Chris de Burgh on the power of live music: ‘Last time I stood on stage was 572 days ago’

‘In this pandemic, music seems to have been shuffled right down to the bottom of the pile’

 Chris de Burgh performs  a concert at the Admiralspalast in Berlin on November 11th, 2019. Photograph: Frank Hoensch/Redferns

Chris de Burgh performs a concert at the Admiralspalast in Berlin on November 11th, 2019. Photograph: Frank Hoensch/Redferns

There was no music in my family background, although my mum and dad could sing beautifully.

My mother came from the de Burgh side of the family. I assumed de Burgh for my stage name; Davison is my family name, from my dad. The family were made up of admirals and bishops and generals, and the idea of going into showbusiness was just really not quite our thing.

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