Not only were we already fans of theirs but it was also our first trip to England.
On top of everything else, they were super nice guys and really helped show us the ropes of touring over there as well as introducing us to some great bands we’d not heard of at the time, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The White Noise, etc.”“I’m a massive fan of them.
I am quite relieved when Lisa Hannigan turns up on time and in the right place to meet me in a pub near Oxford Street.
Elsewhere, an chanteuse looking to follow in Lisa's footsteps reflects on a life-changing few months, as Áine Cahill chats to Colm O'Regan.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.She dropped out of a French and art history degree at Trinity College, Dublin, to join him on the road. I was an international woman of mystery, and it was great! I got to sing and learn about that but I had none of the stressful bits. I just didn’t really talk.” Nowadays she’s a warm, interested conversationalist, conspiratorial as we decide whether it’s late enough in the afternoon for an alcoholic drink (it is) and settling on a glass of red wine when it turns out that there’s no Guinness in the pub.“You can be in the music world, surround yourself with music and friends who are into music, and you think that everyone knows the stuff that you do.Take Super Furry Animals: a really brilliant, important band, but you talk to a bloke on the street, talk to a nurse or a mechanic, or someone’s mum, and they’ll go, ‘Who?
It’s knickers at Tom Jones, but it’ll be paint thrown at Lisa Hannigan shows. 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. “I think there was definitely a time when I realised how comfortable I felt on stage,” she says.