EXPERIMENTAL BEARD BAND

Circa: 1965 – 1968
Home town:
Members:

  • Paul Bennett – Lead vocals & rhythm
  • Rene “Feedback” Dove – Lead guitar
  • Phil Horne – Bass & vocals
  • Tim Elliott – Drums, vocals & harp

Most of the members of this band were scholars at Oriel Boys, although the band continued for some time after its members had finished their schooling days.  They gigged around and about the Salisbury area at functions and venues such as private parties and the Greendale and Hatfield halls on Friday nights.  They also appeared at the Moth hall.  The band played popular covers of the era (Stones, Kinks, Byrds, Zombies, Cream, Yardbirds and Kinks) and gained a reputation for jamming extremely lengthy versions of some songs.  One of their “features” was a 45 minute long rendition of Cream’s “Spoonful”!  Paul Bennett recalls that an awful lot used to take place amongst the audience during these lengthy jams, including altercations and brawls, but the band – as professional as they were – just played on.

The band came second in a Rhodesian Rock Band Contest and Phil Horne recalls that he and Paul Bennett won first prize as an acoustic duo on one occasion.

(See also BLUES & TROUBLE and PAUL BENNETT on the “In The Tradition” page).