Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name. His musical scores include Metroland, Local Hero, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Wag the Dog, and Rob Reiner’s classic, The Princess Bride. He is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era and was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Rick Ridgeway (born August 12, 1949) is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, photographer and environmentalist. Ridgeway has achieved many adventures in his life including being a member of the first American team to summit K2. His international reputation as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers and adventurers prompted Rolling Stone magazine to call him “the real Indiana Jones.” Ridgeway has also been honoured with National Geographic’s “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.