Friday 2 September 2022

This charming man

Neil Hannon is a charming man; he is charm personified. When I interviewed him for the paper he was continually feeding me lines which meant the piece I was writing (ahead of a local gig he was playing in town) practically wrote itself. I must dig it out and reproduce it here - he really did open up.

But today I learned a new fact about the Divine Comedy's charming frontman. (I've always said you should learn at least one new thing each day; something you didn't know when you got out of bed in the morning.) And today's new factoid...

Hannon is a patron of the Irish animal charity My Lovely Horse Rescue. Well, he would be, wouldn't he? Here's a beautiful acoustic version of a song from his 2006 collection Victory for the Common Muse - the album he was promoting when I spoke to him.

Neil Hannon - A Lady of a Certain Age


Postscript 10.9.22

I've dug out my old archives and can only find the gig review (I'd done the interview over the phone with Neil the week before); it'll turn up, I'm sure. In the meantime...


  1. What a great name for an animal charity. What a great man for a patron.
    (Would love also to read the interview, and taking inspiration from your learning tip)

    1. I'll dig it out over the weekend; I may be able to find the gig review too.

  2. Yes, you should share that piece around here.

    I’m also a believer in learning something new every day but in this day and age almost impossible not to really, and with blogging always a useful music-related snippet.

    That is an interesting snippet and Father Ted related methinks?


    1. I've found the gig review; gawd knows where I've filed the interview. Yep, Father Ted. He said his tombstone will probably say 'Here lies the bloke who wrote My Lovely Horse.'