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Author Topic: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow  (Read 1399 times)

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Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« on: August 08, 2019, 02:56:21 pm »
As an ex Cornwall (Kernow) resident, I'm trying to research the gig on Christmas eve in Penzance that Mark mentions as per 'Matchstick Man'
However no such luck yet but I've come across a poster from 'Brewers droop' gig in Truro, Cornwall in August 1971 in which a 22 year old Mark Knopfler and his brother played.
Incidentally also at the festival was Queen!

From the Cornwall Live article:

6. TREGYE FESTIVAL, CARNON DOWNS, 1971

A festival in Carnon Downs? Don't be so ridiculous, but it did happen. Among those on the bill were Arthur Brown, Hawkwind (regulars in Cornwall, with and without Lemmy) and right near the bottom, a returning Queen.

The delightfully named Brewers Droop even featured a young Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame.

A point that bugs me is MK saying that Penzance is as far south of the UK you can go, well that's incorrect as Lizard point, Cornwall is at the southernmost point of the UK..
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2019, 03:11:09 pm »
Imagine trying to get away with a poster like that these days!!! I doubt Mark was meant to be geographically accurate, more just to give the impression of distance of his travel.
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2019, 03:16:10 pm »
Hahaha, nice all the same though!! Wouldn't get away with it now...
No agreed with regards the geography but it's just a bit annoying!

So 477 Miles from Penzance to Newcastle it is..

For the best route in current traffic visit https://maps.app.goo.gl/mAwmC11afLiCAHVw5
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019, 03:20:30 pm »
Nice poster!  Inspiration for Kingdom Come perhaps?  Anyway, nice detective work.
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019, 04:09:42 pm »
Nice poster!  Inspiration for Kingdom Come perhaps?  Anyway, nice detective work.

The research continues.....
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019, 05:15:21 pm »
Doesn‘t he always talk about Christmas Eve and a lot of snow?

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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2019, 01:05:04 pm »
Was he in Brewer's Droop that early?
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2019, 08:58:44 pm »
Was he in Brewer's Droop that early?

I took it that he played from 1973, but the report from the 1971 gig at Truro suggests he played in August 1971...
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 02:44:22 pm »
Here 1975

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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2019, 03:42:38 pm »
Here 1975


You should show that photo to David Knopfler on Facebook.

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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 03:50:44 pm »
I should ask him for permission (?)  :think
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2019, 05:10:28 pm »
I should ask him for permission (?)  :think


No, maybe has some comments about the gig.

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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2019, 05:31:26 pm »
A good idea:)

I once asked him when was the first DS concert. He responded quickly:)
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Re: Mark Knopfler - early days in Kernow
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2019, 09:57:06 pm »
Weird seeing maps of Cornwall where I live and work on this site, nice research
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