News Archives: 2020

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Peter Green

Mark pays tribute to Peter Green:-

‘I loved Peter Green’s playing from the moment I first heard him. He was one of the few greats. There’s hardly a month goes by when I don’t play a PG recording on my jukebox. He will be idolised by guitar players forever.’  MK


Something New

Something to hopefully brighten your day – Mark is a patron of Save The Waterberg Rhino who help raise awareness and support the war against rhino poaching. Recently Sophie gave birth to a strong and healthy male bull calf named Dinka, at Ant’s Nest Safari Park. 

For more information about this very worthy cause, please visit

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Sheet Music Direct

An extensive range of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits sheet music is available to help you learn to play your favourite songs at home via Sheet Music Direct, where you can Instantly download to print, or view on your computer, tablet or phone.

Enter the code MARK20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your order. Head to the Sheet Music Direct website to take advantage of the promotion now.

Discount code valid until 11:59pm, Tues 2nd June 2020. Code not valid in Germany/Austria.


From Mark …

‘I am very sad to announce the loss of our dear friend David Stewart, our studio Manager.

David will be sorely missed, not only by everyone at British Grove but also by everybody who knew him.

Our hearts go out to our beloved Robyn and their two sons Jake and Tommy’ – MK


Local Hero Postponed

The Old Vic Theatre’s Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus, has today announced the postponement of the Local Hero 2020 season:

‘On behalf of all at The Old Vic, I’d like to convey our great sadness at being forced to postpone this summer’s production of the uplifting new musical Local Hero. This beautiful, heartwarming and politically resonant adaptation of the hit film was a huge success with critics and audiences following its world premiere with our partners The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh last year. The brilliant creative team and wonderful cast were all about to dive into rehearsals in the next few weeks. We very much hope you will get to see this production before too long.’

Ticket holders will have received an email directly from The Old Vic, and will be notified when the run is rescheduled.

more details

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Farewell to Sir Stirling

Farewell to Sir Stirling Moss, a great man and at all times a great sportsman.
He is an inspiration to the rest of us in these tough times. – MK

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John Prine

Today I am so sad to learn of the loss of John Prine. His songs, full of humour,
honesty and humanity, will endure in our affection always. – MK



A message from Mark

A message from Mark:

I’m thinking of everyone as we navigate these difficult times. They will pass, as they always do. I aim to be back in the studio recording songs as soon as possible. Take care of one another, keep calm and keep safe. We will pull through.


Mark Knopfler


Mark Knopfler to Host The British Grove Broadcast, Exclusive New Show on SiriusXM’s Volume Channel

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The British Grove Broadcast premieres March 4th at 9pm ET / 2am GMT on Volume channel 106, On Demand on the SiriusXM App, and Online where SiriusXM is available (US and Canada).


Broadcasting from his West London studio, The British Grove Broadcast will feature Knopfler playing some of his favourite music hand-selected from his personal and extensive record collection. This weekly one-hour show will celebrate Knopfler’s love of radio, influential artists and music discovery as he introduces audiences to tracks that they may not have heard before. They’ll hear tracks from artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo, Jenny O., Bob Dylan, John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Los Lobos, among others. With each program, audiences will be treated to his musical knowledge and share in his joy of all kinds of music.


“I’ve tried not to make my choices too obvious and avoided the mega-hits. I hope people might make a discovery or two but there’s so much good music out there I’ve had to leave out mountains of it. It’s been tricky but fun all the way,” said Knopfler.

SiriusXM subscribers can catch The British Grove Broadcast beginning Wednesday, March 4th at 9pm ET / 2am GMT on Volume channel 106, the channel devoted to the discussion of, and passion for, music.

Pandora will also release special playlists echoing the music and themes of The British Grove Broadcast.

Note: currently only available in the US and Canada for now – announcements will be made if the series becomes available in other territories.