Coughlans Live Music Festival 2019
Lisa Hannigan & guest Robert John Ardiff
Saturday Sept 28th. 3pm. Tickets EUR26.50
In 2008, Lisa Hannigan hit the road as the opener for Jason Mraz's U.S. and Canadian tour, and her debut solo effort, Sea Sew, was released in Ireland later that year, with an American release following in early 2009. The album went double platinum in Hannigan's homeland, where her whimsical folk-pop and hushed, soft-spoken vocal delivery appealed to critics and consumers alike. She explored similar territory on her Joe Henry-produced, 2011 sophomore release, Passenger, which again drew accolades both at home and abroad. After touring for two years in support of the album, and a stint lending voicing the character Blue Diamond in the popular American animated television series Steven Universe, Hannigan experienced a lengthy bout of writer's block. She returned in 2016 with a new album, the evocative and more pop-oriented At Swim, which was produced by the National's Aaron Dessner. In 2019 Hannigan released her first concert album, Live in Dublin, which was recorded at the National Concert Hall with the contemporary classical orchestra s t a r g a z e.
Robert John Ardiff, the Dublin based singer/songwriter, is releasing his first body of work 1 year after his critically acclaimed debut album "Between the Bed and Room." "So Free" is the first release and was written for the upcoming, John Carney-helmed AmazonPrime series "Modern Love." It represents a definite shift in the style of music he has recorded until now; where before his music was recorded in a box-room setting, Ardiff has now matured sonically with a full studio band behind him.
Ardiff has performed extensively around Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US, including performances at Other Voices, Another Love Story, Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, The Green Note Camden, and the Centre Cultural Irlandais. He is also well known or his work as part of the Choice Music Prize nominees Come On Live Long. His debut solo EP "The Fall" was lauded by The Last Mixed Tape as "a record full to the brim with harmonically wrapped textures and soft intimacy" and led Ardiff to widespread solo notoriety.
The songs from his full length debut, which "etch themselves on you with great ease," (Remy) were recorded during a series of sessions in his "boxroom" in two hour/ night stints. Ardiff wanted to create something that sounded real, tangible and something that sounded like it was played by a person in their bedroom and not a machine. The songs deal with themes of growing up in a small Irish village, love, betrayal and understanding. They feature a wide variety of musicians such as Paul Kenny (James Vincent McMorrow, Jape) and John Carney (formally of the Frames).