News Archives: August 2011

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Mark On New Pieta Brown Album

Mark is featured on the track, ‘So Many Miles’, on Pieta Brown’s forthcoming album, Mercury. Mark says, “When Pieta sings you’re aware of something effortless and natural, like rain on earth.”


Save The Children – I’m Gonna Be Your Friend


Millions of children are facing starvation right now – this doesn’t have to happen. Save The Children has launched an emergency aid response in Africa.

Today sees the launch of a ground-breaking social media campaign, I’m Gonna Be Your Friend supported by many of the world’s most famous names in entertainment and their fans. A global audience in the region of 600 million Facebook and Twitter fans – hashtag #beafriend – can view a short film of the crisis in East Africa created by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald from footage of East Africa. The film is set to the 1973 Bob Marley & The Wailers song High Tide or Low Tide.

Please watch the video, share with friends and go to iTunes to download Bob Marley & The Wailer’s single High Tide or Low Tide with all proceeds going to the East Africa food crisis appeal. You can also use the I’m Gonna Be Your Friend link to make a donation.

Children urgently need your help. Share this info on Facebook and Twitter. Go to iTunes and download Bob Marley & The Wailer’s single High Tide or Low Tide to support Save The Children’s East Africa appeal. Donate now. Do it now.  Do it for the Children


Sweden & Denmark Ticket Presales

Starting tomorrow, August 4th at 10 am CEST, the Store will be holding ticket presales for Mark’s November dates with Bob Dylan in Herning, Malmö and Stockholm. We’ve got some of the best seats for these shows, so be sure to join us then to get yours.

Be sure to visit out Tour Page for a complete list of Mark’s upcoming dates and where to get tickets.

UPDATE Friday – 12th August 2011

We’ve just gotten a small new block of tickets for the November 2 show in Herning, so we’ll be on sale for a little longer. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, head to the Store now.


Thomas Dolby collaboration

Mark plays on ’17 Hills’, a track on Thomas Dolby’s CD A Map of the Floating City. The album is currently scheduled to be released late October, but this may change. We’ll keep you posted.


The Old Grey Whistle Test

This year sees the 40th anniversary of The Old Grey Whistle Test. The OGWT was launched in the UK in 1971 and until 1998 it was the BBC’s flagship music programme providing the first British exposure to the likes of Bob Marley, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan and Billy Joel. Many of you will have seen the 1978 footage of Dire Straits perfoming Sultans of Swing on the OGWT.

The story goes that the show got its unusual name from the USA where songs written by people such as Carole King and Gerry Goffin where perfomed before RKO cleaning staff many of whom were in their mature years and had greying hair. If they could whistle the tune after hearing it, it was said to have passed the ‘old grey whistle test’. Bob Harris, who presented the OGWT for many years, tells a slightly different version. “It was a ‘tin pan alley’ phrase from years ago.” says Bob, “When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys [doormen in grey suits]. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test.”

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, various artistes who performed on the OGWT will be featured in a series of programmes on BBC Radio 2. Bob Harris’ interview with Mark is scheduled to be aired at 10 pm on the 5th of October.

The OGWT at 40 radio series will go up on the BBC iPlayer in its own dedicated area for the duration of the whole series. It will not be downloadable but will give you the opportunity to stay in touch with the broadcasts if you come to them late. Each show will be added up to the iPlayer the week it airs and will remain there until the series finiahes on January 5th 2012.