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Lisa Hannigan at Arts Club, Liverpool, 21.10.16

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Lisa Hannigan plays the Arts Club, Liverpool, tonight (October 21st, 2016), showcasing some of the tracks from her third studio album, ‘At Swim’ (released August 19th, 2016).

Produced by Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National, the 11-track offering features some of Hannigan’s best and most sentimental work. Tracks such as ‘Fall’, ‘Prayer for the Dying’, ‘Funeral Suit’ and ‘Anahorish’ touch upon feelings of love, loss and isolation, whilst others such as ‘Ora’ and ‘Snow’ offer a lighter shade to the almost stark, seasonal colours of autumnal and wintry darkness, weaving hope and sadness as a narrative throughout. This album puts Hannigan’s delicate and haunting vocals right at the forefront of the action and her lyrical imagery will resonate long after the last track has played.

I think this is Hannigan’s most mature and settled work to date; perhaps ironic given the fact that she has since stated that it was written during a particularly difficult time of insecurity and instability. I find that it is during such times, when you question yourself and your achievements and motivations with the most intensity, that you are the closest you’ll ever be to exhibiting your true self. How does the saying go; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength, and Hannigan certainly does that with this collection of tender brilliance.




Written by shelleyhanveywriter

October 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Lisa Hannigan

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I had to dedicate my first post to my favourite singer-songwriter and performer, the beautiful and bewitching Lisa Hannigan.

Unsurprisingly, I first encountered Lisa via her haunting vocals on tracks such as ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ and ‘I Remember’ on Damien Rice’s debut album ‘O’. But I never had the pleasure of seeing her perform live until May of 2009; she parted ways with Rice in early 2007 before quickly starting work on her debut album ‘Sea Sew.’ And what an album it is.

To see Lisa perform live is truly special; you never want the evening to end and can’t believe that in each track she somehow sounds even better or does something a bit different to amaze and enthrall. But don’t take it from me; check out the numerous clips on You Tube and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with her quirky moves and quintessentially Irish ways.

‘Sea Sew’  is one of those rare albums which you can listen to every single day, and indeed I do! I could never grow tired of it and on each listen I find something different to love in the lyrics:

‘…I spoon you in to my coffee cup, spin you through a delicate wash, I wear you all day, I wear you all day…’ (‘Ocean and a Rock’)

My particular favourite tracks are ‘Ocean and a Rock’ and ‘Pistachio’ but as I say, picking an outright favourite is incredibly difficult. I urge everyone to get themselves a copy of ‘Sea Sew’, the album really is an amazing piece of work.

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April 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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