I first came across Lisa Hannigan in 2002, as the ‘second voice’ on Damien Rice’s excellent “O” album - in particular the amazing song “Cold Water” (if you don’t know it, check it out!). I’ve enjoyed her music ever since then… but, until last night, had never seen her perform.
Ruth and I went to see/hear her at The Thekla (the place was
absolutely crammed)… and Hannigan was absolutely stunningly good. Her soaring voice
is so pure and precise (but also incredibly versatile). The songs were
beautiful (I was familiar with most of them – her new album “At Swim” is
lovely) and she really is VERY impressive ‘live’. It’s difficult to categorise
her music – probably simplest to check out her website in order to learn more.
I love concerts at The Thekla (if you don’t know, it’s a
big metal boat moored at the harbourside) – it’s a unique venue with an
This could well
have been my best concert EVER! It’s certainly up there.
If you get a
chance to see her, do it!
Photo: Lisa Hannigan on stage last night...
PS: Ruth+I got the
best ‘seats’ in the house (ok, it’s all standing, but you know what I mean!).
We were there right at the start of the evening and, thanks to Ruth’s insight,
made our way to the balcony. It’s a pretty small balcony, but we stood on the
extreme right hand side which meant we had a brilliant view over the small
stage… and we didn’t have people trying to push past us or elbow us out of the
PPS: The most
bizarre thing about the evening was that the bar had no red wine(!)… it’s a BAR
for goodness sake! Who forgot to re-stock?!
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