THE NOTTING HILLBILLIES 1990 - 1996
Besides the succesful album and tour in 1990, The Notting Hillbillies played a few special concerts between 1990 and 1996. On Saturday 3rd July 1993, Mark Knopfler, Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips did a charity gig at the Town & Country Club in Leeds. The concert was a charity show for Kirkstall Valley Campaign and the three men played a very interesting acoustic set of 19 songs. A few days later The Notting Hillbillies did another charity concert for the Swan Hunter shipyard. Guy Fletcher was not available that day and instead Alan Clark played keyboards. A soundboard recording was made of this show, but was never officially released. In 1994, another one-off charity show was played at the Grosvenor House Hotel. And in 1996, The Notting Hillbillies played a one-off show at Mosimann's. It was a private show for Renault with just 80 seats of £200 per ticket. Most likely also a charity show. And in September 1996, another charity concert was played in Sheffield.
Official recordings made during these years
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??.02.1990 Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, UK
Early February 1990 – Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker and Marcus Cliffe, perform the first ever Notting Hillbillies gig when they play a short set at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London. The show, compared by actor Richard Gere, was a fund-raising event on behalf of Amnesty International. Among those on the bill were Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Mark is talked into appearing on their TV show. That performance was broadcasted later that year on 19th April 1990.
03.07.1993 Town & Country Club Leeds UK
Mark Knopfler, Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips play an acoustic benefit gig at the Town & Country Club on behalf of the Kirkstall Valley Association:
06.07.1993 City Hall Newcastle UK
The Notting Hillbillies, with Alan Clark on keyboards, open the ‘Swan Hunter Benefit Concert’ at Newcastle’s City Hall:
03.07.1994 Grosvenor House Hotel London UK (charity gig)
In 1994, The Notting Hillbillies
played another charity show called The Concert For Life.
It was a one-off charity concert to raise money for "The Anthony Nolan bone marrow trust" and "The Sue Harris bone marrow campaign":
07.02.1996 Mosimann's Restaurant, London, UK (private show)
29.09.1996 Charity gig on board the new Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner. Surprisingly, there was no PA provided.
30.09.1996 City Hall Sheffield UK
A charity concert at
City Hall, Sheffield, 30th
This charity concert was
for the Freshfields and The Michael Elliott Trust.
There was also a prize draw held at the concert, see here one of the original raffle lots:
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