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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


(Barry Thomson,  Dawn Selby, Shaun Dragt, Mali Sewell & Jason Andrew)

Dire Straits was a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar) and his younger brother David Knopfler.

Paying tribute to the music of Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits is ‘The Reals’, comprising guitar maestro Barry Thomson (lead guitar/vocals), Dawn Selby (keyboards/vocals), Mali Sewell (drums/vocals), Jason Andrew (bass guitar/vocals) and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

Dire Straits’ sound was influenced by a variety of musical styles including jazz, folk and blues, and contrasted with the prominence of punk rock during their early years. Their more conventional sound appealed to modern audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s.

Dire Straits' fifth album, Brothers in Arms released in May 1985, was their highest-selling studio album with sales of over 30 million. It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first compact disc to sell a million copies, helping to popularize the CD format. It was one of the first albums recorded on digital equipment and the title track is reported to be the world's first CD single. In August 1986, the song which launched MTV Europe was another Knopfler hit Money for Nothing and featured Sting in a cameo vocal role.

To date, Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums and this show features a selection of their hit songs including, Brothers in Arms, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Private Investigations and Money for Nothing.

Tribute to Dire Straits will performances over two weekends at Rhumbelow Theatre: June 12 and 14 and June 19 to 21 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at18h30. Tickets R120 (R100 pensioners and tables of eight or more for the first weekend).

The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available and there is limited secure parking and A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road and Rhumbelow Pietermaritzburg is in the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg.

Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit