Tribute to the sultans of swing

Mel Botes

Mel Botes

If you’re a fan of Dire Straits, then make sure you don’t miss the one-night-only performance of Sultans Of Swing at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in Umhlanga on Saturday, October 17, sandwiched between two Rugby World Cup quarter-finals!

For the past eight years, multi-talented musician and master guitarist Mel Botes, has tantalised audiences all over the country with his critically acclaimed musical performances in his series of Pink Floyd tribute shows.

Now, by popular demand, he is presenting the next chapter in this remarkable series of stage productions with the long awaited Sultans of Swing – A Tribute to Dire Straits.

Featuring the same pin-point accuracy in his playing, the same acclaimed band and the same delightful Botes touch, this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso.

As in the case of his previous shows, Sultans Of Swing features an overview of the complete anthology of the band and its enigmatic frontman, Mark Knopfler.  The title is derived from their definitive song by the same name, which has become a standard in serious guitar playing repertoire.

The well-known Dire Straits songs include Money For Nothing; Walk Of Life; Calling Elvis; Telegraph Road; Private Investigations; Romeo And Juliet and the hauntingly beautiful Brothers In Arms to name but a few.

This list of hits is augmented by a selection of other stunning Dire Straits songs in the show that include the popular The Man’s Too Strong; with some of Knopfler’s best solo tunes including Darling Pretty and Sands Of Nevada added to the repertoire.

Sultans Of Swing will start at 7 pm, and The Barnyard will be offering added value to patrons attending by screening the two Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on their big screen on either side (5 pm and 9 pm) of the show.

Tickets are R150 per person and for bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566 3045 or visit http://www.barnyard.durban.

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