Jimi's latest album release 'Hills Where I Began' has received a big thumbs up from the man responsible for writing some of the best known theme tunes and soundtracks in British film and TV.
Over the years Willie Dowling has composed underscores and 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’, and many, many others.
More recently he wrote and produced all the music for the new series of 'Spitting Image'.
Willie has also 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.
He said he was very impressed by Jimi's new EP/album.
"Cracking tracks, really well put together and produced" said Willie. "I was particularly impressed by the opening number 'Hughie Graeme', a very unusual but immensely enjoyable blend of styles from a Scottish rap/poet, a Hendrix type guitar riff and really great sounding bagpipes.
"It left me wanting more. Very cool stuff".
Willie has written and is currently producing a new rock Christmas single for singer Spike from the Quireboys. All proceeds will go to charity, helping traumatised armed forces veterans and their families.
Willie and Spike were keen to include pipes in the mix, but hopes of securing pipers from the Black Watch band fell through at the last minute.
Fortunately Jimi was happy to step up to the plate, after his old mate Spike phoned him.
"We can't thank Jimi enough for what he has done" added Willie. "The tracks he sent us are perfectly pitched, dynamic and will add considerable authenticity to the song.
"I haven't had too much call for recording and producing real pipes in my line of work but next time I do, I know who I will be calling."
Spike is also delighted and wants Jimi to appear in a promotional video to accompany the song's release in the late Autumn.
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For more info on Willie check out https://www.williedowling.co.uk/