Iconic folk band’s full electric show

The Strawbs are one of the most iconic bands of the British folk rock movement and will be performing at The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, January 31.

Their appearance at the King Street venue is to be a much-anticipated full electric show.

The Strawbs first hit the charts in the UK and Europe in the early 1970s with Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams.

They also had two massive hit singles in Part Of The Union and Lay Down. From the mid-1970s, they concentrated their attention on the United States and Canada where their albums, including the classics Hero and Heroine and Ghosts, spent over 52 weeks on the Billboard charts.

They toured regularly with the likes of Santana, Peter Frampton, The Eagles, REO Speedwagon, Joe Walsh, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson and Frank Zappa.

Rick Wakeman played with the Strawbs for two years before moving on to achieve worldwide success with Yes, and as a solo artist. The much-loved Sandy Denny made an album with the Strawbs before she joined Fairport Convention.

Most recently Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk have been touring twice a year in the UK with an acoustic show. The tours have been a huge success with growing audience numbers year on year. The full electric line up only does a handful of UK dates a year, so don’t miss them.

Then, on Saturday, February 1, you can see a performance there by Four Fighters, with their tribute to The Foo Fighters.

This band was formed in 2003 by Foo Fighters Fans for Foo Fighters fans. Four vastly experienced musicians came together for this project with a passion to recreate the sound of the now legendary Dave Grohl-fronted, American supergroup.

Four Fighters can be found playing the most prestigious venues the length and breadth of the UK. Add to that regular multiple appearances at all of the biggest tribute festivals in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and you could argue that this is the world’s ultimate Foo Fighters tribute band.

Four Fighters’ live shows are explosive events and the band go to every effort to reproduce the raw power and dynamics of the original band.

All of the Foo Fighters studio albums, from their eponymous debut to the much acclaimed Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace and the 2011 release Wasting Light are represented and given the live treatment by this band. They perform the songs with an energy and passion that only true fans could and perform them in.

Doors open at 8pm for both gigs and admission is 13 for The Strawbs and £8 for Four Fighters.

Advance Tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions at www.rawpromo.co.uk