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.”
The two Mark Knopfler Starcards featured in the 2017 Starcards Celebrity Signatures Xmas auction raised a combined total of £500. All proceeds from the Starcards auction go to London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Thanks to all bidders and congratulations to the lucky winners.
Farewell to Fats Domino, one of the great rock ’n roll pioneers. Fats Domino was playing boogie woogie piano long before that music was given the ‘rock ’n roll’ name. His songs are classics which influenced dozens of artists. He will never be forgotten. MK