DS LIVE IN GERMANY: Statements on various internet sales sites and elswhere claiming that an official double live Dire Straits CD and DVD called, Sultans of Swing Live in Germany, have been released are false. Any such releases are illegal factory pressed bootlegs and MKNews recommends fans boycott such material. (05/01/09)

RE-RELEASE OF ILLSLEY ALBUMS: In the 1980s John Illsley released two solo albums: Glass and Never Told A Soul. Consisting of all original Illsley compositions, the albums featured some eminent guest performers. Mark played guitar on much of both records, as did Jerry Donahue. Both Guy Fletcher and Alan Clark lent their hands to the keyboard parts and Chris White guested on sax.

The two CDs are being re-issued on with the original artwork on the Creek Records label on September 7th. Comprising 16 tracks between them, the full track listing for both CDs is as follows:

Glass: High Stakes, I Want To See The Moon, Papermen, All I Want Is You , The World Is Made Of Glass, Red Turns To Blue, Let’s Dance, She Wants Everything, Star For Now.

Never Told A Soul: Boy With Chinese Eyes, The Night Café, Never Told A Soul, Jimmy On The Central Line, Northern Land, Another Alibi, Let The River Flow.

Material for a new album is currently being worked on and gig dates are planned for the near future across Europe and the USA.


GUY 'S NEW EP: Guy Fletcher has a fabulous new eight-track EP available called Stone.

Order now directly from Guy's wesbite. (16/10/09)

SUNDAY FOR SAMMY: Mark was in Newcastle last weekend for a surprise appearance in the annual 'Sunday For Sammy' concerts at the City Hall. (09/02/10)

HURLINGHAM GIG: Under the title An Evening With Mark Knopfler, the Prince's Trust has made the recent Hurlingham gig available on i.concerts (09/02/10)

JON ALLEN COLLABORATION: Jon Allen's When The Morning Comes CD is out Monday 15th February with Mark featured on a track called Sarah. (09/02/10)

WARNER BROS DS REISSUES: Warner Brothers is celebrating 30 years of Dire Straits in the US with a vinyl reissue campaign. Each DS album has been lovingly re-mastered from the original analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering, in Hollywood California and pressed on 180 gram European vinyl, at Furnace MFG, Pallas. (30/01/10)

SECOND GET LUCKY SINGLE: The second single from Mark's Get Lucky album was Remembrance Day/Piper To The End.






The single was released on the 9th of November and proceeds go to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, a U.K. charity providing support to the serving and ex-service community and their dependents. Proceeds from the US release will go to a similar charity in the United States (details to be confirmed). Hostilities during the First World War ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918 and this day is designated as Remembrance Day (aka. Armistice Day).

The second track of the new digital single has personal significance for Mark: “Piper To The End is for my Uncle Freddie, Lance Corporal Frederick John Laidler, a piper of the 1st Battalion, Tyneside Scottish, The Black Watch, RHR, who carried his pipes into action and was killed with them at Ficheux, near Arras on the 20th May, 1940, aged 20.”

For the past two years, the Royal British Legion has organised an event called Silence in the Square, which aims to achieve a re-instatement of the traditional two minute silence held at 11 am on the 11th of November in remembrance of the fallen in the two twentieth-century World Wars and other conflicts. Last year the event drew 10,000 participants for a very moving ceremony involving performances, readings and an invitation to the public to scatter poppies on the water of the fountains in central London’s Trafalgar Square.







Mark, with members of ‘Only Men Aloud’ and the Trevor Roberts School choir, performing Remembrance Day in Trafalgar Square shortly before 11 am, Wednesday, 11th November, 2009. - pic by Mandy Anstey. Watch Mark performing in Trafalgar Square.

(updated: 11/11/09)

TIME IN THE SUN: This extra Get Lucky bonus track is now available on (19/10/09)

MK STRAT AUCTION: Recently auctioned on Ebay was a MK Fender Stratocaster which had been played by Mark at a private fund-raiser for the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.






Mark is pictured above with the actual guitar which sold for an impressive £6300 which goes to the Pallant House Gallery Appeal Fund.

(updated: 20/09/09)

US SINGLE: The first US single from Mark's new album, Get Lucky, is Border Reiver with Cleaning My Gun as a bonus track. The digital single is available for download now from iTunes US.







PRINCES' TRUST GIG: Mark performed a charity show in London on behalf of the Princes' Trust at The Hurlingham Club on Wednesday September 9th 2009.

Band line up:

Mark Knopfler - Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar
Guy Fletcher - Keyboard / Backing Vocals
Danny Cummings - Drums / Percussion
Dudley Phillips - Bass
Luke Brighty - 2nd Guitar
John McCusker - Everything Else

Pre-show Acoustic set:

Behind with the Rent
Secondary Waltz

Main Show:

Sailing to Philadelphia
Sultans of Swing (excerpt)
True Love will Never Fade
Romeo & Juliet (excerpt)
Get Lucky
Why Worry (excerpt)
Money for Nothing (excerpt)
Song for Sonny Liston
If This Is Goodbye
Going Home

Brothers In Arms (encore)

The gig was shown on the Bio Channel on the 14th of October.

(Updated: 16/10/09)

AMAZON GIG: Mark performed at The Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, London, on the 23rd of September. This was a private gig tickets only acquired in a prize draw among those who had pre-ordered Get Lucky from Amazon UK.

Band line up:

Mark Knopfler - Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar
Guy Fletcher - Keyboard / Backing Vocals
Danny Cummings - Drums / Percussion
Dudley Phillips - Bass
Luke Brighty - 2nd Guitar
John McCusker - violin, cittern, and everything else

Set list:

Why Aye Man
What It Is
Sailing To Philadelphia

True Love will Never Fade
Get Lucky
Why Worry
Song for Sonny Liston
If This Is Goodbye
Going Home

Brothers In Arms (encore)

(updated: 24/09/09)

MK ON BBC RADIO 4: Mark was featured in a new programme on BBC Radio 4, Joan Armatrading's Favourite Guitarists, on Monday 27th of July, 3.45 - 4.00 pm.
(updated: 17/07/09)




As many of you know, Steve and his band, The Rough Diamonds, play regular Tuesday sessions at the Grosvenor Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay, N. Yorks.

Over 2007 many of these sessions were recorded to produce a fabulous live CD, Live at the Grosvenor. The CD really catches the essence of Steve's music and is a must for fans. To order your copy click here . (12/01/08)

GUY FLETCHER CD: Guy's first solo CD, Inamorata, features Mark on the title track, Inamorata, and on Different World.

The full track list is:

Love is Coming Round/Broken Wing/Different World/Stone/Inamorata/High in the Hills/Cup of Tea/Life's Taste/Cold Water/The Logistics of Intimacy/See Myself in You/Black Sand Theme

To purchase the CD click here (07/01/08)

MFN ON MTV: MTV has returned to its musical roots by launching a new website, The site hosts music videos dating back to the early days of the network. Dire Straits' Money for Nothing was the site’s most viewed video during its first few days online, out-pacing numerous other classic videos. (29/10/08)

GUITAR WINNER: The winning bidder of the recent AMREF signed Fender MK Signature Strat auction was Marc Dousset. A few days ago Marc and his wife, Jennifer, made it to Mark's British Grove studio to collect his prize. Marc has written a webpage so he can share his experience. (28/01/09)

BRITISH GROVE STUDIO: Mark's British Grove Studio was the winner of the prestigious Music Producers Guild Award for 'Best Studio'. The award was presented last night at London's Café de Paris. (updated: 13/02/09)

GOSH STARCARD AUCTION: The MK Starcard below sold for £205. Thanks to all who bid. All money raised from this auction goes to London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. (updated: 04/12/08)

CHILDREN IN NEED: A guitar lesson with Mark, auctioned on BBC Radio 2's Terry Wogan programme as part of this year's fund-raising for Children In Need, was won with an anonymous bid of £100,000. (12/11/08)

MK COLLABORATION: Mark plays on a track called Love Song on the new Earth CD by The Dandy Warhols. (19/05/08)

MK ON SONNY LANDRETH CD: Mark is among a number of the world's great guitar players featured on the new Sonny Landreth CD From The Reach due to be released on the 20th of May. Mark plays on the opening track, Blue Tarp Blues. (19/04/08)

NEW RICHARD BENNETT CD: Richard has finally released his second CD. Code Red Cloud Nine is a great follow up to his 2004 album, Themes From A Rainy Decade. Richard told MKNews, "I always think the most honest record anyone can or should make is the one that most closely resembles an audio scrapbook of that person's life since their last record. Code Red is certainly that for me....what I've been listening to....what I'm interested my playing has evolved and what I've been writing." Richard says that, therefore, the new CD is very different to Rainy Decade. Visit Richard's website for further details. (19/02/08)

MK ON NEW GEORGE JONES CD: George Jones is releasing a duets album Burn Your Playhouse Down on August 19th, 2008. The album is a collection of never before heard duets recorded between Jones and many illustrious guests. Mark is featured on the the track I Always Get Lucky With You. (03/07/08)

SAVING THE WOLF: A charity compilation CD which includes the track Coyote from Mark's The Ragpicker's Dream album, has been released by the environmental organisation, the Green Warriors of Norway. Put together by Dag Warner, the release aims to draw attention to the plight of the Norwegian wolf, numbers of which have fallen so low that they are now on the endangered species list. The CD, Mother Earth Blues Vol 1, is available in Norway, Eire and the UK, and via the internet. Go to (25/07/07)

JOE BROWN CONCERT: Mark was among the guests appearing at Joe Brown's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the 24th of September. Mark and Joe played Darling Corey, Donegan's Gone and A Picture of You. Other guests included Jools Holland, Dave Edmunds and Dennis Locorriere. (updated: 25/09/08)

SPECIAL CHARITY AUCTION: This top quality musician's chair, signed by Mark and all the members of the KTGC touring band, was auctioned on Ebay and sold for £720. Proceeds go to the Bradley Downes Fund. Thanks to all who bid.

(updated: 22/09/08)

JOHN ILLSLEY CD: John has released a CD of a gig he did with Cunla and Greg Pearle in France last year. Recorded live in Provence, John Illsley with Cunla & Greg Pearle - Live in Les Baux de Provence on Creek Records (CREEKCD1 5037300745329). It is also available as a download. Seven of the sixteen tracks are DS songs. You can buy a copy from or from John's website at

(updated: 02/10/07)

KILL TO GET CRIMSON: Released worldwide on or around the 17th of September, 2007,Mark's latest solo album is called Kill To Get Crimson. The title is taken from a line in one of the songs. The CD cover image is taken from a painting by John Bratby (1928-1992) called Four Lambrettas and Three Portraits of Janet Churchman painted in 1958. More info on the releases page.

(updated: 21/09/07)

ALAN CLARK: Back in February 2008 Alan was Musical Director for a charity show held at the City Hall in Newcastle. He also played keyboards with the house band at the event which was a fund-raiser for the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund. The show has now been released on DVD and 75% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the fund. For further info and to order your copy of the DVD please go to the Billy Mitchell Store


KTGC GIGS2 AT THE RAH: Each night of Mark’s 2008 KTGC shows at the Royal Albert Hall was dedicated to a different charity. To find out more about these worthy causes, and the inspirational organizations behind them, you can visit their websites:

Sunday 25th May: Kidney Research UK
Monday 26th May: Barnardo’s
Tuesday 27th May: Amref
Wednesday 28th May: Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital
Thursday 29th May: Trinity Hospice
Friday 30th May: Starlight


MKNEWS ON RADIO 4: MKNews was the featured website recently on BBC Radio 4. (24/06/08)

POLLS: There are so many polls being done by radio and TV these days its getting hard to keep track of them ! One of the latest comes from the BBC, a best album of all time poll, in which Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms took second place behind Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA. (15/05/07)

GUITAR LESSON WITH MK: Breast Cancer Haven held its big fundraising ‘Blush Ball’ at the fabulous Natural History Museum in London on Thursday 3rd May, 2007. During the evening an auction was held and one of the items up for grabs was a half-hour guitar lesson with Mark at his British Grove Studio. In addition, the winning bidder received a copy of Mark and Emmylou’s All The Roadrunning CD signed by Mark. Over £200,000 was raised for the charity and we are delighted to announce that the winning bid for the guitar lesson with Mark was a fantastic £35,000 made by a genuine fan from the UK who read about the auction here on MKNews. (Updated: 09/05/07)

PLAY IT AGAIN: The BBC broadcast the last programme of their Play It Again series on Monday 7th of May. This final episode followed naturalist, and former Goodie, Bill Oddie's attempts to learn guitar so he could play with his daughter's band at her birthday bash. Bill struggled with the practising so called upon a few choice players such as Albert Lee and Dave Davis to lend a hand. He also popped over to British Grove Studio to get some tips from Mark. To see the clip from the programme where Mark helps out and shares a few few licks with Bill click here. (09/05/07)

DARFUR: Groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have launched a campaign to urge world leaders to take action over the bloodshed in Darfur. Along with other musicians, including Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Elton John, Mark turned over and then dropped an hour-glass filled with fake blood, symbolic of time running out for the people of Darfur, in an effort to demonstrate that action needs to be taken now. Thousands more hour-glasses were turned on Sunday 29th April, the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict, designated Global Day for Darfur and aimed at increasing awareness of this on-going tragedy. For further details click here (30/04/07)


ATRR LIVE DVD: The Mark Knopfler-Emmylou Harris show at the Gibson Ampitheater at Universal City was filmed for a live ATRR DVD release entitled Real Live Roadrunning. The DVD will be released worldwide by Universal on 13th November (except in the USA where Warner Bros will release on the 14th November. Full details on releases page. (updated: 11/11/06)

HONORARY DEGREE: Following on from the Honorary Doctorate conferred in 1993 by the University of Newcastle and in 1995 by the University of Leeds, Mark has received a third Honorary Doctorate of Music. The degree was bestowed by the University of Sunderland on the 11th of July in recognition of Mark's “outstanding achievements in the field of music." For further info click here (updated: 13/07/07)

SEVEN AGES OF ROCK: Mark was recently interviewed for the current BBC TV series The Seven Ages of Rock shown on Saturday 16th June on BBC1, repeated on BBC2, Sunday 17th June at 11 pm. To watch Mark's contribution click here. (updated: 18/06/07)


HAY FESTIVAL: Mark appeared at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales, UK, on Sunday 3rd of June. On stage for around an hour, Mark was interviewed by Matthew Evans. Accompanied by Guy Fletcher, Mark spoke of his career in music and played excerpts from Donegan's Gone, Rudiger, Romeo & Juliet and Sailing To Philadelphia. Song for Sonny Liston, Going Home and Secondary Waltz, were played in their entirity. (updated: 09/06/07)

GIBSON GUITARTOWN, LONDON: Mark and a host of other well-known British musicians, such as Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller and Brian May, joined forces with a number of British artists including Sir Peter Blake, Gerald Scarfe and Andrew Logan, to support Gibson Guitartown London, a major initiative launched in the UK by US guitar makers Gibson. The artists painted thirty 10ft high fibreglass models of the Gibson Les Paul which were displayed close to London’s Tower Bridge for ten weeks from late June. At the same time, thirty standard sized, hand-painted Gibson SG models were exhibited at The O2 in near-by Greenwich. One of the main aims of Gibson Guitartown London was raise funds for three well-known UK charities, The Prince’s Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust so each of the model guitars was signed by an associated musician and auctioned. For more information on Gibson Guitartown London, click here and to check out the 10ft Les Paul guitars click here.

As some of you may know, Mark is a patron of the charity Music in Prisons. One of the 10ft Les Pauls was made by inmates at Pentonville Prison in the UK under the collective name of 'the Ville Boys'. Art forms an important part of the prison’s rehabilitation programme and working in the prison’s Healthcare Department under the of art direction of Mike Cahillane, a member of the prison's Education Team, the Ville Boys intricately illustrated their 10ft guitar with a montage of images representing the influence the guitar and artists have had on music over the years.

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Mark paid a visit to the prison to meet the Ville Boys and signed the guitar at a specially arranged art exhibition.

The guitar looks amazing", says Mark, "and the inmates at Pentonville have done an incredible job to capture the spirit of the featured guitar legends, I hope the guitar sells well when it goes under the hammer’’.

Nick Leader, Governor of HMP Pentonville, delighted with the staff and prisoners who worked on the project said "...has been collaboration between the main prison, Education and Healthcare departments. We are using this work to encourage change through personal development by empowering the prisoners with necessary skills. This work helps boost self esteem and confidence whilst nurturing creative abilities.’’

(Updated: 15/06/07)