Northern Irish singer-songwriter Neil Hannon releases brand new single “The Best Mistakes”
After 30 years in music Neil Hannon has taken on many roles and has taken us on a myriad of journeys through his songwriting.
Ahead of the release of Charmed Life – The Best Of The Divine Comedy next year, the Co man Fermanagh has just released his new single The Best Mistakes.
“I started writing The Best Mistakes around 2007/8,” said Hannon, 51.
“I got stuck after the first chorus and put it aside. It wasn’t until I put together this compilation that the concept of “my best mistakes” suddenly took on real meaning.
“Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other.
The accompanying video for The Best Mistakes, produced by longtime collaborator Raphaël Neal, takes a reflective look at Neil’s career.
“It was Neil’s idea to have moments of his career projected onto him, “ Raphael said.
“Going through 30 years of imagery was truly moving – so rich in colors, costumes, stories. We were witnessing the journey of an artist.
“The song is about looking back with kindness, remembering the ups and downs, but also pays homage to being at peace with the present.
“As Neil says in the lyrics, ‘if I had to choose between then and now, I would choose now.'”
The Divine Comedy, aka singer-songwriter Hannon, has delivered many mind-blowing songs over the past 30 years with wit, emotion, and intelligence.
The bedroom pop outfit is helmed by Enniskillen’s charming indie pop gentleman Hannon, and famous for his catchy tunes and witty puns.
The bookish boy, who was born in Derry but raised in Fermanagh, has become the well-adapted popstar of the 1990s and one of Northern Ireland’s most enduring and prolific musical talents.
The group celebrated their 30th anniversary, which saw the release of 12 acclaimed studio albums and hundreds of concerts in 2020.
To mark the milestone, their formidable back catalog has been remastered and brought together in a collection called Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time: Thirty Years of The Divine Comedy.
Hannon now lives in Co Kildare with freelance singer-songwriter Cathy Davey.
He also has a teenage daughter Willow with his ex-wife Orla Little.
Hannon’s musical accolades include the Choice Music Prize 2007 for his 2006 album, Victory for the Comic Muse and the 2015 Legend Award from the Oh Yeah organization in Belfast.
New single The best mistakes is now available for streaming and download.
Charmed Life – The Best Of Divine Comedy is scheduled for February 4, 2022.
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