Hannigan 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. The ecstatic reception gave her the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions. Since arriving on the scene with the release of Sea Sew, Lisa Hannigan has gone from strength to strength touring the world, delivering mesmerising and captivating performances.
In between touring, there was an acting debut in the Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea, soundtrack work on Fargo and the Oscar-winning score for Gravity. Recently released At Swim was also shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Choice Music Prize, earning Hannigan her third nomination in a row.