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About Willie Dowling

updated 23 August 2020

Willie Dowling is a multi instrumentalist, composer/producer/performer with a long standing experience of writing underscore and theme tunes for film and television – in a wide variety of styles and genres.

Willie’s most recent television works includes composing, performing and producing titles and underscore for ‘Spitting Image’. The legendary satirical puppet show is returning to the small screen, 23 years after it last aired.

Willie Dowling has composed underscore and occasional songs for shows and films starring luminaries such as Steve Coogan (‘Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible’, ‘I’m Not An Animal’), Rob Brydon & Julia Davis (‘Human Remains’), Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall (‘Snow White, The Sequel’), Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer (‘Catterick’), Stephen Spears & Muriel Lipman (‘Caught In The Act’) Lenny Henry, Armstrong & Miller, ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball’, ‘Fireman Sam’, amongst many, many others.

Over the years Willie has fronted, composed, produced and toured his own bands, including influential rockers Honeycrack,  Jackdaw4 and his current band The Dowling Poole. In addition to  he’s played, sung, written, produced and toured with a wide variety of artists including Dr Hook, Midge Ure, Hot Chocolate, The Wildhearts, The Quireboys, Maroon Town, Andy Taylor and many acts besides.

New album from The Dowling Poole

‘See You See Me’ the third album from The Dowling Poole is out now. All songs on ‘See You See Me’ are written and performed by Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, and produced by Willie Dowling.

About The Dowling Poole

The Dowling Poole is formed by songwriters and and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling and Jon Poole. Their first album, ‘Bleak Strategies’, was released in 2014. It received critical acclaim including Mojo describing it as “A classic British rock album heavy on powerpop smarts 4/5”. Classic Rock magazine hailed the album as “one of the most gorgeously idiosyncratic records to emerge in years 9/10”.

The second album ‘One Hyde Park’ (released in 2016) is just as beguiling. It received excellent reviews, including: The Sun: “It’s a great pop rock record – don’t miss out.” 4.5 out of 5. Classic Rock: “A uniquely brilliant creation from a breezily talented pair” 9 out of 10. Powerplay Magazine: “Dowling and Poole continue to hit every button that matters; there has to be a place for beautiful music like this. One of the albums of this or any other year.” 10 out of 10.

The third album, ‘See You See Me’, see’s the duo once again explore a multitude of contemporary lyrical themes, often dark, occasionally political in nature, but balanced with bright and complex arrangements, sun-drenched harmonies and instant hooks. ‘See You See Me’ is available to purchase directly from the band, via digital platforms and in record stores. 

‘See You See Me’, has received glorious reviews, including:

“Made In Heaven” and “Keeping The Stupid Stupid” about the state of our political mess is right on the nose”. “Highly Recommended (unless you are a Trump fan.)” 8 out of 10 /Powerpopaholic

“If you wish to experience joy unconfined, and Lord knows we could all use a bit, The Dowling Poole continue to be a reliable two-man lemonade enema”. “There’s much evidence that there are poetic souls at work.” /Dom Lawson, Prog magazine

“The Dowling Poole keep it gleaming until you unearth the horrors in the lyrics. It’s like wading into the shallows until someone shouts ‘shark’!” /Phil Wilding, Classic Rock

“The Dowling Poole is a UK power-pop duo whose third album is heavily influenced by the current political climate. They expertly blend catchy melodies with insightful lyrics. /Ongoing History of Protest Songs

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“Deep Breath” is a song of protest. It was released free on Bandcamp in June 2020.
The video features footage contributed by fans of the band worldwide who have documented their recent experiences of protest and lockdown.
“Hope”, taken from The Dowling Poole’s third album, “See You See Me”, released in 2020.
“Rebecca Receiving”, taken from The Dowling Poole’s second album “One Hyde Park”, released in 2016.
“The Sun Is Mine”, taken from The Dowling Poole’s debut album “Bleak Strategies”, released in 2014.