DI­VINE MU­SIC HELPS TO COPE WITH HOR­RORS OF THE PAST

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - THE BEAT -

EAR­LIER this week I re­vis­ited the track ‘Sun­rise’ by Di­vine Com­edy. Apt, given its ref­er­ence to the En­niskillen bomb, the 30th an­niver­sary of which was marked this week. I re­called how my dad roared at me for lis­ten­ing to a ra­dio re­port live from the scene – it was as if he’d caught me watch­ing a cer­tifi­cate 18 hor­ror. ’Turn that ra­dio off’ he shouted – to shel­ter me from the hor­ror which was un­fold­ing. To be fair – I re­mem­ber feel­ing sick and ut­terly be­wil­dered that this was hap­pen­ing just up the road from where I was stood. I was only 8 – and didn’t re­ally un­der­stand. Not that any of it made sense, of course.

While I’m lucky not to have been di­rectly af­fected by the con­flict in North­ern Ire­land – I do re­call feel­ing scared and anx­ious on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions grow­ing up, con­vinc some­thing ter­ri­ble was go­ing to hap­pen my par­ents on a night out at their lo­cal, f ex­am­ple. There’s a whole gen­er­a­tion of k who have never re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced that type of fear – and while the coun­try is cur­rently in a bet of a mess – it’s re­as­surin to re­flect on how things have changed. ‘Sun­rise’ cap­tures this feel­ing of cau­tious op­ti­mism – and for me is the finest song in­spired by those aw­ful days. If you’ve never heard it – please have a lis­ten – it’s stun­ning piece of mu­sic. Speak­ing of The Di­vine Com­edy – I was chat­ting to Neil Han­non just last week – and he was tellin me about his new record – a dou­ble albu no less! It’s ex­pected to be re­leased some­time next year.

RE­FLEC­TIVE Neil Han­non of The Di­vine Com­edy

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