Posts Tagged ‘Lisa Hannigan’


I think we all had a tough time of it last year. I felt myself going through the mill, along with so many others. However, the experience resulted in a new collection of songs. Songs about love, loss and ultimately hope. And so my new album ‘The Fray’ will be released March 26th on Commoner Records/Thirty Tigers worldwide. Recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire and produced by Sam Lakeman and myself, ‘The Fray’ features guest performances from Sarah Jarosz, Bill Frisell, Lisa Hannigan, The Milk Carton Kids, Jess Staveley-Taylor and Courtney Hartman. Ordinarily I would hit the road for fifty nights to tour a new record. For this release however, I’ve put together a bunch of special signed pre-order packages, available only through my website. There are T-Shirt bundles, exclusive recordings, guitar lessons, private concerts, a high-quality ticketed livestream event on the weekend of release and more. ‘The Fray’ comprises twelve of the most personal and, I think, the most honest songs I’ve ever written. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 33 million Spotify streams.  He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter and enchanting writer.

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following.  His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, John Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him. Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

My new record ‘The Fray’ will be released March 26th on Commoner Records/Thirty Tigers worldwide! Ordinarily I would hit the road for fifty nights to tour a new record, but for this release I’ve put together a bunch of special signed pre-order packages, available only through my website.

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The National have shared another song and video from their hugely anticipated new album “I Am Easy To Find” due out 17thMay via 4AD Records. The song, “Hairpin Turns,” features Gail Ann Dorsey and Lisa Hannigan, and the video was directed by Mike Mills, who also directed the new album’s accompanying short film. The video splices together performance footage by The National and guest singers Gail Ann Dorsey, Pauline de Lassus (Mina Tindle), and Kate Stables (This Is the Kit) with interpretive dance by Sharon Eyal. “The video is a very simple portrait of the band (and the friends who helped make the song) and the song itself: You see all the instruments that make up the song in isolation, even hear them recorded live on set over the album version, kind of like showing you the tracks that make up the song,” Mills said.

The National have also added an intimate NYC release show happening at iHeartRadio Theater (5/17) the day the album comes out, the whole thing will stream live at iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel on May 17th at 7 PM.

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If you’re a fan of Noah Hawley’s TV shows, odds are you’re familiar with Irish indie-folk singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, even if you’re not quite aware of it.

Most recently like, literally a couple of days ago her version of David Bowie’s “Oh! You Pretty Things” scored the closing credits of the sixth episode of FX’s acclaimed X-Men drama Legion, while in 2015 she covered traditional classic Danny Boy for and episode in Fargo’s second season.

She also appeared on the soundtrack for Gravity, the 2013 film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, among other films — including Closer (2004) and, uh, Shrek The Third (2007), both of which included songs she contributed with one-time band-mate and well-known solo artist Damien Rice.

Having got her start as one of Rice’s band members, Hannigan struck out on her own with her 2008 debut Sea Sew and immediately established herself as an artist worth watching, picking up nominations for the Choice Music Prize, Meteor Music Awards and the Mercury Prize. She returned in 2011 with sophomore effort Passenger and most recently released third album At Swim in August last year.

Directed by Alden Volney. Taken from the new album ‘At Swim’ out now.

Lisa Hannigan's new album, At Swim, comes out August 19.

Lisa Hannigan was introduced to the world alongside fellow Irish singer Damien Rice, whose debut album O featured her lilting, haunting voice. In the nearly 15 years since, Hannigan has stepped ever more confidently into a leading role, most notably on her own Sea Sew (2008) and Passenger (2011), but also as a featured performer in the Oscar-winning score for the 2013 film Gravity.

Now Hannigan is releasing At Swim, her first album in five years, with a quiet assist from The National’s Aaron Dessner. As the producer of Luluc’s gorgeous 2014 album Passerby, Dessner is an ideal foil for Hannigan’s lushly swooning voice. He lets songs breathe and unfurl at an appropriately unhurried pace — and is smart enough to get out of the way.

At Swim is a triumph of Hannigan’s understated versatility, as a seemingly simple template morphs to make room for gracefully doomstruck ballads (“Prayer For The Dying,” “Funeral Suit“), comparatively peppy midtempo numbers (“Snow,” “Lo“), subtly glitchy and experimental sounds (“Undertow,” “Barton“) and a short, gorgeous swell of layered unaccompanied vocals (“Anahorish“).

As a few of those song titles suggest (see also: “We, The Drowned“), At Swim doesn’t exactly find Hannigan in a merry mood. The singer says she wrote the record after moving to London, where she’d struggled to find herself in a setting that wasn’t suiting her. On this album she has no such trouble.