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Lisa Hannigan On World Cafe | November 17, 2011

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Upon hearing Lisa Hannigan sing for the first time, her warm voice can sound at once familiar and inviting. The Mercury Prize-nominated artist is often acknowledged for her six-year collaboration with Damien Rice — especially on his album O — and for her solo debut, Sea Sew. But it's her alluring, Irish-accented voice that has endeared fans to her folk music, which brims with comfortable ukulele melodies and unpredictable wit.

Hannigan's most recent album is Passenger, which she wrote across Dublin, Brooklyn and West Cork, Ireland. Many of its songs, including the title track, travel through notions of home and feelings of nostalgia. Hannigan slides effortlessly between different styles of singing, prompting a comparison to Miles Davis' trumpet-playing and phrasing from Herbie Hancock.

In this interview with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun, Hannigan discusses the locations that have inspired the songs on Passenger, and describes how she's drawn inspiration for her music from jazz and opera.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Damien Rice "Volcano" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "Art Of Almost" The Whole Love
TV On The Radio "Second Song" Nine Types of Light

((Lisa Hannigan "Little Birds" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Lisa Hannigan "Passenger" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lisa Hannigan "Oh Sleep" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lisa Hannigan "Little Bird" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lisa Hannigan "Knots" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Jonah Smith "Cast A Long Shadow" Jonah Smith

Laura Marling "Blues Run The Game" Blues Run The Game / The Needle And The Damage Done
Junip "Always" Fields

((Caitlin Rose "Learnin' To Ride" Own Side Now))

 Hour 2

Todd Rundgren "Change Myself" 2nd Wind
St Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
Daniel Lanois "Lotta Love To Give" For The Beautry Of Wynona
Wild Flag "Romance" Wild Flag
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand

((Dr. Dog "Ain't It Strange" We All Belong))

Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Porno For Pyros "Pets" Porno For Pyros
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire
Bob Dylan "Tangled Up In Blue" Blood On The Tracks
Trombone Shorty "On The Way Down" Backatown

((RJD2 "The Stranger" The Colossus))

Me'Shell Ndegeocello "Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness" Weather
Soul Children "Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness" Chronicle
Atlanta Rhythm Section "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me" 20th Century Masters
Alabama Shakes "Hold On" EP

((Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit "The Last Song I Will Write" Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit))