Though she got her start lending her sweet voice to Damien Rice's music all those years ago, Irish songwriter Lisa Hannigan
has been busy discovering her own musical fortune in recent years. Following the success of her solo debut Sea Sew
, Hannigan paired with vaunted, American songwriter Joe Henry to produce her newest collection of songs, befittingly titled Passenger
. It's a gorgeous set of songs inspired by the whirl of traveling and tour life, and you'll want to get your hands on it. To celebrate its' release, Hannigan recently stopped in New York, taking time to visit us on a beautiful rooftop in the West Village. Bringing along a guitar, a ukulele, and a voice that hints at whimsy and innocence in its' melodic turns, Hannigan played spectacular, paired down versions of "Knots", "O Sleep", and "Little Bird", all of which hail from Passenger
. In between, Hannigan touches on her fortunate musical background, the allure of the road, and how it all helped to inspire this new set of songs.
Heralded Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan will be teaming up with revered musician and producer Joe Henry for a series of very special live performances this summer. Henry recently produced Hannigans acclaimed full-length record Passenger as well as his own thirteenth album release Reverie. The artists will perform side by side, with backing by musicians John Smith and Ross Turner in an evening of re-imagination and collaboration, interpreting old songs and rearranging new ones. Tickets for these special performances will go on sale to the public this Saturday May 5th.
Lisa Hannigan continues to receive praise for her second full-length Passenger, which charted #1 in Ireland, and has garnered attention from NPR Music who hails Hannigans voice as "gorgeous," and Rolling Stone who explains "her folksy songs move with deceptive power." The new album follows her 2008 Mercury Prize nominated debut album Sea Sew that The Los Angeles Times described as "charmingly idiosyncratic," and which People Magazine called "dreamy." In addition to her solo work, Hannigan contributed significantly to Damien Rices platinum-selling debut O and critically lauded follow-up 9. She also sang with the legendary Herbie Hancock on a rendition of Bob Dylans "The Times They Are A-Changin" for his Imagine Project alongside the Chieftains and Toumani Diabat. More recently, she contributed vocals on a track for the T-Bone Burnett produced Chieftains album, Voice of Ages.
Joe Henry is a multi Grammy winning producer with credits that include Solomon Burke, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many more. His latest album Reverie is a raw and beautifully evocative album created when Henry and his fellow musicians convened in Henrys hallowed basement studio for days of joyous sonic exploration. The magazine American Songwriter described Reverie as "a raw, raucous and messy masterpiece" while the New York Daily News called Joe Henry "one of Americas best songwriters (not to mention finest producers)."