Compiled by Terry Kilburn
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
March 6, 2021
‘Trombonist Chris Barber, who passed away on March 2nd, aged 90 was a pivotal figure in the shaping of modern rock music, from playing bass on the first British rock record, Rock Island Line with Lonnie Donegan in 1954, to organising tours of the U.K. by many major US blues artists.
I have happy memories of getting to know Chris as well as playing with him when he was a guest of The Notting Hillbillies at Ronnie Scott’s in 1998.’
January 28, 2021
‘It’s painful to have to report more sad news in such sad times: but Kerry Lewis, a much loved and treasured member of our touring crew for many years, passed away on January 26th.
Kerry had been combating cancer for some time and finally succumbed to his illness. Kerry was a lovely and talented guy, our stage monitor sound engineer and a tremendous asset to our team. The success of every performance was what drove him endlessly.
All our thoughts go out to Kerry’s family and friends at this time. Goodbye Kerry – we’re all raising a glass in the direction of your beloved Wales.’ – MKComment
January 27, 2021
‘BROTHERS IN ARMS’
HALF-SPEED MASTER OUT 19 MARCH
‘Brothers In Arms’ half-speed master will be available on 19th March, remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.
Originally released in 1985, ‘Brothers In Arms’ features the hit singles ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Walk Of Life’, ‘So Far Away’, ‘Brothers In Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick’. The half-speed album master is pressed on double 180gsm black vinyl, with a series branded obi-strip and certificate of authenticity from Abbey Road Studios, as well as a full colour outer sleeve with printed inner sleeves.
HALF-SPEED MASTER OUT 19 MARCH
The half-speed master of Mark Knopfler‘s acclaimed soundtrack to the film ‘Local Hero‘ will also be available on vinyl on 19th March, featuring the theme tune ‘Going Home’.Comment
January 8, 2021
Mark would like to sincerely thank everyone who entered his Stagehand #ILoveLive guitar prize draw to support production crew particularly hit by the Covid-19 crisis. Together you raised over £69,000 which will go a very long way to helping.
Congratulations to the winner: Richard L. of Belgium.
You can still donate to Stagehand here: http://ow.ly/Y9bk50D2kZm
Keep an eye out for the next round of Stagehand #ILoveLive prize draws coming up soon, which will include more amazing items donated by artists and the music industry.Comment