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Mark Knopfler and Band 2015

saving Mark Knopfler in Austin – Sept 25, 2015 The Tracker Tour

The Moody Theatre is small enough that it felt like the band was playing in my living room. Mark Knopfler’s charisma could be felt all the way across that theatre. From the moment he stepped on the stage with his guitar, the air became charged with energy, warmth and soul. The band is at such ease, there is a personal feeling to every song. By all rights the place should now be roofless because the talent on that stage built into a near explosion. Knopfler and his band always take music to a whole new level.

I’m pretty sure John McCusker is either an elf or a leprechaun the way he dances and plays that fiddle. He can’t possibly be a mere human to play like that. His talent all by itself was enough to cause the entire theatre to hold its breath hoping to somehow cling to each flawless note.

And the Irish bagpipes!!! Is there anything Michael McGoldrick can’t do??? When he played the pipes on Father and Son it resonated like droplets of water against your skin. McCusker and McGoldrick together on various wind instruments just made those whistles scream.

It was wonderful to hear Guy Fletcher singing background and harmonies and see him play the guitar. I knew he played, but had never had the chance to witness it. Told husband I fully expected him to emulate Guy Fletcher and start playing guitar and then reach over to play the keyboard when needed. WOW. (Husband does not need to wear shirts like Guy. I mean, sure, they are colorful, but they look like Guy took them out of the bin from that lady at the end of the block, the one who wears housecoats out on the porch.)

Ian Thomas never missed a beat. Worked those drums like he was part of them. He played so fast and hard one of the sticks went flying–one-handed the guy can still outplay entire bands.

I didn’t know Jim Cox played accordion and wished I’d figured it out much sooner. And background singing too! His piano playing is the stuff of legends.

Who knew the sound of a sax could be so haunting? Nigel Hitchcock’s was simply divine with a sound that went right through you, came back, hit you again and left you on fire.

Glenn Worf and Mark play together like they’ve been playing together their entire lives. I couldn’t believe the size of that upright bass. I’ve never been that close to one. Glenn wears a cool facade as if he is an undercover agent on stage with instructions to make sure every single person stays in perfect rhythm. Nerves of steel; the coolest of the cool dudes. He and McCusker did a bass/violin duet during Marbletown that gave creativity a whole new name.

I thought the guy sitting next to me was going to cry during Romeo and Juliet. Left us completely slack-jawed. If we’d had socks on, the music would have blown them right off.

Richard Bennett on guitar and every other stringed instrument– he often refers to himself as a second banana, but the guy is an entire fruit salad doused in rich chocolate and caramel.

Mark Knopfler and the entire band didn’t just play, they wove a magic so special it is now permanently in our hearts. The soul of music came alive and danced. Mark writes great stories and then lets the music take over and become so much more every time he and his special band plays.

Thanks for a great night! Every man put on an incredibly amazing show.

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Posted: September 27, 2015
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