Playing a mixture of new and old material
Jo Dodge

12:08 27th May 2015

Multiple Grammy award-winner Mark Knopfler returned to the Royal Albert Hall following the release of his forthcoming eighth studio album, 'Tracker'.

He performed with a seven piece band: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), and Ian Thomas (drums).

His set was a mixture of new and old material, and Knopfler said he was sure to include some of his hits, "the thing about the old Straits songs is that these things are signposts for people's lives. Obviously I'll play things differently here and there to keep it alive and meaningful to me, and away from a cabaret thing ... I like playing the old songs, I wrote them and people like to hear them, it's as simple as that".

The set list:
Broken Bones
Corned Beef City
Privateering
Father and Son
Hill Farmer's Blues
Skydiver (with Ruth Moody on backing vocals)
Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes
I Used to Could (Nigel Hitchcock on sax)
Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits song) (Nigel Hitchcock on sax)
Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits song)
Mighty Man
Postcards from Paraguay
Marbletown
Speedway at Nazareth
Telegraph Road (Dire Straits song)

Encore:
So Far Away (Dire Straits song)
Wherever I Go (with Ruth Moody on vocals and… more )
Going Home: Theme from Local Hero (Nigel Hitchcock on sax)

  •   Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  •  Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  •   Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  •  Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

  • Mark Knopfler performing at The Royal Albert Hall

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Photo: Alexia Arrizabalaga