24.02.2012 Neil Hannon - Felsted School, Felsted, Essex
A bit of an oddity tonight, seeing Neil Hannon in Felsted School of all places!
A great intimate show in a very unusual setting with an excellent setlist. As you can see from the report below, his appearance there was due to him playing with one of the music teachers
From the Herts and Essex Observer:
FOLLOWING a warm welcome by students to Felsted School’s oak-panelled Grignon Hall, enter stage left The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon.
The 41-year-old was invited to perform as part of the Felsted Olympiad, a cultural and artistic programme launched by the school to celebrate the Olympic year.
His appearance was not entirely coincidental, as his band’s percussionist Rob Farrar teaches there; earlier in the day, Neil had given talks on the art of songwriting to sixth-formers.
In front of a packed house, Neil played a solo set spanning his 23 years as founder member of The Divine Comedy.
The intimate surroundings were ideal for his witty, entertaining and self-deprecating interludes, both between and during songs performed on grand piano and acoustic guitar - the two instruments Neil admitted he could play, but not very well.
Despite having taken a break from performing to concentrate on musical theatre, including his adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, he drew the audience into the colourful and eloquent imagery of his poetic storytelling, set to a beautifully intricate, melodic tapestry.
Personal highlights were Your Daddy’s Car from the 1996 album Liberation, Have You Ever Been In Love and the topical The Complete Banker, both from 2010’s Bang Goes the Knighthood, plus the melancholy and moving A Lady of a Certain Age.
The two-hour set, which unusually included a moment when the audience were invited to talk amongst themselves during a song(I don't remember that!) closed with 1999 hit single National Express to rapturous applause.
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I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.