a short site about The Divine Comedy

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a short site about The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon.

Neil Hannon is a singer, lyricist, composer and musician and he produces his records. He also owns his label: Divine Comedy Records. He worked with Tom Jones and Keane, to cite a few, and wrote songs for Ute Lemper or Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Neil Hannon created The Divine Comedy as a indie band in the late 80s. After an album, the band split up shortly. In 1993, Neil Hannon keep the name The Divine Comedy to release Liberation. From that time on, The Divine Comedy was to be a concept led by one man, though sometimes involving many musicians.

In 1996, the single Something For The Weekend, taken from the album Casanova, unexpectedly raised The Divine Comedy up into the British charts.

Neil Hannon claims influence by Electric Light Orchestra, Scott Walker, Jacques Brel, Kurt Weil, U2, REM or even Michael Nyman. Neil's songs are famous for their irony as well as their baroque orchestration and have influenced Rufus Wainwright, Duke Special, The Thrills, and Vincent Delerm and Yann Tiersen in France.

With the turn of the century, The Divine Comedy signed with Parlophone, under which label he released the albums Regeneration and Absent Friends. More recently, after leaving Parlophone, Neil Hannon redefined himself as a solo artist while he is not busy composing for theatre works. He also has enjoyed a new success with his new band The Duckworth Lewis Method co-founded with Irish musician Thomas Walsh.

a short site is an unofficial information database dedicated to the works of Neil Hannon, and partially works as an user-generated resource. Most of the pages are editable, meaning that anybody can easily add new content or improve what's already here, please read the FAQ for more information.


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FiveKennys: Swallows & Amazons

28/11/2015, FiveKennys: Swallows & Amazons

Neil Hannon's musical, Swallows & Amazons, was recently played in a school in Kenya.
This year's Rosslyn Academy High School Play was the rollicking fun children's story of Swallows & Amazons. The musical play is based on the novel of the same name first published by Arthur Ransome in 1930. The story was adapted to the theatre by the Royal National Theatre and debuted at the Bristol Old Vic in December 2010. Rosslyn Academy is the first high school to stage the musical play.
Il primo album dal vivo dei Baustelle (raccontato dai Baustelle) - QuotidianoNet

25/11/2015, Il primo album dal vivo dei Baustelle (raccontato dai Baustelle) - QuotidianoNet

Baustelle talks about each tracks of their live albums, including their Divine Comedy cover.
Francesco Bianconi: "Meravigliosa canzone di Neil Hannon dei Divine Comedy, di cui abbiamo fatto l'adattamento in italiano. Del testo non c'è niente da spiegare, parla da solo. È un incredibile piccolo film sul passare del tempo. Abbiamo mantenuto abbastanza intatto anche l'arrangiamento da camera originario, perché anche lui ci è parso perfetto e bellissimo."


Atom Latest updates (18/12/2014)

With the New Year coming in, it is time to sum up the various updates that have been done to a short site over the last few months.

First of all, the chrononlogy from the beginning to 1996 has been completely reviewed. It is now more accurate with the complete tour dates in France for the Liberation and Promenade tours; and some testimonies.

The commissioned works have been updated, including some soundtrack for Irish and British television series.

The list of cover versions has also been completed with releases from bandcamp, as well as a couple of 2014 albums.
And the compilations list has been updated with many more releases from 1990 to December 2014.

We try to add the maximum of information for each release, or event. However, it is a slow task to do so; and we remind that it is possible to any visitor of the site to contribute, complete or correct the website by clicking on the Edit tab on the top right corner of each page. It is also possible to just leave a comment by clicking on the Talk tab.

We wish a happy 2015 with hopefully a comeback of The Divine Comedy to the scene.

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