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15 Sep


15th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Lisa Hannigan’s third album At Swim is out now on Play It Again Sam. Produced by Aaron Dessner, her third – and arguably most bewitching – record follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut Sea Sew, and 2011’s Passenger, which charted at number one in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination.

After playing in support of Passenger for nearly two years, Lisa struggled at first to write new material. A new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London; adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea, soundtrack work on Fargo, and the Oscar-winning score for Gravity, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed Soundings podcast, which saw Lisa turn interviewer and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan, and David Arnold.

The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So, while At Swim is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.

Having first exchanged ideas over email and iPhones, At Swim surfaced when Lisa and Aaron finally met up in Denmark; recording then took place in a church in Hudson, New York, during a furiously creative seven-day stint. Despite being written while openly ‘lost at sea’, you sense that at this point in her career, Lisa Hannigan is now a strong enough swimmer to go as far out as she wants, to darker depths than before, where the treasure lies, and to bring it back to us.

Haunting… Hannigan moves to the dark side 8/10  Uncut

                          “Easily Lisa Hannigan’s greatest work to date” 9/10  Hot Press

                         “It could well be the most beautiful album of the year” Evening Standard


Sponsored by Rosanne and Peter O’Grady Walsh.

Admission €15


Date: 15th September 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Time: 9:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: Station House Theatre
Address: Station House Complex
Organizer Name: Clifden Arts Festival
Phone: +353 (0)87 331 5009