Dave Pegg

Home of the official autobiography - Off The Pegg

Dave Pegg

Home of the official autobiography - Off The Pegg

Off The Pegg reviewed in ISIS

Peggy and Lee
Although not a Dylan book, Dave Pegg’s “Off The Pegg: Bespoke Memories of a Bass Player”, is certainly well worth a read; in fact, I found it hard to put down. Peggy is almost as admired as a teller of tales as he is as a bass player, and he’s one hell of a bass player. I can’t remember an occasion when I’ve been in Peggy’s company when he hasn’t had a tale to tell. He’s been threatening to write this book for years and now – with a little help from his friend and Fairport Convention biographer Nigel Schofield – he has finally kept that promise, or threat.

Peggy played in several part-time bands before he auditioned as a guitarist in 1966 for The Uglys. He didn’t get that gig but band leader Steve Gibbons offered him the post of bass player, so he switched instruments. Peggy went on to play with drummer John Bonham in The Way of Life before joining the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, with whom he spent 15 years. The book covers all of this and much more including running his own recording studio, record label and helping to organise the annual Cropredy Festival. In recent times, while still playing with a reformed Fairport Convention, Peggy has played with various musicians and in 1998 he formed The Dylan Project with his old friend and early band mate Steve Gibbons. Peggy tells me that Mr Dylan has a copy of his book and I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.

- Derek Barker, ISIS Magazine

Thanks and Merry Christmas all!

I have one more concert with my dear friend Anthony John Clarke on Tuesday in St Neots then we have 9 shows with the Dylan Project before Christmas. Do try and get to one of these - you can find details on the Gigs page.

Many thanks to all of you who purchased “Off The Pegg” - Mr Dylan has said that he enjoyed it so I am so chuffed.

Thanks to Nigel and Christine Schofield for keeping the mail orders going.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year, cheers, Peggy.

Red Shoes charity Christmas song

Peggy says: "My mates Red Shoes have recorded a special Christmas single to benefit Crisis - the homeless charity. It's called Time Stands Still and 50 per cent of all profits will be donated to Crisis UK. Please support this if you can."

You can download the single from December the 1st from the Red Shoes website and you can watch a short video of Time Stands Still here.

Time Stands Still was produced by Jared Bryant at Seven Valley Studios in Worcester and is only available as a digital download. It will be available through the winter months and then be taken off.

Don't tell the rest of the Fairports...

Peggy in Eeklo

but Peggy's been auditioning a new band member...

OK, it's actually a sculpture by Achiel Pauwels, poured in bronze by Dirk De Graeve and unveiled in 1993. It celebrates Lionel Bauwens, a singer and accordion player who often accompanied himself with a large bass drum - hence his nickname, 'Tamboer'. Peggy found him in Eeklo, East Flanders on the recent Fairport tour.

Off The Pegg - reviewed again!

"Here is the long-awaited “Peggiography” – Dave Pegg’s autobiographical memoir, co-authored and co-ordinated by that unrivalled authority on all things Fairport and so much else besides, the indefatigable Mr. Schofield of this parish, who had (just over a decade ago) collaborated with Peggy (as thus he will ever be known) on the four-CD career retrospective A Box Of Peggs.

Off The Pegg is subtitled Bespoke Memories Of A Bass Player, but any reader expecting just that will be-spoke too soon (as it were), for there’s a myriad of activities to consider: not least, long-term membership of several bands (Fairport, Tull et al.), the founding and running of Cropredy Festival, Woodworm Studios, and so much more beyond the scope of this humble, spartan word-count. Peggy is one of music’s great raconteurs, and this book is liberally spiced with choice anecdotes and memories of times spent in the company of many of the great names in rock and folk. It doesn’t require a chronological approach (although a bass-ic timeline is provided). Along the way, the anecdotes prompt, and are prompted by, invaluable nuggets of information and clarification, “betcha didn’t know”-type stuff that pub quizzes and Mastermind rounds are made of but invariably with much more than temporary fascination value and of genuine interest to all levels of fan. There’s also a veritable gallery of photographic evidence.

Off The Pegg is a weighty tome (272 jam-packed pages), with the highest production standards; it’s also a gleefully picaresque (or should that be “peggaresque”?) volume that, with Nigel’s exceptionally simpatico wordsmithery, really captures the essence of Peggy. The book’s aspirational and inspirational scholarship ensures that the reader will do far more than just “touch bass” with the living legend that is Peggy."

- David Kidman, The Living Tradition