A folk fundraiser

Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg
Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg

Two of the most beloved folk artists doing the circuit will be coming together for a show at Eydon Village Hall next month.

Dave Pegg and Anthony John Clarke perform at the venue on Saturday November 7 for the gig starting at 7.30pm.

It will be a return visit for the dynamic duo who have bought many entertaining shows to the venue. This latest gig will be a fundraiser for the village hall.

Anthony John Clarke has been involved in music for many years now, having recorded twelve CD albums, three CD singles and published two songbooks.

He has played in hundreds of clubs and festivals in the UK, Europe, Australasia and the USA, and his songs and career receive good coverage.

Anthony John Clarke was born in Belfast and started song writing at the age of nine inspired by the sixties.

It was only when he left Ireland and came to England that he pursued his passion for writing with any vigour.

Describing his work, Anthony said: “The songwriter has a responsibility. It’s not enough to put a tune to some words or some words to a tune. The song is a vehicle for a notion that the writer has about something. If it wasn’t, then the song would have no beginning, middle or end. It’s not complicated. The notion is what starts the process and the completed song is the fruition. It invites others into the notion, the idea, the feeling, the celebration, the private moment.”

As a teenager, Dave 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 by whom he was introduced to Fairport Convention. He joined them and has been in the band ever since and helped to organise the ever popular festival Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.

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.

Two legendary musicians and consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music.

The friends draw from a wealth of hits and much loved songs for an evening of exquisite, outstanding music and a lot of humour.

Tickets for the show cost £12.50 and are available by visiting www.eydonfolk2015.eventbrite.co.uk. They can also be bough by calling the event organisers Craig and Alison Cutler on 01327 260015 or by emailing them info@eydonlivemusic.co.uk.