Mr. Fox Biography

One of the genre’s forgotten acts, Mr. Fox’s pioneering influence in folk rock was for a brief time in the early 70s similar to that of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention. Concerned at the lack of a band that could play atmospheric English music, Ashley Hutchings and traditionalist Bob Pegg (Yorkshire, England), recruited Pegg’s wife, Carole (fiddle), Alun Eden (drums), Barry Lyons (bass), Andrew Massey (cello) and John Myatt (woodwinds). With Hutchings’ initial help they recorded a powerful, haunting album for Transatlantic Records, for which Pegg wrote mature, gothic songs, inspired by his Yorkshire homeland. Economically unfeasible, the band was reduced to a quartet, and released the excellent The Gypsy. In 1971 they toured the festival circuit, but various aspects of their performance at Loughborough were heavily criticized. In the following year Alan Edun and Barry Lyons left the group, to join Trees, and were replaced by Nick Strutt (b. Nicholas Charles Strutt, 8 October 1946, Upminster, Essex, England; guitar) and Ritchie Bull (bass). This drastic move changed the band’s character, and Carole Pegg’s departure reduced Mr. Fox to a trio, after which they disbanded. Carole Pegg later worked with Graham Bond, and issued a solo record influenced by ‘magic’. Bob Pegg continued to perform with Nick Strutt, and, in the late 70s, released a series of characteristically black folk albums before moving into theatrical education.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.