News Archives: 2010

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Mark on new Chris Barber CD

Legendary British jazzman Chris Barber’s new CD, Memories of My Trip, is to be released at the end of January 2012 and features a host of top artists including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters and Jeff Healy. Our own Mark Knopfler is featured on three tracks, Blues Stay Away From Me, Ragtime Piece and The Next Time I’m In Town.

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Jafar Panahi petition

Mark is among thousands of people worldwide who have signed an online petition addressed to The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran calling for the immediate release of the internationally respected Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi (winner of the Camera d’ Or at Cannes, the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival) and his family and dependents.

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Mark Knopfler – A Life in Songs

A new BBC TV documentary made by Planet North, Mark Knopfler – A Life in Songs, is currently scheduled to be broadcast on BBC4 at 9 pm (UK time) on the 28th of January, 2011.

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Mark’s hand-written lyrics to Get Lucky

Some of the lyrics to the song Get Lucky hand-written by Mark could soon be yours. They will be auctioned by Bonhams of Knightsbridge, London, in a charity auction being organized by the PRS on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The auction will take place on the 15th of December. See the lot. Further information is available on the Bonhams website.

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GOSH Xmas auction

Each year at this time Mark supports Celebrity Starcards to help raise funds for London’s famous Great Ormond Steet Children’s Hostpital which provides specialist treaments and care for children from many countries. This year Mark has donated a Get Lucky themed signed Starcard.

There are also a number of signed Formula One Starcards going up for auction.

The Starcards auction starts on Ebay this Thursday (25th November) and ends Sunday 5th December.

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Prince’s Trust Gala Auction

Mark is among various artists who have donated items for a Gala Charity Auction on behalf of the Prince’s Trust. Mark’s donation is a drumhead played by Danny Cummings on the Get Lucky tour which has been signed by Mark and the rest of the band.

Update 21st Nov:

Auction finished with a winning bid of £1040/$1600 (approx)

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Mark to be honoured by the ARPS

Mark is to be a recipient of the ARPS Sound Fellowship which is bestowed on individuals who have made a “significant contribution to the art, science or business of sound recording”. The APRS describe Mark as “guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, film score composer and owner of British Grove Studios.”

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PureSolo competition winner

We are thrilled to finally be able to announce the winner of the PureSolo Mark Knopfler competition. Because of the high standard of the top 5 it was a difficult choice but, after much deliberation, Mark has chosen as his winner:

Christophe Leyssard

I’m sure everyone in the PureSolo community will join us in congratulating Christophe on winning this amazing prize and we all look forward to hearing his account of the great day.

The lucky runner-up was Patrick Wasewicz who will receive a Fender Telecaster courtesy of the National Guitar Museum

Everyone here at PureSolo would like to thank ALL participants in the competition. It has been an interesting, inspiring, sometimes contentious but ultimately amazing competition and we would like to thank Mark for agreeing to give our lucky winner, what we are sure will be, an unforgettable experience!

I’m sure everyone in the PureSolo community will join us in congratulating Christophe on winning this amazing prize and we all look forward to hearing his account of the great day.

The lucky runner-up was Patrick Wasewicz who will receive a Fender Telecaster courtesy of the National Guitar Museum

Everyone at PureSolo would like to thank ALL participants in the competition. It has been an interesting, inspiring, sometimes contentious but ultimately amazing competition and we would like to thank Mark for agreeing to give our lucky winner, what we are sure will be, an unforgettable experience!

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PureSolo Announces Mark Knopfler Competition

Guitarists are invited to audition online for the chance to win a one-to-one mentoring session with Mark Knopfler

PureSolo.com, the online music recording community, has teamed up with guitarist Mark Knopfler to launch an online guitar competition, in which guitarists are given the chance to win a master class with Mark at his private studios in London.

The competition’s unique method of entry offers guitarists the opportunity to take the place of Knopfler on three original recordings. These tracks have been specially remastered with the lead guitar part removed and entrants are invited to re-record this part in their own style.

Guitarists without access to recording equipment need not worry, as all the tools needed to create their competition entry are provided at PureSolo.com. The site boasts an online recording facility that makes it easy for anyone to record music using just a microphone and computer.

Once submitted for entry, songs can be played and rated by other members of the PureSolo community, eventually creating a shortlist from which the winning recording will be chosen by an expert panel of judges including Mark Knopfler.

Joining Mark on the judging panel are Chris Vinnicombe, Guitar Editor at MusicRadar.com; and Harvey Newquist, author and founder of The National Guitar Museum.

The competition launches today, June 14, and will run until August 31. The original backing tracks required for entry are exclusively available at PureSolo.com and are priced at £1.99. Once purchased, PureSolo tracks can be re-recorded an unlimited number of times.

The competition prize includes a return economy flight from anywhere in the world and two nights in a 5* hotel in London. There will also be a prize for the competition’s runner up, a Fender guitar courtesy of The National Guitar Museum.

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Apology notice

Dear All,

Unfortunately, there was a major problem last night at the first night in London and many of you had to queue for much longer than we would have liked. This was caused by understaffing and lack of preparedness by the Albert Hall for which I can only apologise.

I wanted to write to everybody to say thanks for being so patient and to apologise for the ticketing pick up not being as efficient as it should have been. We have now taken additional steps to ensure that this won’t happen again.

I look forward to seeing you all at an MK show in the future and thanks for your continued support.

All the best
Paul Crockford

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