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Music Legends 'Strawbs' Release New Album “The Magic Of It All” Exclusive!

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Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Interviewing the Legends I’m your host Ray Shasho.

Music Legends Strawbs To Release New Album “The Magic Of It All” On July 14, 2023!

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 documentary “The Magic Of It All” will be released July 14, 2023.

PLEASE WELCOME FOUNDING MEMBER, SINGER, MUSICIAN AND MOST -ACTIVE SONGWRITER SINCE OF THE LEGENDARY STRAWBS SINCE 1967 …DAVID COUSINS TO INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS.

PURCHASE

THE LATEST ALBUM

BY

S T R A W B S

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 MAGIC OF IT ALL

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

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT

DAVID COUSINS

AND

STRAWBS

VISIT

www.strawbsweb.co.uk

Official website

www.facebook.com/groups/strawbs

Facebook

https://twitter.com/strawbsband?lang=en

Twitter

 

STRAWBS FINAL TOUR DATES

Running order as at 20 Jan 23:

THURSDAY 10 AUG 2023

Thursday Headliner TBA

Toyah & Robert Fripp

Damien Wilson & Adam Wakeman

Merry Hell

Fairport Acoustic

 

FRIDAY 11 AUG 2023

10CC

Fisherman's Friends

Strawbs (farewell show)

Peat and Diesel

Kiki Dee and Carmel Luigieri

Joshua Burnell

Two more Friday Acts TBA

 

SATURDAY 12 AUG 2023

Fairport Convention & Friends

Gilbert O'Sullivan

The Young 'Uns

Solstice

Beans on Toast

Morganway

Richard Digance

 

 

STRAWBS

Discography

Strawbs (1969)

Dragonfly (1970)

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)

Ghosts (1975)

Nomadness (1975)

Deep Cuts (1976)

Burning for You (1977)

Deadlines (1978)

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)

Prognostic (2014)

The Ferryman's Curse (2017)

Live in Concert CD / DVD (2020)

Best of The Strawbs - Live in Concert Vinyl (2020)

Settlement (2021)

The Magic Of It All (2023)

 

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The Zoom interview can be seen at www.youtube.com/c/InterviewingtheLegends in its entirety.

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