Special concert will remember musician's musician

By Connie Osborne Friday 29 August 2014 Updated: 29/08 11:32

A MEMORIAL concert will held in honour of a much-loved Bromsgrove musician who passed away earlier this month.

Mick Dolan, who lived on Pennine Road, died after a short illness on August 2 in Marmaris, Turkey.

The 67-year-old worked as a musician and producer since the age of 16 starting out with his brother Steve.

The duo became the Ebony Combo, before Dolan moved to the Five Dimensions in Birmingham and eventually the Cock-a-Hoops.

The latter group toured professionally for a number of years throughout the UK in the 60s playing top clubs and supporting top acts including Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry and Cream.

When this band broke up he formed Hard Meat with his brother Steve and Mike Carless. Warner Brothers signed them and they went on to make two albums and toured the United States and Europe.

When this ceased he returned home to Malvern and using his technical knowledge ran a mobile sound system business and provided sound for a variety of bands including an emerging U2.

With his technical know how he became house engineer at Millstream Studios in Cheltenham and recorded artists such as Mike D’Abo, Ralph McTell and Ashley Hutchings.

A friend introduced him to Mick Jagger who wanted an engineer for his solo album Goddess in the Doorway and on which Mick ended up playing guitar.

Ever restless he formed another band the Dolan Brothers (the DBs) with Chris Kerridge on guitar, his brother Steve on bass and Keith Baker who played the drums and they released a CD.

In the 1990s following the death of his brother Steve he moved to Port Issac in Cornwall and created a studio in the garden of his then partner’s house and recorded with a number of bands.

He eventually returned to the Midlands and in his latter years he lived in Turkey where he often played solo and built up a loyal following, and in Bromsgrove where he continued to produce and engineer for a variety of artists including the Kate Gee Band and Red Shoes.

Sally McLachlan, his partner’s daughter, said arrangements will soon be made for a memorial service in the UK and for a concert next year to celebrate his achievements and influence.

She added: “He was a musician’s musician, admired for his voice and playing but with a technical ability and as Ashley Hutchings said ‘ a wonderful pair of ears’ that everyone that recorded with him admired.

“He never really received the acclaim he was due but for those who knew him he was the quiet legend of the 60s.”

He was laid to rest in the Turkish village of Hisaronu and is survived by his loving partner Jackie, son Jesse and brothers Martin and Pete.

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