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28 July 2011

The Straits (The Sound of Dire Straits) Tour UK This October

By Nancy Woo

"The unique sound of classic Dire Straits from the
next best thing ... The Straits"
Daily Express

Dire Straits fans take note: a partial reformation of the legendary rock band will be touring the UK in October as The Straits, featuring three of the original band members and other high-profile session musicians. The "Sound of Dire Straits" tour this autumn will consist of 11 different dates to follow the group's May 2011 debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall, a powerful rock concert that created a high demand for more live performances of the much-loved catalogue of Dire Straits songs.

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The Straits will be playing songs from the albums Dire Straits (1978), Communiqué (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love Over Gold (1982), Brothers In Arms (1985) and On Every Street (1991), including hits like "Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love" and "Money for Nothing."

The original "Sultans of Swing" Alan Clark (keyboards), Phil Palmer (guitar) and Chris White (saxophone) are putting a new spin on their act and joining with four other musicians to recreate the original magic of Dire Straits for the audiences of tomorrow. They will be joined by Terence Reis on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Ferrone on drums, Mick Feat on bass and Jamie Squire on keyboards.

The Straits - Official Band Biographies

Alan Clark (Keyboards)
Alan 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. Visit Alan Clark’s official website -

Phil Palmer (Guitar)
Phil 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.

Chris White (Saxophone)
Chris White's first real break in the music industry came in 1981 when he was asked to play on Nick Heyward's album "North of a Miracle". Following this success, his reputation continued to build. He was asked to play and record with artists such as Paul McCartney, Aztec Camera, The The and Mark Knopfler, the latter leading to what he is best known for - the saxophone sound of Dire Straits. His work with the band included two 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 toured with many artists, including Joe Cocker and Robbie Williams. He is currently also working on material for his second album of original work.

Steve Ferrone (Drums)
Acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s greatest drummers, Steve first came to the world’s attention with The Average White Band and has since played with a long list of high profile acts including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones, Scritti Politti, Chaka Khan and Slash. Steve endorses Gretsch drums, Sabian cymbals and Pro-Mark drumsticks.

Terence Reis (Lead Vocals, Guitar)
Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Terence grew up playing the guitar in the idiosyncratic style of the local finger picking street musicians, which is remarkably similar to that of Mark Knopfler. It was his voice that made him the perfect front man for The Straits, which has elements of Knopfler, JJ Cale and Steve Earle mixed in with his own unmistakable, original sound. An honours graduate at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Arts in Johannesburg, Reis is also an award-winning actor and has starred in several major films while continuing a parallel career as a musician.

Mick Feat (Bass)
Mick is an internationally renowned bassist who began his career as session bassist for Island Records, and has since gone on to work with many artists including Mark Knopfler, Art Garfunkel, David Gilmour, Van Morrison, Tina Turner and Justin Haywood. A master of most string bass instruments, Mick is also a respected composer and singer.

Jamie Squire (Keyboards)
As well as being a fine keyboard player, 24 year-old Jamie is a highly talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, destined to become a star in his own right, having recently signed a recording contract with I.M.Port Records. Jamie is an enthusiastic and ambitious young man who is considered a major asset to the band.

Watch a rehearsal video of "Money for Nothing" here:

For more information, visit the band's website, Facebook or Twitter. Don't miss this classic reunion!


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