Lisa Hake
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Lisa Hake

Blackrock, Leinster, Ireland

Blackrock, Leinster, Ireland
Band Pop Folk


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"Evening Herald"

“…what Hake has come up with is a fine pop album that evokes the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan in more or less equal parts.” “smooth polished vocals and inventive fingerstyle guitar” - Sarah McQuaid

"Alternative Country"

"I sense a rare atmosphere, not typically Irish, certainly not American-rather something from another time, or from one's own world, the world of Lisa Hake. Stay tuned listeners, because from this angle will certainly have the more musical surprises." --September 2009

- Rein van den berg

"Evening Herald"

"Wind Under Wood is an impressive album which has proved to be one of the year's most notable.” --November 2009

- Eamon Carr (Horslips)


"...many of the tracks remind me of the work of Janis Ian while on others I can hear the Folk-Jazz of mid-90s Joni Mitchell…others are more similar to Nanci Griffith style Country music. One thing for certain is that 'Wind Under Wood' is an accomplished piece of work from a really good singer and musician." --December 2009
- Peter Nagle

"WLUR 91.5FM"

"...with a voice like a young Emmylou Harris and fresh rootsy-rhythmic arrangements that occasionally recall recent Iron & Wine. " --WLUR 91.5FM; Lexington, VA
September, 2008 - Lexington, VA

"Performing Songwriter Magazine"

"Hake's folk-like finesse casts the material in serene environs, from the breezy "In Limbo" to the plucky rhythms of 'Man-Made' and 'Faint of Heart.' Hake finds deeper connection with the lovely 'Logging Saw' and 'Love is What's Left,' songs that radiate with clearly etched emotion. Delicate and unobtrusive, Tree Over Sea finds Hake's talents just beginning to blossom."
- May 2008, Vol 15, Issue 109

"First Cuts"

“San Francisco singer-songwriter Lisa Hake describes her work as ‘Celtadelic folk’, although she also shows evidence of influences from the non-Celtic English folk scene on her superbly-packaged album Tree Over Sea. ‘Riddle’ also has a contemporary feel to it, with Hake’s light voice surfing over a backing that features typically eloquent playing from Conor Brady and James Blennerhasset. ‘Man-Made’ is a deceptively-searing track about domestic abuse and ‘Foxglove’ is vintage pastoral folk, replete with tasty harmonies. Hake is an assured performer, with a beguiling voice and a literate turn of phrase. Watch out for her.”

--Jackie Hayden, HotPress Magazine, January 2007

- Hot Press Magazine

"Sing Out! Magazine"

"The Magic Blue Bottle From Sidhe" was selected for inclusion in the Summer 2007 edition. - Sing Out!

"Narrative Music"

Selected as Storytelling Songwriter Feature at Narrative Music 2007. - Narrative Music

"Irish Times"

“A ruminant gestation is writ large on American-born, Louth-based singer-songwriter Lisa Hake's debut. Bearing an uncanny vocal resemblance to Aimee Mann, Hake's horizon is every bit as wide as Mann's, encompassing everything from domestic violence to medieval feminism (Man-Made ), from unrequited love ( Foxglove) to the human tragedy that was the Kursk submarine accident ( Faint of Heart ). Hake's unforced style suggests a lifetime's exposure to everyone from Neil Young to Chrissie Hynde and Sandy Denny, yet her…arrangements would feel right at home in radio-friendly popdom.” “Music that'll seep deep into the veins given half a chance.” - Siobhan Long


"Tree Over Sea" Irish release 2007; US release 2008.

"Wind Under Wood" Irish release 2009.

Publishing catalog with: TempoRiverTunes.



Lisa Hake is a singer-songwriter-guitarist whose home is Dundalk, County Louth. She hails from the wine country hills of Northern California and before that, the coal mining mountains of West Virginia.

Hake has been “captivating audiences around the country with her mellifluous voice, soft melodies and introspective stories” reports O2 Making Waves. In the US, a DJ from Virginia described Hake as having “a voice like a young Emmylou Harris and fresh rootsy-rhythmic arrangements that …recall recent Iron & Wine.” Rootstime calls her "a female Neil Young."

During the past three years in Ireland, Hake has recorded two albums: Her debut, Tree Over Sea, was “a fine pop album that evokes the sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan in more or less equal parts” according to Sarah McQuaid of the Evening Herald. Her second, Wind Under Wood, has just been released and early thoughts from Jackie Hayden of Hot Press call it a “fine showcase for her introspective soft-rock approach, oozing confidence and panache…with mellow ‘60’s overtones… straddling a number of genres, from folk to indie rock, without ever falling over.”

US College Radio Campaign for Tree Over Sea: Peak # 13 on CMJ Top 200 Chart; 155 Adds

Awards: International Folk Alliance Conference Performance Alley Showcase Artist (2011); Winner Folk Category West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest (2009); Runner-Up Belfast Nashville International Songwriting Competition (2009); Honorable Mention Mike Pinder's Songwars (2009); 15th Annual Billboard Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention (2008); UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist (2008); Clonmel Song Contest Judges Distinction (2008)

David J. Leonatti - Nightsounds Host
Picked Jackie Greene , Vance Gilbert, The Weepies, Fleet Foxes, Dar Williams, Lizz Wright, and
Lisa Hake for his Best Albums of 2008.
He describes “Tree Over Sea” as “Beautiful guitar and singing from Dublin-based Hake. Lithe arrangements, simple, supple melodies, and taught pop arrangements.”

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