Mike and Mechanics headline polo concert

Kenney Jones, Ronnie Wood, Hurtwood Park Polo Club (photograph by Mark Beaumont).
Kenney Jones, Ronnie Wood, Hurtwood Park Polo Club (photograph by Mark Beaumont).

Mike and the Mechanics will be headlining a special day of polo and music at Hurtwood Park Polo Club on Saturday July 21.

Polo Rocks, organised by Faces and former The Who drummer Kenney Jones, is in its second year and will be raising money for the African wildlife and poverty charity Tusk, which counts Princes William and Harry among its patrons.

The day starts at 3.30pm with a High Goal Polo Match, followed by the concert, which also features Sharon Corr and James Walsh.

Kenney said: “It would be nice to get people to come locally as the atmosphere should be wonderful. We’ll pray for sunshine, bring a picnic, and I hope it will be fantastic.”

The drummer who owns Hurtwood Park was recently inducted into the United States’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, as part of the Faces and the Small Faces.

He explained. “It’s not a big deal here in the UK, but over there it’s like being knighted.

“The only sad thing is that Ronny Lane and Steve Marriot weren’t there, but they’re looking down from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in heaven.”

Kenney is also promoting his new book, The Faces, 1969-75, in New York. He added: “Only when you look back, do you see it and go ‘my God it did happen.’”

The Faces headlined last year, but he said he was thrilled to have Mike and the Mechanics headlining in 2012.

“They’re such a good band. Only when you see them and listen do you realise how many hits they have had.”

Reformed in 2010 with a whole new cast, including Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, they are still led by former Genesis bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford.

Speaking from Newcastle, where he is currently on tour, Mike said he was continuing to have fun in the music industry.

“I never look too far ahead, that’s a reason why Genesis survived for so long - we never looked too far into the future,” he explained.

Mike himself is a keen polo enthusiast, having been involved with the sport for the past 25 years, although he admits his playing days are done, describing the setting as great for a concert.

“It’s a lovely area and a nice part of the world,” he said.

“Tusk are a great charity and I have still have a house in Africa so I have a strong feeling for conservation charities like that.”

Along with his wife he founded a music foundation for children north of Cape Town, while Sharon Corr will be in Tanzania in July for Oxfam’s ‘Ending Poverty Starts with Women’ campaign.

Eldest of the three Corr sisters, and currently embarking on a solo career, she will be playing her own and Coors songs mixing in some Joni Mitchell covers.

She said: “It’s just a worthwhile charity doing some great work so I’m really pleased to be involved.”

To book tickets for the event visit their website or call 01483 272828 for enquiries.