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Lady Antebellum
Gary Poole

22nd April 2016

Guy, Have you or Mark met this artist? The song we most know is "Need you now". This particular song I could imagine MK on Vocals and Guitar, do you agree with me? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] No, never have. I don't think it's quite up Mark's street.
Headwreck
Dermot
Ireland

21st April 2016

Howdy. Do you think Hill Farmer Blues is a headwrecker for Richard when live? No other song like it so it all hangs on him right? Laser precision and metronome timing needed - even the slightest deviant upstroke could screw everything (btw - don't ask him in case it messes with his head..like in the moment before that 1st tee-shot: 'Do you breathe in or breathe out on the backstroke?'). It's no problem for Laser Bennett. It's what we do.
Altamira
Jenn
Oregon

21st April 2016

Guy, Showed my 84 year old mother the clip from Altamira the other day and she wanted to download the soundtrack right away. While listening, she almost whispered, (like a voice from the past) " He has an amazing gift". ha. The music is extraordinary. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Thank you. Beautiful, beautiful mysterious work. That's nice
Political issues
Christophe Durchateau
Cardiff

21st April 2016

Hi Doc, in the last couple of weeks both Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have cancelled concerts in protest at what some see as anti-LGBT laws in certain states in the USA. I'm not asking for your personal opinion on these issues, and I don't offer my own. However, as a performing artist I wonder if you believe it is acceptable to take such action over political issues such as these? I know Mark has cancelled concerts in the past over human rights issues, but that aside, are Springsteen and Adams backing a cause or wading in for the publicity? As a side question, do you believe it is fair to the fans for artists to take such action? Not just because they don't get to see the show they'd hoped and paid for (although one hopes full refunds will be provided) but also because it puts pressure on the fans to choose a side in the debate? Yes, I think some issues are worthy of such action. I'm sure all artists who do so would offer refunds or rescheduling.
This song
philippe spagnolo
Paris, France

21st April 2016

hello guy. (take my question with humor) 1+1 = 2 true ? ok... and now.. fare thee well northumberland = live en concert ? have a good day 1+1=2? Not necessarily. I would apply Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to that question.
Bluebird
David Gray
London

21st April 2016

Hi Guy, A question for you. Have you ever had 'Bluebird' in your MK set list? If you have then great! If not, what would you envisage the problems are in introducing it in some form. Best wishes David No. There would be no problems in performing any of the songs.
Geek question - CAR Fender Strat II
Thomas

21st April 2016

Duh ... There was a draw at the end of that show, and that Strat was the prize. Sorry for the disturbance of the force. Ah yes, an auction. We've raised quite a bit over the years with the Strats.
Geek question - CAR Fender Strat
Thomas

21st April 2016

Sorry for the totally unimportant geeky guitar question: In this NHB video Mark plays what looks like a Candy Apple Red Fender Strat with a floating tremolo system (e.g. at 37:30). Same color as his Schecter, but it's not that guitar. I know your eyes are glazing over now, Doc, but is the guitar Mark's? And is there a reason he used it for that particular show? Cheers, Tom Yes (glaze)
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RCM link
Dominique
Antwerp

16th April 2016

Hey Doc, as an addition to the RCM post, this link.... Btw: Hope you guys will come together soon for a next musical project...:-))) All the best, Dom http://www.rcm.ac.uk/about/new[...]
Masterclass
Jean
Heart of ma belle France

16th April 2016

Hi, Anything to say about the masterclass done at the Royal College of Music? Did you have some rehearsal before or Mark just gave the instruction live on the event about what he wants to be played (I know that top notch musician as you all are know how to deal with these situations) Sure, it was lovely to be there and perform for the students in such a nice theatre. Mark talked about instruments, songwriting, recording, we all talked about our journey and we played a few songs - Sailing, Laughs and Jokes, your she's Gone/Latest Trick and Local Hero. The band consisted of Mike and John, Ewan Vernal on Bass, Ianto, Nigel Hitchcock, Robbie McIntosh on guitar and myself.
Finale Last Exit To Brooklyn
Richard Gamble
Melbourne, Australia

15th April 2016

Regard 'Finale Last Exit To Brooklyn' as one of Mark's finest pieces of work, music touches me deeply and is perfect music for me to exit planet Earth (my funeral and finale)... my question Dr Fletch is other than playing keyboards on this wonderful track did you have involvement with arrangement or composition of music, for some unknown reason I have always thought you may have. MK from first hear back late 70's has been my ultimate musician and songwriter, for me personally he stands alone and for you to be his right-hand man since '84 speaks volumes of what high regard Mark must hold for you, a greater compliment one cannot possibly pay. Finally Dr Fletch so pleased you've had the opportunity to work with Jim Cox, must be wonderful thrill for you.... many thanks Richard! Yes, I played everything on that track. Mark composed it and I did indeed assist in its arranging. It was done on the Synclavier system with (pretty basic by today's standards) samples.
BBC Folk Awards, Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Julio
East Coast Of Iberian Peninsula

15th April 2016

Hello again Doc. About your last answer on the Folk Awards I guess you mean that you can not give more details, but... are you playing with Mark band in that Folk Awards and after with John, or just Mark's band? http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacent[...] Sorry, I was not clear. I will not be there.
BBC Folk Awards, Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

11th April 2016

Dear Doc. It looks like Mark Knopfler is performing at the Royal Albert Hall for the Radio 2 Folk Awards on April 27. I thought that he was to perform with John McCusker but according to the link I include here, he´s performing as well with his own band, and then with John... Is that right? Are you playing too with MK and maybe with John? Anything you can tell us about it? Best regards http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacent[...] I'm afraid not
great stuff
john
finally off the sofa

11th April 2016

I think Lee Westwood said it correctly in his post-round interview: "It's just a fine line between disaster and success at this course." Just ask Jordan Spieth; in command going into the back nine but two bad swings on #12 and the doors swing wide open. Congratulations to Mr. Willet and his fans across the pond. It was a great showing this week by the English contingent, Casey and Rose as well. I was still pulling for Lee, though. It will be interesting to see how Jordan responds to this as I'm sure it will leave a hefty welt. Take care, Guy. Tremendous evening's golf, well done Danny. I'm sure Jordan will come back fighting.
Live Tour Music/Curation
David Collier
Dayton Ohio

11th April 2016

Dr Fletch Note of thanks to whomever curated and produced the Tracker Live Tour music, please pass on to those involved. The care and love given to the music really shines through. I purchased the whole Austin show and the "Best Of". I really appreciate the quality of recordings, the selection of songs on the best of and the ability to get all in 24bit. I love having access to select shows and an end of tour best of, that's a great pattern. A few humble questions: -Will future tours be given the same treatment? (Please, please) -Any thoughts of giving same treatment to past tours? Are the recordings available? -Any chance we could get a pdf or other file with liner notes, crew credits, band comments, etc for each compilation? They're worthy. -On song Laughs and Jokes...there's an unmistakeable Paul Desmond-Dave Brubeck vibe. Have you all ever considered putting out a jazz album with that same kind of treatment? Not sure if you were on Mark's tour that came through Kettering Ohio a few years back (Fraze Pavilion) but many of my friends and I still talk about it being one of best live shows, any band, we'd ever seen. Please come back! Looking forward to seeing the new movie and purchasing the soundtrack. Best Regards David I'm sure future tours will offer the recordings.
Tribute to MK
Eric Genevelle
France

11th April 2016

It's not a cover, but an original song. Really funny. Imagine if MK did not found the sucess... it could be his life ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtOIZch6niA https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
wider horizons
Maarten Van Pottelberghe

10th April 2016

hiya doc, long time no see. anyhow, did yo get the chance to watch this absolutely amazing Gilmour documentary on bbc something, called Wider Horizons? (or it may be part of a series) anyways, amazingly open interview, lots of interesting demo snippets and REAL early recordings (e.g. Mark's Chilly Winds) really close insight into his recording process, but also on his family life. yes i know, Mark will NEVER EVER agree with a similar thing, but leave out the private bits, (sounds wrong doesn't it) and it was still an awesome documentary, your thoughts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
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golf bucket list
john
sofa in front of the tv

8th April 2016

Good day good Doctor! Great news on GF3, but for now my attention turns to golf...after all it is Masters weekend. Nice to see Justin Rose and Lee Westwood on the first page of the leaderboard, even if it is early on Thursday as I write this. Would like to see either of them win this week and both of them get a major this year. Watching this tournament does involve a bit of drooling as Augusta National is a course I would love to get to play someday, though it is an impratical dream to be sure. There are a few other courses I would like to see, or see again, that I can actually get to and play. If you had to name a couple of courses that you would really want to play, what would they be? Cheers, Guy. Looking forward to an exciting tournament. Probably Augusta and Cypress Point
Stage fright
Ben
Northern Canada

8th April 2016

Hey Guy, do you or any members of the band suffer from any degree of stage fright? If so what do you do about it? Thanks. Not really but there are always nerves on the first night
Happy day
Elin Nordli
Oslo

8th April 2016

O happy day. The Altamira soundtrack cd will soon be in my mailbox AND I have a job for the summer! Have a nice weekend everybody! Congratulations on both counts
Advice - Follow Up
David Gray
London

7th April 2016

Okay. Thanks Guy for that answer. It will be a bit of a radical departure for us should we go for it but, as they say fortune favours the brave (or the foolhardy).....Keep busy! Best David
Altamira strings
nico de cadi

7th April 2016

Hi Guy, congratulations for your work in Altamira. Are strings of the new soundtrack are real instruments? or VTS . or a mixture. You play strings with keys? Thanks I played everything using samples and then it was recorded with string players
Altamira
Markus S
Germany

7th April 2016

Altamira is a very beautiful soundtrack. Is it a real (string)-orchestra? And if so, how many musicians play in the orchestra? The line-up was 11-4-4-1. Violins, Violas, Celli, Bass
Altamira
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris

7th April 2016

Hello Guy, it's not a question that you're able to answer to but I just want to say that just by listening and looking at the You Tube trailer posted recently I really am so thrilled by the movie Altamira. So I guess I'll have to wait and see when it'll come out in France and it's only written that it'll be soon.. Congratulations on the beautiful work you made with Mr Mark Knopfler on this soundtrack... Greetings from Paris.. Merci
Skydiver riff
Benoit Richard
Paris, France

6th April 2016

Hello Guy, a question for you which I also tried to send to Mark (but don't know if it reached him) about the intro and riff of Skydiver on Tracker record. It is very similar to the one played by Waylon Jennings in "Only Daddy that'll walk the line". I believe this music was originally composed by Ivy J. Bryant in 1968 or 69. But the riff is something like an octave down when played by Mark. Do you know if Skydiver riff is linked or not to "only daddy" riff ? Did Mark used it voluntarily ? Have a nice day. Benoit The two intro's are completely different in key, swing, notes. The only similarity is that the are both descending guitar lines which have been used in popular music a million times since the advent of the electric guitar. How could they possibly be 'linked'? Did Mark play it voluntarily? Well, he wrote it so I guess, yes. Really people.
Advice
David Gray
London

6th April 2016

It's a little late now and I should go to bed but any thoughts appreciated on how I should introduce this song to a band (I'm in) to cover. It's a great song but needs the correct approach. Should I break the song down into sections? We have Vox (no good here), guitar * 2, bass, drums and accordion (digital). Anyway, enjoy if you love Manual Gaban who is ably assisted by Ry Cooder. Happy Wednesday! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Well, play it to them and ask them to learn it. It's really down to your players as to how they interpret it.
More experimental stuff
Thomas

6th April 2016

Hi Doc, Really enjoy the Altamira soundtrack. Evelyn's work is just mind-blowing, and it¨s really nice to hear Mark "stretch out" a little on the guitar again. Not suggesting anything - as it's a futile endeavour - but I'd love an MK solo album that's more experimental in nature. By the way, do you like Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarseth, etc.? I find this stuff very fascinating. Take care. https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Thanks. Nice
Me again...sorry
Gary Langridge
Whitstable, Kent, UK

6th April 2016

Good afternoon Guy. Now then, looking at the history, MK releases an album and then tours roughly every 2 years. So, do tell...will this trend continue? I know you're not going to say anything but it was worth asking. I have only ever been to one concert (last year London O2)and I need more. Maybe the RAH could be advertised 1st as that would have been my 1st choice. The O2 came up so I had to go for it and made a week of it and loved the whole experience. We drank at the Mawson Arms, got refused into BG...but the music was priceless and something I will never forget. Many thanks you're right
Altamira
Abel López
Santander (Cantabria)

6th April 2016

Hi Doc!. I´ve seen Altamira last weekend, is a great movie about my homeland, Cantabria, so touching film and amazing music!! Great job done !! Mark´s guitar, beauty melodies, love it. Thanks to Mark, Guy and Evelyn. Cool
Altamira
Wes Leurs
The Netherlands

6th April 2016

Hey guy, I just wanted to congratulate you on the Altamira soundtrack. There are some beautiful melodies on it. And great job on the tracks with Evelyn. You surely made it sound very interesting. Thanks

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