I wound up getting a couple of mouthfuls of poster paint. Just a few days away from the beginning of the promotional tour for Passenger, which kicks off with a show in the El Ray in Los Angeles, she seems happy and excited at the prospect. Originally from County Meath, she first came to public attention as the beautiful, breathy vocal foil to then-boyfriend Damien Rice, with whom she sang and toured for many years.It tastes a bit like wet chalk.” As she closes the laptop, she confides that she worried that allowing herself to be splattered with paint in the video might have some unfortunate consequences at future gigs. If it doesn’t suit me, I won’t wear it, and I’d imagine that Beyoncé’s gear wouldn’t really bring out my best points.” Do people ever give you free stuff to wear? When their musical partnership ended, she didn’t waste too much time in self-releasing her solo debut, Sea Sew.
Graciously accepting her Hotties gong for 'Best Female' in the new issue of Hot Press, Lisa Hannigan also spoke candidly about her time living in London, where writing on the follow-up to 2011's Passenger is currently ongoing.The Cake Sale is a 2006 charity album involving the collected works of a group of Irish and international musicians calling themselves The Cake Sale.The album features artists such as Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard, Neil Hannon, members of Bell X1 and Nina Persson of The Cardigans.But behind the natural beauty is a remarkable woman who is beginning to reveal the depth of her mysteries… ” Perched prettily on an armchair in the Library Bar of Dublin’s Central Hotel, indie-folk starlet Lisa Hannigan is showing Hot Press a rather colourful picture of herself on her laptop. “All summer I tend to wear bloody boots, proper boots. It’s unfathomable to me that it’s something that people are interested in. Like, you’re not the old lady that lives in a shoe!A still from the video shoot for ‘Knots’, the first cut from her soon-to-be-released sophomore album, Passenger, the yukulelee-wielding singer is barely recognisable, covered as she is from head to toe in thick gooey globs of... “We shot it in a garden in Dublin the other week,” she explains, laughing at the memory. Myles O’Reilly directed it and he had all these people throwing paint at me and squirting it out of water pistols. I understand that they can be beautiful things but just… ” Actually, Lisa Hannigan is the young lady, who will be living in a bus for the foreseeable future.Since beginning her solo career in 2007 she has released three albums: Sea Sew (2008), Passenger (2011), and At Swim (2016).Hannigan's music has received award nominations both in Ireland and the USA.That year, she appeared on the charity album Even Better Than the Disco Thing and performed a duet of Mick Flannery's new song "Christmas Past" with Flannery on Tony Fenton's Christmas Special on Today FM.As part of an advertisement campaign for Oxfam's Make Trade Fair, Hannigan was drenched in melted chocolate and she participated in the Irish musical collective The Cake Sale with lead vocal on the track Some Surprise, which was played on the US television series Grey's Anatomy.It’s knickers at Tom Jones, but it’ll be paint thrown at Lisa Hannigan shows. Hannigan is a pretty cool dresser (actually, she’s one of those women who’d look great in just about anything), but she’s obviously not a Beyoncé-style dedicated follower of fashion. “I think there was definitely a time when I realised how comfortable I felt on stage,” she says.“I realised that, ‘God I haven’t really thought about what I’m going to say at this gig’, or ‘can I think of something funny in the intro to this song’, or that bit was really difficult for me and I thought what will I do if somebody shouts something during the gig?