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The Straits !

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     Sunday 1st April 2012 at 7.45pm  


Beau Sejour, Sir John Loveridge hall 








Ticket prices £45.00 cash or cheques only


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 The Straits (basically The Dire Straits but without Mark!) are now bringing back to life the original band’s catalogue of music live on stage. This is no tribute act as in the genial Alan Clark on keyboards, the splendid Chris White on saxophone and guitarist Phil Palmer, The Straits feature three members who played in Dire Straits.


Following an amazing debut show at the Royal Albert Hall, and the subsequent public demand to hear the bands much loved catalogue of great songs; Alan Clark, Chris White & Phil Palmer from Dire Straits ,have just completed a successful 14 date UK and European tour with their new band “ The Straits “ .


Former Dire Straits members are joined by world class musicians Steve Ferrone, Terence Reis, Mick Feat and Jamie Squire perform the band's greatest hits.   



The upcoming European tour is a direct result of the overwhelming demand to hear the band’s much loved catalogue of unforgettable songs. The Straits will perform songs from the classic albums Dire Straits (1978), Communiqué (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love Over Gold (1982), Brothers In Arms (1985) and On Every Street (1991). Expect to hear all the classics including Money For Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, Romeo and Juliet, Brothers in Arms, Private Investigations, Solid Rock, Tunnel of Love, and many more.   




The  Band 

Alan Clark joined Dire Straits in 1980 as their first keyboard player and played a significant part in their transformation into one of the world’s biggest bands. Acknowledged by his fellow band members as Dire Straits' unofficial musical director, he co-produced the band’s last studio album On Every Street. Alan has played and recorded with many other high profile artists including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and the Bee Gees.


Chris White provided and is best known for his saxophone sound with Dire Straits. His work with the band included the “Brothers in Arms” and “ On Every Street” World Tours, the "On Every Street" and "On The Night" albums, and the legendary "Live Aid" and "Mandela" concerts. More recently, Chris has performed on two of Mark Knopfler's solo albums. Outside of this association, he has recorded and performed live with many great artists, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Robbie Williams.


Phil Palmer joined Dire Straits for their On Every Street tour, having come to their attention after quietly and consistently building a career out of playing tasteful, intelligent and musical guitar with a long list of well known artists that includes Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sting, Roger Daltry, Take That, Wishbone Ash and producer Trevor Horn. As a result, Phil is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost session musicians.


Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Terence Reis grew up playing the guitar in the idiosyncratic style of the local finger picking street musicians. Terence was handpicked as the front man for The Straits for his voice, which has elements of Knopfler, JJ Cale and Steve Earle, and his guitar technique that’s remarkably similar to Knopfler’s own.


Steve Ferrone is acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s greatest drummers and first came to the world’s attention with The Average White Band. He has also played with a long list of high profile acts including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Quincy Jones.


Mick Feat is an internationally renowned bassist and has worked with many different artists including Mark Knopfler, Art Garfunkel and David Gilmour.


Jamie Squire is at 24 the youngest in The Straits line up. Jamie is a highly accomplished keyboard player , singer and song writer. He is a great addition to the band!   




 Warm up for this concert will be Jon Allen




“Evocative of Dylan, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake…Exemplary” Uncut

“One of the most amazing voices I’ve heard this year” Jools Holland

“Wonderfully mellow finger picking country blues…” Classic Rock


‘The new Dylan’ has been the tag line hung like a noose around the neck of many an emerging male solo artist down the years, the female equivalent being ‘the new Joni Mitchell’. More often than not the Dylan label is misleading because artists for whom it is applied bear at best a passing artistic connection to Bob Dylan and at worst no connection whatsoever.

For fear of falling into the aforementioned trap perhaps this headline of this press release should read ‘Jon Allen. Not the new Dylan’! For a start he’s a lot taller (6.1”). He’s British and has a voice more like Rod Stewert’s than Dylan’s. (That’s the credible, Faces/first few solo album’s Rod. The best white male soul singer these isles have ever produced Rod. Did I hear someone shout ‘What about Mick Hucknall?’ No, I didn’t think so). Even though Dylan the man is short, his shoes are big and hard to fill. Without loading Allen down with the heavy Dylan mantle that has crushed so many with the weight of expectation unfulfilled it can be said without hyperbole that his music shares a natural connection with Dylan’s in its lyrical and melodic approach.

Also Allen’s new album ‘Sweet Defeat’ might just be his ‘Blood On The Tracks’. Like Dylan’s 1974 classic it’s a break up record. Far from being a purely melancholic offering it expresses the full range of emotions that love elicits from the heady abandon of the first flush of romance to the sadness and regret of love lost and hope obscured. Recorded with the same producer and group of musicians who contributed to his acclaimed debut album ‘Dead Man’s Suit’, ‘Sweet Defeat’ is an eleven-song collection that displays the maturity and cohesiveness of an artist growing in confidence. It builds on acoustic foundations, ranging from solo finger picked songs to the album’s title track, an upbeat number complete with a brass section that conjures up memories of Van Morrison at his soulful best.


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