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David Knopfler Plays Live at Farncombe, Friday May 27

Published on: 13 May, 2016
Updated on: 14 May, 2016

Founder member of Dire Straits, David Knopfler, appears at St John’s Church in Farncombe on Friday May 27 with his playing partner Harry Bogdanovs.

Born in Glasgow, David grew up in Newcastle upon tyne. With a guitar, a piano, and a drum kit by age 11, it’s not surprising to find he’s mastered many of the instruments he uses on his recordings.

David Knopfler is to play at St John's Church in Farncombe.

David Knopfler is to play at St John’s Church in Farncombe.

By the age of 14, David was performing his own songs in folk clubs.

In 1977 David founded Dire Straits, and with brother Mark recorded three albums, touring the stadium circuit extensively, before resigning to follow his own path as an independent singer-songwriter.

“In the Straits I learned how to translate the intimate from the bedroom to the arena.” David said.

For more than three decades he’s faithfully pursued his musical vision, writing and producing his own music on over a dozen solo CDs to date, writing underscores for television and movies, and authoring a Bluffer’s Guide and a book of poetry along the way.

David Knopfler.

He said: “I’m committed to what I do and to everyone feeling fulfilled by what we create together. I believe inevitably our solidarity as artists communicates positively in the work, whatever the project.”

Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art. While he’s enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, he’s managed to keep a profile so low as to be almost invisible in his home country.

An occasional panelist at music conventions and a lifelong supporter of organisations like Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Reprieve, he is more prone to sending a cheque than using charities to further his own publicity.

He lives quietly in the English countryside with his family, notching up an impressive list of writing credits.

David added: “I don’t regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write and record music because I completely love doing it, despite any so called ‘celebrity status’ that sometimes attaches itself to the job.”

Tickets cost £16 advance or £19 door. Tickets for this show are available online from Eventim and WeGotTickets.

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