Jerry Hannan


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Video: “Society/I Thought I Was You”

A distinguished songwriter and entertainer, Jerry Hannan wrote and then recorded his own song, “Society” with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. The song is featured in Sean Penn’s 2007 film Into the Wild along with “I Thought I Was You”, also written by Jerry with his late brother Sean Hannan.

Described as “shades of Dylan, John Prine and Van Morrison…very Americana with a faint Irish lilt”, Hannan’s songs (like those of Springsteen, Steve Earle and Cat Stevens) speak of our everyday lives and the magic that we sometimes miss. He’s a storyteller, known for his thought provoking and poignant lyrics and exuberant performances.  He has been called a wizard with guitar, lyrics and harmonica, often funny, sardonic in a good-natured way, highlighting issues like ecology, friendship, and love.

In 2008, Jerry joined the Dirty Hands Caravan – volunteers from the Cochella Festival who traveled to New Orleans to help in rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

Hannan’s most recent recording, The Light Gets Brighter, features his latest gems including his own version of “Society”, and several songs for the soundtrack to director Martin Shore’s upcoming documentary film Mad Hannans.

This film, successfully funded through Kickstarter and due for release in late 2014, tells the compelling and inspiring story of brothers Jerry and Sean, reconnecting musically and personally after a decade-long hiatus. It is about life’s joys, trials, devastating losses and the unbreakable bonds that hold them together.