Peggy Sue Interview

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Peggy Sue (formerly Peggy Sue and the Pirates). Their song Lover Gone is currently my favourite ukulele song of the year and it’ll take some beating. So I was very excited when Katy Klaw agreed to answer a few questions.

You’ve only started using ukuleles in your music recently. How did you get into them and what appeals to you about them?

My dad bought me a ukulele as a present and we started playing it in the same way we play guitar which is not really knowing how but with great enthusiasm.

When’s your album coming out and what can we expect from it?

Either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Its got quite a lot of ukulele on it actually. We’ve somehow managed to make the ukulele sound quite sad which I think is no mean feat. You can expect 12 new songs – we’re playing a couple of them live but most of them are brand new – lots of interesting drum beats, vocal harmonies, some acoustic guitars, some electric guitars, a bit of mandoln, a little brass and strings here and there. Its not finished yet but we’re pretty excited about the way its coming along. I think its going to be a goodun.

Are you still using Charlot Webster’s ukulele? Have you got your eye on a replacement? Do you have a name ready for it?

We are indeed still using Charlot’s ukulele which she was kind enough to loan to us for our tour and we took it to New York with us for recording so thats whats going to be on the album which is nice. We haven’t had a chance to buy ourselves one yet – it’s quite a commitment – and no we never name instruments until we’ve met them.

Which three songs does everyone need to hear?

Got me a woman – Levon Helme
While you were sleeping – Elvis Perkins
Single Ladies – Beyonce

What happened to the Pirates?

They said the ukulele was not really instruments so we threw them out

Visit Peggy Sue’s website and buy their Lover Gone EP on Yep Roc Records

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  1. Acilius June 22nd, 2009 7:49 pm

    “Not really instruments”? With that sort of attitude, they’ll give pirates everywhere a bad name.

  2. Woodshed June 23rd, 2009 5:05 pm

    Acilius: Arrr, that they be.

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  4. Sophie October 14th, 2009 2:48 pm

    Great website. Are there Peggy Sue chords hiding somewhere on it? Or on another? Anyone know?

  5. Woodshed October 14th, 2009 4:51 pm

    Sophie: There aren’t any here and I don’t know where there are any. I might do some at some point.

  6. Sophie October 23rd, 2009 2:45 pm

    It would be lovely if you did!

  7. Francesca December 10th, 2009 3:44 am

    please woodshed, could you post the chords/tabs to some Peggy Sue songs? I’ve been trying to figure out Lover Gone because it’s a lovely lovely song, but I can’t get it right. I use this web a lot, it’s great.

  8. Sophie Sue January 30th, 2010 11:25 pm

    Great song! Great Artist, really interested in the chords for Lover gone, will you do the honours? :-)

  9. Michael Combley March 27th, 2010 11:45 pm

    I thought that Pirates were supposed to have a bad name!!!!

  10. J-Hob July 8th, 2010 10:12 pm

    I’ll second the vote for Peggy Sue chords. It sounds like they use some interesting/unusual chords, or at least they make them sound that way. I like the discordance and tension in songs such as February Snow

  11. Woodshed July 13th, 2010 5:58 pm

    J-Hob: Me too!

  12. sophie July 14th, 2010 10:01 am

    Woodshed… will you do the honours? Go on! pleeease!? :-)

  13. Sophie July 15th, 2010 5:15 pm

    Oh wow, lots of people named sophie seem to have commented after my original comment. I hate the internet.

  14. Woodshed July 17th, 2010 5:00 pm

    Sophie, sophie, Sophie and Sophie: OK, OK, OK. You’ve bullied me sufficiently. I’ll do it.

  15. Sophie Sue July 17th, 2010 11:06 pm

    YESSSS!!!!!! Thank you Woodshed!! let us know when its up!?

  16. Woodshed July 18th, 2010 4:55 pm

    Sophie Sue: Subscribe!

  17. Sophie Sue July 19th, 2010 1:13 pm

    ok ok! have done! ;-D

  18. Woodshed July 19th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Sophie Sue: You won’t have to wait long. I’ve got it lined up for tomorrow.

  19. Sophiesue July 19th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Brilliant!! I have been Trying to work it out today as it’s been in my head for days but had no luck! Look forward to giving it a proper go! Thanks :-)

  20. Sophie Sue July 20th, 2010 7:09 pm

    Excellent!! Thanks Woodshed… now how about Lover Gone!? :-) it’s short but extremely sweet! will you put it on your to do list?

  21. Woodshed July 21st, 2010 7:54 pm

    Sophie Sue: We’ll see what the response to this one is like.

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