Lisa Hannigan has announced details of her Irish tour in support of her #1 selling album ‘At Swim’ out now via Play it Again Sam. The tour sees Lisa play Galway, Wexford, Derry, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Drogheda, Belfast, Kilkenny, Donegal and Waterford this December. Tickets for all dates go on sale at 9am on Thursday 15th December. Full tour details below.
‘At Swim’, Lisa’s third -and arguably most bewitching- album, has received universal critical acclaim since its release last month. Produced by Aaron Dessner, the record follows the double-platinum, Mercury and Choice Music Prize -nominated debut “Sea Sew”, and 2011’s “Passenger” which charted #1 and earned Lisa a second Choice Music Prize nomination.
After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, Lisa Hannigan struggled at first to write new material for ‘At Swim’. 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.
December 1st Seapoint Ballroom, Galway
December 2nd O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford
December 8th The Glassworks, Derry
December 10th Vicar Street, Dublin
December 12th Cork Opera House, Cork
December 16th Limetree Theatre, Limerick
December 17th Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda, Co Louth
December 18th Unitarian Church, Dublin (all ages show at 2.30pm)
December 19th The Empire Music Hall, Belfast
December 22nd St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
December 21st An Ghrianán Theatre, Donegal
December 23rd Theatre Royal, Waterford
Tickets on sale for all shows Thursday September 15th at 9am
Joe.ie’s Paddy McKenna hosted the much-anticipated eighth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin on 16th February 2016
The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2015 (via public vote) went to The Set Theatre, Kilkenny.
IMRO Chairman Keith Donald said of the awards, voted by over 11,000 IMRO members, “This is our annual chance to give a really big thank-you to promoters and venues across the country. The work they do is invaluable, as young bands and artists can’t build up an audience without them”.
Other winners in the regional categories include:
Dublin – Whelans, Wexford St.
Rest of Leinster – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Munster – Levi’s, Ballydehob
Ulster – Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran
Connacht – Monroes, Galway
Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Live Music Festival 2015 were Longitude and Other Voices respectively.
This year saw the introduction of two brand new awards; Best Live Music Crew was presented to the gang in Vicar Street while Úna Molloy (Turning Pirate) was presented with her award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015.
Performances on the night came from The Academic, Saint Sister and Rocstrong.
Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to Coughlans (Cork), Dolans (Limerick) and the Hot Press People’s Choice Award for Live Venue, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
He said: “There is a fantastic energy in Irish music at the moment, with a huge number of brave and brilliant new acts coming through, who are ready to add to the already fantastically impressive success story of Irish music and Irish musicians. It is really important that these enormously talented emerging artists are nurtured and developed. And great live venues, festivals and events are hugely important to that process. Which is why everyone in Hot Press attaches such importance to the Live Music Venue Awards – and why it is a privilege to present awards tonight to Coughlan’s in Cork, Dolan’s in Limerick and the overall winner of the Hot Press Readers’ Venue of the Year, the Olympia Theatre.”