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Mark Knopfler, the man who can make a guitar sing like no-one else, put in a thrilling performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night in the second of six gigs at the landmark venue.
The former lead-singer of Dire Straits has embarked on a successful solo career in recent years and during his impressive performance he mixed some stirring new numbers with timeless classics, gripping old and young fans alike.
Even a trapped nerve – which confined the Glasgow-born crooner to a seat for much of the performance – failed to dampen Knopfler’s energy. Backed by a band including renowned wooden- flutist Michael McGoldrick and violinist John McCuskar, the 60 year old played a flawless two-hour set, showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
After enthralling the crowd with his own songs ranging from upbeat folk rifts to mellow ballads, his distinctive gruff voice bellowed out Dire Straits hits Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms and Telegraph Road.
He left to a standing ovation after some of the crowd had surged forward to take in the last few songs at the front of the stage – a perfect end to a bank holiday weekend.
Knopfler will be performing all week at the Royal Albert Hall with his last gig on Friday.