Hartlepool musician to perform with legends The Faces

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A Hartlepool musician’s dream will come true tonight when he performs with musical legends The Faces.

Mick Donnelly couldn’t believe his luck when he was asked to play with music greats Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood at a charity concert in Surrey.

The professional musician, who runs Mick Donnelly Academy of Music, will play saxophone and flute at the Rock ‘n’ Horsepower concert at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst tonight in aid of prostate cancer.

“I was asked to play for the annual concert, Rock ‘n’ Horsepower charity event at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, in June,” Mr Donnelly said.

“I had a great time playing for Procol Harum, Level 42, Nik Kerhaw, Squeeze, and the likes.

“On the back of that I have been asked again by the event organizer and legendary drummer Kenney Jones to be part of a one off event for the same charity, but this time it will feature a reunion of The Faces.”

Rod Stewart concert at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road ground.'Rod on stage.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-6-2014

Rod Stewart concert at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road ground.'Rod on stage. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-6-2014

In the late 60s and early 70s The Faces were one of the biggest bands around Famous for huge hits such as Stay With Me and Ooh La La.

But now – 40 years since the band split – the three surviving members of the original rock group have announced they are getting back together.

Former frontman Rod Stewart, 70, is reuniting with Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood, 68, and the bands’ original drummer Kenney Jones, 66, to play a ‘short set’ at the sold-out concert.

Kicking off at 4.30pm the concert expects top see a crowd of 10,000 turnout.

“Kenny Jones from The Who puts it all together in the first place,” Mr Donnelly said.

“He was talking to me about The Faces coming together again for a 40th anniversary.

“When he finally got the nod from Rod Steward’s management to say would he would go ahead and do it - he phoned me and said would I like to be a part of it.

“So of course I said yes!”

Mr Donnelly who went down for rehearsals in London with the rock stars earlier this week, said his idols lived up to expectations.

“They are fantastic and Ronnie is a legend,” he said.

“They are lovely people and it was lovely to see them all meeting again.”

Mr Donnelly will provide the backing to The Face’s set of around eight numbers and will also have a solo part.

He will also play throughout the entire four and a half hour concert, and share the stage with a host of other musicians accompanying legendary artists; including Steve Harley, Paul Carack, Midge Ure and Paul Weller.