April 29th marked the fourth Global Day for Darfur and Mark lent his support by turning over one of 10,000 hourglasses filled with fake blood. The event was organized by a coalition including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and called on world leaders to take “decisive action” over atrocities in Darfur. Other big name supporters of the protest included Sir Elton John, George Clooney, Mia Farrow and Mick Jagger. According to the United Nations, the conflict in Darfur has led to 200,000 deaths and two million people being displaced, although Sudan contests these figures, saying that only 9,000 people have died as a result of the conflict so far.
Naturalist and former Goodie, Bill Oddie, wants to play guitar at his daughter’s birthday party but the problem is he can’t really play. So, he takes a few lessons and seeks advice from Mark. You can see how Bill gets on when the show is broadcast on Sunday 29th April at 8 pm.
Due to a scheduling mix-up this episode of Play It Again will now be shown on Monday 7th May.
BBC 1’s Play It Again series concluded on Monday 7th May with the broadcast of Bill Oddie’s attempts to learn guitar so he could play in his his daughter’s birthday bash. Bill struggled to learn from his assigned teacher so sought further assistance from others such as Albert Lee and Dave Davis. He also popped into British Grove Studios to get a few tips from Mark. To see a clip of Bill and Mark from the programme click here.
Mark will be appearing at the up-coming Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales, UK, on Sunday 3rd of June. The session will last around one hour and will involve an interview with Matthew Evans as well as a musical element. Tickets for this are currently on sale priced £14. For futher info click here.
Breast Cancer Haven held its big fundraising ‘Blush Ball’ at the fabulous Natural History Museum in London on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007. During the evening an auction was held and one of the items up for grabs was a half-hour guitar lesson with Mark in his British Grove Studio. In addition, the winning bidder received a copy of Mark and Emmylou’s All The Roadrunning CD signed by Mark.
We are delighted to announce that a total of over £200,000 was raised for Breast Cancer Haven. The winning bid for the guitar lesson was a fantastic £35,000 made by a genuine fan from the UK.
Mark has made a contribution to a new film about the Fender Stratocaster guitar.
Filmed at his British Grove studio, Mark talks about his love of the ‘Strat’ for a new DVD called Strat Masters, which is to be released soon by Headstock Productions Ltd. Among others who talk about the Stratocaster are Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin, Ry Cooder, Chris Rea, Jeff Beck and Robert Cray. For further info, click here and here.
Update – 26th July 2007
The Strat Masters DVD is now avilable and features Mark pretty much throughout. To get your copy go to Stratmasters.
Mark and Emmylou were recently featured on PBS in the USA.
Tracks from Mark and Emmylou’s concert at the Gibson Ampitheatre on the 28th of June 2006 were used to close the current season of the prestigious American PBS programme, Soundstage. The show was broadcast by PBS on March 1st.
Available now on DVD, Real Live Roadrunning, the Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris show at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on the 28th of June, 2006. Released worldwide on 13th November (14th in USA).
Exclusive to Mark-Knopfler.co.uk, VIP members can watch DVD streams of tracks from Real Live Roadrunning in the VIP Area.
Vocals & guitars Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Keyboards Guy Fletcher
Additional guitars Richard Bennett
Drums Danny Cummings
Fiddle & mandolin Stuart Duncan
Keyboards Matt Rollings
Bass Glenn Worf
Recorded by Dave Dixon on AMD64 technology
Produced, engineered and mixed by Guy Fletcher
Assisted by Richard Cooper and Graham Meek
Mixed at British Grove Studios, London
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Maine