Fans are being given the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Local Hero musical 24 hours before they go on general sale to the public: for The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, on 30 April at 10 am: for The Old Vic, London, from 25 June 2018 at 10 am. A special booking code will be required for you to be able to take part in this presale. A newsletter has been sent to all fans on the markknopfler.com mailing list. Fans not yet on the list can opt-in to receive the Local Hero ticket offer by joining the mailing list here and checking the box beside “Local Hero”.
Although he has played with a number of major artists and more recently is performing as bass player with The Manfreds, many of you will remember Marcus as the bass player with the Notting Hillbillies. Despite his busy schedule Marcus has found time to record his first ever solo album and he isn’t playing bass, he’s on guitar. Titled Heard the album comes out March 26th and will be available to download here.
Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film Local Hero is set to become a stage musical. Mark has been busy writing the music and lyrics for the show scheduled for a world premiere at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre in 2019 before transferring to the London stage at The Old Vic.
Mark joins Tommy Emmanuel on You Don’t Want To Get You One of Thosetaken from Tommy’s latest album Accomplice One to be released on the 19th of January. The song was written by Mark and recorded at his British Grove London studio.
“When I approached Mark Knopfler about playing on my album, he told me he would love to but it has to be one of his songs and ‘none of that fast shit.’ I immediately concurred, as I love all his compositions. I made my way to his studio in London and we sat down with our acoustic guitars and he sang me the song. It’s brilliantly written, and honestly and humbly performed. We recorded it like a performance, playing and singing in the same room. We purposely left it raw and didn’t try to polish it up. It was a great experience for me to be directed by such an accomplished artist as Mark.”