Cormac Neeson’s new song Broken Wing is taken from his debut album, White Feather.
A share from every copy sold will be donated to Mencap Northern Ireland.
In 2014, Neeson's son Dabhóg was born 3 months premature weighing just 1 lb 12 oz and with Down’s syndrome.
The impact of this life changing experience had such a profound effect that Neeson sought solace in penning an autobiographical and emotional account of his thoughts and what it’s like to bring up a child with a learning disability.
Speaking about the song, Cormac said:
“I’ve never written a song like Broken Wing before. Even though I’ve heard it hundreds of times now, I still get emotional every time I sing it back because of just how relevant the lyric is to my life and my family’s life.
"The song is about our experience of working through the early stages and getting to grips with the new challenges. It is a positive tribute to our boy.”
Dabhóg attended the Mencap Children’s Centre in Belfast when he was 2 years old. Where, in partnership with the Belfast Trust, we provide specialist learning and early intervention support.
“Of course, he’s overcome more hurdles and challenges in his young life than a lot of kids his age.
“He had heart surgery on his first birthday to fix a hole in his heart that’s associated with Down’s syndrome. He needs a bit more support and time to reach his developmental goals but he’s getting there. He’s started to take his first unaided steps and his speech is progressing steadily. He also knows more Makaton than me.
Whether it was the attentiveness of the key workers, the regular physio and speech therapy or just the companionship of his peers, Dabhog really thrived under Mencap’s care. For us as parents, to see our son achieve so much on a daily basis, it was a big moment in our journey and helped to remind us that everything was actually going be okay.”
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Watch Broken Wing
Watch the latest video of Cormac Neeson's Broken Wing here.
Making of Broken Wing
Watch this 'making of' documentary with Cormac Neeson to find out about the background to his new single Broken Wing, taken from his latest album White Feather.
About Broken Wing
Broken Wing has been co-written by Tennessee legend Blue Miller.
The track was recorded in Nashville and mixed in Belfast. It features an emotional arrangement that combines the best of both those rich and diverse cultures, including beautifully crafted Nashville pedal steel by John Heinrich (who has performed with artists such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette) to a magical blend of choral backing vocals from some of the finest Northern Irish singers, hand-picked by Neeson.
In support of the single, Cormac has also made a short documentary about the making of Broken Wing in which he gets a tattoo of an extra chromosome on his shoulder.
The documentary, lyric video and main music video for Broken Wing have been released in the lead up to today (Thursday 21 March 2019), which is World Down’s Syndrome Day.