Bad Boys‘ is one of my songs’ of the year so I’m delighted that, as Paddy Hanna heads out on a four-date tour, including two dates in Cork, that he’s released a new song to further whet the appetite for an album next year (produced by Daniel ‘Girl Band’ Fox). ‘Mario Lanza’ is another fun, irresistible and upbeat pop song – what Paddy does best. Though it’s underpinned by a sombre story: “My father, not too long ago, went through a terrible illness which left him in a coma for two weeks. The emotional strain of this event really beat me down, I repressed it in some ways, particularly in my writing. While struggling to deal with the strain I began listening through some rough demos I had, one of which was a minute-long ditty about Mario Lanza, an American tenor from the early 20th century. I decided to finish it off and realised very quickly I was channelling my pain through this particular track. Mario Lanza, in essence, became my Dad, and through him I could express all of the emotions I had repressed, which is why the song is tinged with a sorrowful joy.”

Paddy Hanna tour dates:
Friday, November 17 – Levis’s, Ballydehob
Saturday, November 18 – Bello Bar, Dublin
Friday, November 24 – Connolly’s Of Leap
Saturday, December 2 – Kasbah, Limerick