Backstage with LISA HANNIGAN


April, 2023

7:00 pm


About the event

Live@TheRoyal & Turning Pirate presents

Backstage with


Supported by Tara Ní Chinnéide

Lisa Hannigan is a versatile Irish folk singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and voice actor. She first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. They played together for seven years, but it wasn’t until the release of her solo debut Sea Sew in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. A joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, with a cover hand-stitched by Lisa herself, the self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK.

Since then Lisa has released Passenger (2011) and At Swim (2016) to huge critical acclaim.

The ecstatic reception gave Lisa the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions. Passenger, which came out in 2011, centred around the pain of leaving and the sense of apartness consequent to a life spent in constant motion. If Sea Sew bobs beautifully on the surface, you could say that Passenger explores the undercurrents of passion and heartache beneath the waves.

At Swim, her third album, released in 2016 is arguably her most bewitching collection yet.

From the very start we are drawn into a darkly magical space where the boundaries between love and death, past and present, grief and happiness, are dissolved. Hannigan’s never been a singer who is afraid of the dark, but here she handles her themes with an empathy and directness that can only come with experience.

2019 saw the release of a live album with the contemporary-classical orchestra,

s t a r g a z e. The collaboration, Live in Dublin – which sees Hannigan’s sparse, ethereal folk transformed into something cinematic and transfixing – has been taken to select festivals across Europe, and most recently graced the stages of London’s Barbican and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Across its fourteen tracks, Hannigan’s delicate vocals and soft-plucked guitars and mandolin are delivered against a hypnotic backdrop of sublime waltzing keys, affective string sections and minimalist percussion. The result is something majestic in scope and ambition, and truly beguiling in the best possible way.

Lisa Hannigan continues her fruitful solo musical career that has spanned 17 years and received several award nominations, both in Ireland and the United States.



Tara Ní Chinnéide

Tara ‘Taz’ Ní Chinnéide is the brainchild of the cooky, gothic persona Aliensincaves, founded in 2019. With two EPs under their belt, the Alien has been featured on Global Pride alongside then taoiseach Leo Varadkar under Pride of the Déise, played on radio stations such as WLR, Beat and KCLR just to name a few. They’ve headlined Theatre Royal, Electric Avenue, alongside playing in Workmans Cellar Club in Dublin this year. Their songs are a perfect fusion of pop and alternative rock, taking inspiration from artists such as Deftones, Nirvana and Mitski. Their latest single, ‘Boy Scouts’ is a concept piece consisting of the idea of eternal love under any circumstance, including murder and other crimes.



This is a standing gig

Very limited seating available


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