Lisa Hannigan set for intimate gig in Leeds

Lisa Hannigan, who has announced a show in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club.
Lisa Hannigan, who has announced a show in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club.

Lisa Hannigan has announced details of an intimate UK headline tour, in support of her forthcoming new album ‘At Swim’ which is released on August 19 via Play It Again Sam recordings.

The tour will include a gig in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club on Saturday, October 22 with tickets now on sale at http://lisahannigan.ie.

Produced by Aaron Dessner, ‘At Swim’ – Lisa’s third and arguably most bewitching record - follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which charted at number 1 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 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.

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.

Lisa, meanwhile, has now shared the video for ‘Fall’, the first single from the new album and it can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYubEn15eH4