A huge thank you to all those who came to the Borderline on 6 June for making the final Jackdaw4 gig a joyful affair, and not the funeral that it might have been. As I said on the night, if I’d have known that splitting up could produce such a great reaction, I’d have done it far more frequently.
It was a really tough gig to make happen with many mountains to climb along the way, not the least of which necessitates a huge thank you to Chris Catalyst, Dean Pearson (Denzil) and Givvi Flynn for stepping up to the plate and helping us out of a wee panic, by offering their services to help put a working line up together for this last show. After just a few rehearsals, they were all, I think you’ll agree, absolutely magnificent and hugely enhanced the efforts of Andy, Guy and myself.
And what of the immediate future? Well, I shall be plodding on and with your kind permission, I would like to continue to send you emails every so often to let you know of relevant events. If you are not already signed up to the mailing list, please sign up with the widget to the right.
This website will continue for the time being, but if you’re signed up to the Jackdaw4 Facebook or Twitter accounts, I should like to encourage you to cross over to my personal accounts, and they are:
Willie Dowling on Twitter: @WillieDowlingJ4
Willie Dowling on Facebook: facebook.com/williedowling
There is also a great little Facebook ‘open group’ started by Mark Granger where I have taken part in a couple of interesting discussions that I would encourage you to look at and if you’ve a thought to contribute, take part in the conversations.
As has been said to me in the past, I’ve been fairly lax in my understanding and use of social media, but over the coming weeks and months I hope to be asking a series of questions of you on Facebook, whereby I hope we can have conversations about things like preferred record formats, fan-funding, how to reach new audiences, what you might like to hear from future projects, and many other subjects, in order that I might make better decisions on how best to go about whatever it is that I do next.
In the meantime, there are two immediate events to let you know about.
First, Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines) and I will be playing a one off acoustic show together, accompanying each other with songs from our various catalogues at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London on 21 September.
The other is to let you know that a last live album that was recorded at the final Jackdaw4 gig on 6 June will be digitally available soon, but I sense your attention wandering, so I’ll save the details of that for the next mail out.
So it’s a final ‘Goodbye’ from ‘Jackdaw4′, but I hope you and ‘Willie Dowling’ will still be friends for a long time to come.