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The Official Biography of Brian & Michael The Matchstalk Men.

Kevin Parrott and Mick Coleman first met at The Albion Hotel at Stalybridge Cheshire during 1965. Mick joined Kevin’s band The Big Sound, (not to be confused with Simon Dupree’s group) as bass player/singer; Kevin was lead guitar player.
The group, which was augmented with trumpet, tenor & baritone saxes, were primarily a soul outfit modelled on the Stax house band, which backed such artistes as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.

Mick’s style of singing complimented the line up, and the band spent the rest of the 1960’s based mostly in Denmark, from where they regularly toured the rest of Europe and Israel.
When the Big Sound split, Mick left the music business for a while, and Kevin joined Manchester rock group “Oscar” who eventually signed with DJM records, and continued the round of UK and European touring. They were also one of the few UK bands to play in Tehran.
From being a kid, Mick, had a literary talent, and loved writing stories and poetry, and now started to write songs, Matchstalk Men being one of them.
He joined a folk group in the 1970’s, which was a totally different style of music to what he’d been playing with the Big Sound, and noticed that they sang traditional songs, so decided to write his own “traditional songs” which the group started to perform.

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