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The Notting Hillbillies est un groupe britannique fondé en 1990 à la frontière de la country et du blues.

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The Notting Hillbillies was a country project formed by Dire Straits’ singer / guitarist Mark Knopfler with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Guy Fletcher.

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En 1990, Mark Knopfler décide de marquer une pause dans l’aventure Dire Straits. Il réunit trois des ses amis, dont l’inséparable Guy Fletcher, et forme le groupe: The Notting Hillbillies.

Le premier album, qui explore les territoires du blues et de la country est rendu public cette même année: « Missing… presumed having a good time« . Le succès est immense, au grand dam des musiciens qui ne recherchaient pas le succès.

Les membres décident alors, dans un commun accord, de mettre fin à l’aventure. Le groupe s’est cependant réuni à plusieurs occasions lors d’événements, comme des concerts de charité. Une tournée de 12 concerts a notamment été organisée en 1997 au Royaume-Uni.

Composition

Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher: keyboards
Steve Phillips: guitar
Brendan Croker: guitar, vocals
Ed Bicknell: drums – replaced by Danny Cummings for the four 2002 shows.
Marcus Cliff: bass
Chris White: Saxophone
Paul Franklin: pedal steel (studio album and 1990 tour only)

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They made just one album, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time that was released in 1990, before returning to concentrate on their main bands. The Notting Hillbillies have been reunited several times for charity gigs.
In May 1997 the Hillbillies went on a 11 show tour in UK.

In 1993, only two shows were performed, both without Guy Fletcher.

The Town & Country Club in Leeds on July 3 only featured the Knopfler-Croker-Philips trio. The setlist included the only known live performances of two Dire Straits songs : « Ticket To Heaven » and « How Long ». The Notting Hillbillies had previously performed in 1990 « When It Comes To You » before it was actually recorded and issued by Dire Straits on the On Every Street album in 1991.

The City Hall in Newcastle on July 6 featured for the one and only time Alan Clark on keyboard. Ed Bicknell and Marcus Cliff were also present. This was the last time that Alan played with Mark within a full band.

Composition

Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher: keyboards
Steve Phillips: guitar
Brendan Croker: guitar, vocals
Ed Bicknell: drums – replaced by Danny Cummings for the four 2002 shows.
Marcus Cliff: bass
Chris White: Saxophone
Paul Franklin: pedal steel (studio album and 1990 tour only)

Listen to The Notting Hillbillies on 121 Web Radio !

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