A one-off, signature bass guitar autographed by folk and rock icons such as Robert Plant, Ralph McTell, Steve Ashley and Danny Thompson is being auctioned for charity.
The acoustic bass was was made for Dave ‘Peggy’ Pegg of Fairport Convention and can be seen in action in the band’s most recent YouTube video of their new song, John Condon.
After the death from cancer of his former pub landlady, Tracey Bullard, Peggy decided to put the guitar – now decorated with many folk and rock stars’ autographs – up on Ebay to raise money for Katharine House Hospice, where Tracey was cared for in her final days.
Peggy said: “It’s been renamed the Tracey Bullard Signature Bass after a lovely lady called Tracey Bullard who lived in Barford St Michael and used to run our pub up the road, The George . She sadly died last year and spent her last week in the wonderful Katharine House Hospice.
“This one-off guitar was made for me by the Osark Guitar Company and I was going to auction it at our Fairport festival last year in aid of Katharine House Hospice but with Tracey passing away a couple of weeks before our festival I thought I’d rename it the Tracey Bullard Signature Bass. It’s got all these wonderful people’s signatures on it, Bob Harris, Robert Plant, Steve Ashley, all of the Fairport Convention, the great bass player Danny Thompson, Ralph McTell – our great friend fron Fairport Convention – and lots of other famous folkies and rockers. We’ve put it on eBay to try to raise some money for Katharine House Hospice.”
Tracey Bullard’s son, Spencer Richards said he was very touched by Peggy’s idea.
He said: “It’s an incredible gesture by Dave for such a fantastic cause. You’d be hard pushed to live in Banbury and not have had something to do with fundraising for the hospice.
“We all go back 20 to 30 years to the 80s, when Dave was living in Barford and playing with Jethro Tull and mum and I were running The George.
“Dave and I have had many sessions together. This auction is a great idea for raising money for the hospice.”
The bass is advertised on eBay and the sale ends tomorrow (Friday) at 9.05am.
For the technically minded it has a magnetic pick-up and a blender control to mix the acoustic bridge pick-up in with the magnetic pick-up. It is in pristine condition and comes with a hard case.
Readers can see Dave Pegg explain his auction on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9AxZkYFgrA
And he can be seen playing the instrument on the latest Fairport Convention video of John Condon at www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3PxOoXFtGM
Bidding on Monday stood at £1,560.
Peggy said: “There is a guy from Frankfurt who usually wins our auction for the first two tickets for the festival, which we auction on eBay.
“He’s a true diehard Fairport fan and I think he will be bidding!”