Ward Park 2010 - Lisa Hannigan
Where: Main Stage
Describe in a tweet: Swoonsomely ramshackle
We are somewhat baffled by the decision to have an essentially folksy (kinda) act on second from top of this bill. Lisa Hannigan is always best suited to the intimate, where subtlety and nuance can cut through. Opening with 'Pistachio', the set is trip through the Mercury nominated 'Sea Sew' album, including 'Ocean and a Rock', 'Sea Song' and 'I Don't Know'.
It's choc full of mandolin, glock, plucked violins, upright bass and brass. All good, and there's an tangible sense of the love within this band, but on occasion the woosy approach seems to baffle a crowd that on the whole is here for tunes more anthemic. New songs 'Passenger' and 'A Sail' are very much in the vein of hooky, sharp songs of the heart. We're also privy to no less than two covers, with Talking Heads' 'This Must Be The Place', melting into a turvy 'Personal Jesus' from Depeche Mode. 'Lille', as expected, is the total highlight of the performance, rising and falling like a swell. Next time, we want to see Lisa up close and personal.
You Are My Joy: Harmonium solos? Hells yeah!
Shut Your Eyes: The Talking Heads cover didn't quite ignite.
Ward Park Rating: 7/10