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Strawbs New Album


‘SETTLEMENT’ produced by Blue Weaver

the brand-new album

26 February 2021

CD / LP / Streaming 


Settlement is the latest album by Strawbs, more than 50 years on from the band’s first major label release. The album comes at a time of political and social upheaval, which the lyrics and melodies of the songs reflect. Undeterred by the fact that ‘business as usual’ was not possible because of the global COVID-19 pandemic – working remote from one another, from their own home studios – Settlement is a remarkable achievement. 

David Cousins, leader of Strawbs says: “Settlement is something extraordinary. I can’t think of another band who can go from metal grunge to the lilt of an Irish ghost story – or from a song in 6/8 time to singing in 4/4 over a 5/4 backbeat – in half an hour.” He goes on to say: “The lyrics reflect the times we have been living through:

‘Once we went dancing through quicksilver days’, or ‘What the autocrats are selling you is Sturm und Drang’, or ‘All bear witness, come together, we are everyone’. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Settlement is produced by Blue Weaver who played with Strawbs and Bee Gees in their 1970s heydays. The recording was coordinated from Blue’s studio in Germany, where he now lives. Strawbs are David Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Dave Bainbridge, and Tony Fernandez who last played together at Strawbs 50th Anniversary Weekend in Lakewood, New Jersey in April 2019. 

Strawbs guests on Settlement are John Ford, another former member of Strawbs, who lives in New York, Cathryn Craig, with her lovely voice and unmistakable Southern lilt, who lives in Northern Ireland, and bass player Schalk Joubert, with whom David Cousins performed in South Africa at the beginning of the year.

Blue Weaver sums it up: “Strawbs dusted off their instruments and set up the necessary technology to make it happen – ranging from state-of-the-art recording equipment to an ironing board!  It is unprecedented that a recording of this quality could be made without a single face to face meeting. There comes a time when every Settlement is due!”

CD release


2.Strange Times

3.Judgement Day

4.Each Manner of Man

5.The Visit

6.Flying Free

+3 bonus tracks

7.Quicksilver Days

8.We Are Everyone


Champion Jack

Better Days



Strawbs last album The Ferryman’s Curse, released in 2018, returned the band to the best-selling charts. It was produced by Chris Tsangarides who sadly died a month after the recording of the album.

In 2019 Strawbs celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the release of the band’s first album in New Jersey, alongside the United Nations Singers and a 30-piece orchestra conducted by Tony Visconti. 

OGWT – Strawbs

The Old Grey Whistle Test – Strawbs ‘Tears and Pavan’

Strawbs – 40 years

Me with 2 Mellotrons

Me with 2 Mellotrons

Just returned from a fabulous weekend in London. It was the Strawbs 40th reunion concerts in Twickenham. Over 2 days we had fantastic lineups which included myself, Dave Cousins, Rick Wakeman, Jo Partridge, Andy Richards, Oliver Wakeman, Rod Coombes, Brian Willoughby, Cathryn Craig, Sonja Kristina, Tony Fernadez, Ian Cutler, Melvin Duffy, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Roy Hill, Robert Kirby + orchestra and compered hilariously by Fred Wedlock.

Sadly Robert Kirby died a few weeks after this concert.

Full details to follow

Strawbs – Backside

The original working title for this track was “Ciggy Barlust and the Whales From Uranus” but I don’t think the record label liked it so we settled on “Backside”. My Viscount X150 with the Viscount Leslie features on this track.

Strawbs – Old Grey Whistle Test

Very rare! Strawbs play Tears & Pavan.

Strawbs – (S)Hits-A-GoGo

This is what happens when you fly a band to Germany at 7:00am arrive at studio in Baden-Baden at 9:00am and told to go to the bar where there is food and drink, “help yourself and we will come for you when we are ready”. They came at about 4:30pm needless to say all food and Driiiiiiiiink gone. We were not the only band from what I remember there were the Nashville Teens and Junior Cambell. The show was called “Hits-A-GoGo” and someone found a camera pointing to a large card with the shows title on, well a large “S” was added.

Can you imagine, the show was live but the producer nearly died. Anyway a lesson was learnt I’m sure…So tonight live it’s “SHits-A-GoGo”…

Strawbs – Part Of The Union

Strawbs – Lay Down – TOTP

Check out the boots!