On Sept. 20, get ready to welcome back another brilliant female talent from overseas – Ireland’s throaty thrush Lisa Hannigan, who’ll be releasing her new solo album “A Passenger” on the folk-savvy ATO imprint.
The album follows her 2009 Mercury-Prize-nominated effort “Sea Sew.” And if you’re not that familiar with her name yet, don’t worry – for seven long years she stood in the shadows of the spotlight-hogging Damien Rice, helping make bona fide indie hits out of his “O” and “9” discs. So she’s only now coming fully into her own.
The 10 “Passenger” tracks were produced by the suddenly-in-demand Joe Henry, and recorded over a single intense week at Brynderwyn Studios in North Wales.
According to Hannigan, the material was mostly composed on tour, “while I was away from home or on the road, and the feeling of transcience and nostalgia that this constant traveling evoked seemed to seep into every song.”
Luckily for us, she’ll be hitting the Bay Area right after it comes out, on October 2 at Slim’s (www.slimstickets.com). And she’s in demand herself, post Rice – she recently sang Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” alongside Herbie Hancock for his Imagine Project.
For more: www.lisahannigan.ie.