Live albums I usually leave well alone - it can’t really capture the experience, can it? They often sound rough and tumble, as if you’re listening through a glass propped up against a wall by your aching hand. Live In Dublin then is an anomaly. It sounds shockingly well produced and illuminates new aspects of both artists’ work.

Lisa Hannigan’s emotive lilt takes on new heights accompanied by a live orchestra as well versed in playing second fiddle, as it were, to other artists. stargaze themselves are quickly racking up an enviable list of friends, but even greater than on their recent collaborations, Live In Dublin allows them to both support Hannigan and emanate their own glow. Signalling the nature of this live record as a kind of meditative experience are the soft opening melodies of ‘Ora’, which twinkle and seep into you preparing you for a wave of calm.

Folk is a genre that often finds its success in its ability to feel small, to feel personal and intimate, and Hannigan is a musician who has this ability to transcend distance and feel like she’s in front of you. A live album then is a natural fit. An orchestra is often big, grand and doesn’t seem the natural sidekick to a mandolin playing Irish singer. Somehow, here though they work in harmony.

Deep and penetrating bass opens the hypnotic ‘Undertow’ as Hannigan’s pitchy “I want to sink down like a stone” becomes an almost menacing call to the wild, while sharp piercing violin flits about in the background. On her third record At Swim, recorded with The National’s Aaron Dessner, it’s a standout track, but here it truly captures the feeling of being controlled by outside forces as the instruments drive you ever forwards.

As well as simply performing together, the equally prolific artists produced new track ‘Bookmark’ together. From its droning opening emerge the clear plucks of Hannigan’s guitar and some of her huskiest vocals ever. Just like the eponymous object, her lyrics take us on a journey of possibilities (“am I an unwieldy heroine, a parenthesis?”), which rise and fall with the fraught strings. André De Ridder’s composition has the tense neo-classical feel of a Steve Reich track, if he was going folk.

Live In Dublin can feel a little tense at times as the arrangements tend to the darker side of things; the easy-listening ‘Swan’ is a burst of technicolour in this black and white world. It’s all brushed drums and suave brass sections as Hannigan delivers her hopeful message of believing in your dreams, as she tells us to, “Pull tight your coat against the cold, step by step that dream will come.” Similarly, the buoyant and bright strings of ‘A Sail’ are the perfect energetic cure to any bad day, it sounds like a montage of “meet cutes” are playing out before you, and it’s a genuine disappointment when the four minutes are over. I want this track pumped into my veins.

At times those initial promises of calm cause this album to fade into the background - at 14 tracks it is a long event, but it is just that: an event. To categirise this as music to clean to, to read to, to cook to, would be to dismiss it as something less. Treat Live In Dublin as a live show, sit, listen, clap along, and I guarantee you will have a live experience.