“Hold your horses, hold your tongue/ Hang the rich but spare the young.” Lisa Hannigan has exposed her heart and made blessings of struggles with understated versatility since being introduced to the world alongside fellow Irish singer Damien Rice, whose debut album O featured her lilting, haunting vocals. In the 18 years since, Hannigan has stepped into a leading role with three albums and lent her pipes to film soundtracks Gravity, Song of the Sea and the Fargo series plus co-hosted the witty podcast Soundings. On her third, 2016 album, At Swim, producer The National’s Aaron Dessner allowed her lushly swooning voice and songs to breathe and unfurl with a record built from a transatlantic correspondence where they exchanged lines and bits of music like messages in a bottle. On the album, she leaves behind some earlier whimsy for stunningly pretty songs with quietly powerful undercurrents, cementing her place as an evocative and mesmerizing solo artist.
Biography by Kerry Clarke