2017 News

Mark on new Tommy Emmanuel CD

October 21, 2017

Mark is among the guest artists featured on Accomplice One, Tommy Emmanuel’s new album. Mark and Tommy perform together on a track written by Mark called You Don’t Want To Get You One Of Those.

Accomplice One is scheduled for release January 19th, 2018, on CGP Sounds

John Illsley – UK tour

October 6, 2017

John Illsley, founder member of Dire Straits and along with Mark for the whole ride, is embarking on his first tour of the UK in over three years, with a brand new band including Robbie McIntosh and Paul Stacey on guitar duties.

Playing many of the much loved Dire Straits classics and other songs from John’s recent albums Long Shadows and Testing the Water John says:

“The new songs fit very comfortably next to the Dire Straits classics which we keep alive with the right energy and feeling; this is not a tribute band, we leave the note for note playing to others.”

This 17 date tour takes John and his band the length and breadth of the UK.

 

Tom Petty

October 6, 2017

‘I was so sad to hear the news about Tom Petty. I always loved him, from his first classic record with the Heartbreakers and on through the years. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’

MK

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

October 5, 2017

Dire Straits has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate officially in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017.

Inside Out

September 7, 2017

Mark recently appeared on BBC TV’s regional show, Inside Out. talking about the inspiration behind the song Sailing to Philadelphia.

See it here

 

Mark helps launch International Busking Day

July 23, 2017

Friday 21st July saw Mark unveil one of two specially liveried London buses being used to promote International Busking Day (22nd July) and the Lord Mayor of London’s Gigs annual young buskers competition.

Mark is pictured with buskers Kal Lavelle,
Jay Johnson and Modupe Obasola

The Mayor’s young buskers competition, held in association with Gibson guitars, turns some of the captial’s busiest and most iconic locations into stages for upcoming musical talent, including, St Paul’s Cathedral, major rail stations, Westfield London, London Underground, Wembley Park, Battersea Power Station and Trafalgar Square.

Mark says, “With so many smaller pub and club venues in London and other cities around the world falling victim to gentrification and rising rents it is more important than ever that enlightened civic authorities actively promote live music and performance in public places. It’s good to see the Mayor of London taking this initiative with Gibson Guitars.”

more on Gigs/International Busking Day

Mark’s new album

June 30, 2017

Mark’s as yet untitled new album is currently scheduled for completion in March 2018

Henrick Hansen Documentary

June 30, 2017

Henrick Hansen, who did the short film for the Tracker album promotion, is to make a Mark Knopfler documentary scheduled for a 2018 release together with an in-concert film featuring live performances from the Tracker tour. A Tracker live album may possibly accompany the documentary.