Coughlans Live Music Festival '18
Lisa Hannigan + special guest Paddy Dennehy
Sunday Sept 30th. 7pm. (Sold Out)
Lisa Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. They played together for seven years, but it wasn’t until the release of her solo debut Sea Sew’ in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. A joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, with a cover hand-stitched by Lisa herself, the self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK. The ecstatic reception gave her the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions.
Passenger’, which came out in 2011, centred around the pain of leaving and the sense of apartness consequent to a life spent in constant motion while last year’s third album At Swim’ is arguably her most bewitching collection yet. Crackling with an eerie Hallowe’en magic, every song travels deeper into a darkly magical space where the boundaries between love and death, past and present, grief and happiness, are dissolved.
Dividing her time between London and Dublin, the album saw Lisa collaborate with The National’s Aaron Dessner and write an album about homesickness, isolation and yet ,profoundly and very movingly ,about love. It is a record characterised by strange sounds lurking beneath the surface and strokes of idiosyncratic genius, as well as Lisa’s first ever banjo solo and the breathtaking vocal harmonies that first made us fall in love with her.
Paddy Dennehy is a songwriter who draws influences from as far back as the early 1900’s right up to the present day. You can hear hints of Tom Waits’ theatrical warble; feel the passionate intensity of Louis Armstrong’s delivery; and be stirred by poignancy reminiscent of that of Hozier and Mick Flannery. A variety of influences blend together to form a live performance that is at once unforgettable and utterly unique.
The past 18 months have been more than outstanding for Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring. A personal invitation from Glen Hansard to perform with him in the Everyman Theatre in Cork, two wonderful performances at Electric Picnic and the release of their debut EP, “Once Upon A Night” has seen them touted as “ones to watch” for 2016. The group appeared on the Late Late Show earlier this year where they performed their single “Hard Times” and dominated the Irish festival scene where they were selected to play at both YouBloom Festival and Hard Working Class Heroes. The group have captured the attention of Irish audiences with their exceptional songwriting, their incredibly talented folk-jazz musicians, and the unexpected harmony of lead singer Paddy and background vocalist Johanna.