THE prog-rock legends known as Strawbs are on tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

And the good news is, they will make a stop at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall.

A spokesman said: “Strawbs have a unique component in their intricate music – they emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s before evolving into the fully-fledged prog rock band that we now know.

“Led by the ambitious prose and untamed warble of mastermind David Cousins, the band started life as a bluegrass outfit called the Strawberry Hill Boys, before moving into the mainstream by making the first Strawbs album All Our Own Work with future Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny in 1967.

"The album attracted the attention of A&M Records in Hollywood who signed Strawbs as their first British band, and Strawbs’ full prog rock status was established by the mid-1970s.”

Strawbs’ 1974 studio album Hero & Heroine, their heaviest and most symphonic album, has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the 50 greatest progressive rock albums of all time”, and the band are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and the Moody Blues.

Hero & Heroine is the band’s biggest seller worldwide and was certified gold in North America.

David Cousins, founder member, has been described by All Music Guide as ‘the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England’.

The current Strawbs line-up comprises David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, all of whom recorded and toured together in the 1970s.

They are joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years.

See them perform live at Huntingdon Hall on November 14 at 7.30pm.

For tickets, call the box office on 01905 611427 or go to