The Everyman and Islander are thrilled to launch the second in the series of live streamed Friday night sessions, Behind the Curtain, a new collaboration welcoming audiences behind the curtains of our city’s heartlands of music. This time coming direct from The Everyman, we bring you the soaring vocals and textured musical arrangements of Lisa Hannigan.
As restrictions lifted Lisa appeared on a host of live shows and TV shows in Ireland during the pandemic. She is currently taking some down time in Ireland to focus on writing her fourth studio album. We are delighted that she will appear live on our stage in May for a Friday night session with us for Behind the Curtain.
Lisa released an album with Stargaze Live in Dublin in May 2019. This live record followed Hannigan’s critically-acclaimed third full-length studio album, 2016’s At Swim produced by Aaron Dessner. The live record arrived in a fruitful musical career spanning 17 years and several award nominations: from the UK Mercury Prize to Ireland’s Choice Music Prize and Meteor Music Awards. Across its fourteen tracks – including the likes of ‘Ora’, ‘Lille’, ‘Fall’, ‘Little Bird’, ‘A Sail’ and ‘Undertow’ – Hannigan’s delicate vocals and soft-plucked guitars and mandolin are delivered against a hypnotic backdrop of sublime waltzing keys, affective string sections and minimalist percussion. The result is something majestic in scope and ambition, and truly beguiling in the best possible way.
As well as featuring tracks in TV series’ Fargo, Steven Universe and Legion, Lisa has also written and performed songs for movies such as Song of the Sea, Oscar winning soundtrack ‘Gravity’, ‘Lucy in the Sky’, ‘Book of Kells’ and ‘Ondine’. She has found her acting voice again playing character roles in Steven Universe and Song of the Sea. Outside of her own album releases, Lisa has contributed vocals to songs on The National’s albums I Am Easy to Find and Sleep Well Beast plus Big Red Machine’s album.
Over the course of her extensive career to date Lisa has appeared at festivals all over the world, US live TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and in the UK, Later with Jools Holland and Mercury Music Prize.
Praise for At Swim:
“An album so intimate, so up-close you could be in the room with it… Beautiful” – Sunday Times (Album of The Week)
★★★★ “Could well be the most beautiful album of the year” – Evening Standard
★★★★ “A thing of real loveliness, subtle and gauzy but loaded with emotion” – Daily Telegraph