johnillsleyReceiving a wonderful reaction to his new album ‘Testing The Water’, former Dire Straits bass player and multiple Brit & Grammy award winner John Illsley has announced a run of UK dates this autumn, including here on the Isle of Wight.

‘Testing The Water’ is a welcome return to the recording studio for John whose last album ‘Streets Of Heaven’ was released in 2010. He said:

“I was missing being in the studio and playing music seriously. This record was an important one for me to make.”

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Recorded and produced with Guy Fletcher at A-Bay Studios and British Grove, ‘Testing The Water’ sees the “engine room of Dire Straits” in fine form. From the opening riff of the first single, ‘When God Made Time’, John’s classic sound is unmistakeable. As the man who was a significant element in the pace and feel of Dire Straits’ music from the outset, this familiarity is not surprising. Written over the last three years, these songs are deeply personal narratives.

John will perform at Shanklin Theatre on Thursday 9th October. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01983 868000 or by visting

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