DIRE STREETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dire Streets are fronted by John Brunsdon, a lifelong guitar picker and admirer of Mark Knopfler’s unique style of playing. In 2009 John formed the band after meeting drummer Dik Chandler who has played with several leading tribute acts such as Wholelottaled and Are You Experienced. It took quite some time to source the quality line-up of musicians but the audience’s reaction to Dire Streets performances so far have been very positive. John Brunsdon says “it’s very important that we play a good mix of the hits that everyone will recognise as well as some lesser known album tracks for the real aficionados, we want everyone to be included and have a good time!”

 

The bands set include shorter songs from the early era such as ‘Lady Writer’ right through to complex anthems such as ‘Telegraph Road’. No night would be complete without ‘Sultans of Swing’ which gets a special rendition over 12 minutes long! Dire Streets make no attempt to look like the original so no headbands and pink suits! Just brilliant guitar playing and songs skilfully arranged with the enthusiasm, attention to detail and respect they deserve.

An owner of a club where the band appeared at recently remarked

“At last! A decent tribute to Dire Straits”

 

Dire Straits were one of the major guitar based bands of the late 70s. Despite forming at the height of Punk, front man Mark Knopfler’s distinctive guitar picking style gave the band an alternative and instantly recognisable sound. The Band reached its peak in the mid 80s playing larger venues including a memorable slot at Live Aid. So far record sales have reached over 100 million worldwide and Knopfler is still regarded as one of the finest guitarists and songwriters this country has produced.

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