2016 News

Scotty Moore

June 30, 2016

Elvis wouldn’t have been the same without Scotty Moore, who has passed away at the age of 84. Scotty’s playing on those early songs was the inspiration for thousands of youngsters to start out on guitar.

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Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala

June 28, 2016

As part of London’s 2016 three-day Blues Fest, Mark will be among numerous artists lined-up for guest appearances with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at London’s Indigo At The O2 on October 28 in celebration of Bill’s 80th birthday. Tickets go on general sale at 9 am UK time on Friday July 1.

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This year’s London Blues Fest takes place 28th – 30st of October. Ticket info

 

 

Mark live at the Royal Albert Hall, 27th April.

April 28, 2016

Mark joined John McCusker, recipient of the ‘Good Tradition Award’ at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony held on the 27th of April at the Royal Albert Hall in London, for a performance of Haul Away.

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Prince

April 22, 2016

“I was sad to hear of Prince’s passing. He was a multi-talented writer, singer, instrumentalist and producer who gave huge pleasure to so many. I’m sure we all felt there was much more to come.”

MK

Merle Haggard

April 8, 2016

‘I was very sad to hear that Merle Haggard has passed away. He was one of the greats. If I had to describe country music to anyone I’d play them a Merle Haggard record. He will be much missed.’

MK

Altamira soundtrack

March 25, 2016

The ten track Mark Knopfler- Evelyn Glennie soundtrack, Altamira, will be available from this Friday, April 1, through iTunes and Amazon. The film, which features Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett, is the story of the man who discovered Altamira’s caves in the 19th century. More information can be found here.

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Sir George Martin CBE

March 9, 2016

Sir George Henry Martin CBE the English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician died aged 90 on the 8th of March.

“It’s going to be hard to imagine a world of music without George in it. He was a lovely man who gave so much of his talent and of himself. I am proud to have been his friend and grateful to have so many happy memories of him. My thoughts are with Lady Judy and Giles at this time.” – MK

Brian Bennett ‘Shadowing’ John Barry

February 27, 2016

On April 9 long-time Shadows drummer Brian Bennett is to release an album of film music by British composer John Barry. Among the guest artists on the album, Mark plays on All The Time In The World, a song from the soundtrack of the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with Hal David lyrics which became a huge hit for jazz great Louis Armstrong.

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Mark, a lifelong Shadows fan, says that All The Time In The World “was one of Barry’s personal favourites. It was such a thrill to be asked to contribute to this version by Brian, one of my all-time favourite great drummers and a fine composer and arranger himself. To find myself playing a wonderful John Barry composition with Brian Bennett on drums was an unforgettable experience,” Mark adds, “For guitar aficionados, I dropped my usual style for this recording and used an old Fender Stratocaster with heavy gauge strings, playing it with a pick instead of my fingers and using the tremolo arm on the instrument to create vibrato rather than my neck hand.”

Brendan Healy

February 21, 2016

Brendan Healy, the great North-East comedian, actor and musician who passed away on Thursday evening, was a much loved figure who will be missed by countless thousands on Tyneside and beyond. Brendan made everything he did look easy but he was a consummate professional and took his work seriously. He was a lovely, talented man and a brave one. I am proud to have known him. MK