About Willie Dowling
He has worked with a large network of TV producers, directors and film-makers, composing in numerous genres, working sometimes on his own, and on occasion, with a full symphony orchestra.
Starting out in sketch comedy, Willie was given his first television job with UK favourites, Armstrong & Miller. Almost immediately, his reputation spread and within a few months he was writing music for some of the finest names in comedy and drama, including Steve Coogan, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Julia Davis and Rob Brydon, amongst many others.
Next, he branched into drama, writing underscore music for shows like The Bill and Vexed and BBC3’s Spine Chillers whilst writing songs and underscore for a number of animated series, including 2DTV and I Am Not An Animal as well as oft repeated kids favourite, Meg and Mog.
A further string to the bow was added when comedy writers Mark Burton (Madagascar and Have I Got News For You) and Pete Sinclair (Lead Balloon and Never The Mind The Buzzcocks) approached Willie to write songs and arrangements for their West End musical The Next Big Thing.
For a list of major credits and for a small visual taste of just some of Willie’s work, make a selection from the above categories to see brief show-reels demonstrating a few of the areas he has worked in.
Willie is also very much involved in the world of contemporary music, writing, performing and producing for his own projects and for various other artists.
Aside from his own bands (listed below) he has recorded, toured and occasionally written with a wide variety of artists, including Chelsea, Maroon Town, Midge Ure, Andy Taylor, Shane McGowan, The Wildhearts, Hot Chocolate, Micha Paris, The Quireboys, Janet K, Givvi Flynn, Ginger Wildheart and many more.
Recently, Willie produced the chart-topping album 555 by Ginger Wildheart.
Willie is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and over the years has released a number of albums with his own groups The Grip, Cat People, Honeycrack, SugarPlumFairies and Jackdaw4.
Willie is currently working on a number of different projects, planned for release later this year.