Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Hangman and the Papist

I first became aware of the Strawbs in the early 70s with the release of their album From the Witchwood in 1971. In those days Rick Wakeman was still with the group before joining Yes. But the group was first formed in the mid-60s by Dave Cousins and known at that time as the Strawberry Hill Boys, a bluegrass group. The line-up has changed over the years. For example, Richard Hudson and John Ford left to from Hudson Ford in 1973 and evolved into The Monks in the late 70s. There is a version of the band that continues to tour to this day and a new album was released last year.

But my favourite incarnation was the version with Wakeman. Here's that line-up performing The Hangman and the Papist from From the Witchwood in 1972.

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