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"Great night at the Hagley Music Music Festival Jazz Night. Should have been ///////////// who didn't turn up. Not missed. Thanks to Allsorts Band and Bev Pegg for a wonderful night with just a few hours' notice to fill in. Don't miss it if on next year." - Facebook comment - Dorothy Goswell - 21.5.22

"Thanks for a wonderful hours entertainment this morning. Everyone is asking when you are coming again. We hope you will pay us another visit soon. Although Langley is not part of the Black Country, all our members love Black Country Stories and history. Best wishes, Ray." - Ray Bradbury, Langley Friday Club - Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories - 17.12.21. ///

"Love you Bev....You're a legend! Your songs are amazing and reminiscent of my family's history and many others. Even though I moved to Dorset a long time ago, I have a lot of history in the Black Country and still very much identify with your music x - Facebook comment - Julia Boultwood - 17.10.21. ///

"I've had some complimentary remarks from our members about Tuesday evening. I'm sure we all enjoyed thinking about the things we used to do, and having some laughs as well. Thank you for making us feel young again for a short while." - Rose Humphries on behalf of Finstall Cross WI - Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories - 14.9.21. ///

"What a fantastic session it was Bev Pegg & Pete Hartley!" - Facebook comment - Kerry Hill - Bev Pegg and Pete Hartley at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis & Squash Club - Private party - 15.8.21. ///

"You're amazing Bev. Always have been and always will be. Won't you do another gig, just for me?" - Emma Marie - Jazzamatazz Club, Coventry - 12.12.20 ///

"They are all very good but, in my book, Bev Pegg will always be up there. You gave us years of sheer pleasure with great jazz and, of course, the jokes." - Facebook comment - Keith Prince - 6.9.20. ///

"The Greatest Black Country Showman!" - Facebook comment - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at The Upton Jazz Festival 2013 video - Dave Hunt - 19.4.20. ///

"Thanks for telling me about your Upton Jazz Festival 2013 First Half and Second Half Videos on YouTube. I have watched both of them three times. Absolutely fantastic. The best bit of entertainment I have had for a long time. The gags, the great music. Wonderful. I needed a good laugh in these troubled times. Thank you." - Bob Cutler - 14.4.20. /// (continued): "A few days ago I told an old mate of mine about your fantastic "Upton Jazz Videos of 2013". Well he just phoned me and could not thank me enough. He said he and his wife agreed it was the most entertaining thing they had seen in a long time and absolutely loved it. Two more satisfied punters! Stay happy & cheers, Bob." - Bob Cutler - 18.4.20. ///

"What a great night Bev. You and Dandy were brilliant. I wish the encore could have been longer. We were really enjoying those unforgettable 50s pop songs." - Ian & Sue Dalziel - Belbroughton Church Hall Black Country Fun Night - Bev Pegg and Dandy - 14.3.20. ///

"They were brilliant. They are superb musicians. You don't see this kind of class very often. Fabulous!" - Sheila White - Hagley Community Centre - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - 26.10.19. ///

Brilliant night tonight with Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang. Thank you, Bev and the guys in the band for great music, and Bev for his jokes and stories! Loved every minute!" - Jan Brookfield - Hagley Community Centre - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - 26.10.19. ///

"Fantastic night. Well done Bev and the band." - Jill Worton - Hagley Community Centre - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - 26.10.19. ///

"I felt I just had to put pen to paper (or finger to iPad) to say how much Janet and I enjoyed the gig on Saturday. The band were superb with Dave stepping in for Tony the front line was as tight as ever plus a great pianist and of course Kenny Wright on drums. Derek always used to say that when the drummer is good, everything else falls into place. Then the icing on the cake Mr. Bev Pegg. You are so talented Bev in so many ways, the music, the jokes, the ability to laugh at yourself and to make it all look so easy. Derek used to love playing with you as I am sure all the guys on Saturday did." - Barbara Halford - Hagley Community Centre - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - 26.10.19. ///

"Many thanks to you and your guys for Saturday evening. All went exceedingly well and everyone enjoyed it" - Brian & Sonia Osborn - Birthday party hosts - Barnt Green Sports Club - Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band - 8.6.19 ///

"Wonderful quartet with superb piano, bass and drums supporting Bev on guitar and vocals. First time for us at this venue, but we'll be back!" - John M Smith - "Jazzamatazz", Westwood Heath Club, Coventry - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Four - 2.6.19 ///

"Thanks Bev for today's gig which was very enjoyable. No end of people coming up and saying how they enjoyed the band. Good to dance to and loved your comedy too" - Dave Browning - pianist -
"Jazzamatazz", Westwood Heath Club, Coventry - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Four - 2.6.19 ///

"Love listening to your music and jokes. Think you're great. Don't understand why you are not at Upton for whole of Festival. Always fill the tents and halls. We have to fight to get in you are so popular." - Celia Randall - Facebook message - 3.4.19. ///

"Once again thank you and the band for a super 50s / 60s Fun Night. The comments and phone calls keep coming in even at the Memorial Service the next day! Our raffle prizes and auction were also excellent in helping us to reach over £1,000.00 for our good causes, but we can only do that if we have great entertainment. Thanks again" - Brian & Pat Lovett - Elmley Castle Village Hall - "The Bev Pegg 50s / 60s Black Country Fun Night" - 10.11.18. ///

"Enjoyed Monday evening at The Cradley History Night Bev. Loved your jokes, little stories etc., and of course the songs. I know it was enjoyed by all. Thanks again for an enjoyable evening" - Maureen Millsom - The Cradley Then and Now Group - Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories - 13.8.18. ///

"What a great evening with Bev and this fabulous band. Lots of complimentary comments from the audience and requests for their return." - Pauline Stapleton - North Cotswold Jazz Club - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - 3.8.18 ///

"Superb!!! What a performance from two very talented musicians! John Richards with some wonderful self-penned songs, and Bev Pegg with a great mix of humour and song. We laughed and laughed! Our thanks to both of you. We look forward to your next visit." - Brewood Acoustic Music Club Facebook Page - 9.11.17 ///

"Last night at Brewood Acoustic Music Club was an absolute belter. We had a brilliant evening's entertainment with John Richards and Bev Pegg. Great music and a load of laughs. Thank you guys" - Christine Edwards - John Richards and Bev Pegg at Brewood Acoustic Music Club - 9.11.17 ///

"Thank you all for a great evening. Have not laughed so much in years, thank you Bev Pegg" - Patricia Innamorati -
John Richards and Bev Pegg at Brewood Acoustic Music Club - 9.11.17 ///

"You were splendid last night. It is a long time since I laughed, really laughed, aloud! Wicked sense of humour you have which is great, even the little asides. Still strumming (is that the word?) beautifully. Loved the songs that we thought we had forgotten but haven't, lovely." - Angela Brockway - Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories - Wolverley Church Hall - 21.10.17

"Bev, long a hero of mine, funny man playing as well as ever. More than worth the trip to see and sit in with him and Pete Hartley who I last played with, blimey, can it be 30 years ago? Yup. One of the best fiddlers ever." - Grant Baynham - Bev and Grant both performing at The Woodman Folk Club - 21.7.17 ///

"Just a quick note to thank you for the show yesterday. I know that it was greatly enjoyed by all attending (not least the band). - John Beckingham - Bev Pegg with the JB Jazz & Blues Band at Cheltenham. - 30.4.17. ///

"Thank you and your band mates for such a great performance. We had a great time!" - Jon, Michele, Jonathan & Ava (from New York) - Private party - Bewdley - 9.4.17 - Bev Pegg Trio. ///

"It was a brilliant night with talented musicians. Keep going" - Jill Worton -
Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at Hagley Community Centre - 18.3.17. ///

" A great night with seven very talented musicians" - Keith Prince - Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at Hagley Community Centre - 18.3.17. ///

Feedback from "Rooftop Housing" Event: "Gave me a good giggle" - "Please book this man again" - "It was a great event" - Caroline Maxwell - 17.2.17 - Bev Pegg - solo. ///

"The Oxfam Stomp was yet again a great success, raising £2,000.00 for the charity. This year it was compered brilliantly by Bev Pegg, who brought his own style and humour to the occasion" - Jazz West Mids - Feb/March issue 2017. ///

"You were all brilliant. We loved that you just kept going with the music that everyone loved. Fantastic! More of the same please next year" - Jane Pitt - Hagley Fitness Centre Xmas Party - 8.12.16 - Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band. ///

"Bev. It's always a joy to see you, either live or in photos. You always appear to be having a good time that spreads to the audience." - Yvonne Probert - Facebook - 6.12.16 ///

"Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang - A superb Black Country jazz band fronted by the funniest man in British Jazz" - The Venture Theatre, Ashby- de-la-Zouch poster advert - 12.11.16 ///

"Thank you and Roy for a great evenings entertainment. My feedback has been 100%. A good mix of songs and humour kept ther audience laughing and entertained. I hope you enjoyed your time with us and I have no hesitation in recommending you to other clubs and friends" - Ormonde Collett, President, Upton Twyver Probus Club - 27.10.16 - Bev Pegg and Roy Parry - Songs and Stories at Upton Village Hall, St Leonards, Gloucestershire. ///

"Just to say what a great night it was last Saturday and on behalf of our Village Hall Committee and other members of the public, it was a night to remember. Thank you Bev and the boys, we hope to see you again" - 20.10.16 - Bev Pegg's Black Country Rock 'n' Roll Fun Night at Trimpley Village Hall on 15.10.16 ///

"It was a great night. The members were still chuckling lunchtime about your jokes" - Tony Edgington - 28.8.16 - Bev Pegg's Black Country Rock 'n' Roll Fun Night at The Shenstone Club, Halesowen on 27.8.16 ///

"Just had a great night at the Shenstone Club watching Bev Pegg & the Boys entertaining a sell-out crowd. Great night lads....10 out of 10" - Tony Edgington - 27.8.16 - Bev Pegg's Black Country Rock 'n' Roll Fun Night at The Shenstone Club, Halesowen on 27.8.16 ///

"Great night Bev. Everybody enjoyed it. Enjoying the CD." - Jill Guest - 9.8.16 - The Cradley Then & Now Group - Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories on 8.8.16 ///

"Thanks for providing an excellent evening's entertainment at The Harriers with your Railroad Skiffle Band on Monday, Bev. I look forward to your show in Blakedown next month with your rock 'n' roll band" - David Yeats - 29.7.16 - Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Group at Aggborough Jazz Club, Kidderminster Harriers FC on 25.7.16 ///

"Bev and the boys did us proud back on the 15th July. What a cracking night it was. Full of the folk, fun and frolics we love. If you missed them this time, catch 'em next year. You'll be glad you did!" - Derry Jones - 26.7.16 - Bev Pegg, Pete Hartley and John O'Connor at The Woodman Folk Club. ///

"Just a quickie, Bev, to repeat our thanks to you and the band for your special part in making it a great night that we will remember forever. I mark you 10 out of 10 for getting it just right. We thought you were terrific.....and everyone I've spoken to feels the same. I do hope we get to meet up again on the jazz circuit...regards and best wishes, Dennis and Audrey" - Private party - 9.7.16 - Bev Pegg and his Band. ///

"Thank you very much for a great show and all of your hard work yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed it and those that I have spoken to did also. Thank you very much indeed". - Carolyn Alden - 3.7.16 - Black Country Comedy Night at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club with Bev Pegg and Dandy. ///

"Thoroughly enjoyed the gig. Couldn't stop laughing at your wonderful commentaries between the occasional numbers!! A brilliant afternoon's entertainment and I just wish I lived nearer to the Midlands to enjoy more of your engagements! Thanks for lighting up Upton Jazz Festival once again. Until the next time I'll have to be satisfied listening to your CDs with fond memories." - Terry Roper - 26.6.16 - Bev Pegg's Good Time Four at Upton Jazz Festival. ///

"Bev is with us again - in the church on Sunday after the triumph of last year, and back in the main Festival programme. Yes we do listen to your feedback." - Upton Jazz Festival 2016 Publicity - 18.3.16 ///

"What a wonderful night last Saturday at the Tennis Club! The band was great as always. We met some really nice people there. We've been coming to see you for many years and it seems to get better every time" - Mike Law - 16.1.16 - Bev Pegg and his All Star Rock 'n' Roll Band at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. ///

"Good to see you on Saturday. We really enjoyed it. There was a great atmosphere and some really fantastic rockin' and rollin' coming from you guys. It's a great R 'n' R line-up with 3 saxes booting it along and probably better with no brass. Bev's tone was ideal and there was a superb drive. I liked the bassist's approach - just right. Great stuff. Keep on Truckin'" - Mel Hayward - 16.1.16 - Bev Pegg and his All Star Rock 'n' Roll Band at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. ///

"I just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous evening on Friday. The line-up was very balanced and it's great that you can call on such excellent talent. It was the talk of The Queens when we were there on Saturday evening with our family". - Brian & Pat Lovett - Elmley Castle Village Hall - 20.11.15 - The Bev Pegg Black Country Fun Night" - Bev Pegg and his Band ///

 "My wife Ann and I so much enjoyed your show on Friday evening. The music was great, some of those lovely old songs and melodies from when we were younger (I am 77) and the jokes, how we laughed...!" - John Sharpe - Elmley Castle Village Hall - 20.11.15 - The Bev Pegg Black Country Fun Night" - Bev Pegg and his Band ///

"Excellent night on Wednesday. Everyone enjoyed it. Even those who only want to hear trumpet / trombone etc., were very happy. As you could see, the dance floor was well used all evening" - Alan Davis - Amersham Jazz Club - 18.11.15 - Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Group. ///

"What a wonderful time Ray and I had last evening. We both would like to thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the effort you and your band mates put in to making our night such a memorable success. Everyone said how much they enjoyed your music"- Carol Crich - Wedding Anniversary Party - 26.9.15 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang) ///

"Thanks again for another evening of great entertainment" - Ken Cowdry - 15.8.15 - Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Blakedown Parish Rooms. ///

"Lovely night last night. Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for "When We Went To Clent". My mom's been gone 20 years now, but I can still hear her singing it" - Jill Guest - Cradley Then and Now Group - 10.8.15 - Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories. ///

"Was a superb gig Bev, thanks a million" - Emma Pearse - Jazz-a-matazz - 2.8.15 - (Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Group). ///

"What a cracker our season finale last Friday at The Woodman Folk Club was. An absolute belter and no mistake. I'm going to have to rename the Bev Pegg Band and call it The Low Calorie Band; I reckon I laughed for so long I must have burnt off at least 1000 calories! Weight Watchers should book them for their annual conference.
A more than full house was rocking, (and rolling), with laughter and it was pure joy to be part of it. Let's not overlook the musicianship that was on display either. Cracking songs, superb violin and I mean top notch! Also upright electric bass of the highest calibre. Well done guys." - Derry Jones - Woodman Folk Club - 19.7.15 - (Bev Pegg, Pete Hartley and John O'Connor). ///

"Once again an excellent night (never seen the club quite so full)." - Rob O'Dell - Woodman Folk Club - 19.7.15 - (Bev Pegg, Pete Hartley and John O'Connor). ///

"For the last couple of years Bev and the band have closed our programme for the summer break and this year will be no exception. If you haven't seen Bev before you will be in for a treat. He's a very talented singer, excellent guitarist and always manages to surround himself with a superb bunch of musicians. A local bloke (Cradley), his performance will include original folk style numbers as well as little ventures into bluegrass, skiffle and jazz - and as a bonus - he is extremely funny! Bring a clean pair of knickers; you'll need 'em!!" - Woodman Folk Club Diary - What's On - 1.7.15. ///

"We were all so very thrilled with the way you conducted the music at this year's festival church service - wonderful. I knew it would be! Thank you and all the boys for playing in such a sensitive way - so many compliments about the service were heard and lots of thanks to you. I will make sure you are on the list for next year - we need you and the audience loves you! Thank you so very much" - Gill Richards - 30.6.15 - The Upton Jazz Festival 2015. (Bev Pegg and his Blue Blood Jazzmen) ///

"If I'd known you were playing I would have made the effort as I never miss your gig in whatever form it takes" - Terry Roper - Comment with regard to The Upton Jazz Festival made on Facebook - 29.6.15. ///

"On behalf of the committee and members of the Leedway Social Club I would like to thank you and the rest of the band for a really great night's entertainment you gave us last night. Many have said that they have not enjoyed themselves so much and thought your music selection was first class and are already asking us when you can come back again. We have another committee meeting in two weeks to discuss future events and no doubt you will be approached again for a future date. Many thanks and look forward to seeing (and hearing) you all again soon." - Dave Bruton - 22.3.15 - (Bev Pegg and his Band's 50s / 60s Black Country Fun Night.) ///

"Fantastic night Bev! You and the band amazing as always! - Deb Bayliss - 27.1.15 - (Bev Pegg and his All Star Rock 'n' Roll Band at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.) ///

"We had a great night Bev! We really enjoyed ourselves - brilliant as always" - Susanne Ivery - 26.1.15 - (Bev Pegg and his All Star Rock 'n' Roll Band at Stourbridge Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.) ///

"Thank you so much for a fabulous night. Mike really enjoyed his 75th birthday bash. We are still remembering the night and the good time we all had" - Pat & Mike Jones - 24.11.14 - (Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories.) ///

"Ladies night out! Mum and clan enjoying a great evenings jazz entertainment courtesy of Bev Pegg and his fantastic band!" - Deb Bayliss - Facebook - 8.11.14 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at Hagley Community Centre.) ///

"Thank you so much for Saturday night. We had a great time. Everyone really enjoyed it. As usual, you did us proud." - Jane Leddington - 18.10.14 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band. Party at Blakelands, Bobbington.) ///

"Great time at The Harp today. Everyone had a fab time. Really fun lunchtime" - Carol Buttress - 5.10.14 - (Bev Pegg Good Time Three at The Harp Jazz Club 90, Albrighton) ///

"He entertained us with a mixture of music, jokes and anecdotes based around his life in Cradley and later Hagley. The music followed the same route starting with "The Cradley Heath Song", through rock 'n' roll to the final "American Pie", with many of the audience joining in the choruses. Very appropriate for the people there and much enjoyed by all" - Stourbridge Old Edwardians Website - 13.9.14 - (Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories) ///

"Thanks for a great time last night. Great musicians and loads of fun as always" - Graham & Joy Leddington - 16.8.14 - (Bev Pegg and his All Star Rock 'n' Roll Band at Blakedown Parish Rooms) ///

"I just wanted to say thank you for last night. Everyone enjoyed it. Thank you again" - Jill Guest - The Cradley Then and Now Group - 11.8.14 - (Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and Stories) ///

"Many thanks for a very enjoyable evening! Haven't heard so much laughter in the club for ages. A fine evening all round." - Norman Wheatley - 7.7.14 - (Bev Pegg - Solo at Warwick Folk Club) ///

"Just to say a big thank you for Saturday evening. You really did make our party go with a swing. Everyone has made comment on the music - all positive. For us it was great to see everyone dancing and having a good time. Again my sincere thanks." - Joan Roberts - 29.6.14 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Newbold Village Hall) ///

"I've seen Bev with one of his ensembles at work, and they are absolutely great!" - Bryan Chalker, Presenter of "Same Roots, Different Fruits" on Somer Valley 97.5 FM - 10.2.14 - (After playing "The Cradley Heath Song", a track from Bev's "All Sorts Of Stuff" album) ///

"If you missed last Friday with Bev Pegg, you missed a cracker. He bought along Pete Hartley to accompany him on violin and mandolin. It was a brilliant night. Thanks again Bev & Pete for a bostin' night." - Barry Yates - 7.2.14 - (Bev Pegg and Pete Hartley at The Chase Folk Club, Burntwood) ///

"Mrs Jones and myself went to Defford Village Hall to see Midlands based entertainer and comedian Bev Pegg. I first met Bev a couple of years ago when he and his jazz band were at The Upton Jazz Festival, where he quite simply brought the house down. Bev covers a wide range of music and believe me, Bev is a great entertainer." - Alun Jones - Longside Radio Jazz Hour - 12.1.14 - (Bev Pegg spotlight during the show) ///

"Bev, as usual, great night!" - Trevor Argent - 22.12.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Group at Halesowen Cricket Club, Jazz Club) ///

" I just wanted to let you know how much everyone, village hall committee and "punters", enjoyed your performance.
Next morning I attended the church xmas fair and found that everyone was still smiling - and re-telling their favourite Bev Pegg joke!
I'm especially pleased because, despite having committed ourselves a lot more than we usually do, we made one of the biggest event profits I can recall in my tenure as Hall Treasurer. Hip hip hooray!" - Adrian Yeeles - 5.12.13 - (Bev Pegg - Solo - Songs and stories at Stoke Lacy) ///

"Fantastic evening's entertainment Bev! Brilliant gig!" - Deb Bayliss - 9.11.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at Hagley Community Centre) ///

"Crackin' evening! Bev and the band were fab!" - Susanne Ivery - 9.11.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang at Hagley Community Centre) ///

"I am writing to thank you for a superb evening of entertainment yesterday. I have had so many people who have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed it" - John Bate - Ashby Hastings Rotary Club - 19.10.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang) ///

"Thanks again to you and your band for a terrific night for my 60th birthday party last Friday at Hamstead Social Club. A great night was had by all who attended. You and the band created a brilliant atmosphere." - Sharon Veale - 28.9.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Band) ///

"My wife and I recently went to Bradford-on-Avon Jazz Club to see an amazing act, Bev Pegg and his Jazz Band. Suffice to say neither my wife nor I have laughed so much for a long time. I hadn't realised that Bev was such a funny man as well as being a great musician. His jazz band was absolutely superb. He does Skiffle, he does Jazz, he does Rock 'n' Roll, he does Bluegrass. The name: Bev Pegg, don't forget it." - Brian Chalker presenter of "Same Roots, Different Fruits" on Somer Valley 97.5 FM - Monday 5th August 2013 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz gang at Bradford-on-Avon Jazz Club on 2.8.13) ///

"What an excellent night! I had never seen Bev Pegg before - just a few clips on YouTube - and I was wondering what we were in for. As a bonus he had brought a few musicians with him, and so rather than just Bev Pegg, we had the Bev Pegg Band. There was John O'Connor on bass, Pete Hartley on violin and mandolin, and finally Roy Parry on guitar.
Bev Pegg took to the stage, on his own initially, to play The Cradley Heath Song, but not before chatting to the audience for a few minutes, during which time we were all won over completely. "I haven't done a folk club for about thirty years and the last time I came they all had beards and baggy sweaters - and that was just the women!" ... and so on. I'm not going to give away any more of his patter, but just like that joke you will have heard it all before. But to quote that famous Irish comedian "It's the way I tell them" -  and Bev Pegg tells them brilliantly with impeccable timing. He must one of the funniest performers we've ever had at the club. After five minutes, we didn't really care what the music was going to be like - we were in for a good evening. Anyway, when he played his first song, we were pretty sure that the music was going to be good as well. How many performers get everyone singing the chorus to their first song? Well he did!
Then came the band. Of course Bev took his time introducing them, once again getting the audience in stitches. Then he hesitated. "What shall we do? Oh, I know - a jazz number. Shall we do a jazz number?" They then blew us away with an amazing rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown, with the band doing the inevitable jazz-style soloing. Of course the Woodman (folk) audience weren't quite sure what to do, when confronted with jazz solos, but caught on after John O'Connor's bass solo and came up with a round of spontaneous applause. Unfortunately the Bev Pegg guitar solo and the Pete Hartley violin solo missed out on well deserved accolades, but now the audience knew what to do there was plenty of time for more spontaneous applause later in the evening - especially for the blistering Orange Blossom Special.
The range of music was exceptional. We had Bev Pegg's self-penned songs, including one he co-wrote with John Richards "Did You Like The Battle, Sir?", some country music, some gospel and of course jazz. The gospel song, "I'll Fly Away", a deceptively upbeat and cheerful song about death, was the one they ended the evening with, before the encore of "When We Went To Clent" which sent us all home happily singing. If I had to pick one song which stood out for me it would be "Did You Like The Battle, Sir?". Not only is it a great song, but we had a bit of the history behind the song as well, and then during the performance we had some incredible violin playing from Pete Hartley.
Throughout the night the songs were interspersed with jokes, reminiscing, and gentle humour resulting in one of the best evenings I can remember in a long a time - and we've had some excellent nights recently. The only questions remaining was why hasn't he been to the club before and will he be back? His answer to the first question was "well, nobody asked me .." and as for the second question. Yes! If you missed him this time around, keep watching the club diary for his return visit in 2014.
Support for the band was provided by Nothing to Prove, Barry Priest and Bryn Phillips (that's me!)


Bryn Phillips – The Woodman Folk Club – 21.6.13 ///

"It was perfect! You catch the moment." - Fred Davis - 4.7.13 - Private Party - (Bev Pegg - solo - Songs and Stories). ///

"It was one of the best nights we've had. Lots of advance bookings from new people to the club. We were all killing ourselves laughing. We've been trying to remember all of your jokes. Great violinist and bass player with you. We want you to come back next year!" - Debby Jones - 21.6.13 - The Woodman Folk Club. - (Bev Pegg, plus Pete Hartley - violin, and John O'Connor - double bass) ///

"Aren't they good? That's Bev Pegg and his Band from Stourbridge. They are British and they are so good" - Brian Chalker - 13.5.13 -  "Same Roots, Different Fruits" show on Somer Valley 97.5 and UK Country Radio (after playing "Cripple Creek" from Bev's "Come Along Boys and Listen To My Tale", 2009 album on Beaujangle DB0023.)  ///

"It was a great night - most enjoyable" - Tony Battersby - Hagley Music Festival - 19.4.13 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang) ///

"Just to thank you for a great fun evening on Saturday. We had lots of positive feedback as everyone had a good time" - Sue Griffith - 9.2.13 - (Bev Pegg - solo - Songs and Stories) ///

"Excellent show at Bishampton Village Hall on Saturday 9th February. Really good, and lovely to see so many people enjoying a sing-song. Thank you once again" - Lin & Steve Bucknall - 9.2.13 - (Bev Pegg - solo - Songs and Stories) ///

"Thank you for making Trevor's 70th such a success. Everyone had a wonderful time, all loving the band" - Jane Leddington - 16.11.12 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band) ///

"What a great band! They appeared to be part of the gathering really enjoying what they were doing. The floor was busy all night, a real testament to them and their music." - Joy & Les Hunt - 16.11.12 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band) ///

"Bostin' songs. made me proud to be an adopted Midlander" - Peter Rhodes - Express and Star - 26.11.12 - (Folk Songs From A Cradley Bloke - Bev Pegg) ///

"Thank you for the fantastic evening's entertainment you and the boys gave us all. Everyone loved it!" - John & Dinkie Hall - 29.9.12 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang) ///

"I just wanted to thank you for Monday night. I hope you enjoyed it as much as everyone there did. We do appreciate you coming to entertain." - Jill Guest - Cradley Then and Now Group - 15.8.12 - (Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories) ///

"Thanks for another fabulous evening's entertainment on Sunday at the Upton Jazz Festival! Our friends hadn't seen your show before but they thoroughly enjoyed the evening - thought you might like to know!" - Val & Harold Spink - Upton Jazz Festival - 24.6.12 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang) ///

"Marie's suggestion that we had Bev Pegg start off our new year of jazz at the Harp was an inspired choice....a full house was treated to an evening of superb music by Roger Heeley on piano, John O'Connor on bass and of course Bev on guitar and vocals. In addition to the music we had the raconteur side of Bev as well with many stories of his times in Cradley Heath and other Midlands beauty spots!
These stories had our audience in stitches, some were cheeky, some a little risque and some just downright funny....and all without the use of a single four letter word, the use of which seems to be the norm in so many so-called comedy shows these days.
The superb piano playing of Roger Heeley and the driving, slim line bass of John O'Connor added enormously to the enjoyment of the session as they backed Bev's vocals and guitar playing.....even though at times they, like us, were reduced to tears of laughter by their leader!
Bev and the boys(!) will be back! - John Howell - The Harp Jazz 90 Club - 3.1.12 - (Bev Pegg Good Time Jazz Trio) ///

"Another great night on Saturday. Many thanks to you and the band for getting December off to a tremendous start. So many people did not know what a great talent we have on our doorstep with Dutch Lewis, and with Roy Davenport it was a great party atmosphere." - Brian & Pat Lovett - Elmley Castle Village Hall - 3.12.11 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band) ///

"Thanks very much for a great nights entertainment on Friday. From the feedback I'm getting, folks had a most enjoyable evening and those that kept on dancing had a whale of a time - they still know how to rock!!! The music was so good, and even got some of the "I don't dance" men onto the floor." - Lindsay Brooks - Henley in Arden Golf and Country Club - 14.10.11 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band) ///

"Thanks for a wonderful evening on Saturday 3rd. Everyone was up on the dance floor enjoying themselves, and all were very complimentary about your band. Hope we can find an excuse to have you back soon." - Sandy Swatkins / McGovern Private Party - 3.9.11 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band) ///

"Huge thanks to you and the boys for a great show last night. It was a great success and everyone had a fantastic time" - Lesley Deacon, Chair, Wilmcote Village Hall Comittee - 10.9.11 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Wilmcote Village Hall). ///

"We had a great night - it was brilliant" - Tony & Lydia Provan - 19.5.11 - (Bev Pegg and his Cowboy Band at Hagley Community Centre). ///

"In these days I discovered your wonderful music and I would like to know if you have a copy of Away From The Sand on CD please?" - Marco Isnardi - Moncalieri, Italy - 13.4.11. ///

"Thanks again to you and the rest of your band for your excellent performance" - Simon Shiers - 11.12.10 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Pebworth Village Hall). ///


"We loved the group. Their music took us right back to our youth!" - Pam Veal - 11.12.10 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Pebworth Village Hall). ///


"Once again many thanks for a super evening. As well as falling off their chairs with laughter, I had so many comments about the high quality of the musicians. Please pass this on. We look forward to booking you again later in the year." - Brian Lovett - 22.11.10 - (Bev Pegg & his Cowboy Band at Elmley Castle Village Hall). ///

"You provided our club with a superb evening of entertainment at the Willersley Park Golf Club." - John Bate, Ashby Hastings Rotary Club - 30.10.10 - (Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang.) ///

"Thanks for everything last Friday. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed themselves and we raised a nice sum towards Parish Hall funds" - Derek Marks - 29.10.10 - (Bev Pegg - solo at Lindridge Parish Hall) ///

 "Last night, for whatever reason, I travelled to Henley not feeling in the party spirit. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to an evening of Rock 'n' Roll. When it was time to leave, my hands were swollen with all of the clapping, some in time to the music, but mostly at the performance you and your band put on for us. What a wonderful night! I was quite refreshed. Thank you." - Alan Parks - 24.10.10 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Henley-in-Arden) ///

"Thanks for the evening. It was just right for what we had in mind, and was very much enjoyed by the client which is the important thing" - Rachel Smith - Creative Director, Lakey Wells. - 13.10.10 - (Bev Pegg Bluegrass / Skiffle Trio). ///

 "Everyone enjoyed your performance both musically and humorously, and we are all very grateful to you. The sum raised for "Claire House" on the night was £1,100.00. - Peter Crowden - Wirral Jazz Friends, Heswall Royal British Legion - 8.10.10 - (Bev Pegg with The WirrOrleans Jazz Band). ///


"Thanks for a terrific show on Saturday - an excellent balance of songs - also the country interlude was highly enjoyable" - Maurice Preece - 23.8.10 - (Bev Pegg & his Rock 'n' Roll Band at Clent Parish Rooms). ///


"Thanks for giving us a great show last Saturday. Everyone said it was great. Please thank the guys for us too. It would be nice to fix another one up next year so bear us in mind." - Tony Edgington - The Shenstone Club. 21.5.10 - (Bev Pegg & his Rock 'n' Roll Band). ///

"Thanks for your large part in making it such a great evening." - Nigel Brown. 14.4.10. - (Bev Pegg Solo). ///


"In a time of reality TV and manufactured music, yourself and your band represent what is truly great about British music and why it is held in such regard around the world. Live music in the true tradition of bands and artistes like yourself travelling around keeping the underbelly of music alive deserves appreciation. Real instruments, real music, all live. Whilst not achieving high sales, there are so many musicians like yourself that we are almost taking for granted who are our culture and history and musical legacy. I fear that you are a dying breed. I applaud your committment, talent and yes, genius. Thank you for continuing to represent what British music is all about. Yes, I am a fan, and have always been waving the flag for British music. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the music." - Michael Trottier. 23.12.09 ///


"Thank you for entertaining us so well last night, it was just right for us and many people commented to me afterwards as to how much they had enjoyed your performance" - Mike Unwin - Tettenhall Rotary. 15.12.09 - (Bev Pegg - Solo). ///


"Your "Seascape Cottage" CD hasn't left my CD player since I got it" - Ben Watkins - 30.11.09 ///


"Thank you all for a great evening's entertainment" - Judi Knight - Neen Sollars Village Hall - 7.11.09 - (Bev Pegg and his Cowboy Band). ///


"Many thanks for a fantastic evening on Saturday. We've had so many good comments and feedback - there is still a buzz in the village. Can you thank the "Cowboys", we had some very musical people and they all thought they were great musicians. So the pressure is on Pat, myself and our team to put on another evening!" - Brian Lovett - Elmley Castle Village Hall - 3.10.09 - (Bev Pegg and his Cowboy Band). ///


"What a wonderful night! Several people have said it was the best night they've ever had! We must fix another show for next year." - Ron Taylor. -  (Bev Pegg & Simon Banks at Cliff House, Salcombe 25.9.09). ///


Just a short note to thank you and your band for making our St. Georges Night at The Shenstone Club a tremendous success, a wonderful evening. Everyone enjoyed the night.  - Chris Ashworth - Shenstone Club 24.4.09 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band). ///


Bev Pegg Railroad Skiffle Group at Malvern.

Bev Pegg: Ha, ha, yee ha!

Coo! Wot a nite!! From the stunning violin work of Pete Hartley (why oh why haven't we seen him before!!??) to the guitar, vocals and jokals of that nice Mr Pegg, we were treated to a helluva good evening. And not forgetting Harry Rowlands and Ken Wright, without whom etc etc. Pete H has brought a strong and wholly welcome flavour of bluegrass music to this line-up, and with a great choice of numbers to match, the band were terrific. Speaking as a guitarist, I'd also like to say that Bev himself played some absolutely cracking solos last night in between the rest of his hard work.
We had a packed house (a compliment to Bev's previous visits) and from my perch at the bar I could see the good time they were having. Yet again, the Abbey Jazz audience demonstrated that it will embrace every kind of music that's good music.
Thanks Bev, and thanks People!
Phil Probert. Abbey Jazz Club, Malvern. 12.4.09 ///


"I nearly fell of my chair laughing" - Margaret Icke. Bev Pegg Solo Show - Romsley Church Hall - 28.3.09 - (Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories). ///


What a good night at Two Gates last night. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, we certainly did. I think people would laugh at Tom if he just stood there and didn't say a word, and Zack with his ukelele was a real treat. And of course, we could listen to you all night. Thanks for a lovely evening. - Jill Guest. - 6.3.09 - (Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories).  ///


"Thanks for a great performance today. You really hit the spot with the audience". - Bob Rice. Hilton Hotel, Bromsgrove. - 24.11.08 - (Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories) ///


Tuesday, September 2nd...Bev Pegg on guitar, Archie Cotterell on keyboard, John O'Connor on bass and last minute deputy Howard Gregory on violin made up Bev's Good Time Four who did just that and gave us a really good time, playing music from "Bluegrass" to love songs with the added bonus of Bev Pegg's wonderfully funny reminiscences about the lighter side of life.

The songs varied from "Dark Town Strutters' Ball" to "I'm Confessin'" and "San Antonio Rose" to "Take Your Finger Off It" and the finalé "Route 66" with many more along the way.

To say that Bev's stories were hilarious at times would be an understatement...he had many members of the audience, including yours truly, not only laughing their socks of but also crying tears of laughter...and all without one single four letter word, a far cry from many so called TV "entertainers".

The Harp was full and rocking with laughter and the music was great, what more could you want for a Tuesday evening out?!

There will be some snippets on YouTube soon, Bev did want to call in the make-up girl before the filming but I thought that was going a bit too far!

Bev and the boys (?) will be back next year.

John Howell - Harp Jazz Club 90. September 2008 ///


"Many thanks for Monday night. I was expecting a few extra people,, but I think that's the most we have ever had at a meeting apart from the "Cradley Days". Thank you again, and thank you for singing "When We Went To Clent". That would have made Mom's day. - Jill Guest 13.2.08 - (Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories). ///


"Thank you very much for coming on Saturday evening. We, and everyone else, enjoyed your performance very much - it was just perfect - wives are ringing me up saying their husbands are walking round the house repeating "What a good night it was on Saturday"!!! Thanks again for entertaining us so brilliantly - although we knew you would!! - Val & Harold Spink 11.2.08. - Bev Pegg - Songs and Stories). ///


Bev Pegg & his Railroad Skiffle Group - "All Aboard" - "Eighteen wonderful cuts of skiffle, jugband and rent party music from Bev and his three-man group, who are supported here 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 and inspirational in the 1950s. More!" - Keith Ames - The Musician Magazine, Autumn 2007. ///


Even before the doors were open, a small queue had gathered outside Number 8, eager to reserve a good seat for the evening's session - such is the popularity of Bev and the band. It was good to see some of Bev's fans from the Black Country area, and certain members of Number 8 management were old friends of his, so there was much handshaking and "How've you been?" When the band arrived it was a pleasant surprise to find that they had managed to round up Pete Hartley on violin - he's a busy musician, much in demand. They started off with a good old skiffle favourite, "We Shall Not Be Moved" which soon had toes tapping and proceeded with a programme of numbers from the "skiffle era" - songs as familiar as a heartbeat to some of us of a certain age. They were all there; "Frankie & Johnny", "It Takes A Worried Man", "Pallet On The Floor", a touch of 3/4 time with "In The Pines", and a real cowboy number complete with Davy Crockett hat and feathered headresses, "And The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along". But it wasn't all skiffle, we had a Chicago like version of Leroy Carr's "How Long Blues", and Pete and Paul were featured doing a "Hot Club" on "Lady Be Good", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". Wonderful music! During the second half, Pete produced a violin which appeared to have been fashioned from a stag's antlers, with the tuning keys at the wrong end, but whatever it was, it produced a brilliant sound. The evening continued with a moving solo by Bev on Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More", and back to skiffle with the good old favourites like "Rock Island Line", and the entire band featuring on the mandatory "Mama Don't Allow". All this wonderful music plus Bev's Cradley Heath brand of humour made for a very happy night of real entertainment at Pershore Jazz Club. - Peter Farrall 30.5.07. ///

"My Dad who was about 85 at the time came away from the "convention" raving about you as a great entertainer with great jokes that flowed with aplomb. He also raved about your version of "American Pie". It was a great day." _ David Johnson - The Clifford T Ward Convention - 24.9.06. (email message of 6.4.20) ///


"Just to say a huge thank you for the superb performance at Amy's wedding. What brilliant musicians you all are. I'm racking my brains to think of an excuse for another party!" - Alex Austin - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band). 19.8.00. ///


"Bev however, is irrepressible. He continues to gig, wherever and whenever possible: jazz, folk, joke, rock'n'roll. As keen and as able as ever, an all-enduring enthusiast. The supreme performer"

Dave Cartwright - "Bittersweet", biography of Clifford T. Ward. ///


"Just a quick note to say thank you for the fabulous performance from you and the band at our party. You truly made the night" - John & Pat New - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band). ///


"Bev Pegg should be top of the bill at the London Palladium. He has made us laugh all night without using one swear word!"

John Howell. Jazz Club 90, Albrighton. ///


"Thanks for the brilliant evening. I've had many people say how much they have enjoyed it" - Ken Cowdry. Stourbridge Lawn Tennis & Squash Club. - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band). ///


"The many guest I spoke to afterwards all seemed to have had a most enjoyable time, and they commented that the evening was one of the best that they have ever attended!" - Malcolm Booth. ICME Affiliation Dinner - (Bev Pegg - After Dinner Speaker). 22.2.02 ///


"A brilliant night! The band was superb! You seem to have got everything judged perfectly! Did anyone sit down? No, they were all up dancing!" - Mike Law. 50 Plus Club Dinner Dance  - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll band). ///


"You and your band were really excellent and indeed carried it of today. So many people were laughing uncontrollably. It was great to have such fun. The music was brill too of course. A huge thank you. You either have it or you don't. You definitely do, and were much admired by all today." - Peter Jacques - Clifford T. Ward Convention Organiser  - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band). 16.10.99 ///


On behalf of the Partners and myself may I express our thanks to yourself and your band for the excellent performance last Friday at our firm's Annual Dinner Dance. - Vernon Currie, Higgs & Sons, Solicitors. - 6.1.89 - (Bev Pegg and his Rock 'n' Roll Band).  ///

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