Bob Pegg - album review (3 stars)

Bob Pegg

Keeper of the Fire (Castle Music)

FOLK

Yorkshire-born Bob Pegg lives in the Scottish Highlands these days, and is still active in music and storytelling, but the material on this two CD set dates from the aftermath of Mr Fox, the band he co-led with his then wife, Carole. The band were one of the most idiosyncratic and wierdly imaginative products of the late 60s folk-rock era, but split up along with the Peggs’ marriage.

This anthology gathers his subsequent work for Transatlantic Records in the mid-70s, comprising the albums Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt, The Shipbuilder, Ancient Maps and the never-released song cycle, Bones, rounded out with a smattering of alternate and broadcast versions. Of its time, and often intriguingly macabre, but well worth (re)discovering three decades on.

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