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
03/12/18 12:56 Filed in: News
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.
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.