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Monday, November 20, 2017


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

Rhumbelow Theatre will present TRIBUTE TO “DIRE STRAITS” by The Reals - Barry Thomson , Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew and and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt – at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg on November 20.

Back by popular demand, the Reals will pay tribute to the music of Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits.

Dire Straits was a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar) and his younger brother David Knopfler. Their 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 Investigation and Money for Nothing.

Presented by Rhumbelow Theatre, Tribute To “Dire Straits” has one performance on November 25 at 20h00.  (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner). Tickets R150 (R120 pensioners & block bookings of 8 or more). Bring food picnic baskets and a bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking.

Booking is through Linda Laubscher on 033-342 9878 or email:

The Allan Wilson Shellhole is situated at 5 Durban Road in Pietermaritzburg