If Lisa Hannigan
's quant, breathy coo sounds familiar to listeners, it's probably because they're the proud owner of a Damien Rice
record or two. It was, after all, her vocal/instrumental contributions that served as yang to Rice's ying on both O
. Though the partnership would eventually "run its creative course" (his words) in '07, Hannigan never let it slow her. Instead, the Irish singer/songwriter retreated to a studio, reemerging two years later with her first solo album, Sea Sew
The video that follows is for "I Don't Know", the first single from said album. A darling piece of work, "I Don't Know" is very much a blank canvas at first. But with some modest arts and crafts, Hannigan and her band dream up the kind of imaginative, cut up environment that perfectly suits the precious poignancy that overwhelms Hannigan's music. - David Pitz
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)."