Hannigan confirms headlining North American tour dates next month, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and more.
After touring in support of her last album, Passenger, for nearly two years, Hannigan began writing songs for her new record. Although she struggled to write new material while living in London, away from home and from what she describes as her “usual anchors and points of reference,” Hannigan had a breakthrough when she got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner—guitarist in The National and producer of Dark Was the Night and records by Sharon Van Etten, This is the Kit and Frightened Rabbit, among others. Working with Dessner and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Hannigan to see her life in London in a different light. At Swim is in part about homesickness and isolation as well as about love.
Hannigan’s 2008 Mercury Prize-nominated debut Sea Sew was released to widespread acclaim—The Los Angeles Times described the music as “charmingly idiosyncratic,” while People Magazine called it “dreamy.” In addition to her solo work, Hannigan sang with Damien Rice for seven years, touring worldwide. She contributed significantly to Rice’s platinum-selling debut O and critically lauded follow-up 9. She also sang with the legendary Herbie Hancock on a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” for his Imagine Project alongside The Chieftains and Toumani Diabaté.
LISA HANNIGAN LIVE
February 13—Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
February 15—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
February 18—San Francisco, CA—Slim’s
February 20—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom
February 21—Boston, MA—Brighton Music Hall
February 23—Washington, DC—U Street Music Hall
February 25—Philadelphia, PA—Underground Arts