• Meet the band •




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Steve Turner - “Chris White” - “Saxophone”

Steve Turner has been playing sax professionally for over 20 years and during that time he has toured the world many times over. Headlining Glastonbury more than once and playing all the European Festivals and Stadiums together with the most prestigious venues; the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The o2 arena and Wembley.

Recording albums and receiving Gold Disks, appearing on television shows; Later with Jools Holland, Top Of The Pops, Al Murrays Happy Hour and Strictly Come Dancing. He played sax for Madness for 8 years and has played with many others including Franz Ferdinand, Kylie, Paul McCartney and the Zutons.

His saxophone inspiration came from Chris White – Dire Straits and he has managed to play with him a few times now. Playing Dire Straits songs is one of his Bucket Lists completed.

Find out more about Steve at
www.steveturner.info


Alistair Begg - “John Illsley” - Bass

Alistair Begg is a formidable and versatile talent, since graduating from
BASSTECH in 1995 he has been making a living from playing and teaching bass in various bands in the South of England including EverClare with David. Alistair is one of the few Chapman Stick players in the world, joining the ranks of Tony Levin and Nick Beggs as formidable ‘stickists'.

He has played in Originals bands, Function bands, Tribute bands, Theme bands and countless depping situations, performing pop, funk, soul, rock, metal, prog, latin and jazz, plus a couple of genres best forgotten and at least one that was never named. He has played barns, boats, pubs, parties, clubs and cruises.

Alistair teaches Bass guitar at College and Degree level in Southampton, successfully guiding the next generation of young bass guitarists.

Find out more about Alistair at
www.alistairbeggmusic.co.uk



David Knight - “Mark Knopfler” - Lead Guitar and Vocals

David’s been a full time musician since leaving College at the age of 18, playing for high-street brands and internationally in holiday hotels, as well as opening the Dingle Film Festival in Southern Ireland and Cannes Film Festival in France.

David has a 1
st class honours degree in Performance Industries, is an educated and experienced recording engineer and is a certified Pro Tools Engineer and instructor for Avid.

Alongside performing with Dire Straits;UK, he works as a full time musician and recording engineer, producing local artists at White Room Studios in Southampton, playing weddings and corporate events across the UK with his band EverClare.

Mark Knopfler is David’s inspiration for starting to play the guitar and the opportunity to perform Dire Straits’ music as a tribute to the band is a dream come true.

Find out more about Dave at
www.davephillipsmusic.co.uk







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Alec Heald - “Pick Withers / Terry Williams / Chris Whitten” - Drums

After graduating from University in 2012 with a degree in Popular Music Performance, specialising in Drums, Alec been involved in countless projects around the country. 

From recording and live sessions with young and upcoming artists, private tuition, drumming in high street brand nightclubs, acoustic sets and working with numerous bands on the corporate and event circuits , Alec’s solid feel and creativity behind the kit has solidified him as one of the South coasts most in demand drummers working today.

Find out more about Alec at
www.alechealddrums.com



Rick Benbow - “Alan Clark / Guy Fletcher” - Keyboards and Piano

Rick Benbow is an outstanding veteran of the professional music industry. Following earning his Degree in Music, specialising in Composition, he has touring and production credits that include Jewel and Status Quo as well as a long and established history playing with almost every Pink Floyd tribute band in the English speaking world.

As a educated composer / arranger, Rick has also spent a significant amount of time leading music departments in Universities across the world and still teaches music today.

His musical ability and knowledge with keys and synths allows him to easily interpret the wonderful Clark/Fletcher arrangements as well as replicating the iconic keyboard sounds that song like Money for Nothing would be empty without.

Find out more about Rick at
www.rbenbow.weebly.com





Leon Cave - “David Knopfler / Jack Sonni / Phil Palmer / Hal Lindes)

Leon Cave is a versatile and in-demand multi - instrumentalist based in London.

Currently working with the legendary Status Quo, his instruments include drums, guitar and bass and he has toured extensively worldwide and recorded with a wide range of artists and producers.

Leon is a highly experienced musician playing over a hundred shows each year that include large pop gigs, radio performances, corporate functions and open air festivals.

Leon prides himself on being a fast learner of new material and having the ability to play across all genres of music. He is both creative and loyal to the tradition and stylistic elements of the music. Leon is available for live and studio sessions.

You can find out more about Leon at
www.leoncave.com