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Prior to Bev ceasing his various bands engagements at the end of 2019, this page previously had a facility to purchase CDs from it via PayPal.

However, it is now used purely as a reference and description for various CDs that Bev has for available for sale. These albums are now listed on eBay and can be purchased accordingly from that site.

Should anyone wish to purchase an album without wanting to use eBay, please contact Bev via email which can be found on this website and state your preferences please.

Also, by browsing on YouTube, many of the songs on these albums can be found should anyone just want to have a listen to any of them.

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"The Best Of Times"

"The Best Of Times" is Bev's 2020 release on Beaujangle DB0376 CD

The album includes twelve songs, ten of which are written and performed by Bev relating to tales of love, contentment, fear, humour, irony, questions and nostalgia.  In addition to Bev's own songs, also included are two by good friends of his. "Song and Dance Man" by the late Dave Cartwright was originally recorded by Dave in Bev's Kinver studio back in 1973. However when Dave released this song on his Transatlantic album "Don't Let Your Family Down", the song was in reggae style. Bev performs this song in its original way. The other song is by another of Bev's friends, Pete Boddis. Pete wrote "Sweet Loretta" quite recently and recorded it on his recent album  in purely solo vocal and guitar mode. The song is simple, yet catchy. This version contains added instrumentation behind Bev's vocal.
Pedal steel guitar player / violinist Maurice Hipkiss and vocalist Kate Toomer assist Bev with their musical contributions. A 12-page sleeve accompanies the CD.
Tracks Listing:
Rosalita, Don't Make Me Feel This Way / Song and Dance Man / Sweet Loretta / I Don't Wanna Walk Through This Town Tonight / Born At The Best Time / I'd Rather Be With You / My Baby, She's So Good To Me / They All Understand / Whatever Happened To Marita? /
Stourport Boat Club, Saturday Night Jazz / Stourbridge Gals /
Dancin' Into Trouble.


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"Romance And Broken Hearts"


"Romance And Broken Hearts" is Bev's 2018 release on Beaujangle DB0213 CD

"Romance and Broken Hearts" is a collection of songs written and performed by Bev Pegg. He is joined on this album by several of the excellent musicians that he has shared the stage with over the years. These include Maurice Hipkiss on pedal steel guitar, Pete Hartley on violin plus Roy Parry on bass guitar who adds backing vocals in addition with Julia Tromans plus a couple of tracks from Kate Toomer. The songs all revolve around romantic relationships. Happiness, sadness, love, mistakes, deceit, coincidence, joy, nostalgia to name but a few. A 12-page sleeve accompanies the CD.

Tracks listing: Finding Romance By The Sea / I Got It So Wrong / Boyfriend And Girlfriend / Never Gonna Be / You’re Saying It’s All Over / Coffee Aroma / Tea At The Ritz / Turn The Clock Back / Team Of Six / Brass Bed / Gotta Move On / Old Studded Belt.

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“Headin’ For Home”

“Headin’ For Home” is Bev’s 2016 release on Beaujangle DB0166 CD

"Headin’ For Home" contains a varied collection of 15 songs, all but one written and performed by Bev together with a bunch of his good musician friends. Bev plays alongside many fine musicians in his various band line-ups, some of whom have assisted Bev in completing this album such as Pete Hartley – violin, Roy Parry – bass guitar / backing vocal, Ken Wright – drums /backing vocal, Brian Godwin – Keyboard / backing vocal. There are folk songs, Black Country songs, wistful, biting, humorous, country and nostalgic songs. A 4-page sleeve accompanies the CD.

Tracks listing: Born At The Best Time / Down Home American Boy / It’s Only A Song / Two Singers / Stourbridge Town / Let’s Pass An Hour Away / The King Of Black Country Comedy / Donald McClintock / Spring Is In The Air / Richard Bennett / I Ain’t Deaf / A Cautious State Of Mind / Bench By The Sea / Church Street Blues / Headin’ For Home.
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“Rolling River Blues”

“Rolling River Blues” is Bev’s 2014 release on Beaujangle DB0086 CD

Apart from the title track which was written by Bev, the remaining 11 songs are a collection of traditional country blues recorded by legendary performers of yesteryear. Helping Bev out on this album are Pete Burkes – percussion / vocal chorus, Roy Parry – bass / vocal chorus, and Ricky Cool on harmonica. A four-page sleeve accompanies the CD.

Tracks listing: Rolling River Blues / John Henry / Mean Ol’ Frisco / Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses / You Can’t Get That Stuff No More / It’s Tight Like That / Goodnight Irene / Lost Lover Blues / Railroad Bill / Vigilante Man / Going To Germany / Out With The Wrong Woman.

Reviews:

"Just played the CD - love it! Not a duff track on there - Bryan Chalker - Somer Valley 97.5FM "Same Roots, Different Fruits" show - 5.3.15 //

"A track from Bev Pegg's new album "Rolling River Blues". As with his other albums, I sure did enjoy listening to it" - Russell Hill - Russell Hill's Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM - 8.3.15

Going back to my teenage years, I was a keen blues fan. (I had my harmonica confiscated by the history teacher at school). I poured over the records of the country blues people like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Huddie Ledbetter and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as the Urban guys like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. As Jon Hendricks used to say, “The Blues is jazz’s mother, and you’ve got to be in trouble if you try to have one without the other”.

 

Bev Pegg and his friends have certainly done their homework, and captured the essence of the Blues and Skiffle genre in this selection of songs. It’s an authentic sound, full of atmosphere and well recorded.

 

I must admit though, that I do have a problem with a bunch of Midlanders singing with a deep Southern drawl (as in USA). I appreciate it would sound awful singing this material with an English Accent: however, to my ears it does sound a wee bit contrived. This was always somewhat of a tricky dilemma even in the Skiffle era of the 1950s.

 

Also, perhaps a wider use of the instrumentation, with a few solos from band members, would give more variety and contrast to the CD, which, however, like a lot of Blues records, tends to be a bit samey.

 

I know Bev gets booked on a number of Festivals, and his live act is very entertaining, so this CD should sell well. Good luck to you, Bev.

 

Recommended to all you Blues fans!

 

Trefor Williams – Just Jazz Magazine – June 2015 Issue
 

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“Wildwood”

 

“Wildwood” is Bev’s 2013 release on Beaujangle DB0046 CD


Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass/mandolin, Pete Hartley-violin, Richard Collins-banjo, Maurice Hipkiss-dobro, Ricky Cool-harmonica, Harry Rowlands-bass/vocal.

Tracks listing: Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms / I’m Thinkin’ Tonight Of My Blue Eyes / Streamline Cannonball / The Tennessee Stud / Toy Heart / Wabash Cannonball / White Dove / You Are My Sunshine / Blues Stay Away From Me / Nine Pound Hammer / Keep On The Sunny Side / Rose Of My Heart / Old Salty Dog Blues / Carolina Star / Texas Eagle / Rocky Top.

An eight-page sleeve accompanies the CD.

 

Reviews:

 

Review of "Wildwood" from the July / August 2013 issue of Maverick Magazine:

"Veteran country entertainer Bev Pegg has been on the scene for more years than I care to remember. He is the consummate country musician and flits between styles to keep his long-time fans on their toes. This latest album is subtitled "The Bluegrass Album" and is a collection of musty old favourites given a run-through by Bev (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass), supported by Harry Rowlands (bass, backing vocals), Pete Hartley violin), Maurice Hipkiss (dobro) and Richard Collins (banjo).
I've heard these songs many, many times over the years, and though these versions are well done, there's nothing that jumps out and grabs my attention. What is impressive is the booklet with a brief history of each of the songs. A higher quality gig album that is a keeper for newer country music fans."


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"Folk Songs from a Cradley Bloke"


"Folk Songs from a Cradley Bloke" is Bev’s 2012 release on Beaujangle DB0042 CD


14 tracks of mainly original folk songs linked to the Cradley area of the Black Country. There are a few traditional songs plus the popular "Did You Like The Battle Sir?" co-written by John Richards and Bev back in 1972.
Musicians from Bev's regular band line-ups appear on various tracks:
Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass/mandolin/resonator guitar/banjo/keyboard /percussion, Pete Hartley-violin, Maurice Hipkiss-dobro, Harry Rowlands- bass/vocal, Ken Wright – drums/vocal.

Tracks listing: Did You Like The Battle Sir? / The Yarn Of The Nancy Bell / Hammers Are Ringing ‘Round Cradley / The Three Jolly Butchers / The Chainmaker’s Lullaby / Duel On The Hill / Get Your Chains From Cradley / Wes Hardin And Bad Roy Hill / The Anvil Yard / Chokin’ Foundry Blues / Dear Phil / On Benny Brookes’ Retirement / Banks’s Good Beer / I’ll Fly Away.

This CD includes a 16-page insert of sleeve notes of lyrics and photographs.


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"Rendezvous"


“Rendezvous” is Bev’s 2012 release on Beaujangle DB0041. CD


17 tracks of mainly "country/rock" style songs, although difficult to categorise due to a bit of jazz guitar and bluegrass thrown in for good measure. Performed by Bev on vocal/guitar/bass guitar/mandolin/banjo/percussion/keyboard, together with several of his regular band pals namely Pete Hartley-violin, Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar/dobro, Dutch Lewis-saxophones, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/vocal, Ken Wright-drums/vocal. All have contributed to various tracks on this album.
The CD includes an 8-page sleeve notes and lyrics.

Tracks listing: Rendezvous / That Song We Used To Call Our Own / Didn’t I? / A Little Bit Of Country Music / Love Song / Mr. Landlord Don’t Worry / Apache / Dear August / Billy’s Dilemma / Everybody’s Got To Have Friends / Twelve-Month Valentine / The House On The Brow Of The Hill / Wildwood Flower / Sweet Georgia Brown / Learning The Game / Wes Hardin And Bad Roy Hill / Over.

Reviews:

"Rendezvous" was chosen as the showcase album on Express FM's Country Music Show hosted by Russell Hill on Sunday 19th August 2012. It was described as "absolutely marvellous" by the DJ and three tracks were broadcast during the show which were "A Little Bit Of Country Music and a Little Bit Of Rock 'n' Roll", "Apache" and "Sweet Georgia Brown".

Review: "Rendezvous" was reviewed in the March / April issue of "Music Maker" magazine as follows:

"Bev Pegg is a musician who can seemingly turn his hand to a myriad of styles, from country to skiffle, from rock 'n' roll to rhythm and blues. Throw in a little jazz, bluegrass and humour, offer solo and band engagements and seemingly you have an unstoppable one-man entertainment industry.

The rendezvous here is with sounds largely American and the album has an undoubted country feel but not exclusively so. I don't think Bev would claim to be the world's greatest singer (he probably doesn't claim to be Stourbridge's either) but his voice has a certain rough around the edges world-weary charm that fits the music just perfect. He's also adept across a range of different instruments but with a number of associates to hand, Rendezvous presents the sound of a band in full swing.

A good chunk of the songs are Bev's own, of which the title track is as good a road song romance as you're likely to hear east of Route 66. Covers include a version of Wildwood Flower, interestingly sung from a male perspective, while Learning The Game, a much-underrated Buddy Holly song, is delivered with all the poignancy it deserves. A couple of instrumentals add to the overall diversity on show, with a fine version of Apache displaying Bev's unerring skill at precision mimicry.

Over fifty years in the business and Bev shows no sign of tiring just yet."

Peter Stevenson - Music Maker Magazine.


"RENDEZVOUS"

"Beaujangle Recordings, West Midlands-based vocalist, guitarist and comedian Bev Pegg's own label has been releasing albums for over 40 years now, and Pegg himself has been making music for even longer. This 2012 release, an eclectic 17-track effort and the 42nd on the label, blends, if not a little loosely at times, layers of jazz, country, bluegrass and rock 'n' roll with anecdotal tales. All 17 songs on the album offer somewhat of an insight into Bev's musical tendencies and career, being the frontman of several genre-specific bands; Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang, and Bev Pegg and his Cowboy Band being just two of them. "Rendezvous", "A Little Bit of Country Music" and "House On The Brow Of The Hill", three of ten self-penned songs, are all country, rocking and rolling numbers, each carrying their infectious melodies and quirkily written hooks well. There's even a few "old favourites" embedded in the album too; seven in fact from a country-fused rendition of Gerry Rafferty's "Didn't I?" to the southern-binding "Apache". A haunting interpretation of Lesley Duncan's "Love Song", with Bev's dry vocals and gentle harmonies at the helm, creates an enchanting listen, whilst the interlude blue-jazz "Sweet Georgia Brown" gets the old foot tapping.
There's a lot to get your teeth into with this package, and what's more; Bev released a further two albums since its release. The fact that he's in his 70s and still making decent music, and doing it well is utterly admirable, and it's this maturity, particularly in his voice, that gives the album its distinguished edge. If you like a slightly unpolished and quirky, but nevertheless eclectic sound then Pegg could be your man. We look forward to the next ones Bev!"

Emily Saxton
Maverick Magazine
June 2014

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"Country Field"


“Country Field” is Bev’s 2011 release on Beaujangle DB0033 CD


A selection of various country style songs, many of which are original Bev Pegg compositions.

Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/mandolin/percussion /harmonica/keyboard, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar, Ken Wright-drums, Hannah McCormack-backing vocals, Matt Cox-piano,

Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar/dobro, Pete Hartley-violin.

 

Tracks listing: Goin’ To The Country Dance Tonight / I’m Still Rockin’ /

A Poor Boy’s Lament / Hot Rod Telecaster / Sad Sweet Mary Ann /

I’m My Own Grandpa / I’ll Be Ever By Your Side / I’m Observin’ you / Good Friends Together / You’re In My Mind / There Ain’t Nothin’ Else / Stefanie / Song Of The Soch / Guitar Boogie / Still Got That Broken Heart / Old Jack’s Band / I Just Want Things To Be Like Before / Quick Off The Mark . / Yearning (Just For You).


"Country Field" was reviewed and given a 5-star rating by "Maverick Magazine" in their October 2011 issue: "If you've not heard of Bev before, you're in for a treat. Based in the UK's Black Country, Bev Pegg is able to perform a wide variety of styles ranging from jazz and skiffle to rock 'n' roll. Supported by his superb band, together they turn their hands to country and excel with each and every one of these nineteen tunes, fifteen of which were penned by Bev.
With so many fine examples to choose from, it is difficult to find the best track, but if this had to be done it would be Good Friends Together. Just like its title suggests, this is one to sing along to with a couple of pals with the introduction of the harmonica adding further quality to this tune. Bev and his band are also more than capable of releasing tracks that can get couples on the dance floor whilst gazing wistfully into each other's eyes. A Poor Boy's Lament is simply brilliant especially when the quality of the fiddle allows for a bona-fide great song to feature on this genuinely excellent album. Country rockabilly tracks are also scattered around the record, which includes Hot Rod Telecaster. The guitar skills demonstrated by Bev on this instrumental are quite awesome and acts as a benchmark for how a guitar can sound if played skilfully. Bev is a prolific songwriter and performer. It would be quite incredible to see this material being performed in the flesh. That would be a sight many wouldn't forget in a hurry." - Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine and Express FM Radio Presenter
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"Come Along Boys And Listen To My Tale"


“Come Along Boys And Listen To My Tale” is Bev’s 2009 release on Beaujangle DB0023 CD

 

Bev Pegg plus musicians from his Cowboy Band play a collection of popular country classics." Musicians: Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar/dobro/violin, Pete Hartley-violin, Pete Boddis-mandolin/backing vocals, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/backing vocals, Ken Wright-drums, Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/mandolin/banjo.

Tracks: San Antonio Rose / Anytime / Truck Driving Man / Uncle Pen / You Win Again / No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine / City Of New Orleans / Orange Blossom Special / Bonaparte’s Retreat / Singin’ The Blues / Mountain Dew / How Come My Dog Don’t Bark? /Alabama Jubilee / Cripple Creek / Route 66 / The Old Chisholm Trail.

Come Along Boys An' Listen To My Tale" was reviewed in the January 2010 issue of "Maverick" magazine as follows:

"Harking back to the great days of country music by including some fine covers with many surpassing the originals.

A West Midlands native but sings as though he's actually from Texas or Nashville, Bev Pegg is something special. Bev's six-man band was only formed in 2008 but what a sound they have been able to create in such a short space of time. The album containing covers of some of the truly great songs in country music, their attempts certainly are commendable and certainly worth a dance or two with a loved one.

Mountain Dew has to be the finest of the sixteen tracks. With a quality opening beat that seems to run through the tune's duration, I'm sure that this has been played to energetic efforts by both band and crowd in countless large and small venues due to how good it is. The traditional Cripple Creek has an authentic sound about it which I'm sure die-hard fans of this great style of music would appreciate and probably include it in their list of top renditions as, just like Mountain Dew is just so outrageously good.

Even Hank Williams You Win Again is included on the album and a version which I'm sure ol' Hank wouldn't object to hearing. With some mighty sweet pedal steel playing and vocals that certainly give credit to Hank, this song has the ability to transport you to one of Nashville's honky tonks due to its authentic sound. Only the most talented need apply when attempting to play Orange Blossom Special, and in the example of this band they can certainly count themselves in this musical camp. The highest of plaudits must go to the violinist Pete Hartley, as his playing is just marvellous. A faster version than many, this merely adds to the frenetic quality laid down by its creator Ervin T. Rouse who I'm sure feels very proud that his tune is still being played at this level over seventy years since composing it.

A lengthy album it may be due to it consisting of sixteen tracks, this extensive playtime is by no means a negative aspect as each and every song finds themselves ending up just as good as each other. An awesome album to say the least performed by a band who are simply outstanding." - R.H. - "Maverick" magazine - January 2010. 


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"All Sorts Of Stuff"


“All Sorts Of Stuff” is Bev’s 2013 release on Beaujangle DB0022/2 CD


A wide variety of music styles frequently performed by Bev either as a solo act or with his band, including 6 self-penned songs of Bev's. This CD was originally released in April 2008; however, Bev was never totally happy with the mix, consequently the whole album has been re-recorded and re-released in July 2013.


Tracks Listing: The Promised Land / God Help Me / It Don't Bother Me That Much / Swing 42 / Biding My Time In Worcestershire / It's So Easy / Wasn't Born To Follow / Walk On By / You Never Can Tell / Just Be Friends / Dancing Girl / The Cradley Heath Song / Lady, Oh Lady / You Tell Me Your Dreams / It Doesn't Matter Anymore / Diana / Angelina Don't Go Out Tonight / Lucille / Take Me Home Country Roads / Guitar Man.

Musicians: Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar, Dutch Lewis-saxophones, Ken Freeman-piano, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/vocals, Ken Wright-drums, Kate Pegg-backing vocal, Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass/mandolin/banjo/keyboard/harmonica/percussion.

The original version of "All Sort Of Stuff" was reviewed in the March 2011 edition of "Maverick" magazine as follows:

"Versatile Bev gives it all he's got. Based in the West Midlands in the UK, Bev not only concentrates his extraordinary talent just on one genre but several. Country has been covered in many of his previous records and here Bev is found in a rock and roll mood which, defines his ability to make his audience shake a tail feather.

The album contains an astonishing twenty-one songs and all are absolute crackers. Walk On By is always a crowd favourite and I can see this going down an absolute storm in his frequent gigs. Also, highly enjoyable and creditable is Buddy Holly's It's So Easy. A bona fide classic, it is covered extremely well here with Bev's lead guitar so impressive that you can see this track influencing up-and-coming musicians.

Bev Pegg is an artist I highly recommend to anybody who likes their music performed by someone who is obviously skilful in doing so - I hope to catch him live in the not-too-distant future." - Russell Hill - "Maverick" magazine - March issue 2011.

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"All Aboard"

“All Aboard” is Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Groups 2007 release on Beaujangle DB0017 CD


Authentic USA skiffle / folk / blues songs dating right back to the 1850s. 

Tracks: Midnight Special / How Can You Keep On Movin' / I'm Alabama Bound / Greenback Dollar / In The Pines / I Shall Not Be Moved / How Long Blues / Bring A Little Water Sylvie / Hard Times, Come Again No More / I'm Troubled / Lost John / Freight Train / Down By The Riverside / See See Rider / The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along / I Wanna Go Home / My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night. 

Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/mandolin/banjo, Paul Degville-guitar, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/vocal, Ken Wright-drums/vocal, Pete Hartley-violin, Big Jim Merris-harmonica.

This album was reviewed in "The Musician" magazine, Autumn 2007:

"Eighteen wonderful cuts of skiffle, jug band and rent party music from Bev and his three-man group, who are supported by violinist Pete Hartley and the blues harp of Big Jim Merris. From Midnight Special to My Old Kentucky Home Goodnight, this compilation is simply marvellous and a reminder of why skiffle was so influential in the 1950s. More!"

Keith Ames - "The Musician"


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"Mrs. Rosalind Campbell-Smythe Cordially Invites You To Her Party."


"Mrs. Rosalind Campbell-Smythe Cordially Invites You To Her Party." is Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang’s 2004 release on Beaujangle DB0015. CD


1920s & 30s Classic Jazz Influence.

Tracks: The Darktown Strutter's Ball / Lazy River / Louisiana / Someday Sweetheart / Mississippi Mud / It Had To Be You / Miss Annabelle Lee / Please / Keep Young And Beautiful / I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Yes Sir, That's My Baby / You Took Advantage Of Me / When It's Sleepy Time Down South / Dinah. 

Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/banjo, John Burnett-trumpet, Norman Field-clarinet/saxophone/whistle, Derek Halford-trombone, Roger Heeley-piano, Len Thwaites-double bass, Ken Wright-drums.

Music Maker Magazine Review of " Miss Rosalind Campbell-Smythe Cordially Invites You To Her Party" Album:

"Banjo, vocal introduction to "The Darktown Strutter's Ball" an old jazz favourite that my dad, Alan Breeze used to sing with the Billy Cotton Band show. This set is firmly rooted in the '20s jazz era which was reflected later in the '50s by BBC Light Programme, where I spent much of my childhood watching my dad record Radio and TV shows. "Lazy River" is a classic Hoagy Carmichael song that the wonderful Bobby Darin had such a big hit with. Very relaxed presentation of the song, which leads into "Louisiana", followed by "Someday Sweetheart" with a clear piano introduction and Bev Pegg's easy style of delivery in his vocal presentation. These are sentiments and lyrics from a different era that we have sadly exchanged in modern times for far less coherent offerings. There are a host of other songs and tunes from an earlier age including Walter Donaldson's and Gus Kahn's "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", a track that I'm sure BBC Radio stalwart Desmond Carrington would add to his playlist. Paul Whiteman's Orchestra were the first to record "Mississippi Mud" in the '20s and ironically enough I have a copy of that band's original wage sheet from the period, which I will feature in a later article. It will be somewhat of an eye opener regarding fees that they were paid. Bev and the band cover the evergreen Rogers and Hart's "You Took Advantage Of Me" in a mid swing tempo and then play ably through the penultimate track "Sleepy Time Down South". "Dinah" is the final offering on this 14 track CD and heralds the end of a very enjoyable set that takes one back to earlier times and very fond memories. It’s strange reviewing this CD at this time, as I am writing a book on my father Alan Breeze and his life with Bill Cotton's Band and our family. Granada TV are supposed to be making a film about the Cottons (father and son) later this year and I am informed that one of the UKs best actors Timothy Spall (Auf Weidersein Pet, Stir Crazy, Sweeny Todd) will be playing my father. As a conclusion I have to congratulate all the musicians involved who are, Bev Pegg (vocals and guitar), John Burnett (trumpet), Norman Field Clarinet and saxophone), Roger Heeley (piano), Len Thwaites (double bass), Ken Wright (drums) and Derek Halford (trombone). All of these musicians are highly rated in the profession for their individual abilities and are equally at home using their talents in a group formation. The sessions were recorded at Beaujangle Studios in Worcestershire with both musical arrangements and production by Bev Pegg. - Michele Breeze - Music Maker Magazine. March/April 2009


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“Seascape Cottage”


“Seascape Cottage” is Bev’s 2003 release on Beaujangle DB0013. CD


Original songs with Country / Bluegrass influence.

Tracks: Seascape Cottage / Fifties America / Jonesy In Trouble / Summer In Grafton Street / I Ain't Sure / Halesowen '57 / Strictly Business / Oh Annie / The Wednesday Singles Night Dance / Nearly As Good / Girl On A Boat / Mother Of The Bride / Still Water / On The River At Henley / Broad Street Blues / Gran'pa's Truck / Come And See Us Again / Finally Settled Down / Sweet Farewell. –

Musicians: All vocals and instrumental work by Bev Pegg.

Music Maker Magazine Review of "Seascape Cottage" Album. March / April 2009:

"Whilst Bev's name is vaguely familiar, I can't ever recall receiving one of his albums - and what a treat I've missed until now. The casual listener might be forgiven for thinking that many of these songs are previously un-released Ramblin' Jack Elliott tracks - but they are all Pegg originals, with the single exception of "Sweet Farewell" which he adapted from John Grigg's original. Bev is a man of many talents and able to sing with a convincing American talking-blues or bluegrass "twang", but then reverting to his native Midlands accent for folksy items like "Strictly Business" and "Halesowen '57". Pegg is a very able acoustic guitarist, gifted songwriter, comedian and all-round musical entertainer and his wry sense of humour surfaces from time to time, making this 19-track album a thoroughly entertaining experience. I loved his take on Ramblin' Jack with the engaging title track and was convinced of a genuine American pedigree; how wrong I was. Pegg is simply extremely adept at switching dialects and I'd love to hear him in a live situation. It's never easy to create a full collection of nineteen songs using just a solo acoustic for accompaniment but Pegg pulls it off superbly. A subtle bass does creep in on occasions but this is primarily one man and his guitar singing and picking his socks off. I adored his tongue-in-cheek "Nearly As Good" with its references to Howard Keel, Johnny Cash, Roger Daltrey, Rick Nelson and Frank Sinatra. Clever stuff. Another favourite of mine is "Girl On A Boat" and Bev's picking is superb - but it gets better on "Gran'pa's Truck". This is pure nostalgia for an old American pick-up truck and his lyrical pace and delivery reminded me somewhat of the late Jerry Reed. A final bonus point for me is the inner sleeve colour shot of the splendid 1951 Cadillac. Highly recommended for many reasons. Bryan Chalker Music Maker Magazine. March/April 2009

 

Maverick Magazine review of "Seascape Cottage" February 2011:

Those who have yet to discover Bev for themselves are in for a treat. Hailing from the UK's Black Country and having released countless numbers of records that cover country, pop, jazz and skiffle, the multi-talented Bev Pegg is an artist who seems to have everything going for him. With the exception of one, all of the songs on this album were written by Bev himself and each demonstrate an artist at ease with himself and the talent which he has. The result is a cracking album that covers several styles from folk to country. "Come And See Us Again" sees Bev demonstrating his vocals extremely well and the picking ability he possesses is something to simply stand and marvel at. This sublime quality is also found on "I Aint Sure". With a catchy chorus to it, this tune's tongue-in-cheek sound should make the listener raise a smile on more than one occasion as well as wanting to sing along. Having performed alongside Robert Plant on many occasions, the respect which Bev has gained from this other legendary figure and many other established figures shows that Bev is no flash in the pan, and has musical longevity that the participants in any reality show should be envious of. - Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine - February 2011.

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“String Jazz”


“String Jazz” is Bev’s 2002 release on Beaujangle DB0012. CD


"String Jazz" - Bev Pegg & his Gang of Two - 1920s & 30s jazz in acoustic style


Tracks: That's My Weakness Now / Just One More Chance / Make Me  A Pallet On The Floor / Mill Street Rag / Mean To Me / I'm Going To Give It To Mary With Love / Tea For Two / Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out / Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone / Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll / Woodchester Rag / I Would Do Anything For You / Trouble In Mind / Singin' In The Rain / All The Things You Are / Shine / Frankie And Johnny / Twenty Four Robbers. 

Musicians: Bev Pegg-guitar/vocal, Steve Bennett-rhythm guitar, Mike Homer-bass.

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“Take Your Fingers Off It”


“Take Your Fingers Off It” is Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang’s first album on the PEK Label recorded in 1997. PKC-077 Cassette & CD.


1910s, 20s & 30s classic jazz standards.

Tracks: Take Your Fingers Off It / I'm Confessin' / After You've Gone / Baby Wont You Please Come Home? / Sweet Georgia Brown / Send Me To The Electric Chair / Alexander's Ragtime Band / Until The Real Thing Comes Along / San Francisco Bay Blues / Sweet Lorraine / Doctor Jazz / Everybody Loves My Baby.

Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar, Gordon Whitworth-trumpet, Rick Vaughan-clarinet, Derek Halford-trombone, Zoltan Sagi-tenor saxophone, Ken Freeman-piano, Len Thwaites-double bass, Tony Caldicott-drums


The "Jazz Rag" review of this album published in January 1998:

Yes, sixty minutes of instant sunshine! Bev Pegg, that irrepressible enthusiast for, performer and supporter of all that lovely music which bears no specific date, just simply gets on with it, respects the classic roots of the idiom and, as I’ve just hinted, gets well and truly involved with the essentials and traditions.

The octet which Bev has assembled for this session has been knowledgeably recruited from that impressive coterie of Midlands mainstreamers which has, over a period of some years, performed with dedication and instrumental brilliance on what I perceive as the “jam session scene”. Therefore, it seems desirable to identify the protagonists by name… so here goes! Gordon Whitworth (trumpet), Rick Vaughan (clarinet), Derek Halford (trombone), Zoltan Sagi (tenor sax), Ken Freeman (piano), Bev Pegg (guitar and vocals), Len Thwaites (double bass) and Tony Caldicott (drums). And what is quite revealing about the standards of musicianship displayed, the whole 12-item collection was recorded on one day, the 3rd of May this year, in just four-and-a-half hours of concentrated jamming. “Good Time Jazz” really says it all – happy sounding, confident, entirely professional music-making. I just love the melodious sound and controlled fury this splendid 8-piece generates; Gordon’s incisive and decisive leads, agile solos; Rick’s fluid and fluent clarinet; Derek’s majestic trombone; Zoltan’s exquisitely lyrical tenor sax; Ken’s dynamic, percussive piano; leader Bev’s fine guitar, both rhythm and solo, plus his relaxed and joyful vocals well featured; then Len’s accurate propulsive bass and, finally, Tony’s ever-swinging and tasteful drumming.

This outstanding hour of light-hearted, polished jazz is well worthy of investment, sure is!

Well done, gentlemen – well done indeed!

Ken Rattenbury - "The Jazz Rag"


"In 1997 Bev Pegg plucked seven top-notch musicians from the rich vein residing in the Midlands to join him, initially for a one-off recording session. In just under 5 hours this pick-up band, albeit carefully selected, had recorded 12 tracks on "Take Your Fingers Off It", liked what they'd achieved and decided to form a permanent band - the birth of the Good Time Jazz Gang.
It goes almost without saying that the ensemble playing produced by these fine musicians, who obviously enjoyed themselves and had a good time, is impeccable on each and every track.
Each member also contributes great solos throughout this swinging session and leader Bev Pegg treats the listener to both his wonderful guitar playing and inimitable vocals.
If you haven't got "Take Your Fingers Off It" in your collection, it's worth the effort to get one."


George Giles – 2004

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"The Foundry Ditty & The Industrial Air"

 

"The Foundry Ditty & The Industrial Air" is Bev’s 1980 release on the Beaujangle label DB0008 LP & CD

 

Original Industrial Folk Songs – LP deleted but some stock available. Now re-released on CD.

Tracks: The Ironmaster's Prayer / When We Went To Clent / Halesowen '57 / The Incomparable Foundry Air / Tittlebally Bonk / A Cradley Jack Of All Trades / Humphrey Hardfeature's Description Of Cast Iron Inventions / A Four Pound Rise / Cradley Boys And Worcester Girls / A Precarious Trade / Oh For An Alvis Limousine / The Vanishing Trick. - Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/mandolin/banjo/dobro/ bazooki/harmonium/drums, Pete Burkes-drums, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar, Vicki & Kate Pegg – backing vocals.


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Other albums on the Beaujangle & associated labels that have either limited stock, or are obsolete are as follows:


"The Bev Pegg Band Live Gigs 1992-1995"


DB 0012/Cassette - Beaujangle - 1993 - "The Bev Pegg Band - Live Gigs - 1992 to 1995". - Rock 'n' Roll - Some cassette stock available.
Tracks: Lucille / Great Balls Of Fire / Learning The Game / Tequila / Running Bear / Sweet Little Sixteen / Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow / Rock A While / Long Tall Sally.
Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar, Ken Wright-drums, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/vocal, Terry Clarke-guitar/vocal, Brian Godwin-keyboard/vocal, Cliff Williams-saxophone, Dutch Lewis-saxophone, Kate Pegg-vocal, Patsy Aston-vocal, Angela Daniels-vocal, Jill Hughes-vocal.


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DB0011 / Cassette (now a few on CD) - 1993 - "Let's Pass An Hour Away" by Bev Pegg - Original songs - Pop/Folk etc.


"Let's Pass An Hour Away" by Bev Pegg


Tracks: Let's Pass An Hour Away / Biding My Time In Worcestershire / Angelina, Don't Go Out Tonight / Lady Lucy / A Smile For Yesterday / Tea At The Ritz / Did You Like The Battle Sir? / A Well Bred Man / When The Magic Has Gone / Donald McLintock's Guitar / Pals / For You My Love A Red Rose / Princess Of The Night Time / Survivors / Thanks For The Good Times.
Musicians: All vocal & instrumental work by Bev Pegg.

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DB0007/LP (Several copies on CD currently available) - 1978 - "Nostalgia Is A Thing Of The Past" - Bev Pegg and his Goin' Nowhere Band - Original songs - Folk / Country Rock etc.

"Nostalgia Is A Thing Of The Past" - Bev Pegg and his Goin' Nowhere Band


Tracks (Side 1): Rock 'n' Roll Teddy Boy / We Ain't Goin Nowhere / Sad Sweet Mary Ann / Dancing Girl / Nostalgia Is A Thing Of The Past / Song Of The Soch / (Side 2) "The Royal Show" - Hail Fellow / How Dare A Maiden Treat Me So / You Don't Know What You're Missing / So I'll Get My Mates / Awake Ye All / The Royal Show / It Rained For An Hour / No Longer There / Hail Fellow (Finale)
Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/mandolin, Dave Pountney-piano/glockenspiel/harmonium, John Richards-guitar/vocal, Paul Mackreath-drums/vocal, Gary Tolley-guitar/vocal/narration, Maurice Turner-tenor saxophone, Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar, Kate Binnion-vocal, Annie Norris-vocal, Vicki Pegg-Katie Pegg-Katherine Johnson & Victoria Johnson-children’s voices.


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DB0006/LP (Several copies currently on CD and available) - 1975 - "Away From The Sand" - Bev Pegg & Friends including John Richards, Duncan Swift, Dave Cartwright etc. - Original songs - Pop.


"Away From The Sand" - Bev Pegg & Friends


Tracks: Away From The Sand / Hathaway Green / Camera Boy / Mr. Big Time / The Man With The Mask / Mr. Moonlight, Help Me On My Way / Trampoline Girl / Dandy / Hired Assassin / Afternoon Tea / Hay Fever.
Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/mandolin/tambourine/harmonica/bass harmonica/organ/drums, John Richards-guitar/vocal/harmonica, Dave Cartwright-guitar/Duncan Swift-piano, Norman Nankervis-violin, Linda Thompson-violin, Ken Wright-drums/vocal, Paul Mackreath-drums/vocal, Paul Davenport-electric piano, Maurice Hipkiss-pedal steel guitar, Derek Thomas-guitar, Gary Tolley-guitar/vocal, Ray Shakeshaft-organ, Dave Pountney-organ, Harry Rowlands-organ, Kate Binnion-backing vocal, Linda Evans-backing vocal, Rosemary Todd-backing vocal, Annie Norris-backing vocal.


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DB0005 / LP (Copied to CD) - Bev Pegg and Friends - "Kinver Studio Recordings 1968-69"

Bev Pegg and Friends - "Kinver Studio Recordings 1968-69"


Tracks: Can't Buy Me Love / To Love Somebody / Do I Still Figure In Your Life? / Wishin' And Hopin' / We Can Work It Out / The Mighty Quinn / You Can't Do That / Wonderful World / Walk Right In / Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? / Three Words / You've Just Gone And Got Married / Just Ask Your Heart / Sad World.
Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/drums, Clifford T Ward-vocal, Dave Cartwright-vocal/guitar, Ken Wright-drums/vocal, Terry Clarke-bass guitar/vocal, Paul Turner-bass guitar, Pete Burkes-drums, Di Spain-backing vocal, Angela Turner-backing vocal.


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DB0004/LP (Copied to CD) - 1968 - "Front Room Jazz" - Bev Pegg & guest musicians in Hot Club of France Mode.

Tracks: Sweet Georgia Brown / Out Of Nowhere / Sweet Lorraine / Rosetta / Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider / Lady Be Good / Running Wild / Wildcat Blues / Avalon / Rose Room / Emaline / Nobody's Sweetheart.
Musicians: Bev Pegg-guitar/bass, Norman Nankervis-violin, Joe Lees-clarinet, Rick Vaughan-clarinet.

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DB003/LP - 1968 - "Ken Rattenbury and his Band plus Bill Rank (ex - Paul Whiteman trombonist)" - Dixieland Jazz - (Copied to CD)

Tracks: At The Jazz Band Ball / Jazz Me Blues / I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby / Blues In Bb / Someday Sweetheart / Limehouse Blues / I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (2) / Jumpin' At The Woodside.
Musicians: ken Rattenbury-trumpet/piano, Bill Rank-trombone / Derek Halford-trombone, Joe Lees-clarinet/tenor saxophone, Harry Hadley-double bass, Bev Pegg-guitar, Stan Tinkler-piano, Les Handley-drums.


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DB0002/LP (Copied to CD) - 1973 - "Village Music by Brindley Brae" featuring Bev Pegg & John Richards. - Folk / Pop.

Tracks: Dandy / Tom Harrison's Bird / Goodnight Song / Mr. Bounty Hunter / June / Did You Like The Battle Sir? /Turned Down Blues / Where Did I Go Wrong? / Come Along / The Hen's March-Spanish Lady.
Musicians: Bev Pegg-vocal/guitar/bass guitar/harmonica, John Richards-vocal/guitar/banjo, Harry Rowlands-bass guitar/vocal, Paul Davenport-electric piano/organ, Mike Tinsley-mandolin/vocal/guitar/whistle, Mike Elms-backing vocal, Judy Elms-backing vocal, Alan Reynolds-guitar, Norman Nankervis-violin, Kate Mulraney-vocal, Joe Fellows-bongos/vocal, John Rose-violin.


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DB0001/LP (Copied to CD and re-released) - 1970 - "Middle Of The Road" featuring Dave Cartwright. - Original Songs - Folk / Pop.

Tracks: Middle Of The Road / Sweet Angeline / When Summer Comes To Susan / Friends and Fools / Weekend / Miss Never Know How You Feel / Maggie My Dear / Nottingham Town / Song To Joanie / Peaceful Mind / Come Along Girl / I Can Move So Sad.
Musicians: Dave Cartwright-vocal/guitar, Bev Pegg-guitar/bass guitar/backing vocals, Paul Davenport-electric piano/backing vocals, Ken Wright-drums/backing vocals, Paul Mackreath-drums, Pete Burkes-drums/backing vocals, Terry Clarke-backing vocals, Kate Mulraney-backing vocals, Annie Norris-backing vocals, Jan Lawson-backing vocals,
At last a CD version of this much sought after LP. This is the initial album recorded by Dave Cartwright at Bev's small studio in Kinver of which 99 albums were released in 1970 (above 99 and you had to pay purchase tax back in those days). Following on from this album, Dave Cartwright was signed to the Transatlantic Label which resulted in four excellent album releases. The serial number DB0001 indicates that this was the first ever release from the Beaujangle Studio. The original sleeve, plus details from the separate inner sleeve have been incorporated in this new CD with its 8-page sleeve notes. There is a comprehensive track listing of who plays what instrument on each song.


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Telephone: 01562 883493
Email: enquiries@bevpegg.co.uk
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