- 25 Aug 17
It’s all Bonaparte of the job (ouch!) as Neil Hannon talks to Stuart Clark about Glen Campbell, Bowie, pork life and The Divine Comedy’s Napoleonic conquests.
Unless Simon Le Bon owns a herd of Fresians or Chrissy Hynde has invested heavily in alpacas, Neil Hannon is probably the only Picnic-bound act who combines musical duties with animal husbandry.
“I looked out the kitchen window this morning and went ‘Oh, there are three pigs in the garden!’” Neil laughs. “I don’t know why. I don’t ask anymore. They’re just there. As are lots of dogs and horses. I don’t do my fair share of the minding, but I do enough.”
For those unfamiliar with Neil’s domestic arrangements, we ought to explain that he’s happily boyfriended to Cathy Davy – “My infinitely better half” – who runs two animal rescue centres in Kildare where Mr. H is currently recording some new tunes.