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.

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