Bob Pegg Biography Bob Pegg is a storyteller and musician who lives and works in the Scottish Highlands. In 1970 he began a career as a professional singer, songwriter and musician when, with Carole Pegg, he formed the folkrock band Mr Fox, which went on to record two acclaimed LPs for Transatlantic Records (re issued by Castle in 2004 on one CD). He subsequently made several other LPs for Transatlantic (re issued in 2006 on the double CD Bob Pegg: Keeper of the Fire) and, more recently, a CD The Last Wolf for Rhiannon Records. By the latter half of the 70s he was touring the UK and abroad as a solo singersongwriter, and had begun working in schools. In 1976 his book Folk was published by Wildwood House, and in 1977 he was appointed Oral Historian at the Arvon Foundation in Yorkshire. During this period he was also writing and performing music for radio, television and film, including BBCTV's Play for Today, and Ken Loach's feature film Black Jack. In 1981 his book about folk customs, Rites and Riots, was published by Blandford Press, and in 1983 Bob Pegg was appointed Writer in Residence in Cleveland for two years, running writers’ groups, working in schools, editing anthologies, setting up a songwriting competition, and organising the first Cleveland Literature Festival. Around 1984 he begin to work with Julie Fullarton as the Beasties, using story, music, song and drama in projects and performances in schools and other educational settings throughout England, Scotland and Wales. During this period he was also coordinator of the Legal and General Songsearch songwriting competition, and a regular music tutor for the annual Scottish Highland Youth Theatre. In 1990 he moved to the Highlands. Bob Pegg is now a freelance storyteller and musician, and a parttime arts worker for The Highland Council in Ross and Cromarty. In the latter capacity he wrote and directed the music and songs for the community dramas Macbeth and Storm; has devised travelling shows of story, song and instrumental music; and cowrote, with harper Bill Taylor and drummer Henry Fosbrooke, the recording Breaking the Silence: Music inspired by the Picts. More recently he toured with Bill Taylor in Waking the Beast, a show of storytelling, music and riddles also dedicated to the Picts. For five years he was the organizer of the annual Highland storytelling festival Tales at Martinmas, and currently runs the Merry Dancers Storytelling Project, an ongoing storytelling initiative in Ross and Cromarty. Bob Pegg regularly tours schools in the North of England with his popular show Roots and Flutes, which features some of the world’s oldest and most colourful musical instruments and their stories. As a storyteller he has worked in many diverse settings, including the beach at Loch Fleet, Smoo Cave in Sutherland, Bonawe Iron Furnace in Argyll, and the Iron Age hut in Abriachan woodlands; and in major festivals including Whitby, the Edge in Shropshire, and the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival. In 2004 he was invited to perform at the Borgarnes Storytelling festival in Iceland, and most recently he has told stories in community venues and schools throughout Scotland, including Aberdeen, South Uist, Dunbeath, and the islands of Muck and Luing. His instrumental CD Out of the Stones, made with harper Bill Taylor for Orkney Islands Council, was launched in 2005 with a music and storytelling performance in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. Current projects include a transnational project with Timespan Museum in Helmsdale to produce animations based on local stories, and a commission to produce four pieces of music for Glenmore woodlands in the Cairngorms.