Dire Straits bassist John Illsley will team up with rock musician Greg Pearle for a date at The Hawth Studio in Crawley on Tuesday, October 14.

The pair are hitting the road on a tour coinciding with the release of John's first studio recordings in almost 20 years.

The album, Beautiful You, is John's third and is a collaboration with Greg of Irish Celtic rock group Cunla.

John performed with the band in France last year and the result was the album Live in Les Baux de Provence.

Having sold more than 120 million albums with Dire Straits, including Love Over Gold and Brothers In Arms, and having toured the world numerous times with the band, John is returning to his love of playing live with his latest material.

Joining John and Greg for their Hawth Studio date will be drummer Lee Boylan, bassist Keith McLoughlin and keyboard player Paul Dempsey.

Tickets for their 8.15pm concert are priced at £15, with discounts at £12.50, on 01293 553636.

PROG rock heroes Wishbone Ash team up with blues-rockers The Hamsters at the Redhill Rock 'n' Blues Night at The Harlequin, Redhill, on Friday, October 3, at 8pm. Tickets at £17.50 on 01737 765547.

FOLK singer-songwriter Ruth Notman brings her trio to The Hawth Studio, Crawley, for a date on Friday, October 3, at 8.15pm. Tickets at £12, discounts £10, on 01293 553636.

ROCKERS Status Quo will return to the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Tuesday, October 7, and Wednesday, October 8, at 7.30pm. Tickets on 0208 688 9291.

PETE Long's All-Star Goodmen Orchestra will recreate what has been billed as the greatest jazz concert ever, Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert of 1938, at The Hawth in Crawley on Thursday, October 9, at 8pm. Tickets at £18, discounts and groups of ten or more £15.50, on 01293 553636.

COMIC Joe Pasquale brings his Back on the Road show to Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, on Thursday, October 9, at 8pm. Tickets at £20, pass card £18, on 01372 742555.

COVENT Garden street performers and Edinburgh Festival favourites Ben Langley, Andrew Fettes and Mike Raffone bring their new gag-packed version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ha Ha Hamlet, to The Harlequin, Redhill, on Thursday, October 9, at 8pm. Tickets from £15 on 01737 765547.

RICHIE Havens, one of the giants of the folk music world, will bring his songsheet to The Hawth in Crawley for a concert on Saturday, October 11, at 8pm. Tickets at £17.50 on 01293 553636.

EPSOM Light Opera Company will present the South East amateur premier production of The Witches of Eastwick, with a full orchestra, principals and a 35-strong chorus, at Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, from Tuesday, October 14, to Saturday, October 18. Tickets on 01372 742555.

RATS will present Ted Tiller's play, Dracula, at The Harlequin, Redhill, on Thursday, October 30, and Friday, october 31, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £11.50, concessions £10,50, on 01737 765547.