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The Straits

“The unique sound of classic Dire Straits… from…The Straits” Daily Express

Following an amazing debut show at the Royal Albert Hall, The Straits – former Dire Straits members Alan Clark and Chris White plus world class musicians Steve Ferrone, Terence Reis, Adam Phillips, Mick Feat and Jamie Squire – have gone from strength to strength, performing Dire Straits’ Greatest Hits all over Europe.  Former by former members of Dire Straits because of the substantial demand to hear the band’s much loved catalogue of great songs, The Straits completed an amazing 14 date UK & European tour last Autumn, wowed audiences at the Volvo Great Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi in January, and have just returned from another successful European tour.

Alan Clark joined Dire Straits in 1980 as their first keyboard player and played a significant part thereafter in their transformation into one of the world’s biggest bands. Acknowledged by his fellow band members as Dire Straits’ unofficial musical director – he co-produced their last studio album ‘On Every Street’ – he has also played and recorded with many other artists including a four year stint in Eric Clapton’s band, two Bob Dylan albums, Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’ record (and her musical director), and the Bee Gees’ hugely successful ‘Still Water’ album.

Chris White is best known for his saxophone work with Dire Straits including the ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘On Every Street’ World Tours, the ‘On Every Street’ and ‘On The Night’ albums, and the legendary ‘Live Aid’ and ‘Mandela’ concerts.  More recently, Chris has performed on two of Mark Knopfler’s solo albums.  Outside of this association, he has also performed and recorded with a long list of other artists, which includes Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Robbie Williams.

Originally from Maputo, Mozambique, Terence Reis grew up playing guitar in the idiosyncratic style of the local finger picking street musicians, which is remarkably similar to Mark Knopfler’s. He is a superb guitarist, but it was his voice that first attracted the attention of The Straits, which has elements of Knopfler while remaining unique to him.

Acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s greatest drummers, Steve Ferrone has been a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the past 18 years and has played with a huge list of high profile acts including The Average White Band, Eric Clapton and Quincy Jones.

Adam Phillips moved to London in the early nineties and began playing with veteran singer songwriter Tom Robinson.  Since then, Adam has worked in the studio or touring with a wide variety of artists including Cher, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Richard Ashcroft, James Morrison, Hamish Stuart and Enrique Iglesias.

Mick Feat is an internationally renowned bassist whose work includes being the in-house bass player at Island Records and recording and touring with a host of artists including Mark Knopfler, Art Garfunkel, Van Morrison, and David Gilmour.

Jamie Squire, the youngest in The Straits line up at 24 years, is a highly accomplished keyboard player, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, with a voice that will one day surely make him a star in his own right.