Mr. Fox

Decades Active: 2000s


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....

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