Fundraising folk

Dave Pegg
Dave Pegg

Legendary musicians and consummate entertainers unite for an evening of song and music raising funds for a village hall.

Renowned Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist Dave Pegg is once again teaming up with Irish stand-up and song smith supremo Anthony John Clarke.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 8 and there will be a wealth of hits and much loved songs for an evening of exquisite, outstanding music and a lot of humour.

Money raised at the event will go towards the upkeep of Eydon Village Hall, where the concert will take place.

As a teenager, Dave Pegg became involved in Birmingham’s vibrant 60s rock scene. He soon found himself playing guitar most evenings with one or other of the city’s young bands. Later, Dave auditioned as a lead guitarist with The Uglys but was persuaded to swap to bass guitar and has played the instrument ever since.

After a spell with The Uglys, Dave joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group on double bass and met fiddle maestro Dave Swarbrick, who introduced him to Fairport Convention. He joined them and has been in the band ever since.

In 1980, he joined Jethro Tull as bass player and spent 15 years with the band. As if playing in two bands was not enough, he set up Woodworm Records to produce and market Fairport’s albums. He also recorded a solo album.

Dave has also co-organised Fairport’s Cropredy Festival since the early 1980s.

From small beginnings, it has grown into a major event that attracts 20,000 fans each August.

As well as recording and touring with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, Dave is much in demand as a session player and has contributed bass to innumerable recordings. He is also an accomplished mandolin player.

Belfast born Anthony John is recognised as one of the top songwriters on the acoustic/ folk scene with 12 albums and three singles including the beautiful Seven in Ireland and Irish Eyes. Anthony John enjoys an enormous following in UK, Europe, Australasia and USA.

But the duo are not the only ones providing entertainment on the night. There will be a return of the talented Fifteen String Trio to entertain with high quality, imaginative and contemporary folk music.

Tunes play an important part in their repertoire and the band is influenced by English, Celtic and Eastern European cultures.

Tickets cost £12.50 each and the organisers, Eydon Live Music, is encouraging people to get them quick as they are limited to 100.

For further details about the event or to book tickets contact Eydon Live Music on 01327 260015 or email Alternatively they can buy them online at