News Archives: 2020
Compiled by Terry Kilburn
December 23, 2020
Mark is proud to share Tommy Stewart’s release of ‘Cowboy Song’, Tommy’s first ever single to celebrate his late father’s memory. Having won the ‘Best Demo of the Year’ competition in 2019, Tommy performed on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury festival last year, and at the opening ceremony of ‘One Young World’ at the Royal Albert Hall; his Dad by his side all the way.
With the help of his brother Jake and his Dad’s colleagues, Tommy recorded the Thin Lizzy song at the award winning British Grove Studios which his father, David Stewart, set up in the early 2000s for Mark.Watch the video and stream ‘Cowboy Song’ here
December 11, 2020
This charity auction features a genuine 1965 vintage silver/grey acoustic guitar chipboard case as supplied by Gibson for L1 and similar size acoustic guitars (although you don’t need to put a guitar in it !) covered with unused Mark Knopfler tour passes and looking absolutely fabulous. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough, North-East England.
Please note: The guitar case has been donated to Zoe’s Place for auction, it has never belonged to Mark.
Auction now closedCOMMENT
December 3, 2020
Win Mark’s Teisco TG-64 electric guitar made in Japan.
“I felt I could discover things when I bought this classic Teisco TG-64 but diversions came up: European and US tours, recording and travelling, and I never gave it the chance it deserves. It’s perfectly original and in great shape, so I’m certain it has a soulful future with a guitar junkie somewhere.” –MK
The guitar is not signed but will come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Auction ends Dec.14, 05:38 pm EST (USA). Auction on behalf of National Independent Talent Organization which advocates for and promotes the welfare of members and their represented artists via coalitions within the live touring ecosystem.COMMENT
December 1, 2020
PORTOBELLO ROAD GIN COMPANY
If like Mark, you fancy making your very own gin, visit The Portobello Road Gin Distillery in Mark’s old neighbourhood of Notting Hill, London, where the highly acclaimed Ginstitute experience awaits. Learn about the chequered history of gin, how its made, and ultimately make your very own recipe to take home, all with cocktails in hand. Enjoy an exclusive 10% off The Ginstitute experience when you buy in conjunction with Mark’s Local Heroes gin, using the code: MKGIN10
(Code valid until 31st December 2020)
THE GINSTITUTE INFO AND VOUCHERS: https://www.the-distillery.london/pages/the-ginstitute
You can also receive 20% off all tonics, including Pedrino, when you purchase a bottle of Local Heroes No. 3 using the code: MKTONIC20
(Code valid until 14th December 2020)
*Please note: only one code can be used per transaction.
D’Addario are the leading manufacturers of high quality musical instrument strings and accessories, and have been Mark’s go-to choice for guitar strings for over 30 years.
‘I always use D’Addario strings on everything, acoustic and electric. In 30 years I’ve never had a bad string on a guitar.’ – MK
They have set up a code for Mark’s fans for 25% off everything on site, plus free shipping on orders over $50/£50 – just enter the code KNOPFLER25 at checkout.
(Code valid until 18th December 2020 in the US and UK only)
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.
(Code valid until 18th December 2020. Not valid in Germany/Austria.)COMMENT
November 27, 2020
Mark has donated one of his iconic red Fender Stratocaster guitars to a fundraising draw in aid of Stagehand UK’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund, supporting stage and production crew through the current crisis. The guitar was played on all of the US dates of Mark’s 2019 ‘Down The Road Wherever’ Tour and at the Verona concert of the European leg.
‘I used this Stratocaster on the song ‘On Every Street’ towards the end of a set. I’d play it through the song then Richard Bennett would join in on his Strat and we’d double the playout figure to strengthen it when the band kicked in with the soprano sax blowing over the top. Live music needs an army of dedicated people who make it happen everywhere, from pubs and clubs to arenas. They need a helping hand now. Please support Stagehand’
Tickets are £5 per entry and can be purchased between Friday 27th November and Friday 18th December worldwide. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 23 December.COMMENT
November 24, 2020
Check out the first release of new official Dire Straits merchandise items available to order now from direstraits.com. Choose from high quality t-shirts, tote bags and beanies featuring the ‘Alchemy’ arrows, red Strat logo, and ‘On Every Street’ designs.COMMENT
November 23, 2020
Mark has signed a red tie for the Cahonas Scotland fundraising auction.
Cahonas are Scotland’s Testicular Cancer charity educating, creating awareness, eradicating embarrassment & stigma and installing a new healthy habit that could one day save a life. They’re on a mission to stamp out late detection of Testicular cancer. Giving men the lowdown and educating them on the signs and symptoms of Testicular cancer and empowering them to have the confidence to see a doctor if they notice any changes. Early detection means more effective treatment.
For more info on Cahonas, including a self-check guide: https://www.cahonasscotland.org/
Click here to bid on Mark’s red tieCOMMENT
October 29, 2020
Mark has donated a pair of autographed shoes to the Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction which will run from November 13th to the 22nd. Among a host of celebrities who have donated autographed shoes are Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Sir Tom Jones.
The Small Steps Project is a UK charity. 100% of profits raised will go to help support barefoot children living on landfill, providing them with shoes, education, food, play and dignity.
Visit the Small Steps Website here
UPDATE: Sold for £3400/$4550 (approx)COMMENT
October 14, 2020
Mark will be performing ‘Going Home’ on Saturday 17th October at Goodwood Road & Racing SpeedWeek in honour of the late Formula One racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss. Tune into the livestream from 4:30pm BST on Saturday to watch the performance:
For more information about the racing events and online activities across the week, go to: https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/goodwood-speedweek/COMMENT