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Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

With a host of real-life songs and lilting vocals that reflect a passion for his influences (particularly Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan), Glen Hansard is best known for his work with the Frames and the Swell Season. Born to a working-class Dublin family during the spring of 1970, he left school at age 13 in search of making music his career. He began busking in the streets of Dublin, laying the groundwork for his engaging stage persona and, ironically, mimicking the plot line of Once, the movie that would later make him a star in multiple countries. By his late teens, Hansard had recorded his first demo with the help of his Mum, who'd lent him some money for the project. One of the 50 tapes he pressed landed in the hands of Island Records' Denny Cordell, a former producer who'd previously helped bring Tom Petty and Joe Cocker to the Island roster. Upon a meeting at Cordell's flat, the 17-year-old Hansard also met Ron Wood, Marianne Faithfull, and Stewart Copeland. The meeting, to say the least, left a lasting impression on Hansard, and in the end, Cordell signed him with the approval of Island founder Chris Blackwell.

From there, Hansard quickly gathered a group of fellow buskers and formed the Frames. Unfortunately, quick accolades proved daunting for Hansard and the Frames, whose grunge-influenced release Another Love Song came and went without selling much. Island Records responded by dropping the group. To distract himself from the disappointment, Hansard took on the role of Outspan Foster, a guitarist in the famed Alan Parker film The Commitments. He would later admit that he shouldn't have taken the role, as it merely placated his struggle with making music. But a trip to New York gave Hansard the space and time to dream it all up again, and with a newfound focus, he wrote the guitar-blazing anthem "Revelate" and "Say It to Me Now." Both songs eventually landed on the Frames' proper debut album, Fitzcarraldo, which was released in 1996 and helped make the Frames a popular group in Ireland.

Over the next decade, Hansard and the Frames continued releasing albums while also becoming one of Ireland's finest live acts. In 2003, Hansard played host to Other Voices: Songs from a Room, a popular television show featuring Ireland's best in new music. Three years later, while the Frames readied the release of their sixth effort, The Cost, Hansard unveiled a new side project called the Swell Season. The acoustic-based group featured his collaborations with Czech songstress Markéta Irglová. He and Irglová also appeared as working-class immigrants in the Irish movie Once, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and won an Oscar later that year. Thanks to the movie's success (not to mention its popular soundtrack, Once: Music from the Motion Picture, which featured the band's music), the Swell Season became a popular act in Ireland and abroad, leading to the release of a mature sophomore album in 2009. 2012's Anti-released Rhythm and Repose, the solo debut from Hansard, was produced by Thomas Bartlett (the National, Antony & the Johnsons) and inspired by the singer/songwriter's year-and-a-half spent as a denizen of New York City. Later in 2012 Hansard's track "Take the Heartland" appeared on the Hunger Games soundtrack, and the following year he recorded a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Drive All Night" with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, which was included on an Anti-issued EP of same name in November in aid of music education charity Little Kids Rock. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Follow for a follow great song!!!!!!
omg his voice! i Love it!!! especially when he adds power to it
His bio also needs The Commitments movie! He was such a baby in that one, or at least a young-lookin g red-head.
jplace7
I think it is time to update this bio. He is best known for Once which is now a Broadway show. He has won an Oscar and several Tony's.
carolplong
Every time one of Glen's songs plays, I think I am listening to Cat Stevens. The voice, the cadence, the tendernesss. . . . D o e s anyone else hear the resemblance?
486981743
Good song
nokocho Agreed. Although the album cover is creepy...
Pandora is on a roll tonight, playing one great song after another.
ONCE is about the best film ever....such a bittersweet ending....aw w . . . s a d all over again
shipping4515
Agreed. Glen Hansard has such an amazing, unique voice. You can feel his emotions. Beautiful artist with a fantastic voice.
that album cover could be the subject of many a good meme.
Since the first time I heard this song, I instantly fell in love. There is something about Glen Hansards voice that just makes you want to stop and listen to him without any interruption s . I saw ONCE and it was a great movie.
The harmonies.. ahhh the feels! <3
Once ;)
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Not to mention The Avett Brothers.
This song is beautiful, it moves me to tears.
wny2nm2wa4
Sounds like the Civil Wars...Very Nice
Raw emotions, haunting and beautiful. What music should be....
mwade790
pandora32744
Don't read this because it actually works. You get kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best Day if your life. However if you don't post this in at least three songs you will die in two days. Now you have started read this so don't stop. This is si scary so post this on at least five songs in at least 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your loves name will appear on the screen
beautifully said txmusicstudi o .
I love the raw power behind Glen Hansard's voice, and the naiveté behind Marketa's. Every time I've heard this covered that passion behind the music isn't there. This is the best version of this song not just because it is essentially the original but also because it is Glen and Marketa, two people who were falling in love in real life while playing two characters who were in a strange kind of love with each other.
fizzbread
Check out Josh Groban's version. Sorry, but Glen's voice is just too whiny for my taste. I don't care for this song as a duet. Beautiful song though!
Great music I have been to Dublin twice and have been to many of the places in the film Once. This past year I was able to see the stage production of Once in NYC, which was fantastic. If possible make the trek to NYC to see it.
kurtandriss
Dylan's voice that is...Hansard is awesome! So soulful!
kurtandriss
Haha, so their version of You Ain't Goin' Nowhere by Dylan almost makes me like Dylan! Can't get past his voice but it's good music! Lol
Ok, this song was written by Glen and Marketa. It's a song about the two of them falling in love. Kris Allen (whoever that is) cannot possible know what it's like to be them. For the record, I don't smoke AT ALL.
mr.augustbar o n e
Kris Allen performs Falling Slowly with a much better voice and feel by far. My only question is what does the song mean? I know there are many of you out there smoking doobies saying what is this guys problem it's so clear.
vtryanjorden s
I just watched Once this weekend for the first time. I was hooked when I heard him singing the first song on the street...gre a t movie!
this brings me so much joy and sadness at the same time. thank you.
pjmohn
Had the chance to meet them both after a few different shows, and they arealways the nicest, sincere and most humble people. Incredibly talented. Love them!
nice!!!
the voices sound like heaven together
Have loved this song since I saw the film. Beautiful film & duet!
lindakay62
Ditto what was said below - go see Once in NYC! The stage production is amazing!
lesleybancro f t
they sound exactly like the Civil Wars...LOVE IT
swore this was the civil wars
mjdoyle6127
Anyone and everyone who loves this music and Once the movie should RUN to NYC to see the new live Broadway show based on the movie. honors the movie, music and performers magnificentl y . Just opening, I saw it March16, 2012, and will go again any chance I get.
I met Glen Hansard at the airport in the Czech Republic and he's exactly like his character in Once. He's such a cool guy.
absolutely spell binding under the colorado starsin 2010!!
bmay85
Agreed, if you haven't seen Glen and team live it's just an unforgettabl e experience. They GIVE so much during a concert, especially awesome to hear "Fitzcaraldo ! "
The Swell Season. One of the best live performance I've ever seen.
His voice is so amazing. He could sing the phone book to me and I wouldn't care!
Loved him in "Once"
mreed01
I saw him live with Eddie Vedder last month - he was awesome! Amazing that he can go onstage alone and keep the crowd captivated!
victoriasape r
I am addicted to his music, and just watched Once again, wow I love that film
He sings with such passion!!!
Incredible artist, music, and the movie is a classic.
Agree movie was awesome
so deep sincere....f r o m the depths of life...
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