The pub with no beer or wine, but plenty of music


The Pegasus was a fine place to be this Wednesday if you wanted to drink cider or lager and hear a wide range of music. However, if you wanted to drink draft ale, Guinness or white wine, you were out of luck because they didn’t have any. As John, the owner will be back from holiday soon, we confidently predict that things will be better for our next visit, and for a certain upcoming celebration.

We were pleased to welcome Paddy and Clive for their first visit. They sang three original songs (Paddy’s lyrics, Clive’s music): Afghanistan, Box Full of Kisses and Cedar Tree and finished off with Chris Rea’s Road To Hell. We hope to see them again soon.

Dave (from Chesham?) also popped along. However, because we were slow starting and had a good turnout, he was only able to fit in Al Stewart’s Admiral Lord Fisher before his early departure. More next time I hope.

It seems that David and Alison took my comment about their ability to do a new song every week to heart. This week, it was a WW1 song by Reg Meuross - And Jesus Wept - that had been suggested by Simon. A great choice, sung and played with David’s usual sensitivity, that caused at least one hanky to be required. His second song is a particular favourite with me: Show of Hands' Exiles. Alison sang Nantucket Whaler and Row On. I’m not sure whether we’ve heard those before. They both joined Simon for Galway Girl, presumably chosen because Magner’s Cider was the only drink available on draft. Simon's first contribution had been Mother's Lament (My Baby Has Gone Down The Plughole). This was presumably a music hall song, but found its way on Cream's Disraeli Gears album.

For his first turn, Fred played a couple of tunes on the willow flute (AKA long plastic pipe, holes only at the ends) that were (if I read my notes correctly) Too Lang Days and In The Grove. He played the short plastic pipe with more holes (AKA whistle) for his second turn and, in true Jimmy Saville style, he offered us 5 points for identifying the first and third of the tunes and 10 points for the second. I scored 5 for the Keel Row and none for the second (the name of which I can’t read from my notes) or Some Say The Devil’s Dead. I should clearly stick to chart hits of the 1970’s.

By popular request (i.e. by me), Martin played the Steely Dan medley that he’d spent the afternoon putting together. For the record, there were seven components: King Of The World, Rose Darling, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Josie, Daddy Don’t Live In New York City No More, Deacon Blues and Kid Charlemagne. He later made a nod to the folk world with Richard Thompson’s Razor Dance and finished the evening with Tim Minchin’s Rock and Roll Nerd.

Other numbers were:

  • Dick: Drew My Ship In To A Harbour, Bring Us A Barrel, Daddy Fox
  • Rosie and me: Teehan’s Favourite/Maggie In The Woods (polkas), Everybody’s Crying Mercy (Mose Allison), You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket (White Stripes)
  • Gerry: Kootamundra Wattle, Julia (John Lennon)
  • John C: Mcaffrey, Flushers
  • Delia: NAAFI Girls (Rob ‘em All), Faraway Tom
  • Stuart: Pleasant and Delightful, Grey Funnel Line

The Jackson/Brake family will be on holiday in on the Norfolk coast next week, so the session on September 2nd at The Belle Vue will be ‘unplugged’. After a week in her home county, Rosie’s Norfolk accent will probably be well honed for a Kipper family number to make an appearance the following week.

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  1. Those willowflute tunes were "Two Longdances (Långdans) and 'In the Green Grove' (Uti gröna lunden )".

    The middle tune of the whistle set was "Katie Bairdie".

    -- Fred