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John Illsley rose to fame as the bass guitarist of the critically acclaimed band Dire Straits. With Dire Straits, John has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards. As one of the founding band members, with Mark Knopfler, his brother David and drummer Pick Withers, John played a major role in the development of the Dire Straits’ sound.
John and Mark were the only founding members to remain in the line-up of Dire Straits right through from 1977 until they decided to call it a day in 1995.
During their time together as Dire Straits they sold over 120 million albums and toured extensively across the world.
John has also released eight solo albums, the latest – Long Shadows – being released in 2016.
John has put together a six-piece band to tour the UK in October. The show will feature all of the well-known songs from Dire Straits such as Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing and Brothers in Arms as well as songs from Long Shadows.
Says John, “the new songs fit very comfortably next to the Dire Straits classics which I still love to play and it seems people love to hear.”