support by Elaine Mai
The rise of James Vincent McMorrow has been staggering since the release of his 2010 debut album Early in the Morning. His voice is exceptional and his arrangements elegant and simple. Comparisons with ethereal indie stars Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens have insured much international attention for McMorrow while his astonishing live performances have won him much acclaim across Europe and the US.
Lisa Hannigan's career has skyrocketed since the release of her double platinum, Choice Music Prize and Mercury Prize nominated album See Sew in 2009. the album was followed by Passenger in 2011, which State Magazine described as "bigger and braver than its predecessor - a triumph." Lisa Hannigan's live performances are routinely described as mesmerising and captivating. Her debut at the Festival Big Top promises to be something special.
Support is from Elaine Mai, whose timeless music, powerful lyrics and haunting vocals are layered over harmonies, beats and guitar and looped to create atmospheric, captivating melodies.