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She Moves In Mysterious Ways
At just 30 years of age, Lisa Hannigan has gone from being Damien Rice’s sidekick to establishing herself as one of the most important new artists in contemporary Irish music. With the release of her second album, Passenger, she is set to take the world by storm. But behind the natural beauty is a remarkable woman who is beginning to reveal the depth of her mysteries…
Olaf Tyaransen, 19 Oct 2011
“O come here, you’ve really got to see this!”
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. 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... brightly coloured paint.
“We shot it in a garden in Dublin the other week,” she explains, laughing at the memory. “One take! Myles O’Reilly directed it and he had all these people throwing paint at me and squirting it out of water pistols. I wound up getting a couple of mouthfuls of poster paint. 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.
“I was thinking at some point – because this is how my brain works – that somebody might throw a can of paint at me when I’m onstage, which on the one hand would be really obnoxious with my nice ukelele that doesn’t cost 20 quid from Waltons, like the one we used in the video, but also at the same time that would be an amazing heckle. I hope I haven’t opened myself up to being pelted just willy-nilly.”
It could become a thing at every gig! It’s knickers at Tom Jones, but it’ll be paint thrown at Lisa Hannigan shows.
“Yeah, watch that frock!” she guffaws. “I’ll just need to a get a proper, paint-designated frock for when it happens.”
Speaking of frocks, this afternoon the chirpy, husky-voiced 30-year-old is wearing a dark, vintage, knee-length, polka-dotted number, with a blue woolen cardigan. 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.