After more than fifty years of performing his songs around the world to thousands of fans, a series of recent hospitalisations has meant all live acoustic and electric Strawbs shows will not proceed as planned in 2022.
“This has been a tough year for me with my health issues," Cousins said in a short statement. "It started at the end of March with surgery for a full-knee replacement; six months later I could walk freely for the first time in several years.
"However, in November I went into hospital for a routine stent change. This was rapidly followed by a priority operation which will require an indeterminate period of recovery. I have become acutely aware that I must put my health first.”
Cousins will now concentrate on writing and recording new music for the Esoteric/Cherry Red labels. The band’s released their latest album Settlement in 2020.
Anyone who bought tickets for all affected Acoustic and Electric Strawbs shows is eligible for a refund at the point of purchase.
"I wish all in the extended Strawbs family well for Christmas and the New Year," Cousins adds.