Greg Pearle

Greg Pearle is a Singer Songwriter from Dublin and is based now in Ballina , Co Mayo . This hidden Jewel has being performing all of his life in Ireland.  Anyone who was lucky enough to hear him perform will know instantly that they have experienced something special, His performances are unforgettable with his unique vocal tone and beautifully crafted tracks. His performance was so inspiring that he was responsible for bringing one of the greats of Rock n Roll ” John illsley” out of retirement to record the Album ” Beautiful You ” with Greg…



This is the story behind the meeting with both of them and the beautiful album that was produced as a result..  !!

John Illsley was the bass player with the legendary 120 million album selling Dire Straits.

John had retired from music and moved to rural Hampshire with his family to focus on his other passion, painting. He bought a local pub, “The East End Arms” and “The George Hotel” on the Isle of Wight. There he began exhibiting his art to the world.

Everything changed when he met the Irish rock group Cunla in a pub in Leicestershire. This was in March 2005, when Greg Pearle was their singer and the vibe was so intense that John took to the stage for the first time since 1993. He joined the band to play a couple of Dire Straits numbers. John recalls: “I was asked to play a few tunes with them”.” I liked their attitude and the fact that despite the large quantities of Guinness that had been consumed, they could all play very well.”

To coincide with an exhibition of his art in Les Baux de Provence, John was asked to perform some Dire Straits songs.

“The Mayor of the town asked me and it’s not done in France to refuse the Mayor “. “I asked Cunla if they could learn some Dire Straits songs and it turned out that Greg was a big fan and knew a lot of the songs already”.

John and Cunla played at the Festival des Alpilles, performing to 1300 people in the Cathedral D’Image in Les Baux de Provence. The show was recorded and John was “pleasantly surprised” by the results. “I initially wanted the band to have a record of their French experience but several people heard it and encouraged us to release it.”

John and Greg became friends and John discovered that Greg was a songwriter. “We spent some time knocking his songs into shape then began recording them in Mark Knopfler’s fabulous studio in Hammersmith”. “Wait ’til you hear them”. “Greg writes brilliant songs and has an amazing voice.”

We don’t know much about Greg Pearle, the man who inspired John to find excitement in recording and playing live again. He takes his mark from greats such as Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Chris Rea, Pearle’s gravelly tones are infused with emotion from a well-traveled life.


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3 thoughts on “Greg Pearle & John Illsley ( Dire Straits )

  1. Damien

    Today 10th March 2018……I was at a Greg Pearle gig last night in emmets bar in Ballina town…….I think I have just seen the best free gig on planet earth ….amazing voice and I have not witnessed a man sing with such passion ……..pure class ……

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