We were very saddened to play at Colin Vearncombe’s memorial on 19th February 2016 in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Before Christmas we were fortunate to have written with Colin over in Ireland during one of his final writing sessions. However, after a tragic car accident Colin was left in a coma that he never regained consciousness from. He died peacefully on 26th January 2016 surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way.
It seemed fitting to finish the lyrics in memory of Colin. We were extremely privileged to be asked by his family to play this song ‘Black Is The Colour Of Hope‘ at both his funeral and at his memorial service.
These were extremely tragic, sad and beautiful events for everyone involved and they showed what a huge influence Colin Vearncombe (also known as Black) had on so many lives. The end of the event ended with his brilliant and extremely influential hit song ‘Wonderful Life’ played to recent footage of Colin. This highlighted to us how important music is and how important a songwriter’s contribution can be? Colin was a wonderful man, a wonderful singer, a prolific songwriter and an inspiration to us all.
JAN 2017 – UPDATE:
Amazingly it’s been 1 year since the untimely death of Colin. To mark this anniversary his management have decided to release the live version of Black is the Colour of Hope that was recorded at his memorial in Liverpool. All proceeds of this download will go to Bru Columbanus, a charity who were of tremendous support to Colin’s family last year.
Please click on the link below to download the track or make a donation to the charity direct who provide much needed support for families in crisis in Cork. Thanks again for everyone’s comments too – just wish Colin was still here to sing it.