With eleventh album Foreverland due for release on September 2, The Divine Comedy has announced an extensive tour starting in October and going into early 2017.
Neil Hannon is the unique energy behind The Divine Comedy and he writes his own music and lyrics, sings, plays the guitar and the piano and produces most of his albums.
Since The Divine Comedy’s inception in 1989, he has time and again proved to be one of the UK’s best and most original songwriters. New album Foreverland exemplifies this, with references to everything from Catherine The Great to the French Foreign Legion.
Neil said of the album: “It’s about meeting your soul mate and living happily ever after... and then what comes after happily ever after. Get ready for the most historically inaccurate hit of the summer.”
While not releasing a record since 2010’s Bang Goes The Knighthood, Neil has certainly kept himself busy. He co-wrote a second album for acclaimed cricket-themed project, The Duckworth Lewis Method, composed a choral work for the Royal Festival Hall’s newly renovated organ entitled To Our Fathers In Distress, and oversaw the transfer of his musical, Swallows And Amazons, to the West End stage.
Neil was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in 1970 and is the third son of Rev. Brian Hannon, of the Church of Ireland.
He started learning the piano when he was seven, because he’d tried to play on the family grand piano with a hammer, which had ended in him having to pay for the damages. At the end of the first lesson, his teacher said: “Neil has a great ear but very little motivation.” He went on to lead a high school rock band, which, after many comings and goings, changed its name into The Divine Comedy in 1989.
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