News Archives: 2012

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Russia Convictions

Following the conviction of the members of Pussy Riot in Russia, Mark has issued the following statement:

Whenever a political regime or religious establishment refuses to tolerate criticism it advertises itself as repressive, backward and insecure.  This verdict will diminish Russia in the eyes of the world.  I condemn the prison sentences given to these young people and support the right to protest for everyone. MK


New Coming Soon

In preparation for the release of Mark’s new album, Privateering, his North American dates with the legendary Bob Dylan this fall and the European tour in 2013, a brand new will be launching shortly.

The new site will launch with a fresh design and some new features but it won’t include the Forums, which will be closed.

We’d like to thank all of the active participants on the Forums for their loyalty and years of lively discussion about Mark and we urge all of you to use the time before the launch the new site to save and preserve any content you wish from the Forums.

To stay connected with other members of the Mark Knopfler community, we encourage you to visit Mark’s official Facebook page, to utilize the new site’s improved commenting system and to continue the discussion at the Mark Knopfler News message board.

And don’t forget, to receive the latest Mark Knopfler updates directly to your inbox, be sure to join the official mailing list!

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Win Tickets To A Very Special Show

Mark will play his smallest-ever London show on September 26. This will not be a ticketed event. To stand a chance of winning one of 50 pairs of passes, pre-order the new album with Amazon and enter their prize draw here.


Privateering Presale

Starting today in the Store, members can pre-order their copy of Mark’s new album, Privateering, in one of four different formats. The album is available as a standard two-disc edition, a deluxe edition with bonus CD, a two-LP vinyl edition and a deluxe box set, which includes the CD, LP, a documentary DVD, numbered art print and more.

Privateering Presale

A special note for our US members: will be the ONLY source to buy all four formats in the United States. UK fans are also able to pre-order the box set from Universal Music.


Mark’s 2013 Tour Dates

You will all be happy to learn that Mark will be touring in 2013. Dates and presale information will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, check in regularly for the very latest info and be sure to register here at for access to ticket presales.


Search & Win Program Closing

The Mark Knopfler Search & Win program will be closing on August 20. Until then, the Mark Knopfler Swag Store will remain active and prices have been lowered on all items in the store. After August 20, all your Mark Knopfler Swag Bucks will be redeemable at the Swag Store, where you can also continue to build your Swagbucks account. We are sorry for this sudden change, but will ensure that you still have the ability to earn and spend your Swag Bucks for the rewards you earn.


Redbud Tree

The track ‘Redbud Tree’, from Mark’s forth-coming Privateering album, is now being streamed here on The song has been issued to radio in some territories as a focus track and it is not intended for general release as a single. It was recorded at Mark’s British Grove studio and features Mark on vocals and guitars, Guy Fletcher on bass, harmonium and synths, singer Ruth Moody from The Wailin’ Jennys and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. The recording was produced by Mark assisted by co-producers Guy Fletcher and Chuck Ainlay.


Mark’s New Solo Album – Privateering

Mark’s seventh solo album, the 2 CD Privateering, is scheduled for release on the 3rd of September.

Further information will be posted in due course.



Update: Bap Kennedy, The Sailor’s Revenge – US Release Date

Latest Update: May 29, 2012 – USA release date of Bap’s album is 5th June, 2012.

Produced by Mark and recorded at his British Grove studio, Bap Kennedy’s new album, The Sailor’s Revenge, will be released in the US on the 5th of June.


Mark plays guitar on seven tracks – Shimnavale/Working Man/No More/Please Return To Jesus/The Sailor’s Revenge/The Right Stuff/Celtic Sea – and backing vocals on Celtic Sea. You can preview three tracks featuring Mark – ShimnavalePlease Return To JesusWorking Man – on

Read a review of the album and order your copy.



Additional info is available on Bap’s website and his Facebook page.


Ivor Novello Award

NovelloMark was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th annual Ivor Novello Awards held today at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.