Belper gig for Clarke and Pegg

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Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg will play The Queens Head in Belper on Saturday, October 31, from 8pm.

Regarded by The Fairport Convention as ‘a national treasure’, Anthony John Clarke is that rare thing: a songwriter who moves comfortably from pathos to humour within a song.

Firmly aware of the need to entertain as well as move and inform, Anthony’s extensive repertoire encompasses themes as diverse as the politics of Northern Ireland, homelessness and of course a certain form of pub entertainment.

A seasoned performer, he is as comfortable on the big stage compering the Cropredy Festival as he is in a small and intimate venue.

Dave Pegg, of course, needs no introduction. The longest continuously serving Fairport, his fluent basslines have underpinned the band’s performances for many years and yet one of ‘Peggy’s’ earliest gigs was as the mandolin player in The Ian Campbell Folk Group.

In 2015, his fingers still magically expand and contract to produce virtuoso performances on both instruments. It’s no surprise that his talents have always been in demand with his Fairport role complimented by stints with Jethro Tull.

Those who have attended this gig in previous years will know that consummate writing and musicianship are balanced by the duo’s sparkling humour. Support comes from local hero Chris Butler.

Expect plenty of tricks and a real Halloween treat.

Tickets are £10 and are available at the venue or you can contact mjones572@hotmail.co.uk

Further information is available at www.queensheadbelper.weebly.com