Mick Cooke

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Mick Cooke
Born (1973-12-15) 15 December 1973 (age 41)
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, French horn, electric guitar, bass guitar
Associated acts Belle & Sebastian
Website www.toomanycookes.co.uk

Mick Cooke (born 15 December 1973) is the trumpet player of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian.[1] Besides trumpet, Cooke plays other brass instruments, including the French horn, and occasionally plays electric guitar and bass live. Since the departure of Stuart David, the role of bass player in Belle & Sebastian is shared between Cooke and David's direct replacement Bobby Kildea who also plays lead guitar.

Whilst he is known to sing at some concerts (including a rendition of "This Guy's In Love With You"), the only official release with Cooke on lead vocals is "The Monkeys Are Breaking Out of The Zoo" on the charity compilation Colours Are Brighter spearheaded by Cooke himself. He is a founding member of the band, although he did not officially join until their third album (he was prevented from doing so because his other band, Hardbody, was under contract with Sony). Cooke also plays in the ska band The Amphetameanies and appeared on the 2007 Idlewild album, Make Another World

Cooke is said to have had an influence on other Scottish based bands, including Franz Ferdinand (who incidentally were given a bass guitar by Mick, leading to the formation of the band), whose members appeared in Belle & Sebastian's enigmatic early promotional photographs. According to Belle & Sebastian's website, he has a degree in pharmacology.

Cooke has also worked as an arranger for artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Phil Cunningham[disambiguation needed], and Jason Donovan.[1]

Cooke also composes music for films, theatre, and animations. His theatre work includes the score for Cannibal Women Of Mars which played at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in 2013.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fisher, Mark (2013) "Belle and Sebastian’s Mick Cooke on scoring Cannibal Women of Mars", The Scotsman, 30 June 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013

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