman's Curse is great, but Cousins' singing has suffered. There's almost an "old man's whistle" to his singing. Kind of to be expected. In his prime, though, he was a monster vocalist and that prime lasted for decades.

    I'd recommend seeing them before it's too late. I'm glad I did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    After seeing them, I've delved into their catalog a bit. First, through the Broken Hearted Bride, I think Cousins is a great singer. Yes, his singing is idiosyncratic, but I consider that a good thing. I understand that such a distinctive voice and timbre would turn some people off, but I think it's indispensible for Strawbs music and suits the material. Sadly, I think he's declined since the Broken Hearted Bride. The material on the Ferryman's Curse is great, but Cousins' singing has suffered. There's almost an "old man's whistle" to his singing. Kind of to be expected. In his prime, though, he was a monster vocalist and that prime lasted for decades.

    I'd recommend seeing them before it's too late. I'm glad I did!
    I saw them last Sunday at Hugh's Room in Toronto...apparently, they have played this venue 35 times. Cousins voice is just OK, I feel that it's getting close to over. It's certainly over for Dave Lambert's voice. Regardless, it was an excellent show with many well deserved standing O's. Dave Bainbridge is a real asset to this line up and a perfect fit.
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    Outdoor fire, weed, dram of Edradour whisky, and Strawbs Grave New World....oh yeah.

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    Frick, that sounds awesome!

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    Hey Little Man! I just listened to this in the past week and really enjoyed it as well. What's the word? Classic, oh yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Outdoor fire, weed, dram of Edradour whisky, and Strawbs Grave New World....oh yeah.
    It doesn't get much better than that. While the weed, whisky, and Strawbs are legal in my neck of Massachusetts, the outdoor fire is not. I miss that from the days of my yout in Rhode Island.
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