Mick Dolan 1947-2014

Very sad news I’m afraid – dear Mick Dolan passed away on Saturday 2nd August in Turkey.  It is very hard to come to terms with. We send his partner Jackie, and all the family and friends love and sympathy at this difficult time.

MICK DOLAN 1947- 2014

Mick and I go back many years – he was a great judge of sound, and his guitar playing was always soulful and from the heart.

We first met in late 1970’s when his PA company (Bell Sound in Malvern) did sound for many of my band and solo gigs at that time..including the Rough Hill Festival in Glos. with Steve Winwood. Then he played electric guitar on some tracks for my second album No Going Back, and after that became a permanent member of my band along Mick’s brother Steve on bass. We did some touring, then made the album Get Lucky.

After that, Mick became resident recording engineer at Dik Cadbury’s Millstream Studio in Cheltenham, and I then performed more acoustic gigs, solo or with Phil Beer and Paul Burgess.

Mick recorded all my albums from Line of Blue in 1985, English Morning in 1987, and Edge of Day in 1989,  right through to The Winding Stair in 2005, and Breaking The Silence (with Mike Silver ) in 2007.

As a guitarist he played some wonderful solos on the Force of the River album in 1993, and took over from Phil Beer in my annual Christmas show along with Paul Burgess (West Country Christmas, A Country Christmas, Keep The Flame, and All On A Winter’s NIght). Just listen to his glorious playing on songs like May Not Be Far Away, Full Force of the River, Keep the Flame, and Survival.

Over the years, Mick worked on albums with many people including Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Mick Jagger, Ralph McTell, Show of Hands, and Fisherman’s Friends , including a fine album that he made with Roscarrock (trio of Billy Hawkins and Jon Cleave from F Friends + Mick) called First and Last – Songs of Port Isaac ….just listen to his fine singing on the song Bencoolen.

The last 2 gigs we did together were on the Borderland CD tour…at Bromsgrove Folk Club on 13th March, and at the album launch in Nailsworth on 29th March.

I shall miss Mick’s guitar playing, and listening to and sharing music with his “fine pair of ears”. It was an honour to have worked with Mick for all those years. A memorial concert will hopefully be held next year.

Regards 
Johnny.
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