Local legend announces birthday gig

Fairport Convention bassist Dave Pegg reveals special guests for celebration event.

Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg will reach his 75th birthday in November, and to mark the occasion, they’ll be performing in a special celebratory show at Dudley Town Hall, joined by friends old and new.

After half a century’s touring – including both live and session duties for the likes of Jethro Tull, Nick Drake and John Martyn – Birmingham-born Dave will return to (almost) home soil for a celebratory gig with his band of over 50 years, British folk rock legends Fairport Convention.

Dave says: “I celebrated my 50th birthday at Dudley Town Hall. Now I am delighted to share my 75th with some of the great friends I’ve worked with in the past including Ralph McTell, Anna Ryder, Anthony John Clarke, Paul Mitchell, Vo Vletcher, Tom Leary and, from the USA, Brian O’Malley and drummer Dave Mattacks.”

“This year I am enjoying my 52nd year as Fairport’s bassist,” Dave adds. “So in the second half of the concert we’ll perform some of our most popular repertoire.”

“It’s great to still be playing professionally at the age of 75 — I’m so glad I avoided getting a ‘proper’ job.”

This will also be Fairport Convention’s only local gig in 2022, and their final live show of the year. Tickets are available here.