Lisa Hannigan headlines at the Empire

TICKETS are on sale now for first tour date of one of Ireland’s most gifted singer songwriters.

Lisa Hannigan - who has previously supported Snow Patrol and who performed extensively with Damien Rice - will begin her summer tour with a gig in the Empire in Belfast on Wednesday May 25.

The talented songstress said she is looking forward to touring after spending a year travelling and writing songs for her second album.

“I’ve spent the last year travelling about and writing songs for my second record,” said Lisa. “During that time I met Joe Henry and from that moment I knew he was the man to help me make the record that was in my head.

“I found a wonderful converted farmhouse studio in the middle of Snowdonia national park in Wales and we all headed over for a week. Gavin Glass played piano and banjo, Ross Turner was on drums, Shane Fitzsimons, double and electric bass, Donagh Molloy, harmonium and trumpet and an eight-and-a-half months pregnant Lucy Wilkins played violin and arranged a couple of songs for cello and violin. John Smith joined for some guitar and general tomfoolery. The album will be out in the autumn and I can’t wait to get out and play the songs from it.”

The show will be Lisa’s first Belfast headlining show since December 2009, though she played support at Snow Patrol’s Ward Park event.

Tickets went on sale to the general public on Wednesday April 6 priced at £16 (including booking fee) from The Empire, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie and www.ticketmaster.co.uk They are also available via the 24-hour ticketline on 0844 277 4455. Doors 8pm.