Compiled by Terry Kilburn

New version, Brothers in Arms single – SAMA release

May 24, 2007

Update – 30th May 2007

Update – 14th June 2007

The new version of ‘Brothers In Arms’ is now available to download at the following sites:

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the single is only available for download in the UK and Ireland.

A new version of the Dire Straits track ‘Brothers in Arms’ is to be released on Tuesday 29th May in aid of the South Atlantic Medal Association. The new version was recorded ‘live’ by Mark for the BBC in a one-take session at the Abbey Road studios in London. The release aims to raise funds to help take veterans of the early 1980s Falklands conflict back to the Falkland Islands, which has proved effective in treating the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by many of those who fought in the war.


The release will be available as a digital download from sites such as iTunes. There will also be a limited number of CD format singles available from June 6th only from and Mark says “I’m touched that my song ‘Brothers in Arms’, which I wrote at the time of the Falklands war, has been chosen to support the many veterans who are still suffering from the effects of that conflict.”

To date, more veterans have died from suicide than were actually killed in the conflict with over 300 dying at their own hands. Many more have had their lives shattered by PTSD. Returning to the islands to lay their ghosts to rest has proven to be a remarkably successful journey in the treatment of PTSD. Of those who have returned SAMA know of no veterans who have subsequently taken their own life. The record will be released in the UK on the 29th of May 2007, the 25th anniversary of the British victory at Goose Green.


Today, June 14, 2007, marks the 25th anniversary of Liberation Day for the Falklands Island conflict. Remember to show your support to the veterans of this conflict by purchasing a copy of the rereleased ‘Brothers in Arms’ at any one of the various online retailers listed above.


Update: Tues 21st August 2007

Musicians on the track are:

Mark Knopfler (guitar & vocals)
Luke Brighty (guitar)
Marcus Cliffe (bass)
Danny Cummings (drums)
Guy Fletcher (keyboards)
Bobby Valentino (Violin & other strings)