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The Palers' Band / The Palers' Project

Fans play the music of Procol Harum


Origins and outings
The Palers' Band
is the name that has come to refer to a group founded by Jens and Roland at 'Beyond the Pale' [hence the name!] to provide an opportunity for fans to play Procol Harum music to each other – primarily at conventions organised by the website – in order to while away the waiting before Procol Harum themselves take the stage. A pool of players takes turns to perform Procol material, or numbers from the solo repertoire of Procol members.

International in constitution, the Palers' Band to date has performed many times at BtP's private parties and once in public [BB King's Blues Club, Hollywood, California]. It has included some 73 individuals [listed below] and it plays with limited rehearsal – but with much e-mail consultation with the webmasters beforehand. It has typically been open to players and singers of all ages and capacities -- in Westbury, NY, the band's ages spanned half a century -- and the performances have ranged from the entirely 'informal' to the definitely inspiring. Caution is thrown to the winds: for example, the Palers' Band has performed the whole of The Worm and the Tree to Procol Harum themselves, as well as tackling In Held 'Twas in I in their presence in Denmark with a circulating line-up of 23 players, and again in New York.

Clearly there's no attempt whatever at pretending to be the proper Procol Harum, as some other fans'-bands do … our emphasis is solely on enjoying the richness of the Procol repertoire, in the context of fun, mutual respect, and a lack of ego-tripping! See here for the origins, or not, of the band's name.


Recordings

See the foot of the page for information about the Palers' Project, which is a studio collective playing polished and exciting, often innovative, arrangements of favourite Procol songs and rarities. These have had some interesting airplay in the USA and supported Gary Brooker during the Procol Harum Fortieth Anniversary celebrations in London, July 2007: setlist here

 

We formerly had audience recordings of the Palers' Band – a more rough-and-ready, live-action affair, for sale in the BtP shop, but they have long since sold out.

September 2000
Guildford, UK

24 songs and personnel listed here (inc. one Gary Brooker performance); the band included Procol's own Dave Ball.

May 2001
Kristiansand, Norway

13 songs and personnel listed here

June 2001
Manchester, UK

27 songs and personnel listed here (inc. two Procol Harum performances)

July 2003
Hollywood, USA

32 songs and personnel listed here (inc. five Procol Harum performances)

August 2006
Lejre, Denmark

30 songs and personnel listed here and here (inc. three Procol Harum performances, one song with Gary Brooker guesting with the Palers' Band, and one song with the whole of Procol joining The Palers onstage mid-song)

July 2007
St John's, Smith Square, London

16 songs and personnel listed here (no song hitherto performed by the Palers' Band). The band again included Procol's own Dave Ball, and The Palers' Project, which played the following day, included special guest Geoff Whitehorn

April 2013
Live Club Barmen,
Wuppertal, Germany

33 different songs including many Gary Brooker solo items; two songs sung by Gary with the Palers' Band; a Dave Ball number with the band; a spontaneous, unrehearsed encore with Geoff Whitehorn

July 2014
Westbury, Long Island NY
USA

19 different songs including two world live premieres, and two numbers sung by Gary with the Palers' Band;
July 2015, Brooklyn USA Liquorice Jam. Not the Palers' Band, per se, but a great day's music in the familiar template: read more here
May 2016
Zoetermeer, Netherlands
14 different songs including a world live première, and two numbers sung by Gary Broooker with the Palers' Band

A Double CD of the Palers' Band, September 2000, was available from BtP … including one track by Gary Brooker
A CD of the Palers' Band, May 2001, was
available from BtP … including one bonus track from 1973
A double CD of the Palers' Band, June 2001, was
available from BtP … including one track by Procol Harum

 


Update composer frequencies etc

Repertoire

So far the Palers' Band has played 123 different songs at BtP conventions ... see the table below ... amounting to almost 200 performances [at Hollywood, 8 songs (marked *) were played twice and in Wuppertal, Westbury and Zoetermeer two sixc songs (marked **) were played twice, once each with Gary Brooker as special guest vocalist; it would be more performances again, and more different songs, if we included the public show on 27 July 2003].

Note that there is a smattering of Brooker, Reid, Fisher, Trower and Ball solo pieces in here, as well as two covers of Procoloid significance, and at least one very standard Standard ... the composers are:

Ball (1); Brooker / Fisher / Reid (11); Brooker (5); Brooker / Reid (79); Brooker / Reid / Noble (3); Brooker / Sutherland (1); Brooker / Trower / Reid (1); Brooker / Renwick / Sinfield (1); Fisher (5); Fisher / Reid (2); Grabham / Reid (1); Hill / Hill (1); Leiber / Stoller (1); Reid (1); Reid /  Noble (1); Toussaint (1); Trower (1); Trower / Reid (6)

Heard at
1 celebration

(No More) Fear of Flying [Brooker / Reid]
A Robe of Silk
[Brooker / Reid]
A Souvenir of London [Brooker / Reid]
About to Die
[Trower / Reid]
An Old English Dream
[Brooker / Reid]
Brickyard Blues
[Toussaint]
Bridge of Sighs
[Trower]
Broken Barricades
[Brooker / Reid]
Butterfly Boys
[Brooker / Reid]
Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
[Brooker / Reid]
Chasing for the Chop [Brooker / Reid]
Crucifiction Lane
[Trower / Reid]
Echoes in the Night
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
For Liquorice John
[Brooker / Reid]
Fresh Fruit
[Brooker / Reid]
Give It a Try
[Fisher]
Give Me Something to Remember You By **  [Brooker \ Renwick \ Sinfield]
GonnaDoThis GonnaDoThat
[Ball]
Good Captain Clack
[Brooker / Reid]
Happy Birthday to You
[Hill / Hill]
Hard to be Sure
[Fisher]
Hear What You’re Saying **
[Brooker]
Homeloving [Brooker]
I Realise
[Brooker / Reid]
In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
[Brooker / Reid]
Into the Flood
[Brooker / Reid / Noble]
King of Hearts
[Brooker / Reid / Noble]
Lead Me to the Water
[Brooker]
Learn to Fly
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Luskus Delph
[Brooker / Reid]
Mabel
[Brooker / Reid]
McGreggor
[Brooker / Reid]
Memorial Drive
[Trower / Reid]
Mr Blue Day
[Brooker / Sutherland]
New Lamps for Old
[Brooker / Reid]
Not Her Fault [Fisher]
Perpetual Motion
[Brooker / Reid]
Piggy Pig Pig
[Brooker / Reid]
Pilgrims Progress
[Fisher / Reid]
Playmate of the Mouth
[Brooker / Reid] (Geoff Whitehorn, guitar)
Poison Ivy
[Leiber / Stoller]
Power Failure
[Brooker / Reid]
Robert's Box
[Brooker / Reid]
Saw the Fire **
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Seem to Have the Blues (Most all of the Time)
[Brooker / Reid]
Simple Sister
[Brooker / Reid]
Skating on Thin Ice
[Brooker / Reid]
Something Magic
[Brooker / Reid]
Song for a Dreamer
[Trower / Reid]
Strangers in Space
 [Brooker / Reid]
Taking the Time
[Brooker / Reid]
The
Angler ** [Brooker] (twice, once with Gary Brooker, vocalist)
The Cycle
[Brooker]
The Devil Came from Kansas
[Brooker / Reid]
The Emperor's New Clothes
[Brooker / Reid]
The Final Thrust
[Brooker / Reid]
The Idol [Brooker / Reid]
The Long Goodbye
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
The Mark of the Claw
[Grabham / Reid]
The Pursuit of Happiness ** [Brooker / Reid / Noble] (twice, once with Gary Brooker, vocalist)
The Truth Won't Fade Away
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
The Unquiet Zone
[Brooker / Reid]
The Worm and the Tree
(complete) [Brooker / Reid]
TV Ceasar + Rule Britannia
[Brooker / Reid]
Typewriter Torment
[Brooker / Reid]
Whisky Train
[Trower / Reid]
Without a Doubt
[Brooker / Reid]
Wizard Man [Brooker / Reid]
You’d Better Wait
[Brooker / Reid]
Your Own Choice
[Brooker / Reid]
Yours if you Want Me [Brooker / Reid]

Heard at
2 celebrations

All This and More [Brooker / Reid]
Alpha [Brooker / Reid]
Bringing Home the Bacon
[Brooker / Reid]
As Strong as Samson [Brooker / Reid]
Repent Walpurgis [Fisher]
So Far Behind *
[Brooker / Reid]
Lime Street Blues
[Brooker / Reid]
Ghost Train [Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
A Christmas Camel *
[Brooker / Reid]
Barnyard Story
[Brooker / Reid]
Beyond the Pale *
[Brooker / Reid]
Boredom
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Drunk Again
[Brooker / Reid]
Grand Hotel
[Brooker / Reid]
Fool's Gold *
[Brooker / Reid]
Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) [Brooker / Reid] (once with Jane Clare, featured vocal, once with Katie Hockley, ditto. Once with Geoff Whitehorn, guitar)
In Held 'Twas in I
(complete, once including members of the band 'Broken Barricades') [Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Juicy John Pink
[Trower / Reid]
Long Gone Geek [Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)
[Brooker / Reid]
Mr Krupp
[Reid]
Nothing but the Truth
[Brooker / Reid]
Nothing That I Didn't Know
[Brooker / Reid]
Pandora's Box
[Brooker / Reid]
Separation
[Fisher]
She Wandered Through the Garden Fence
[Brooker / Reid]
Something Following Me
[Brooker / Reid]
The Dead Man's Dream
[Brooker / Reid]
The Milk of Human Kindness
** [Brooker / Reid]  (once with Gary Brooker, vocalist)
The Thin End of the Wedge [Brooker / Reid]
This Old Dog
[Brooker / Reid]
Toujours l'Amour *
[Brooker / Reid]
Trick of the Night
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Venus Exploding
[Reid, Noble]
Wish me Well
[Brooker / Reid]
Wreck of the Hesperus *
[Fisher / Reid]

Heard at
3 celebrations

A Salty Dog [Brooker / Reid]
A Whiter Shade of Pale
[Brooker / Reid]
Conquistador
[Brooker / Reid]
Holding On
[Brooker / Reid]
Homburg
[Brooker / Reid]
Kaleidoscope
[Brooker / Reid]
One Eye on the Future *
[Brooker / Reid]
Shine on Brightly
[Brooker / Reid]
Whaling Stories
[Brooker / Reid]

Heard at
4 celebrations

A Rum Tale [Brooker / Reid]
A Whiter Shade of Pale [Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Quite Rightly So
[Brooker / Fisher / Reid]
Salad Days (Are Here Again)
[Brooker / Reid]
Too Much Between Us [Brooker / Trower / Reid]
 

Heard at
5 celebrations

Rambling On [Brooker / Reid]
Still There'll Be More * [Brooker / Reid]

Heard at
6 or 7 or 8 or 9 celebrations

(nothing)

 


Special guests!
At the various parties, organised by the website, we have also had guest performances of A Rum Tale [by Gary Brooker, 2000]; Pilgrim's Progress [ending] and The Dead Man's Dream [Procol Harum 2001]; A Rum Tale, The Emperor's New Clothes, Echoes in the Night, Juicy John Pink, and Green Onions [Procol Harum 2003]; and A Rum Tale, Skip Softly [My Moonbeams], Bringing Home the Bacon [Procol Harum, 2006]. It's a strange thrill for the Palers' Band to have Procol in their own audience [sometimes filming us!] and occasionally getting up to play on our own gear – or indeed joining us as the chorus in Whaling Stories; or [as at Domus Felix 2006, Live Club Barmen in 2013, Westbury NY in 2014, and Zoetermeer NL in 2016] having Gary Brooker get up and sing with the Palers as his backing band. 


Palers' Band personnel

The Palers' Band has played Guildford (2000), Kristiansand and Manchester (2001) Hollywood USA (2003), Lejre in Denmark (2006), St John's Smith Square (2007), Wuppertal in Germany (2013) and Westbury NY, USA, as follows. Players marked with an asterisk (*) also played as The Palers' Project who (reinforced by special guest Geoff Whitehorn) opened for Gary Brooker and Guests in London on 21 July 2007 (setlist here)

Who?

From?

2000

2001

2001

2003

2006

2007

2013

2014

2016

Gigs

Poul Achton

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

London

Wuppertal

 

 

2

Michael Ackermann

Germany

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Per Andersen

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Jan Athammer

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Dave Ball

UK

Guild

 

 

 

 

London

Wuppertal

 

 

3

Rob Barnes

UK

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Richard Beck

USA

Guild

 

Manch

LA

Lejre

 

 

 

 

4

Donna Blue

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Luiz de Boni

Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Søren Borello

Denmark

 

 

 

 

Lejre

London

 

 

 

2

Stefano Bottacchi

Italy

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Gary Brooker

UK

 

 

 

 

Lejre

 

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

4

Elizabeth Bryson

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

 

2

Stewart Bryson

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

 

2

Beatle Buck

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Sam Cameron

UK

Guild

Krist

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Gary Celebre

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Marvin Chassman

USA

 

 

 

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

 

5

Palle Bas Christensen

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

London

 

 

 

1

Peter Christian

UK

 

 

 

 

Lejre

 

 

 

 

1

Gummo Clare

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Jane Clare

UK

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Linda Clare

UK

Guild

Krist

Manch

 

Lejre

 

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

 

6

Martin Clare

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Nicholas Clare

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Peter Clare*

UK

Guild

Krist

Manch

 

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

 

 

6

Roland Clare *

UK

Guild

Krist

Manch

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

9

Antonio Costa Barbé*

Italy

Guild

 

 

 

 

London

Wuppertal

 

 

3

John Crouch

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Brian D'Addario

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Michael D'Addario

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Ronnie D'Addario

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Wilfried van Damme

Netherlands

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Tito Davila

USA

Guild

 

 

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

7

Allen Edelist*

USA

 

 

Manch

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

 

 

5

Lloyd Edward

USA

 

 

 

 LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Rainer Emerson

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Dennis Fetchet

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Lou Fowkes

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Fritz Friedl

Germany

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Alberto Gallarini*

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

London

 

 

 

1

Jeremy Gilien*

USA

 

 

 

LA

Lejre

London

 

 

 

3

Karl Glørstad

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Bruce Gold

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

David Goodwick

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Gothic Harris

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Torgeir Hefre

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Ian Hockley*

Oman

 

 

 

 

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

5

Katie Hockley

UK

 

 

 

 

        Zoetermeer NL

1

Martine Hoogendoorn

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

Lejre

 

 

 

 

1

Bjørn Jensen*

Norway

 

 

 

 

Lejre

London

 

 

 

2

Stein Kaald

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Charlie Kirelawich

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Dave Knight*

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

London

 

 

 

2

Malène Lemoine

France

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Axel Leonhardt

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Jeff Levine

USA

 

 

Manch

LA

Lejre

London

 

Westbury NY

 

5

Sev Lewkowicz

UK

Guild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Wolfgang Lieke

Germany

Guild

 

Manch

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

Zoetermeer NL

4

George Lovell

Scotland / Canada

 

 

 

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

 

5

Don Milione*

USA

 

 

Manch

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

 

 

5

Sharon Nichols

USA

 

 

 

 

Lejre

 

 

 

 

1

Claus Nielsen

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

London

 

 

 

1

Greg Panfile

USA

Guild

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Beth Pellegrini

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Larry Pennisi

USA

Guild

 

Manch

 

Lejre

 

 

 Westbury NY

 

4

George Phipps

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Rodger Phillips

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Carlo Ponissi ('Jack')

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Jens Anders Ravnaas *

Norway

Guild

Krist

Manch

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

9

Torjus Ravnaas

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

Lejre

 

Wuppertal

 

 

3

Leif-Otto Eriksen

Norway

 

Krist

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Steinar Revheim

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Andrè Romkes*

Norway

 

 

 

 

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

 

 

3

Bjørn Rovar

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Tony Sadowski

USA

 

 

Manch

LA

 

 

 

 

 

2

Bert Saraco

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Carina Saraco

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Gary Shepard*

USA

 

 

 

LA

Lejre

London

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

Zoetermeer NL

6

Jonas Söderström

Sweden

 

 

 

 

Lejre

 

Wuppertal

 

Zoetermeer NL

3

Gunnar Stedje

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Atle Strøm

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Hans Tammes

Netherlands

 

 

Manch

 

Lejre

 

 

 

Zoetermeer NL

3

Jay Terleski

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Justin Tetlow

UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

1

Runar Todok

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

 

2

Nicky Turner

UK

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Dag Tveikra

Norway

 

Krist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Benny Tworek

Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

London

 

 

 

1

Stephen Wallace*

Australia

Guild

 

 

 

 

London

 

 

 

2

Nathan Walpow

USA

 

 

 

LA

 

 

 

 

 

1

Kari Warhuus

Norway

 

 

 

 

 

London

 Wuppertal

 

 

2

Geoff Whitehorn

UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

 

Zoetermeer NL

2

Kenny White

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Richard Williams

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wuppertal

Westbury NY

2

Josh Wolfe

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Paul Wolfe

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury NY

 

1

Nancy Zohner

USA

 

 

Manch

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

The 98 players have come from the following countries: USA 36, UK 19,  Norway 17,  Denmark 6, Italy 5, Germany 4, Netherlands 3, Sweden 1, Canada 3, Oman 1, France 1,  Brazil 1,  Australia 1.


Studio recordings
A new venture for 2002 was The Palers' Project, "a loose international collective of fans of Procol Harum who record the songs of Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower and Keith Reid for their own and others' pleasure". The third 2CD album from this project was released in May 2006, and we gave our first public performance on 21 July 2007, supporting Gary Brooker and Guests at St John's Smith Square in London.

Unlike the Palers' Band above, The Palers' Project is primarily not a live music project: their first album, Lost in the Looking Glass [2002] consists of 40 Procol Harum / Matthew Fisher tracks, chiefly recorded in studios. 'Compulsive listening,' said Gary Brooker, while Keith Reid opined that 'every home should have one'. The second Palers' Project 2CD album – From Shadow to Shadow – was released in May 2004, with a special price for all orders received before 1 May. Like its predecessor it contains 40 Procol Harum / Matthew Fisher / Gary Brooker / Robin Trower / Paramounts tracks, chiefly recorded in studios. The third Palers' Project 2CD album – Trace of a Feeling – was released in May 2006. Unlike its predecessors it contains 42 Procol Harum / Matthew Fisher / Gary Brooker / Robin Trower. Members of Procol Harum and Cpt Beefheart's magic band are among the hundred musicians featured on this recording.

Many hundreds of these albums have been ordered online here: to hear excerpts for yourself, to view the line-ups and pictures, and to order these excellent collections, visit The Palers' Project website ... there's a lot of good stuff there – it's a feast for a Procoholic's ears. All proceeds are used to find 'Beyond the Pale' and thereby to promote Procol Harum worldwide. There's also an artist-designed Palers' Project tee-shirt. And – a kind of spin-off from the 2006 Palers' Band – there's now a Danish cover band, The Procol Harum Project and a Hispanic one here.


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