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Irish singer and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Hannigan linked up with the producer/singer-songwriter Joe Henry (Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco) for her second album, Passengers. The pair met at a 2010 tribute concert in London in honour of Kate McGarrigle where she was performing "Tell My Sister."
Hannigan began writing for the album in late 2009 and only completed it in March 2011. However, she and Henry spent a mere week laying down the tracks in Wales. Passengers was released in the US and Canada on September 20, 2011 and in the Republic of Ireland on October 7, 2011.
This song is a duet with Ray LaMontagne - the collaboration came out about after Hannigan emailed the American singer-songwriter's management. "I really wanted to have a proper duet on the record," she told Jam! Music
. "He was at the top of my list. I absolutely adore his voice, such an incredible singer, and I thought it was worth an ask and OK, he said yes. But he's so wonderful, he's such a wonderful musician, and it was such a treat to get to sing with him."
Hannigan recorded the music and her vocals in Wales then went down to the London studio to be with LaMontagne when he recorded his part.
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