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John Illsley exclusive live session footage

Former Dire Straits bassist delivers intimate film and announces album and tour

John Illsley's new album isn't out until next month, but he's giving fans an early hint of what to expect with the release of a low-key live video.

When God Made Time is the first single from John Illsley’s new the album Testing The Water, which is out on June 16. It's the former Dire Straits bassist’s first full-length release since 2010. The album will be launched with a show at London's Jazz Cafe on June 19.

“I was missing being in the studio and playing music seriously,” says Illsley. "This record was an important one for me to make. The last few years have been so turbulent politically, militarily and personally, and I wanted to try and create some songs that reflected these strange times and perhaps were worthy of sharing with others.”

The video, which features a live performance of the song filmed at British Grove studios in West London, is a Classic Rock exclusive.

John Illsley tours the UK in September and October.

Sept 24: Milton Keynes The Stables 

Sept 26: Skegness Embassy 

Sept 27: Derby Flower Pot 

Oct 2: Wolverhampton Robin 2 

Oct 3: Fletching Trading Boundaries

Oct 4: Southampton The Brook 

Oct 5: Watford Colosseum 

Oct 7: Cardiff St David’s Hall 

Oct 9: Isle of Wight Shanklin Theatre

Oct 10: Exeter Corn Exchange 

Oct 11: Ipswich Cameo Hotel 

Oct 12: Horsham Capitol Theatre

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