I joined The Hornets early 1965 from The Bushmen replacing Graham Evans who went on to join Fitz n Startz.
I worked with Mick Coleman at Dolans cardboard box factory Stalybridge mid 60s.
I also worked part time as a roadie for various local bands with my old Bedford van, when the Hornets van broke down I got the job of driving them around. They were a very busy band at the time. I really enjoyed thier music so it was a pleasure to drive for them, a great bunch of lads.
So pleased when Mick hit the charts years later with Matchstalk Men.
The Hornets inspired me enough to go on stage as a singer/guitarist with bands duo & solo work right up to this day.
Thanks for the guitar lessons & the gob horn tuning tips Mick!!!!!
A Hornets photo has just turned up from Graham Evans (below) . Graham was the original drummer with the Hornets, along with Mick Coleman (bass), Mick's brother Tim (vocals), & Keith Owen (guitar).
Graham & Mick then joined me in the Pathfinders, who had become the Fat Sound, who became The Big Sound after we started to back Karol Keyes, who didn't like the word 'Fat'.
Then of course Mick & me became the 'Matchstalk Men'.
So we now have a full circle.
Tim has joined Mick & me, with my brother Nigel on drums. We met up with Graham a few weeks ago who has donated us a 200w H&H PA system he had hanging around at his place for a year or two or more!
Photos below taken when Tim, Mick & me met up with Graham, and in the rehearsal room a couple of weeks ago.
And now with new keyboard player Paula Stephens