Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
Steve Phillips

Guitar, vocals

Brendan Croker

Guitar, vocals

Guy Fletcher

Keyboards, vocals

Paul Franklin

Pedal steel guitar

Marcus Cliffe


Ed Bicknell



The roots of The Notting Hillbillies lie in The Grove pub in Leeds, May 1986. In front of a packed house three old friends - Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker and Mark Knopfler - ran through some blues classics and had a few drinks. At the end of the evening, they split the 1-per-head ticket money three ways - just 22 each. It was the first time the three had played together, but it wasn't to be the last. A couple of years on, and with Dire Straits on ice, Phillips asked Knopfler to produce an album he was making with Croker. Knopfler drafted in Dire Straits' Guy Fletcher to help with the production, and the four-way collaboration slowly blossomed into a full-term project. Taking their name from the location of Knopfler's home studio, The Notting Hillbillies were born. See here a nice picture of Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher at Mark's home studio recording this album in 1989. The record deal, album, promotional video and 1990 tour followed quickly after. Before the start of the tour, the band rehearsed for six weeks at Nomis rehearsal studios, UK. Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell was behind the drums, Paul Franklin joined the band on pedal steel guitar and on several shows in May 1990, Chris White was a guest musician on a couple of songs.
The concert in Lockerbie was a chairty concert. It was organised on behalf of the "Lockerbie Gala & Riding of the Marches" committee for the benefit of the local gala. The 500 tickets sold out straightaway. This concert was deliberately kept low key and not included on any official itinerary so that it could be "sold exclusively to the people of Lockerbie". The show on 17th April was moved from Verbeer Manor to Plaza Leisure Centre in Exeter.

See here for a picture of the band just before their very first show on 2nd April 1990.

Click here, here and here for some great photos of Mark Knopfler during the show in Edinburgh on 26th April 1990. And here another nice picture with his red Schecter Tele and here for a picture with his Pensa-Suhr MK1.


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Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Glasgow (25.04.1990)

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Snape (15.05.1990)

Total concerts played: 42

April 1990

  02.04.1990     Assembly Rooms Tunbridge Wells UK
  03.04.1990     Civic Hall Guildford UK
  04.04.1990     Hexagon Theatre Reading UK
  05.04.1990     Civic Hall Aylesbury UK
  06.04.1990     Corn Exchange Cambridge UK
  07.04.1990     Apollo Theatre Oxford UK
  08.04.1990     Hippodrome Theatre Bristol UK
  09.04.1990     Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone UK
  10.04.1990     Congress Theatre Eastbourne UK
  11.04.1990     Dome Theatre Brighton UK
  12.04.1990     Guildhall Portsmouth UK
  14.04.1990     Guildhall Southampton UK
  15.04.1990     Arts Centre Poole UK
  16.04.1990     The Academy Plymouth UK
  17.04.1990     Plaza Leisure Centre Exeter UK
  18.04.1990     Riviera Centre Torquay UK
  19.04.1990     Leisure Centre Newport UK
  20.04.1990     Apollo Theatre Manchester UK
  21.04.1990     Royal Court Theatre Liverpool UK
  22.04.1990     City Hall Sheffield UK
The Rex Cinema Lockerbie Scotland
  25.04.1990     Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
  26.04.1990     Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh
  27.04.1990     Town Hall Middlesbrough UK
  28.04.1990     University Newcastle UK
  29.04.1990     Opera House York UK
  30.04.1990     City Hall Hull UK

May 1990

  01.05.1990     Ritz Theatre Lincoln UK
  02.05.1990     Astoria Ballroom Leeds UK
  03.05.1990     Astoria Ballroom Leeds UK
  04.05.1990     Assembly Rooms Derby UK
  05.05.1990     University Of East Anglia Norwich UK
  06.05.1990     Town Hall Birmingham UK
  07.05.1990     Festival Hall Corby UK
  08.05.1990     University Of Essex Colchester UK
  09.05.1990     Mean Fiddler London UK
  10.05.1990     Town & Country Club London UK
  11.05.1990     Town & Country Club London UK
  12.05.1990     Town & Country Club London UK
  13.05.1990     Dominion Theatre London UK
  14.05.1990     Dominion Theatre London UK
  15.05.1990     The Maltings Snape UK

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