Musicians pay tribute to popular landlady

Tracey Bullard behind the bar at the George Inn, Barford St Michael
Tracey Bullard behind the bar at the George Inn, Barford St Michael

Musicians and friends from all over the country have paid tribute to former Barford St Michael landlady Tracey Bullard, who died at Katharine House Hospice last week.

Fairport Convention musicians past and present expressed their sadness and bass player Dave ‘Peggy’ Pegg announced a special fundraising auction in her memory.

Mrs Bullard was landlady of the George Inn with her son Spencer Richards until the late 1990s, acting as a kind and welcoming hostess to many musicians visiting Fairport’s home at Woodworm Studios.

“Tracey will always be remembered for the joy she gifted to all around her with her great kindness and personality,” said Peggy.

“She was a great hostess who looked after all the visitors to our studio, which conveniently was just down the road. The Fairports, Jethro Tull, Ralph McTell, Dan Ar Braz, The Dylan Project and many others enjoyed their lunches there and the many post-session beverages which were always served up with a cheering smile and a lovely Black Country accent.

“Tracey and Spencer got the pub rocking with their Monday night music sessions, Spencer being a terrific harmonica player, often stealing the show when jamming with the great bands they presented.”

The landlady married George Inn local Mick Bullard, drummer and vocalist for Freeway Jam, and after the pub was sold she worked with Chris and Dave Pegg and the Cropredy Festival team at Woodworm.

“I have a special acoustic bass on which I have many great autographs on including Danny Thompson, Robert Plant, Steve Hackett, Ralph McTell, Fairports and more,” said Peggy. “It is my ambition to get as many known and respected musos to sign it as I can and sell it on Ebay as ‘The Tracey Bullard Signature Bass’ for the hospice.”

Mrs Bullard’s funeral is at 2pm on Friday, September 5 at Barford St Michael Church.

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