“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. Although that album was critically lauded, went double platinum, and was nominated for both the Choice Music Prize and the Mercury Prize, by her own admission the singer was a little wary about becoming the centre of attention after so much time as a backing singer.
I hope I haven’t opened myself up to being pelted just willy-nilly.” It could become a thing at every gig! “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. A couple of years of more or less solid touring have cured those nerves.
In Frontlines, Hannah O'Brien looks at how the removal of Maser's mural galvanised the movement to Repeal the 8th, Roe Mc Dermott examines the legacy of Bobby Sands as a new documentary venerates the Republican rebel, and Ryan Diller provides a need-to-know guide to the man who would be Hillary's second-in-command, Tim Kaine.
Annie Mac, Rachel Goswell, Lera Lynn are just a few of the other musical luminaries interviewed in the issue; there's also Margot Robbie chatting about her role in Suicide Squad, and Declan Lynch reflecting on his new book The Ponzi Man.
Rice, her former boyfriend, sacked her in 2007 with the brusque announcement: “After much thought and discussion Damien has decided that his professional relationship with Lisa Hannigan has run its creative course.” In 2014, when he released his first Hannigan-free album, he said: “I don’t think the two of us will work together again but there’s no reason why we couldn’t play live together again some time.” When we chat today Hannigan, who has never been less than diplomatic about the relationship, speaks positively about her time in Rice’s band.
“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?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.She spent time as an interviewer herself, presenting a podcast, Soundings, with Irish broadcaster Dylan Haskins.The most recent episode last summer saw the pair talking to comic actress Sharon Horgan and triple-amputee war photographer Giles Duley.