Thursday, November 23, 2006

Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt "The Shipbuilder" 1974

Bob studied traditional music at Leeds University, where he also ran the folk club, and in the early seventies founded the cult folk/rock band Mr. Fox. The band made two albums for Transatlantic Records, and soon developed a substantial following in the burgeoning folk/rock scene of the time. With Bob's then wife Carol on fiddle and vocals and the bass/drum partnership that was later to provide the rhythm section for Dick Gaughan's Five Hand Reel, Mr Fox were renowned for their live show, which veered between the unbelievably good and the unbelievably awful!

When Mr. Fox foundered, Bob made two L.P.'s (as they were known then) with Nick Strutt and released his solo album 'Ancient Maps' in 1975. Since then Bob's work has found a broad base in education and the arts. Song cycles were commissioned by the Hebden Bridge and Ilkley Literature Festivals, he published two books on folklore and took part in many schools projects. He was Oral Historian at the Arvon Foundation in Heptonstall in 1976/7 and writer in residence in Cleveland from 1982-4. For the next three years he organised the Legal and General nationwide songsearch competition whilst writing music for T.V. and film, including the score for the Ken Loach feature 'Black Jack'.

In 1990 Bob moved to the Highlands, becoming Ross and Cromarty's musician in residence until the Council was dissolved in 1998. During this time he organised many workshops and concerts and wrote music and songs for the community productions of 'MacBeth' and 'Storm'. He also performs regularly as a storyteller, and runs workshops for children, especially at Whitby Folk Week, where his 'Children In Performance' sessions have been running to great acclaim for many years.

Bob's Rhiannon album is his first new recording since The Shipbuilder. "The Last Wolf" (RHYD5009) contains material from all stages of Bob's life and career, starting with 'Fiddler's Cross', written in the early '70's when Bob was living in Leeds, through the Calderdale cycle of songs, written for and performed at the Hebden Bridge Literature Festival of 1978, through to 'The Mermaid' and 'A Dram For The Singer', written for the Ross and Cromarty Arts production 'Storm'. Bob is now working as a freelance arts advisor, combined with occasional gigs as a solo artist.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Liz,

could you post the following album:

Young Folk in Worship - 1971 - ST (w Heather Jones)

Etchingham Steam Band - 1974 - ST

Derek Sarjeant & Hazel King - 1973 - Folk Matters

Cyril Tawney - 1973 - I Will Give My Love

John Dummer Oobleedooblee Band - 1973 - Oobleedooblee Jubilee

McGuinness Flint - 1971 - ST

Thanks

23 November, 2006 03:30  
Anonymous dan-the-man said...

Bob Pegg: always appreciated!

Don't want to bother you by asking again for Bob & Carolanne Pegg's He Came From The Mountains – but I would love to hear that one.

Thanks for all your wonderful posts: it's hard to keep up with your speed ...

23 November, 2006 06:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi and thanks for this wonderful blog. Do you have the tracklist for the Shipbuilder?

23 November, 2006 23:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on the track list of the "Keeper of the Fire" compilation this seems to work

01 The Coming Of The Shipbuilder
02 Midnight Caller
03 Entr'Acte
04 First Light
05 Song Of The Trees
06 Four Days' Work
07 Lovers' Voyage
08 Dancing On The Sands
09 Storm
10 Calm
11 Raggle Taggle Gypsies
12 Shipbuilder Reciprocates With
13 Golden Vanity
14 End Of The Affair

Also check this link
http://www.firekeeper.co.uk/html/the_shipbuilder.html for story/lyrics.

26 November, 2006 20:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tracklist!

26 November, 2006 23:23  
Anonymous arbor said...

This is excellent I love Bob Pegg, there is always great imagery in the music

28 November, 2006 13:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance for a repost link on the Mr.Fox "Join Us in Our Game"? My cd broke and won't play half the tracks anymore!

04 December, 2006 04:14  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Original uploader of Mr. Fox "Join Us..." is here: The C.G.R. Site
please request at there.

04 December, 2006 04:42  
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