By: Val
Category: General discussion

February 10, 2017

Hi Guy, Did you go to Transatlantic Sessions this year? I was at The Sage, Gateshead and, as usual, the folkie boys were fantastic, but apart from them, one of the highlights for me was a song from John Paul White called “I Want To Make You Cry”. It was so haunting and I can’t get it out of my head yet! Cheers, Val.

I'm afraid not, I'm sure it was great

By: Japanstrat
Category: General discussion

February 10, 2017

Hi Guy mt today’s question is do you remember a funny moment with Mark and the band that happened live or in studio? If yes could you tell us what happened?
Thanks

Sure, once Jim Cox decided the track needed the dustbin on it, so we set about mic'ing it up and he played it. The rest of us wanted to go to the pub. It made it on the record. That was on Privateering I recall.

By: Erwin
Category: Tour

February 9, 2017

Guy, if anything goes as planned in the studio this year can we assume that there will be a new tour in 2018?

You know I cannot say and besides, one shouldn't assume such things

By: loborome
Category: Guy Fletcher

February 8, 2017

Speaking of New Age Bongo albums, I sleep like a baby when I hear your sensitive fingers on this cut.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZMwLBfkHIs

Charmed, I think proper percussionists have a good laugh when they see this.

By: Japanstrat
Category: Gear

February 8, 2017

Hello Doc, I was asking myself if Mark has all the guitars that are captured in the old Dire Straits videos and if he uses them sometimes in the new albums. I refer in particular to the white strat with tortoise pickguard (the bug) the black steinberger gl2 and the old lake placid blue fernandes (pictures during the infidels album with Bob Dylan). Thank you in advance

Yes, every now and then, they come out of their cases.

By: PB
Category: Miscellaneous

February 7, 2017

Hi Guy, I have just noticed that Mark made available a Spotify playlist with Bap Kennedy’s “The Sailor’s Revenge”.
Out of curiosity I played the whole album and loved it so much I bought it.
I also read Bap’s heartrending blog. Wow.
Can you tell me which members of the band played on that album please?

Yes, it was Ian Thomas, Glenn Worf, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Myself and Mark. Also on the album are Jerry Douglas and James Walbourne.... RIP Bap.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Guy Fletcher

February 6, 2017

Hello again, Doc.
I made some Telex comunications and, at this time, there is no more secrets around the ‘new project’.
The album named ‘New horizon’ will a Duet with Mr. Bob Dylan with MK playng bass alongside GF on the drums.

Sorry, but its too much secret to keep it for myself only. 🙂

Close, it's actually a meditation techniques experimental new age bongos album featuring amongst others Meghan Trainor, Justin Beiber and Morrissey..all on bongos. The game's up.

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Gear

February 6, 2017

Hi Doc.
We know that the Signature LP will be heard at the new album.
There will be some ‘new old gear’ or any other instrument not used for a long time that come, again, to life?
Again, sorry my poor engilsh.

In this studio, golden oldies are often resurrected.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

February 6, 2017

Hi Doc. You say that this secrecy is “normal procedure”… Until now everytime MK was recording an album or film score you told us about it and you did a diary more or less at the same time that recordings were taking place. Now you say that you can’t talk about it, there is not any recording diary, not any information, and mentions that you have to be quiet about it… that is not the usual procedure for us when you are not allowed to say anything or to set up a diary, that´s the reason why we keep asking about this “secret project”, because it´s the first time since you started with the recording diaries (2002, with the Ragpickers Dream recording sessions diary…) that you can’t tell us anything…
That´s also the reason why we think it might be something special, not just a regular MK record (there was a mini diary, or a mention to it, even for the Emmylou Harris recording…)…
Anyway, we stick to your “Soon I’m sure there will be an announcement” with all the patiente we could, LOL
Ps/ Come one, a little teaser! 😉

You said it

By: Val
Category: General discussion

February 4, 2017

Thanks, Guy – I know you would if you could – we will just have to be patient!

By: Val
Category: Competition

February 3, 2017

Hi Guy, If it’s just the normal procedure in the studio and not a secret, why are there no diaries and pictures to keep us informed as with previous albums etc? It all seems so mysterious to say the least. I hope all is going well and to plan, anyway. The suspense is killing! Cheers, Val.

All is going very well but I am obliged to not say anything at this point.

By: Julio
Category: Miscellaneous

February 3, 2017

Just wondering how early starts a daily recording session when working in the BG studio with MK in a project like this one…

same as usual

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Guy Fletcher

February 3, 2017

Hi Doc.
I want to thank you for keeping ‘the secret’ around the new projects.
I a world full of spoilers, you guys keep the curiosity about almost everything. And this it is great.
The reward after ‘those secrets’ is fantastic.
Sorry my poor english and never stop keepping secrets.
The reward after those secrets are much more aprecciated.

It's not a secret per-se, just the normal procedure.

By: Tom
Category: General discussion

January 31, 2017

Hi Doc. Listening to Paul Simon’s latest album now. Very interesting indeed! As is his previous album, So Beautiful or So What. Love it when artists of his stature and age keep on exploring and innovating. As much as I admire the quality and consistency of Mark’s albums, I honestly hope he will “break the mold” for the next one. He sho’ can’t blame age or limited resources …

We are always looking for new sounds, ideas, directions, whatever brings these songs to life.

By: Terri Shawn
Category: Competition

January 30, 2017

Hello Guy, I really enjoyed the video clip shared by Borja of John Illsey’s session. Of course I know you and JI, could you tell me who are the other band members? I think I recognize some, but don’t want to guess.
On a more annoying note, I have been keeping tabs on your hints as to the new project with MK. I just want it on the record that I believe your comments a bit ago “Playtime Deluxe is not a clue” (sadly), and “we had an interesting evening at Bill Wyman’s 80th” are majorly important. So, in an even more annoying observation, it must be Van Morrison. LOL. Thanks for being patient with us foolish folks.

In John's band that day were Phil Palmer, Robbie McIntosh and Simon Johnson (on guitars), myself and Steve Smith (keys), John's 2 daughters Jess and Didi on bv's and Paul Beavis on drums.

By: Borja
Category: Miscellaneous

January 30, 2017

Hi Guy!

Have you ever considered doing something like this with MK at British Grove ?
It would be awesome!

looking forward to reading good news soon.

Have a nice day!

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hV27W4kAGg

I'm sure we'll do something like that sometime soon

By: Mike Child
Category: General discussion

January 30, 2017

I was really sorry to read that you missed the Paul Simon show. Public transport here in Britain is a joke. I was lucky enough to see Paul in Bournemouth at the BIC last year, having seen him with Sting on their brilliant On Stage Together tour at the O2 in 2015. He is still on top form – the voice has hardly changed, and he still plays around 30 songs a night. His last few albums have shown that he is as progressive a songwriter now as he ever was. I hear he's looking at calling it a day after this tour, which would be a shame considering that he is clearly still more than capable of doing the business.

By: Erwin
Category: Competition

January 30, 2017

You missed the concert of Paul Simon. That Is sad news. Saw him in Brussels last year, it was great. He also has a great band i must say!! What do you think of his latest album?

fabulous

By: Gary Whits
Category: General discussion

January 29, 2017

Thanks for info about pub. I have been searching but cannot find a post you put on here about headphones. Many diaries are missing. I own Sennheiser HD650 headphones and to be honest, I am not impressed. I paid quite a bit but they don’t cut it. You mentioned some Sony headphones but I can’t find the post or diary post. Can you enlighten ?

They were Sony MDR-7520 headphones but unfortunately, due to moronic health and safety legislation, they have been discontinued. 'Too loud' they said. Not loud enough by far for most modern drummers I hasten to reply. Seriously, they are no louder than most headphones, just a lot clearer.

By: Gary Whits
Category: General discussion

January 29, 2017

Hi Guy, re Mawson Arms. Why is there a sign outside saying Fox & Hounds also. I meant to ask when I was there in October but forgot

It's because it used to be two separate pubs, they just kept it as a typical piece of British quirkiness.