THEY were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s, and now fans of Dire Straits have the chance to hear their hits again, played by some of the original members.

The story of The Straits begins two years ago in Rome, as Straits’ keyboard player, Dire Straits member and producer Alan Clark explains.

“Dire Straits' sax player Chris and I were having breakfast beside a pool one beautiful, sunny morning when I declared we were going to form The Straits.

“We'd been presented with the opportunity to put a band together to play at a charity show at the Albert Hall, and as I'd recently ‘discovered’ singer and guitarist Terence Reis and heard him performing some Dire Straits songs rather brilliantly, it seemed the logical thing to do to to form a band around him.”

Featuring a lineup of handpicked session musicians, the band have continued to perform since that first Albert Hall show in 2011.

They offer a chance to hear Dire Strait’s catalogue of much-loved songs including ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Walk of Life’ and ‘Brothers In Arms’.
The Straits play at The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness, on February 1.