Bob Pegg’s storytelling is interwoven with music and song, and his stories come from the Highlands – selkies, last wolves, fairy people – and from across the northern climes.
The music comes from anything that can produce a sound: from stones and shells to the jaw harp, the concertina, ocarinas, the Dark Ages lyre, and a show-stopping array of Native American flutes.
Some of the songs are traditional, some of them Bob’s own; he has a reputation as a songwriter, going back to his time as leader of the iconic 1970s folk rock band Mr Fox, and up to the present with projects like the community music drama Storm, which was short-listed for Cameron Mackintosh’s Highland Quest Musical competition.
As a storyteller, musician and workshop leader, Bob has worked with people of all ages, from pre-school groups upwards; and he has performed in venues as varied as a Viking farmstead in the wilds of Iceland and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Whether they have their origins in Ancient Greece, among the Canadian Inuit or in Norse myth, Bob’s stories are offered conversationally, as if they had happened just yesterday. He specialises in tailoring programmes of stories and music to fit specific themes and places: the seashore; a ring fort in Perthshire; an ancient Highland forest or an urban landscape; a Pictish stronghold above Inverness.
Among Bob’s recent projects (2013) are: Stories and Music from Highland Perthshire, in collaboration with Gaelic singer Christina Stewart and clarsair Bill Taylor; Kings and Saints, a commission to commemorate the return of the refurbished Pictish cross-slab to Nigg Church in Easter Ross; and Sounding Dunadd, working with Kilmartin House Museum in Argyll to produce four community events among the prehistoric tombs, the standing stones and the exotic rock art of Kilmartin Glen.
Recent books: Highland Folk Tales (2012), The Little Book of Hogmanay (2013), and the forthcoming Argyll Folk Tales (due 2014), all published by The History Press.
Here you can find our recommended booking rates.
Here you can find guidelines on booking a storyteller.
Everyone is a storyteller! Find out how you can learn a few tales to share with friends or how you can become a professional.