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Friday 15 November 2019

Barking mad charity bid – or Divine intervention?

Laura Butler

DIVINE Comedy frontman Neil Hannon and his partner Cathy Davey brought Grafton Street to a standstill for a spot of pre-Christmas busking.

The happy couple used the impromptu performance to launch a new album, which Hannon revealed was inspired by his dogs.

The singer/songwriter has been getting in touch with his canine side, after putting together collaborative album 'Oscar the Hypno-Dog' with his other half, in aid of Irish fostering and adoption charity Dogs in Distress.

The 42-year-old told the Irish Independent that the song 'One Ear Up' is about one of his rescue dogs.

"That song is about Molly. So we just decided to fashion a Johnny Cash rip off around that and it's the perfect song," Hannon said.

"Writing was pretty easy because I'd been endlessly humming 'one ear up, one ear down' about the dog, so Cathy just made me sit down and write it properly."

The album was the brainchild of Davey, who is a patron of Dogs in Distress.

A host of stars put their busy schedules on hold to take part in the project, including Sharon Shannon, David Gray, Graham Linehan and Lisa Hannigan.

Details of adoption and fostering can be found on the charity's website:

Irish Independent

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