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A night of pure nostalgia at the Cheese & Grain

The Cheese & Grain is the venue on Saturday 7th February for what will be a nostalgic journey for music fans with a performance by The Yardbirds and the Strawbs.

After over 50 years performing, the legendary Yardbirds have announced that together with London’s famous 100 Club and A Festival, the Cheese and Grain will be the band’s final ever performance. The band will be splitting up and the individual members will be concentrating on their solo projects.

This will be a never to be repeated chance to see one of the greatest ever British bands.

Formed in 1963, the original Yardbirds line-up of Jim McCarty, Top Topham, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith, quickly established themselves as “the most impressive guitar band in rock music.”

Major movers on the  British rhythm and blues scene, they succeeded the Rolling Stones as house band at Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club and were quickly signed by Columbia, leading to a recording career that spawned such classics as  ‘For Your Love’, ‘I Wish You Would’, ‘Good Morning Schoolgirl’, ‘Heart Of Soul’, ‘Shape Of Things’, ‘Evil Hearted You’, ‘Over Under Sideways Down’, ‘I’m A Man’, ‘Train Kept A Rollin’, ‘Dazed And Confused’ etc.

Drummer Jim McCarty has always had an eye and ear for great guitarists and following Top Topham’s departure Eric Clapton was recruited and later replaced by the equally legendary Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page and such terrific talent as John Knightsbridge, John Idan, Ray Majors, Gypie Mayo and Steve Donaghue.

The current reincarnation sees the return of original guitarist Top Topham alongside fellow founding member Jim McCarty and accompanied by three dynamic young musicians, namely, sensational guitarist Ben King who has won huge acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Andy Mitchell is an incredible vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who is also in huge demand as a producer and session musician. David Smale is a brilliant new generation bass player whose electrifying stage performances have been wowing audiences during last year’s tour with the Animals and Zombies.

Formed in 1964, The Strawbs are one of the most enduring and endearing British folk rock bands. With Dave Cousins still at the helm, former band members have included Sandy Denny, Sonja Kristina, Rick Wakeman, Don Airey, Rod Demick, Brian Willoughby and countless others.

Responsible for the huge hits ‘Lay Down’, ‘Part Of The Union’,  and ‘Shine On Silver Son’ they quickly developed a massive following on both sides of the Atlantic, touring and playing alongside such greats as: the Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult, Cockney Rebel, Faces, Focus, Frank Zappa, Genesis, Kinks, Nazareth, Rory Gallagher, Supertramp, Vinegar Joe etc.

The acoustic line up formed in 2000 consists of Dave Cousins, long time collaborator Dave Lambert and ace bassist Chas Cronk, the quintessential backbone of the classic 70’s electric line up. With over 40 albums to their name, they have an amazing back catalogue and their live shows are a master class of great harmonies and superb musicianship.

So for an evening not to be missed, come along to the Cheese on Saturday 7th February, 8.00pm. Tickets £18.50. Box Office:, tel: 01373 455420.

Tickets also available from Raves from the Grave: 01373 464666