Last updated: 21/03/17


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Private Investigations


Updated Policy on Photography & Recording at Mark's concerts




Declaration against online ticket touts


Bidding is now open for the Mark Knopfler
charity watch auction for Bravehearts.
Auction ends approx 11 pm BST, 26th March





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


BRAVEHEARTS WATCH AUCTION: Mark and renowned horologist Michael English have come together to auction six watches to raise money for Bravehearts of the North East. Mark is the Patron of the Bravehearts children’s charity which is based in the North East of England and was founded to recognise the exceptional courage shown by children who are battling illness or adversity.



STEVE PHILLIPS GUITAR SALE: Steve is offering a small number of his hand built guitars for sale. Steve Phillips guitars are exceptionally fine instruments and few in number. They rarely come onto the market and are not cheap. Only genuine inquiries are required. Full info is available here (13/02/17)

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)

MK ON NEW DAN AUERBACH ALBUM: Black Keys front-man, Dan Auerbach, will be releasing his as yet untitled second solo album in the Spring. Mark plays on a track called Shine on Me. (29/12/16)

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. (0212/16)

BAP'S LAST INTERVIEW: Tune in tonight (between 8pm - 10pm) to BBC Radio Ulster to listen to Bap Kennedy's very last interview, recorded a month before his passing, with Ralph McLean. Also available for 30 days afterwards. (01/12/16)

STARCARDS 2016: Here is this year's MK item sold in the Starcards 2016 Xmas Auction. Proceeds go to London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.









Winning bid was £261. Thanks to all who bid and congratulations to the lucky winner.

(updated: 06/12/16)

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.

click pic for larger image
MK on the new '58
Full specs

(updated: 17/11/16)

LEONARD COHEN: So sad to hear of the passing of Leonard Cohen - thank you for so many years of music and for your enormous contribution to the world of song. MK


BAP KENNEDY: After a brave struggle with cancer, Bap Kennedy passed away on the 1st of November.

"This is such sad news. Bap was an extremely talented and committed songwriter who applied himself to his craft at all times. I have nothing but happy memories of our days and nights in the studio and out on the road." MK


BILL WYMAN'S 80TH BIRTHDAY GALA: As part of London's three-day Blues Fest, last evening Mark appeared with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at London's Indigo At The O2 to celebrate Bill's 80th birthday. Other guests included Joe Brown, Van Morrison, Robert Plant and Andy Fairweather-Low. Joe joined Mark for Donegan's Gone and Mark performed Song for Sonny Liston and a new song, Playtime Deluxe.

A few posts on YouTube, here's a good one ....


(updated: 29/10/16)

JOHN ILLSLEY: Look out for John Illsley on Vintage TV's The Vintage Sessions, Thursday 27th October at 8pm (BST). (23/10/16)

BOB DYLAN: Huge congratulations to Bob who has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mark says:

Bob Dylan has been a great songwriter since he was a teenager and nothing has stopped him in continuing to write and bring his gifts to the world. There aren’t many honours which Bob hasn’t earned already. I’m delighted for him.


GUY'S NEW ALBUM: October 7th sees the release of Guy’s new 9-track album, High Roads, which you can pre-order on his brand new website at









PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION: This weekend Minnesota Public Radio will be re-airing the "A Prairie Home Companion" episode from October 2, 2004 that included Mark and his band. The radio show will air 5pm - 7pm CDT, Saturday 17th Sept. You can tune in on your local public radio station (more info here) or listen live at (16/09/16)

BAP KENNEDY: Bap Kennedy's album The Sailor’s Revenge was produced by Mark in 2012 and features most of Mark’s usual band on the record. It’s a work of eloquence and rare beauty and definitely worth adding to your Spotify playlists, or purchasing from the following links:



Mark has also made the playlist available on his Spotify page here

Bap Kennedy website/twitter/facebook


NASHVILLE CATS SALUTE RICHARD BENNETT: Nashville Cats salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett will take place in Nasville's Country Music Hall of Fame Museum's Ford Theater, Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 01:30. The event will be streamed live at powered by NewTek TriCaster.


Read more: Nashville Cats: Salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett

Follow: @countrymusichof on Twitter | countrymusichof on Facebook


SCOTTY MOORE: Scotty Moore passed away on the 28th of June at his home outside Nashville.

Elvis wouldn't have been the same without Scotty Moore, who has passed away at the age of 84. Scotty's playing on those early songs was the inspiration for thousands of youngsters to start out on guitar......MK

Among many other tributes:

Scotty was the man who first inspired me to play guitar. He was a man of great integrity and, unlike others, never bad-mouthed Elvis after he died.... Steve Phillips

Sad to hear about Scotty Moore ... who started it all pretty much. An absolute privilege to have known and worked with him. A lovely man, a gentleman in every sense and a true hero. ...Ed Bicknell

Very sad to hear about Scotty… a real guitar hero. I remember meeting him, only a few years ago, at an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I shook his hand and was literally speechless, the only thing I could manage was to thank him for all the good music. That was enough....Richard Bennett


JOHN McCUSKER AWARD: Congratulations to John McCusker who was presented with the Good Tradition Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Mark joined John and his band to play Haul Away at the awards ceremony on the 27th April at the Royal Albert Hall. (updated, 28/03/16)

PRINCE: "I was sad to hear of Prince’s passing. He was a multi-talented writer, singer, instrumentalist and producer who gave huge pleasure to so many. I’m sure we all felt there was much more to come." - MK


MERLE HAGGARD: "I was very sad to hear that Merle Haggard has passed away. He was one of the greats. If I had to describe country music to anyone I’d play them a Merle Haggard record. He will be much missed". - MK


ALTAMIRA: Recorded at Mark's British Grove Studios and engineered by Guy Fletcher, the ten track Mark Knopfler & Evelyn Glennie soundtrack, Altamira, is now available from iTunes and Amazon.


Available through iTunes and Amazon

DroneArte video of Mark arriving at the Altamira premier in Madrid, 31st March.

(updated: 01/04/16)

ZUCCHERO ALBUM: Mark plays on two tracks on Zucchero's new album -Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.) and Ci si arrende - Black Cat. (19/03/16)

ECHO NOMINATION: Mark is among the nominees in Germany's Echo awards in the International Rock/Pop artist category. (17/03/16)

NEW JOHN ILLSLEY CD: John's new studio album, Long Shadows, will be released on the 13th of May. John and his band will be playing at the Half Moon in Putney, London, on April 1st and will then be touring in Holland and Germany.








In the Darkness from the new album

more info (13/03/16)

SIR GEORGE MARTIN: Sir George Henry Martin CBE the English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician died aged 90 on the 8th of March.

"It’s going to be hard to imagine a world of music without George in it. He was a lovely man who gave so much of his talent and of himself. I am proud to have been his friend and grateful to have so many happy memories of him. My thoughts are with Lady Judy and Giles at this time." - MK


BRIAN BENNETT ALBUM: Long-time Shadows drummer Brian Bennett is to release an album of film music by British composer John Barry. Among the guest artists on the album, Mark plays on All The Time In The World, a song from the soundtrack of the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Hal David lyrics which became a huge hit for jazz great Louis Armstrong. You can listen to the song (track 9) on the Brian Bennett Orchestra's Shadowing John Barry on Spotify.








Mark, a lifelong Shadows fan, says that All The Time In The World “was one of Barry's personal favourites. It was such a thrill to be asked to contribute to this version by Brian, one of my all-time favourite great drummers and a fine composer and arranger himself. To find myself playing a wonderful John Barry composition with Brian Bennett on drums was an unforgettable experience,” Mark adds, “For guitar aficionados, I dropped my usual style for this recording and used an old Fender Stratocaster with heavy gauge strings, playing it with a pick instead of my fingers and using the tremolo arm on the instrument to create vibrato rather than my neck hand.”


BRENDAN HEALY: Brendan Healy, the great North-East comedian, actor and musician who passed away on Thursday evening, was a much loved figure who will be missed by countless thousands on Tyneside and beyond. Brendan made everything he did look easy but he was a consummate professional and took his work seriously. He was a lovely, talented man and a brave one. I am proud to have known him. ...MK











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DAVID BOWIE: "What sad news. David Bowie's message was always one of individuality, creativity and freedom of expression and inspired so many." MK (11/01/16)

No 23: Tracker ranked #23 in Rolling Stone's Best 50 albums of 2015. (04/12/15)

TRACKER LIVE CONCERTS: Relive your favourite moments from the 2015 North American Tracker tour! Live recordings are available now on 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.

UNTIL 18TH JAN (or until stocks last) - BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE !

(updated: 13/01/16)

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

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





MY NORTH EAST: Some of you may recall that back in October 2013 we told you that Mark was among the contributors to a new book, My North East. It has now been re-issued as a paperback and will be in the shops just in time for Christmas. As with the original hardback version, all profits from the new edition will be donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. (13/11/15)







Take a peek



BRITISH GROVE T: Now available from the 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 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 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)

NEW JOHN ILLSLEY ALBUM: Recorded at The Half Moon, Putney, in 2013, Live in London is a limited edition release featuring songs from Pink Floyd, Lennard Cohen and Dire Straits, as well as a variety of songs from John's solo albums.









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 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)


JJ CALE TRIBUTE: Released on the 28th of July, Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale features Mark on two of the sixteen tracks, Someday and Train To Nowhere.

Listen to Train To Nowhere

You can stream Eric Clapton & Friends The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) on iTunes Radio. Listen to the album in its entirety and order your copy from itunes, and similar.

(updated: 29/07/14)

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

Ever thought of booking Steve and his band for your corporate event, festival, club or arts centre ? (29/11/12)

ACCURATE SET LISTS: If you have accurate set lists for any of the following KTGC shows please mail to MKNews:


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

FREE MVC/DAILY TELEGRAPH CDS/MK PICKS: MKNews has a supply of the MVC/Daily Telegraph STP promo CDs which we are giving away. 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, UK fans will need to send a cheque for £4 per CD made payable to MKNews and non-UK fans should send $8/€5per CD.

We also have a small number of the Martin MK guitar picks at £3/$8/€4 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 €0.50/$1/£0.50p 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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