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Interview: Lisa Hannigan, Singer/Songwriter

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I will never forget the strange way in which I discovered the music of Lisa Hannigan. Last summer, I was sitting at work trading listening ideas with a friend over IM. I don't remember which one of us suggested Damien Rice, but his name came up and I typed it into my favorite website of the moment (the now lamentably defunct www.mixwit.com). I remember pinging my friend to ask who the female back-up singer was on the song, but she didn't know so I typed it into Google. The answer -- Lisa Hannigan -- came back quickly, as did a link to her MySpace page which I quickly pasted into my browser.

The first song I heard was the demo for the ethereal "Lille". After that I queued up a live cut of "Pistachio", then her duet, "Some Surprise" with Gary Lightbody, and finally a demo of "Sea Song". I was hooked immediately. Every day I would load her MySpace page. I checked out her web site looking for tour dates; I downloaded a digital copy of her album and -- when U.S. dates were released -- I snapped up tickets for her shows at the Largo and the Greek. I won't go into the unexpected events surrounding those shows (you'll have to see my upcoming film, The Lyrical Ballad of Harold Martinsky, for that) but, needless to say, I was a huge fan.