Musician. Composer. Artist. Producer.
Interested in moments when we know something without knowing why.
Don Jack biography
Don Jack interacted creatively with the world pretty much from the get-go. He composed his first song at six years of age and nine, Don conducted his school’s orchestra, leading them to a national music award.
After this early foray into leading folks to victory with creativity, Don went on to hit some important creative highlights in the UK music scene: as vocalist/drummer for the band Floodlight, the rock band Marco Polo, and in Candy, experiencing his first chart success with Burt Bacharach’s Please Stay. If you’re a fan of WetWetWet then Don is one of the people to thank – look for his name on their records.
Don is still making use of the insights he learned from the music business, in that industry, and in others. And let’s face it – he has too much energy to be confined to composing for TV and video, though naturally, he does that too. Don has written the book, lyrics, and music for Loch Ness – The Magic, Monster Musical. He occasionally fronts the Carnevale Radio Big Band, produces corporate events, and he has directed and performed in Vegas-style floorshows.
For art’s sake
You’d think with his musical talents and his ability to apply creative thinking to business needs, Don would be all created out. Surely he must hang up his drumsticks and his strategic thinking cap and just watch Neil Oliver documentaries or something.
You’d think wrong. Don Jack is an artist as well.
At age 11, Don won the Brooke Bond Art Prize. He has since exhibited paintings and sculptures around the world, hung in sixteen galleries internationally at last count. He likes to organise art as well and curates the popular culture exhibition titles in the Museum of Movie Magic, Scotland. He’s very good at that – wherever the exhibitions appear internationally, museum visitor numbers shoot through the roof – 300,000 in 10 days set his current PB record
Don jack is the founding partner/creative Director IDEAS® where creative magic meets brand science.
Brand development strategy and creative content for positive transformation in the tourism, leisure and entertainment sectors.
Creative strategic thinking
Concept development, writing, storyboarding and art directing.
IDEAS, Redding House, Redding FK2 9TQ, Scotland
+44 (0)1324 716827
Other work includes:
Established VIDA designer clothing range.
Main Sponsor, Edinburgh International Magic Festival.
Co-owner Tartan golf bags designers/manufacturers of handcrafted golf bags and accessories in authentic tartans.
Founded the without walls, Museum of Movie Magic, Scotland. curating one of Europe’s largest independent collections of movie props and costumes.
Producer, performer co-owner: But Can They Dance? charity touring dance competition format.
Founder, arranger and singer with the Carnevale Radio Big Band
Owner/curator of Touring Exhibitions providing blockbuster exhibitions to museums across the globe
Producer, musical director, performer: Carnevale musical variety floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: MV2 musical variety floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: Variety musical light entertainment floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: MM musical variety floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: The Paradise Cruise musical variety floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: All Night Long musical variety floorshow.
Producer, musical director, performer: It’s A Wonderful Christmas musical variety show.
Dinner/Theatre Showroom designer and show Producer: Millennium 2000 musical variety show.
Designer, brand manager Wet Wet Wet the Scottish pop band.
Development and publishing deal with Chapel Music (Warner Brothers Music)
Writer, artist, media manager Audio Visual Library Services
Published productions include:
Strange rapture by Denise Robins; Gwyneth Guthrie
Infatuation by Denise Robins; Sheila Latimer
Splintered sword by Henry Treece; John Shedden
The sea wolf by Jack London; Arthur Boland
The body snatcher, and other stories by Robert Louis Stevenson; John Shedden
The dog Crusoe by R M Ballantyne; Arthur Boland
Tom Brown’s schooldays by Thomas Hughes; Brown Derby
Wee Macgregor by J J Bell; James Copeland
Jack London’s A piece of steak and, The Mexican by Jack London; James Bryce
Grim tales from the Scots by Robert Louis Stevenson; James Hogg; Walter Scott; John Shedden
Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Fourth Folly by Kathleen Treves
Dr. Brent’s broken journey by Jane Lester; Sheila Donald
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
Staddlecombe by Kay Winchester; Hilary Thomson
The memoirs by Barry Lyndon esq by William Makepeace Thackeray; Arthur Boland
Master’s wife by Fay Ramsay; Diana Olsson
Five children and it by E Nesbit; Sheila Donald
The four feathers by A E W Mason; Martin Heller
The tombs of Atuan by Ursula K Le Guin; Morag Hood
Three men in a boat : to say nothing of the dog! by Jerome K Jerome; Martin Heller
Borrowed plumes by Roseleen Milne; Arthur Boland; Brown Derby
Raffles : the black mask. Volume 1 by E W Hornung; Michael Elder
Raffles : the black mask. Volume 2 by E W Hornung; Michael Elder
Raffles : the amateur cracksman. Volume 2 by E W Hornung; Michael Elder
Sweet Rosemary by Fay Chandos; June Andrews
Nowhere on earth by Michael Elder
A piece of steak and the Mexican by Jack London; James Bryce
Hell is always today by Jack Higgins; Michael MacKenzie
In the house of dark music by Francis Lynch; Arthur Boland
Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald; Tom Fleming
Madselin by Norah Lofts; Rosalind Lloyd
The alien earth by Michael Elder
Sister March’s secret by Jane Lester; Gwyneth Guthrie
Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton; John Shedden, (Actor)
The white witch by Elizabeth Goudge; Gwyneth Guthrie
Storm warning by Jack Higgins; Marius Goring
Annals of the parish by John Galt; John Shedden, (Actor)
Green rushes by Maurice Walsh; Peter Adair
Raffles, the amateur cracksman. Volume 1 by E W Hornung; Michael Elder
The withered arm by Thomas Hardy; Corin Redgrave
War dog by Henry Treece; David Stewart
Grim tales from the Scots : classics of the uncanny by John Shedden; Robert Louis Stevenson; Walter Scott; James Hogg; et al
Arrow to the heart by Jill Murray; Nancy Mitchell
The forgiving heart by Olive Baxter; Sheila Donald
Prisoner of a promise by Quenna Tilbury; Isobel Spouse