Mark Knopfler Concert, London

Mark Knopfler Concert in aid of Tusk

Legendary singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler put on a fantastic performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 30th May 2013 with proceeds from the event going to Tusk. Promoting his new solo album, Privateering, this concert was part of his huge European tour - taking in more than 25 countries.

The venue was sold out with the official Mark Knopfler fan club much in evidence, along with thirty Tusk volunteers sporting bright red Tusk sashes plus over sixty Tusk patrons, friends and supporters filling the stalls. Tusk benefitted from the extraordinary support of Deborah Meaden who took on the challenge of addressing over 5,000 concert-goers about Tusk's work.

The unanimous feedback rated the concert as outstanding, with extraordinarily gifted musicians joining Mark on stage (see below). The encores almost raised the roof, rounding off a memorable evening.

As the concert-goers retreated from the Royal Albert Hall, a band of thirty cheerful volunteers were installed at the exits with Tusk buckets ready to accept donations from one and all. Tusk would like to say a huge thank you to every one of the wonderful Tusk volunteers.

Very special thanks also go to Deborah Meaden for her tremendous contribution.

Tusk would like to record sincere thanks to Mark Knopfler and Paul Crockford Management Ltd for their generosity in supporting Tusk.

Privateering

The variety of instruments and the move towards a more traditional folk and country genre displayed at the concert reflected Mark's seventh solo album, Privateering, released in September 2012. Knopfler tested numerous guitars from his collection in search of the right sound for each song.

In the recording studio, the band included Guy Fletcher, Glenn Worf (bass), Richard Bennett (guitars, bouzouki, and tiple), and Jim Cox (piano, organ), as well as Ian Thomas (drums) , this core group was later joined by folk musicians John McCusker (fiddle, cittern), Michael McGoldrick (whistles, uilleann pipes), and Phil Cunningham (accordion), with Paul Franklin (pedal steel guitar) ad two additional guest musicians, Tim O'Brian (mandolin) and Kim Wilson (harp). The final recording session was on 7 December 2011. In February, Ruth Moody from the Wailin' Jennys was invited to sing some backing vocals and she also performed as the support act on the night.

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