Bill Whelan and David Brophy: 'I'm always learning from Bill' – The Times

Music brought them together, but it is their love of a good debate that has turned Bill Whelan, 72, and David Brophy, 50, into steadfast friends. These giants of the Irish music landscape share a passion for music and reading, but they also love to get stuck in discussing matters of philosophy, psychology and politics. “We don’t always hold the same position, but I always enjoy the conversations,” says Whelan, who composed the Grammy award-winning score for the Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance.
“I never come away from one where we haven’t ventilated something in a way that actually has brought us both forward,” he adds. “David has a great sense of humour and we have good fun together. If I told him tomorrow that
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