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The Dowling Poole tour the UK in September, announces CloseUp PR

Press Release   •   Sep 09, 2014 12:59 BST

Photo: Trudi Knight bandsonstage ©

Following the critical acclaim heaped upon their new album 'Bleak Strategies' ( The Dowling Poole  announce a five date UK tour in September 2014.  Tickets are on sale now. 

The Dowling Poole is the band formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling (ex Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and Jon Poole (ex Cardiacs). On the tour they'll be joined by vocalist Givvi Flynn, who also features on the album. 

Released in August through 369 Records, 'Bleak Strategies' was funded through a PledgeMusic initiative which saw the artists’ many fans coming together to get the project off the ground.

Mojo said, "A classic British rock album heavy on powerpop smarts ****".                                     Classic Rock said, "Flawless and exhilarating, this demands to be the soundtrack to all of our waking summer dreams. 8/10".                                                                                             GetReadyToRock reckoned, "Your album of the year has arrived! 4.5/5", whilst The Sun loved the "Glorious and slightly unhinged psychedelic pop rock". 

The many reviews for the album have been collated and can be found here:

Tracks from 'Bleak Strategies'  have been played on a variety of national, regional and internet radio stations, and the group recently performed three songs live in the studio on the Marc Riley show for BBC 6 Music.

'Bleak Strategies' entered the Independent chart at number 20.

Both Dowling and Poole have earned solid reputations as writers, session musicians and producers writing songs, recording and touring with a number of different groups and artists.  In 1998 following the dissolution of his UK and Japan chart-topping band Honeycrack, Willie Dowling moved into writing music for film and television, working with some of the biggest names in British comedy and drama, including Steve Coogan, Armstrong & Miller, Rob Brydon, Julia Davies, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer amongst, many, many others.


Sun 14th Sept   York  Fulford Arms 

Mon 15th Sept  Manchester  Night And Day

Weds 17th Sept  Birmingham  Asylum 2 

Thurs 18th Sept  Rushden  White Rooms

Fri 19th Sept  London  12 Bar Club

Ticket information:

Dowling and Poole first met in 2011 when recording and producing Ginger Wildheart’s award winning, top-ten "555%" album.  Influenced by pop masters such as XTC, Blur, 10CC, The Kinks, The Beatles and more, The Dowling Poole debut album ‘Bleak Strategies’ is an eclectic and contemporary mix of semi-psychedelic pop, somehow quintessentially British-sounding, laced with harmonies and a multitude of influences from the best of 50 years of rock and popular music.

These September dates are a great chance for the duo’s fans – old and new – to catch a show based around the amazing new album from a band at the peak of their powers.

The Dowling Poole

Press contact: Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or

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