Keeping the music alive

The Dire Straits Experience
The Dire Straits Experience

Chris White admits he loves the music of Dire Straits so much he’d be happy to play it at home, but is thrilled there’s an audience to share it with.

Saxophonist Chris joined Dire Straits in 1985 performing with the band at the likes of Live Aid and Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Concert.

Dire Straits may have split up 20 years ago, but Chris is keeping their music alive as he brings the Dire Straits Expereince to Motherwell Concert Hall on Sunday, April 26.

Chris said: “It actually started three years ago when I joined (former Dire Straits members) Alan Clark and Phil Palmer for a project called The Straits for a charity gig, which ended up doing 150 shows around the world.

“That came to an end, however we were invited to tour Australia and New Zealand, so I reunited with Terrence Reis, who had fronted The Straits and some wonderful musicians I had played with over the years.

“I spoke to Mark Knopfler about it some years ago, he was happy for us to do it and has never suggested he has any issue with it.

“This is a particularly good year to be touring as 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Brothers in Arms.

“I still love the songs myself, I get a real buzz out of playing them and would be happy playing them in the house, but it is great there is an audience out there who wants us to perform and we are doing it for them.

“It is a way to keep the music alive, there will be many people who have come across Dire Straits since the band split up and will never have the opportunity to see them live, but hopefully this is the next best thing.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £22.50 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visiting Culture NL