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Guy Fletcher
Performing with Mark Knopfler, 18 July 2008 at the NAC in Ottawa, Canada
Background information
Birth nameGuy Edward Fletcher
Born (1960-05-24) 24 May 1960 (age 61)
OriginMaidstone, Kent, England
GenresRock, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, engineer, arranger, producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, guitar, backing vocals
Associated actsDire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Roxy Music, The Notting Hillbillies, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
WebsiteOfficial website

Guy Edward Fletcher (born 24 May 1960) is an English multi-instrumentalist, best known for his position as one of the two keyboard players in the rock band Dire Straits[1] from 1984 until the group's dissolution, and his subsequent work with Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018.[2]


Guy Edward Fletcher was born into a musical family and is the namesake of his uncle, Guy Fletcher, who wrote several hit songs for other artists with composing partner Doug Flett. His mother Barbara was a session singer and his father Ted Fletcher, an audio designer, (Orbitsound) created a line of audio equipment named after Joe Meek with whom he had worked.[3]

Fletcher is also the cousin of children's entertainer Justin Fletcher.

Whilst learning a trade as an audio engineer at DJM Studios in London at the age of 15, Fletcher also had a succession of his own bands and learned to play keyboards, guitars, and a variety of stringed instruments. He joined and toured with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel in 1979 and in 1981, Roxy Music for their 'Avalon' world tour. In 1983, Fletcher was recruited by Dire Straits' lead guitarist Mark Knopfler to work on the music for the films Cal and Comfort and Joy. He joined Dire Straits in 1984, a year before their most successful album, Brothers in Arms, which put the band in a global spotlight.

In 1986, Fletcher co-produced Belouis Some's album Belouis Some with Gary Langan.[4]

In 1996, Fletcher toured as part of Bryan Ferry's band on his Mamouna world tour.

Fletcher performing on 15 April 2005
Fletcher performing on 15 April 2005

Following the disbanding of Dire Straits in 1995, Fletcher continued his association with band founder Mark Knopfler as a core member of his band after launching his solo career. In 2005, Fletcher completed a world tour promoting Knopfler's 2004 solo album, Shangri-La, and in 2006 rounded off the duets tour with Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. Fletcher co-produced and played keyboards on his Knopfler's album, Get Lucky, and was again part of his subsequent world tour in 2010.

Solo work

Fletcher's first solo album, Inamorata, was released on 28 January 2008. Knopfler guested as lead guitarist for two tracks, and various musicians who have been associated with Knopfler's band also made appearances.

Fletcher's second album, Stone, was released in 2009; his third, Natural Selection was released in 2010, and his most recent, High Roads, was released in 2016.

Personal life

Fletcher lives with his wife Laura, and their two children, Max and Leon, in Aldwick, West Sussex.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Dire Straits". AMG. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Bon Jovi, Dire Straits Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Class". Rolling Stone. 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ "About Ted Fletcher". Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "British New Wave Artist". Belouis Some. Retrieved 30 June 2014.