February 9, 2024

Mark Knopfler is releasing a charity single, a new version of his 1983 instrumental “Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)”. 

The song will be released on 15 March and all proceeds from the release will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.


 
Connor Selby joins a 60-strong super-group that includes Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Sting, Sam Fender, Tom Morello, Brian May, Joan Jett, Tony Iommi, Ringo Starr, Nile Rogers and the final recording by Jeff Beck amongst the rest of the superstar line-up.

Selby will also be joining Joanne Shaw Taylor February on her UK & Netherlands Tour Starting Next Week.
 
Selby’s latest album Connor Selby out now via Provogue
Top 10 Blues Album of the Year – Mojo Magazine
 
Watch the videos for “I Shouldn’t Care” | “Love Letter to the Blues” | “The Deep End (lyric video)”  

Connor Selby has joined a host of superstars on Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler new charity single ‘Going Home (Theme From Local Hero).’ The song will be released on 15th March under the name Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Heroes.  The song is a new version of Knopfler’s 1983 Instrumental and boast an enormous line-up of 60 iconic musicians.

All proceeds from the release will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. You can hear a taster of the track below. You can pre-order the track HERE.

The song was produced by former Dire Straits keyboardist, Guy Fletcher. Selby guests alongside Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, Sting, Sam Fender, Tom Morello, Brian May, Joan Jett, Tony Iommi, Ringo Starr, Nile Rogers, Roger Daltry and Ronnie Wood. It also features contributions from Joan Armatrading, Richard Bennett, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Brown, James Burton, Jonathan Cain, Paul Carrack, Ry Cooder, Jim Cox, Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Danny Cummings, Duane Eddy, Peter Frampton, Audley Freed, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Keiji Haino, John Jorgenson, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Phil Manzanera, Dave Mason, Hank Marvin, Robbie McIntosh, John McLaughlin, Rick Neilsen, Orianthi, Brad Paisley, Mike Rutherford, Joe Satriani, John Sebastian,  Andy Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Ian Thomas, Keith Urban, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Walsh, Zack Starkey, Glenn Worf, and Zucchero…and the final recording by Jeff Beck.

Talking about the recording Selby says, “What a huge honour it was to have contributed to this incredible project featuring a pretty comprehensive list of some of the greatest and most significant guitarists ever and the final recording by the late great Jeff Beck. I can’t really express how much it means to me to have been a part of this! The teenage me sat in his bedroom listening to all these great artists would never have believed that one day I might be playing on the same track as all of them. Mark has put together something truly special and for such worthwhile causes. What he has done really helps put things in perspective. I hope that the song is an enormous success and the money raised helps change those young lives.”

The song was originally composed for the 1983 film, Local Hero starring Burt Lancaster and has since become adopted by Newcastle United, Knopfler’s boyhood team.

Knopfler said: “What I really want to do, more than anything else, is just to thank each and every one for this sterling response.”

I really had no idea that it was going to be like this. It hit Guy and I quite early on that we had to extend this piece somehow, to take in the number of people who joined in. Before I knew where I was, Pete Townshend had come into my studio armed with a guitar and an amp. And that first Pete power chord – man, I tell you. We were in that territory, and it was just fantastic. And it went on from there. Eric (Clapton) came in, played great, just one tasty lick after another. Then Jeff Beck’s contribution arrived and that was spellbinding. I think what we’ve had is an embarrassment of riches, really. The whole thing was a high point.
Some musicians recorded in person at British Grove Studios in west London, while others sent in their contributions from around the world.

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Selby will be joining blues-rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor as special guest on her February 2024 tour running through Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the UK. He will join for the Paradiso, Amsterdam on 14th February and then they move onto the UK in Manchester on 17 February and will call through Glasgow, Leeds, Sunderland, London, Wolverhampton, Norwich, Bexhill, Bury St. Edmunds and it finishes in Southend on 29 February. Tickets are available from Gigantic.com, Planetrocktickets.co.uk, and joanneshawtaylor.com.
 
The young troubadour has had an incredible 12 months – A Mojo Magazine Top 10 Blues Album of the Year, ‘Conner Selby’ was released in March this year. He has gone on tour with blues legend Robert Cray , opened for powerhouse singer Beth Hart on her March UK tour – including playing the London Palladium, and he was the only artist to support the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on his April’ Trouble Is’ 25th Anniversary UK tour as well as touring with Graham Parker, playing shows with soul Icon P.P. Arnold and he performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He has also performed at BST Hyde Park, London, on a bill with Pearl Jam, Stereophonics and Johnny Marr and supported The Who at Wembley Stadium.
 
Connor Selby (Deluxe Edition) was released in March via Provogue, featuring the songs, “I Shouldn’t Care,” “Love Letter to the Blues,” “The Deep End”, and the Ray Charles cover of “My Baby Don’t Dig Me”.

There’s a timeless melancholic quality to his music. Relatable in its honesty and openness, he draws from anxiety and vulnerability but delivers it with a world-worn elegance. It’s easy to see why with his soulful blend of blues and emotionally introspective songwriting, alongside his impressive armoury of guitar playing. The songs on ‘Connor Selby’ are little vignettes of the different styles of music that inspire him.

Tour Dates
Tickets available from https://www.connorselby.com/tour
 
14 Feb – Paradiso, Amsterdam – The Netherlands  w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
17 Feb – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music – UK  w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
18 Feb – Glasgow, Queen Margaret Union – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
19 Feb – Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
21 Feb – Sunderland, Fire Station – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
22 Feb – London, Indigo at The O2 – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
23 Feb – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
25 Feb – Norwich, The Waterfront – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
26 Feb – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
28 Feb – Bury St Edmunds, Apex – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor
29 Feb – Southend, Palace Theatre – UK  – w/ Joanne Shaw Taylor

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03 Mar – The Griffard Arms, Wolverhampton
06 Mar – Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross
07 Mar – Edinburgh Blues Club, Edinburgh
08 Mar – The Leopard, Doncaster
09 Mar – Tapestry Arts, Bradford
10 Mar – Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room, Stains-upon-Thames
16 Mar – Basingstoke Blues Club, Basingstoke
12 Apr – The Bear Club, Luton
18 Apr – Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Club, Teignmouth
28 Apr – Oran Mor, Glasgow
19 May – Internationale Blues Festival, Schoppingen, Germany
13 Jun – The Eel Pie Club, Twickenham
14 Jun – West End Centre, Aldershot
22 Jun – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham