Todd Hannigan | Volume 1

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Volume 1

by Todd Hannigan

Folk music with dreamy ambient melodies.....A real journey through moods and feelings.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Rise
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2. 3'Oclock
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3:41 album only
3. Thicker
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2:21 album only
4. Once
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2:16 album only
5. Blvd
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3:17 album only
6. Passing By
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7. End fo the Road
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8. Back of Your Mind
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2:28 album only
9. Ireland
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2:40 album only
10. Love
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11. Heal
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12. Sweet Dreams
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Album Notes
“Todd spent years on the road traveling the coast lines of Australia, Indonesia, Ecuador and Africa gathering as many experiences and influences as he could along the way. Besides the multi cultural influence in his rhythmic guitar playing some say that they can hear shades of Cat Stevens and Nick Drake in his vocals. Despite the comparisons, Todd Hannigan’s first album is a very original work of its own and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who strays from the
bright lights of the pop music mess.” - Dan Malloy, Professional Surfer/Cinematographer

Todd Hannigan was born in Connecticut, far from the surfing community of which he has become such an integral part. At the age of four, Todd and the rest of his family moved to Ventura, California where Todd still lives today. Todd’s musical influences include Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Dire Straits, and Stevie Wonder and says he has been most influenced by Nick Drake “because of his experimentation with tunings and melody.”

Even though he is a well respected surfer, Todd admits that surfing has had more of an influence on his mental state than his music, saying that surfing is a “way to re boot the main frame”. Surfing nonetheless has played a large part in Todd’s career so far. Todd’s music has been included on the soundtracks for movies such as The Moonshine Conspiracy’s four surf films:
• Thicker Than Water (wrote title track strings arranged by Fernado Apodaca)
• Shelter (co-composed the "Britain" and "Kelly Slater" sections)
• September Sessions (engineered, produced and performed with Jack Johnson)
• A Broke Down Melody (Recorded Xocoyotzin and wrote Ireland instrumental version)

In addition, his music is also included in multiple independent film soundtracks, most notably “Majini”, which won a short film and best experimental film award in February 2005 at the NY Independent Film and Video Festival. Todd’s music will also be included in “Surfrider Foundation 20 Years, A Documentary”, and the upcoming Taylor Knox Film. In addition to these soundtracks and music scores, Todd has seven tracks ready to go for a sophomore release “Volume 2”

Travel has also influenced Todd’s music. Todd shared music and songs with musicians he met during his travels around the world and draws inspiration from their lives and culture. One country that Todd has not yet visited is Ireland, although his song “Ireland” from his “Volume I” album, is about his Irish ancestry. “I have never been to Ireland and my father is 100% Irish so I wrote a song about an imaginary journey there sailing through storms and arriving to a full Celtic band playing on the hills.”

Todd has played live with and recorded many musicians, ranging from Jack Johnson and the Malloy brothers who are childhood friends of his, to Tristian Prettyman, Crosby Loggins, Minnie Driver, Joshua Grange, Ted Lennon, Aerto Morea (Miles Davis Percussionist), Fernie Apodaca and Xocoyotzin Moraza among others. Todd is also CEO of Brotheryn Studios, a Studio where he has a partnership with Jesse Siebenberg and Jason Mariani. Located in Ojai, California on the 10,000 acre Haley Ranch, Brotheryn Studios is a place where music can go as deep as it needs to, weather it is a soundtrack or an album.

Todd's live show is an intimate experience and he has recently performed at events such as the US Open of Surfing, X Games, Surf Aid International Benefit, Patagonia Earth Day Festival and Viper Room in Hollyood.

Todd Hannigan’s debut release, “Volume I” is an eclectic collection of songs based on Todd’s travels and experiences, that will elicit an emotional response in the listener.


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dave g

Some of the best music I have heard in a LONG time
wonderful. light, cheerful...tuneful... lovely work...! My CD is ordered... And I have marked june 21st for the portland show...!

Jesse Owens

Perfect for a rainy day
Amazing album, so subtle and uplifting. It is my #1 choice for driving when it is cold outside and I don't have anywhere in particular to go!

Peter Paul

Nice cd, beautiful artwork, and superfast delivery! Ordered it on a saturday, the package arrived the next wednesday in Holland! Thanks!


Very chilled, great songwriter!
Been waiting for a debut album from Todd ever since hearing Thicker Than Water soundtrack. A great debut album, if you like your chilled out acoustic music with some very talented guitar playing but this! Great for a summer trip away somewhere!


Wonderful stuff.
Love it all the way through. Great to chill with and dreams of waves and wind ...


It's just a matter of time...
Todd Hannigan is a true artist. Every song is a picture painted by beautiful melody and instrumentation and a voice steeped with quiet emotion.


I have no idea why Todd doesn't have a larger following
As soon as I heard "Thicker than Water" a couple years ago I wanted more of Todd Hannigan. Months later I found his CD online and it is amazing. I have no idea why Todd doesn't have a larger following. I can see him getting really big, in the fashion of Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

Mike Tindall

highly recommended, music that touches you emotionally in many ways.
Came across TH through watching Thicker than Water dvd by Jack Johson et al. Couldnt find his CD in UK, CD Baby sorted me out! Volume 1 is an excellent debut, hints of many artists already listed in other reviews, but in a style and delivery that sets him apart from most contemporary artists. Very impressive.


In a word: Quality!
Heard about Todd through Thicker Than Water - hard to get in the UK, but managed to hold of a copy (CDBaby - who were great!). So glad to get this album, makes a real change from some of the rubbish about. Todd has a fantastic voice that suits his style of music. I would recommend this to anyone - well, to those that have taste!


Captivatingly mellow...beautifully written and performed.
The first track I heard from this CD was "Thicker Than Water," and I was in awe. In it's entirety, however, Volume 1 is more brilliant than I could have imagined. The lyrics and the music flow into such a magnificent performance, and I am yearning with anticipation to get a taste of Volume 2.
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