About Willie Dowling

updated 22 May 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 the teaser show of ‘Spitting Image’, The legendary satirical puppet show which may be returning to the small screen, 23 years after it last aired.

He 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 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. 

The Dowling Poole links