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Portable Audio Recorder
TOM

29th August 2016

Hi Guy, could you recommend any decent handheld audio recorder? It's primarily intended to be used for some acousic guitars and piano recordings. What do you or Mark use to capture audio snippets when you're not in the studio? Thanks a bunch, TOM We actually use our phones. Or my macbook pro with a small audio interface like a Presonus
Musical appreciation
Brian Moyer
Long Island New York

29th August 2016

Hi Guy-I know I've asked the question before-when are you and Mark going to start work on a new album-but this is different-when Tracker was released I bought it when it was released-recently I was able to get the "deluxe" edition with the DVD and listening to Mark tell how he wrote the music made me have a whole new appreciation of the album-his story of how he wrote Basil and Beryl as well as Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes made me enjoy the album on a whole other level and it makes me look forward to his new album-Mark truly tells the best stories through his songs and I'm truly grateful that I found his music All will be revealed
Music
Teresa Allman
Orange county, CA.

29th August 2016

Just reading your blog for a little I see some fans are chomping at the bit in anticipation for new music from the band! Altamira is beautiful. Regards. Thanks
USB concert sticks
Tony Unwin
Port Lamont, Argyll

29th August 2016

Hi Doc, do you have any idea at this point, whether Mark intends to play all the guitar parts this time around? I understand that even if you know, you may not wish to divulge it. Gary Langridge, I take it you've tried the Bleecker Street site direct? I was previously able to obtain items from earlier tours, etc. Good luck with that. Best wishes to all out there, Tony
rob reynolds, DSL, GF, old live songs of DS/MK!
PAULO G.

24th August 2016

Yes, Rob, you are right. I also think and feel like that. And that is simple: the sound and the melody/passion of MK guittar was so beautifull and so UNIQUE until the 1990´s. Now the SOUND it is great, but more "common" and with less fingers ans less passion. It is ok, because we all evolve in our lifes. I saw THE STRAITS years ago (with many young people in the audience) and I will attend some concerts by DSLegacy and by DS Experience. They are very good and sometimes it seems that DS are there WITH US. Thanks to GF to allow us to say this here. And I am not an old fan, I just have 49 y old and started listening DS/MK in 1982; not before.
Falco - Johann (Hans) Hölzel
GP
Ascot

19th August 2016

Doc, I just been watching this link with great interest. I did not realise how talented he was. He had some brilliant musicians around him. I was wondering if you liked his work, and guess you never met him? And sadly I only found out he is dead, so terrible. A great Austrian talent. This link was awesome https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] I'm afraid not
ALTAMIRA
RAÚL
SPAIN

19th August 2016

Good morning, Mr Fletcher The first thing I would like to tell you is "Congratulations" for your great job in making Martk Knopfler's music better. Every time Mark introduces the band to the audience, I clap the strongest I can when I hear your name. On the other hand, I went to see Altamira months ago, not because of the film itself but because of its soundtrack, and I think it is brilliant. I always say that Mark's guitar sound has no comparisons at all. I am sure that a MK concert with a setlist made up of tracks of his soundtracks would be very successful and would show his "musical superiority". And let me tell you, Mr Fletcher, that you have got a good part of that. Thank you That's very kind of you to say so
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Pic at A-Bay and producing diary
Dominique
Antwerp, Belgium

19th August 2016

Hey Doc, Hope everything is well? Two questions Doc, if i may, .... Was the attached pic taken at your own A-Bay studios? Anny chance we will see a diary or, why not, a whole tab page about your producing work? Best, Dom No, that was a rehearsal facility in London. Yes, I could do a diary, the band have enough photos between them
Jesus To A Child vs Brothers In Arms
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint Petersburg, Russia

15th August 2016

Hi Doc! Speaking of "Brothers In Arms", years ago I noticed how the intro chord for George Michael's "Jesus To A Child" immediately reminds me of BIA. Sound is almost identical here, do you know maybe this was a kind of tribute by Michael or something? It can't be a coincidence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] It's possible I suppose but minor 9ths are commonly used in string arrangements.
do you watch the olympics?
John Mahon
upland, ca

15th August 2016

Good day good Doc. Long time. I'm catching a late night west coast repeat of yesterday's 3rd round in Rio, and I must say, Justin Rose played a helluva round. I know there are issues with the "Olympics" and the various "committees", but I still love to see true athletes compete at their highest level. There are parallels with what you do on stage and in the studio as well. Didn't you once say that Justin is an honorary member of your home course at Goodwood Golf Club? Well, I imagine there will be quite a bit of anticipation across the pond in a few hours. I know you are producing these days, but I hope you get to see it. Rose and Stenson at their best? This is a major. Yes, Justin was affiliated with Goodwood GC. Didn't get to see the round but I guess it was nip and tuck until the last. It was an incredible day for Great Britain yesterday in general.
Happy Birthday Mark!
Marc
UK

12th August 2016

Wishing Mark a Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything. Big hello to all the band Guy, Ian, Glenn, Jim, John & Mike Best Wishes, Marc
Good to hear
Neville Sherman
Kampala

12th August 2016

.....that you guys are possibly about to start fiddling, experimenting, tweaking some new tunes. You know you will be hard pressed to top Tracker - but you can give it a try I am sure!! Go well and enjoy the next chapter!
Birthday Wish
Linda Meehan
Maine USA

12th August 2016

Wishing Mark a very happy 67th birthday!! Hope his day is great and that he will soon be back in the studio recording a new CD!! A fan for life!!
Way to birthday
Alberto Antonetti
Rome

12th August 2016

Hello Doc, wouldn't it be a great way to celebrate his birthday, announcing that the reason why you're heading back to the studio is a new MK album? Many and best wishes to the GENIUS!! .-) For you maybe. I am in the studio tomorrow producing the band 'Megan and the Common Threads'
Rolling Stones
David Lehman
Canada

12th August 2016

Hi Guy; Hope all is well with you. Not sure if you're at liberty to say, but I'll ask anyway. Any truth to the rumour that the Stones have been at British Grove lately? Thanks. I wouldn't comment on the studio clientele.
Heading back into the studio very soon.
Julio
Tambourineland

12th August 2016

Hello Doc. As you probably imagined, your "head back into the studio very soon" answer switched on all the "fan alerts" specially after this well deserved MK inactivity period of time. As you were answering to a question about the Hansen documentary, I understood that you comeback to the studio has to do with it, while many others interpretate that is because of the start of next MK record why you will go back into the studio... Could you enlight us a little more about it, if it´s about the documentary, to start recording new songs, or both? Thanks in advance! Not really
Back in studio soon
Thomas Allesch
Germany

12th August 2016

Hi Guy, as you an Mark will be back soon in back in the studio, will you work on a new MK album or is this for an different project? Best regards, Thomas see below
new recording
Brian Moyer
Long Island N.Y.

12th August 2016

are you and Mark going to be working on any new music before the end of the year ? New music is usually what we get up to when we go into the studio, as for the project. I'm afraid I cannot say just yet.
Henrik Hansen II
Erwin
Netherlands

12th August 2016

Great to read you and MK are going back in the studio. Thank you for that wonderfull update!! I'm sure news about the asking project will follow when it's possible. Are you going back to the studio for another album of MK or something else? I hope i'm not pushing to much here, anyway once again, thanks for the update.... all will be revealed
Princess Bride
Tibor Kramolis
Budapest, HUN

5th August 2016

Hi Guy, my 10 years old son just have seen The Princess Bride movie, and he said it's a wonderful film and the soundtrack as well. Of course he heard the music more then once from my CD before, but this movie gives him a surprise. Uh, it's almost 30 years stuff... but still perfect. very sweet
Henrik Hansen
Erwin
Netherlands

5th August 2016

Guy, any word on the project of Henrik Hansen who filmed MK and the band during some concerts on the last tour? I'm sure there will be, as Mark and I head back into the studio very soon.
Bap Kennedy
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

31st July 2016

Hi Guy. Have you seen the latest update from Bap Kennedy on his health situation over on his Facebook page? Difficult to know what to say in a situation like this. It is utterly heartbreaking. http://www.bapkennedy.com/heal[...] It is indeed. We have been aware of Bap's struggle for a while now but today's post is both devastating and touching. Our thoughts are with Bap and his family.
Timothy B. Schmit
Joerg Lindner

30th July 2016

Dear Doc, have you already listened to the new album of "Eagles"-bass player Timothy B. Schmit? It's called "Leap of faith" and I can highly recommend it. I would like to know your opinion about it... Regards Joerg Not really my cuppa but nice
Guy's British Grove recording project with Megan and The Common Threads
Dan Clark
London

29th July 2016

Quick post for the good doctor's fellow patients. Guy's producing the debut record by Megan and The Common Threads at MK's studio British Grove. Very excited indeed about this (I should be - I'm in the band...). The release is being crowd-funded with amazing rewards for contributors: 2 very lucky people are joining Guy in the control room to experience the session first hand. Also, for all romantics on here - would your significant other appreciate a gift of an original recorded work that's specifically about them, featuring your personal memories? The ultimate "This Is Us"? (see pledge marked "We'll write and record a song for YOU" on the attached link). Anyone interested, or is this a crazy idea? http://www.pledgemusic.com/pro[...] Thanks Dan
The Record Company
David Lehman
Canada

29th July 2016

Hi Guy; Ever check out the new American band, The Record Company? Nothing original, but a great little trio. Cheers Yes, great fun
Hang
souchet thierry
France,Vendée

29th July 2016

Hi, good doctor! I was listening to the beautifull Altamira film score and remembering an other film : "My sweet pepperland" a question came to me. Evelyn Glennie's work to illustrate the cave and bisons is just brilliant, but was it ever considered to have Goldshifteh Farahani playing Hang on that soundtrack. That instrument is just as hypnotic as the beauty of this actress when she plays it! You'd have to ask the director that question.
Brothers
shaun hornby
Lakeport California

27th July 2016

Hi Doc,not spoken for a while,but ive a quick question for you as my band do Brothers in Arms.The final chord on the live version is amazing but I cannot figure it out.Does the guitar play one thing and the keys another? I'm referring to the live album "On the Night" The last 2 chords should be Absus9 (or you could play F# over Ab...thereby adding the 7th) and then Abm (with optional 9th)
Chalke Valley
Julio
Tambourineland

26th July 2016

Hi Doc. The Chalke Valley History festival was not only the opportunity of listening to "occupation blues" live but to listen to your keyboards parts clearly and enjoy the beautiful ambient you create for every song. Usually on stage are so many instruments that it's not so easy to listen so clearly to your parts. It was very enjoyable. Many thanks
Mysterious band member in Live Aid TV broadcast
Julio
Tambourineland

26th July 2016

Joop de Korte was not only the DS drum tech but Dire Straits percussionist since 1980 to 1988. He is credited as percussionist in the Alchemy live record and he played "behind the curtains" always except in Live Aid where he can be seen. I always found curious that he was never, except for Alchemy, credited percussionist but just as the drum tech, specially because his playing is very present in the live shows. Well it's because he wasn't in the band, he was our drum tech.
Rio de Janeiro
Ednardo Raposo
Rio, Brazil

22nd July 2016

Just came across some weirdo's post and felt compelled to write my own - I'm from Rio myself and feel pretty comfortable and knowledgeable to do so. Yes, Rio is a mess. Brazilian politicians are the worst scumbags there are. Brazilians themselves in general tend to go with the flow, criticising politicians but committing minor irregularities on a regular basis. Cutting the queue, throwing rubbish in the street, unleashing pitbulls in urban areas with smaller dogs and children around, everything is acceptable. If you complain you are a shamelessly right-wing and reactionary imbecile. We pay incredibly high taxes but nothing works: hospitals, schools and public security policies are outrageously precarious. The labour party ruled for 13 years and built a repulsive sprawling corruption scheme that would have led the country to bankruptcy if the government hadn't been impeached and the president suspended from office. It is all true, but it is not true that we are just that. Despite the fact that most of us disaprove the games being held here having witnessed so much money being spent on over budgeting stadiums and arenas whereas the citizens suffer from all the above, the population is going to make a huge effort to welcome fans and athletes and create a great experience for everyone. We will deal with our deamons once the games are finished but for now just come with an open heart and mind, it is safe. Not our reality but that's the reality you'll have. Thanks, let's hope something good can come of the games...'for the nation'. It always struck me that the people of Brasil were as welcoming as anywhere in the world, if not a little hot-headed....in a good way of course. The music of Brasil speaks for itself and let's hope we hear a lot of it during the Olympics.

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