Alchemy Live, the new tribute to Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler.
Formed in 2022 by frontman Martin Ledger, Alchemy Live hail from Yorkshire and bring together a group of professional players and friends who share a common love of the music of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Collectively the band have toured worldwide and have shared the stage with rock legends such as Mike Rutherford, Mick Hucknell, Roger Taylor and many more.
Alchemy Live are all about the music, no lookalike competitions here. They recreate the Dire Straits sound as accurately as possible, with a painstaking attention to detail. Every guitar solo is taken from a specific show and reproduced note for note.
Close your eyes and you're right there, at the Hammersmith Odeon back in 1983!
Since first hearing Sultans of Swing in 1979 Martin has been heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler's original and distinctive guitar sound and technique along with other classic rock bands including Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Wishbone Ash etc.
A successful solo artist and session player in his own right, Martin has played on many classic rock and prog albums and continues to tour worldwide.
Starting drums at 13, Neil began playing in local concert bands, brass bands, and orchestras. Eventually he progressed to playing theatre shows, rock and pop concerts, touring Europe and the UK extensively with a variety of Artists.
He is an accomplished session player having played on multiple albums, with a wide range of writers and arrangers, from multiple genres. In addition to his playing credits, Neil is a peripatetic teacher who is passionate about developing his students' capabilities and his own.
David "Clem" Clements is a bass player, guitarist and studio engineer with many years of live and studio work under his belt.
From touring South America with a Pink Floyd tribute to engineering and producing many studio albums.
Daniel "Barr" Bowater has been playing the keyboards since Father Christmas brunged him one when he was seven. That was the catalyst for quite an obsession and now he's got more years of experience playing in various line ups, instruments and styles than he'd care to recount. Anything and everything from brass bands, rock bands and jazz bands to classical trios and folk, all over the UK and Europe from the odd arena to posh Mayfair hotels to spit and sawdust bars, tinkling the ivories, grinding the Hammond organ (his first instrument), composing and MD'ing. He’s always wanted to perform these Dire Straits tunes and jumped at the chance, not realising how hard it would be…
Since moving back to his home town of Hull several years ago, Dan has become established as a guitar teacher and player in the area. He is one half of the guitar duo 'The Dambuskers', and one quarter of the experimental quartet 'Space'.