Where’s Dan Treacy now? long-term sideman Jowe Head speaks to Uncut
you were a television Personality for over 10 years; when did you lose contact with Dan? It was 1994. Dan was having a hard time then and the phone went quiet for a long time so I just went on to other projects. The next thing I heard was that he was imprisoned – which was a shock. Then a few years ago Dan was discovered upstairs on a bus unconscious. It turned out he had a blood clot on his brain. He was operated on and regained consciousness after being in a coma for many months.
How is he now? He’s receiving care and he has somewhere comfortable to live. He has his family supporting him and visitors like me to go and cheer him up. If there’s something that has been published about him I read it out, ’cos he remembers his active days as a musician with great pleasure.
Do you think he will ever
make music again? I wouldn’t like to speculate. He does say to me sometimes that he’s got ideas for songs – I remember him batting his head and saying: ‘It’s all up here.’ It’s overdue for him to achieve substantial recognition. Let’s hope these reissues go some way to doing that. They’re works of genius – there’s a true magic and more people should hear them.