Prog Rock

The important bit!

The Prog Rock group normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3.00 pm.  While COVID restrictions are in place, we are meeting online, using Zoom; once government lockdown has finished, venue TBA.  It’s envisaged that meetings will be of a hybrid nature, i.e. participants meet face to face along with links via Zoom to remote participants.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.  No costs or entrance fees.

Our group is led by Paul Vickery, and he may be contacted at 01643 709693, or by email at ProgRock@minehead-district-u3a.org.uk

About the Group

Open to anyone that has an interest in progressive rock.  Loved by many and hated by some, progressive rock (or prog rock) is one of the most popular subgenres of rock music.  Groups such as ELP, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Jethro Tull, and Wishbone Ash, to name but a few, fall into this category.  We’ll listen to various music and discuss times gone by.  You may have attended concerts, we may be able to find recordings on ‘Spotify’ or YouTube.  You don’t have to have access to any playback mediums, as I, or hopefully some of the participants will play music via a ‘share screen’ process.  Don’t be frightened by technology, we’ll help you enjoy an hour or so of entertainment and make new friends.  Initially, just drop me an email for further information.

Latest

The ProgRock Group continues to grow in head count.

Both James Stringer and Mick White from Minehead recently joined the group swelling the Minehead head count to three. There must be more local people out there interested in joining. Don’t be shy, just send me an email for the Zoom link.

The group members come from all over the country. A good mix of both male and female regional U3A members have joined our group because they don’t have a local ProgRock group.

Both tracks and videos are played from a variety of groups, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Genesis to name but a few. A couple of the attendees have already contributed to the session by providing detailed information on specific groups.

Our session starts at 3.00pm and last for about 90 minutes. Please see the U3A calender for the next scheduled meeting. Going forward, we will continue using the Hybrid Zoom format.

Previous news

Our first Zoom meeting on 9th February had 7 attendees and the last meeting on the 9th March had 11 attendees. The next meeting scheduled for 13th April has 17 potential listed members.

The group’s members come from all over the country. A good mix of both male and female regional U3A members have joined our group because they don’t have a local ProgRock group.

Twenty tracks from a variety of groups, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Genesis to name but a few have been played.

I’m experimenting with the Zoom technology and have now been able to both play tracks and show interesting facts via a photo slide show at the same time. What next, hopefully showing videos.

A couple of the attendees have already contributed to the session by providing detailed information on specific groups.

Our session of 90 minutes goes by so quickly. We will continue using the Hybrid Zoom format even when we get back to normality.

Paul Vickery

Going forward, I hope that more local people will join us and when we get back to some sort of normality and start meeting up again, the meetings will be of a hybrid nature, that is the use of Zoom to have those long distanced participants join in.

Links of Interest

Prog Rock rules! – feature from Third Age Matters

Prog Archives – your ultimate Prog Rock resource