Former and current Fairport Conventioneers Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals), Dave Pegg (bass, mandolin, backing vocals) and Dave Mattacks (drums), along with singer/songwriter Ralph McTell, formed the GP's ("Grazed Pontiffs," so dubbed by Dave Mattacks following the assassination attempt on the Pope) in the summer of 1981 to headline an evening at the annual Fairport reunion festival. McTell, who had always wanted to be in a band, and Thompson, who was between projects and labels, fronted the group which was meant to be primarily a pub band. With the rhythm section of Pegg and Mattacks driving them, the GP's churned out folk and country standards, classic Motown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan and even a few McTell and Thompson originals for six shows. In 1991, Pegg's own Woodworm Records released a recording of the band taken from their August 14, 1981 show at the Fairport reunion at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire. The record, Saturday Rolling Around, was reissued in 1996 by HTD Records.
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