Many thanks to the Very Large
Numbers of Musicians who signed up to play in the Palers' Band 2007: signing-up
is now closed.
BtP will be in touch with you before long, when we have figured out how best to fit 'a quart into a pint pot'!
The Palers' Band is a 'scratch ensemble' that meets to play Procol / Brooker / Fisher music on the fringes of the real band's gigs: it is open to all-comers – subject to the constraints of rehearsal space – and is brilliant fun to be part of. In 2007 we're playing at St John's Smith Square (one of London's most prestigious music venues!) on Saturday 21 July, but rehearsing, 42 miles out of town, in Southend-on-Sea, the seaside town that history will record as being the cradle of Procol Harum! Read about the plans here. All equipment – backline, PA, keyboards, bass, drums – is supplied by BtP but people bring their own guitars and so forth. We'll be working in a professional studio complex (it has been used by Robin Trower) and discounted accommodation has been arranged: details are here
The sessions will be held on Monday 16, Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July (detailed times to be announced; Friday 20 July is a day off). Once you've said when you're available, please treat this as a commitment, and don't let fellow-Palers down by absenting yourself from the sessions. A minimum two days' attendance is needed to make it worthwhile, and please be aware that, with the relatively short performance time available in London (afternoon of 21 July), everyone will be playing fewer songs than we've done in the last few incarnations of the Palers' Band.
It is not a free-for-all jam: the repertoire is worked out in advance by e-mail collaboration, and organised by Roland from BtP taking into account the preferences that the participants express in the form below. Players can thus prepare beforehand, knowing what pieces they will play, and in what keys. That said, we do have a lot of fun in rehearsal as well :-)