Forget Enya and ethereality and don’t event think about any more invasive Britpop – Lisa Hannigan has an earthy and magical calibre along the lines of the soundtrack of that radifying movie “Once” with sweet acoustic strings and an alternative Celtic texture without being overbearingly peppy. She cites Yann Tierson, of “Amelie,” as an inspiration.
Lisa Hannigan and her band of talented Dubliners are on an American tour opening for Mraz and enjoying the Amerikan skene. If you don’t know anything about Lisa, you should begin to learn because Lisa has all the quirkiness of Garden State without forced tragedy. She has a song called “Pistachio Live” and she likes pop-up books. Lisa likes to try new foods and America has been a wonderful experience even though she didn’t get a chance to try a Philly in Philadelphia. Lisa likes sewing on buttons, she plays the accordian, and she is the new voice of Dublin. Maybe these are some of the reasons that Jason Mraz personally contacted her manager to request her to open for this tour and they are probably reason enough to urge you to look into her latest album, “Sea Sew.”
But listen to her for yourself. Truth be known, we really connected, especially once she mentioned her kitties. She has one called Cat Stevens and one called Katmandu and she misses them terribly. She says they get very uppity while she is on tour and they take a while to warm up after she comes home. I empathize.