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Last updated: 21/10/17...


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MARK ON TOMMY EMMANUEL ALBUM: Mark is among the guest artists featured on Accomplice One, Tommy Emmanuel's new album. Mark and Tommy perform together on a track written by Mark called You Don't Want To Get You One Of Those. Accomplice One comes out on January 19th, 2018, on CGP Sounds (21/10/17)

HALL OF FAME: Dire Straits has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate officially in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.








The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote.

Please note that voting is capped. You can make 5 votes each day but you cannot vote for the same act more than once a day.



TOM PETTY: ‘I was so sad to hear the news about Tom Petty. I always loved him, from his first classic record with the Heartbreakers and on through the years. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.’



JOHN ILLSLEY LIVE: John has released a DVD of live performances filmed and recorded at The Brook in Southampton on July 6th 2016.









You can also catch up with John and his band on the road as they tour the UK and Europe commencing 19th October 2017 running through until March 2018. Cruise over to John's website for a full list of dates. (05/10/17)

LOOK NORTH: Mark appeared on ITV's Tyne Tees regional news programme this week to pay tribute to TV personailty Mike Neville, who Mark describes as "the voice of the North East", who died on the 6th September. view here (08/09/17)

BBC 1 TV: If you are able to watch BBC 1's TV programme Inside Out then tune in tonight at 7.30 to hear Mark talking about the inspiration behind one his well-known songs, Sailing to Philadelphia. The programme will also be available online shortly after it has been broadcast on BBC iplayer for 29 days (UK only) also on youtube. (04/09/17)

MARK UNVEILS BUS: 'Gigs' is the Mayor of London's annual busking competition held in association with Gibson guitars. Today Mark unveiled one of two London buses which will be used to promote International Busking Day, 22nd July. Street musicians taking part in the 'Gigs' competition will entertain passengers in pitches across London and on the specially designed buses on Route 94 (Acton Green to Piccadilly) and Route 27 (Chiswick to Camden). more 'Gigs' info (21/07/17)









NEW ALBUM UPDATE: Currently a work in progress, Mark's as yet untitled new album is scheduled for completion in March 2018. More details will be announced as they become available. (30/06/17)

HENRICK HANSEN DOCUMENTARY: Henrick Hansen, who did the short film for the Tracker album promotion, is to do a Mark Knopfler documentary scheduled for a 2018 release together with an in-concert film featuring live performances from the Tracker tour. A Tracker live album to accompany the documentary is also under consideration but not confirmed. (30/06/17)

TRACKER SLEEVE NOTES: Read Richard Ford's revised Tracker sleeve notes. (17/05/17)

MK FOR THE KILLERS: Mark has recorded guitar parts for a forth-coming release from The Killers. (11/05/17)

NEW SONGS: Mark has begun to record new songs for a possible future album release. (11/05/17)

MARK'S MK90: Mark has a new Pensa Custom guitar, designated the MK90.


BIG BIKE CHARITY HIKE: Mark and John were busy recently checking out the motorbikes being used in the Big Bike Charity Hike around Great Britain ride. (20/04/17)











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MARK ON NEW DAN AUERBACH ALBUM: Mark plays on Shine On Me the first which is the first single from Dan's new solo album Waiting on a Song.

Mark says: 'Dan Auerbach is his own man. He goes from strength to strength. It was great to be a part of his record. Walk on, Dan.’ ..MK

Check it out


CHUCK BERRY: 'We’ll all remember Chuck Berry as one of the greatest rock 'n roll performers but he was also the greatest of the rock ’n roll writers. Music wouldn’t have evolved in the same way without him. Seeing him at Newcastle City Hall when I was 15 was an unforgettable experience.’ MK





FANFAIR ALLIANCE: A new guide to fair ticket pricing has been published by FanFair Alliance. Mark says:

The FanFair Alliance Guide offers common sense advice to ticket buyers and the more widely it is adopted, the better it will be for fans and performers. Nobody wants the front ten rows of their event to be full of super rich consumers who may or may not actually be into the music as opposed to just attending the event.

Check it out at fanfairalliance.org


MK ON NEW PIETA BROWN CD: Mark is featured on a song called Street Tracker on Pieta Brown's new Postcards album. (06/01/17)

SOUNDWAVES: Mark's “Romeo and Juliet” is seen here as Soundwaves Artwork, created by artist Tim Wakefield whose work has been described as “a truly unique visual expression of sound.” Wakefield created the piece by digitally manipulating, shaping and colouring the sound waves from the studio recording of the song.









The limited edition prints on canvas, all signed by Mark Knopfler, are available now as part of Soundwaves Art: Icons of Music 2016 Fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the incredible War Child UK, an organization that works to alleviate the suffering of innocent children affected by conflict around the world. (02/12/16)

GIBSON MK LES PAUL: Gibson have announced they will shortly be issuing a Mark Knopfler '58 Les Paul. Mark joins a small number of UK guitarists to have signature models issued by Gibson and Fender and, of course, additionally there are Pensa Custom, Shur, Schecter, National Resophonic and Martin MK models.

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MK on the new '58
Full specs

(updated: 17/11/16)

TRACKER LIVE CONCERTS: Relive your favourite moments from the 2015 North American Tracker tour! Live recordings are available now on MarkKnopfler.com in 320kbps MP3 or FLAC formats.









TRACKER USBs: USB guitar concert sticks now available.



These high-quality recordings are housed on metal USB concert sticks based on the shape of three different guitars, which Mark actually plays in concert – complete with matching case.

(updated: 13/01/16)

TOUR MERCHANDISE: You can now order Tracker tour T-shirts and other merchandise from the markknopfler.com store. (26/09/15)

iPHONE HARDCASE: Head over to the markknopfler.com store and for your Tracker iPhone hardcase.





BRITISH GROVE T: Now available from the markknoplfer.com store, British Grove T-Shirts. Order yours now. (16/10/15)







UDISCOVER INTERVIEW: Udiscover's Paul Sexton interview with Mark chatting about the Tracker tour.

Part 1

Part 2


CORRECT LYRICS: Your help is needed. Mark is keen to try to ensure that song lyrics posted on the internet, including on sites such as YouTube and Vevo, are accurate. Correct lyrics to all DS and MK solo songs are available at markknopfler.com and here on MKNews (simply click on the cover images). Its easy to make a mistake, if you have posted lyrics on any site please chack them for accuracy and ff you spot any sites with errors please mail the info. (09/06/15)

RICHARD BENNETT NEW CD: Richard has released a new CD called Contrary Cocktail.








You can find full details here (27/04/15)

LIMITED EDITION PRINT: The Colin Davidson Giclée Print is a limited edition fine art print by renowned Irish contemporary artist, Colin Davidson. Limited to 300, each giclée print is hand-numbered and signed by Mark.









Available now from the exclusives section of the mk.com store. (20/04/15)

TRACKER POLL: So you got your copy of Tracker and already almost worn it out ! Vote for your favourite tracks here (or use the link above). You can also use the 'vote' tab in the main menu to vote for your favourite ever studio and live Mark Knopfler songs. (16/03/15)

TRACKER: Mark's new album, Tracker, was released on the 16th of March (17th of March in North America) available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a lavish box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Mark where he talks about the new record. Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed US author Richard Ford and it also contains a numbered art print and six photographic prints.


Tracker is available to order in the markknopfler.com store

Mark says:

The album title ‘Tracker’ arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades. Out of me tracking time - looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."

Official track list:

1. Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes
2. Basil
3. River Towns
4. Skydiver
5. Mighty Man
6. Broken Bones
7. Long Cool Girl
8. Lights of Taormina
9. Silver Eagle
10. Beryl
11. Wherever I Go (featuring Ruth Moody)


LATEST STEVE PHILLIPS ALBUM: Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds have released a new 15 track CD, North Country Blues, featuring four self-penned songs and Steve's version of Miss You Blues.

The album is available as a digital download or on CD from Redlick Records or from MKNews.

STEVE PHILLIPS JUST PICKIN': You can now download Steve's 1995 album, Just Pickin', which features Mark and Steve on a number of Duolian String Picker's tracks recorded during the late-1960s/early 70s. Mark plays on four tracks: Just Pickin'/Hometown Rag/Hawkins Rag/Dallas Rag

Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds official website

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Fans in the UK and Canada can now obtain digital downloads of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits albums directly from the markknopfler.com store. The downloads are in 256kbps MP3 format. (02/07/08)

MVC/DAILY TELEGRAPH CDS/MK PICKS: MKNews has a limited supply of the MVC/Daily Telegraph STP promo CD. The CD includes the wonderful Sons of Scotland instrumental from the soundtrack album A Shot At Glory. In order to cover the costs of admin, post and packing, the cost for the UK is £5 per CD, non-UK $10/€8per CD.

We also have a small number of the Martin MK guitar picks at £5/$10/€5 each.

No cashiers cheques or postal/money orders. Cheques only accepted if drawn on a UK bank.

PASSES/AWARDS: A selection of tour passes from BIA/OES/NHBs/GH/STP/SHANGRI-LA/ATTR/KTGC/GET LUCKY/PRIVATEERING and TRACKER tours are available from MKNews at €1/$2/£1 each (minimum order = 10 passes).

From time to time, we may have a small number of awards for sale. E-mail for details.




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