Bio

Vocalist and guitarist for Irish rock group The Frames. Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He first came to public attention as guitar player 'Outspan Foster' in the Alan Parker film The Commitments, a role he subsequently regretted, believing it distracted from his music career. In 2003 he presented the first series of Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ. He released The Swell Season, his first solo album, on April 21st 2006, in collaboration with a Czech singer and multiinstrumentalist Markéta Irglová, Marja Tuhkanen and Bertrand Galen. Glen recently starred in the movie 'Once' alongside Markéta Irglová which won a prestigious Sundance Audience Award in 2007, as well as the 2008 Academy Award for Best Originial Song (for "Falling Slowly"), beating out three songs from the Disney musical "Enchanted" and one song from "August Rush" (both were heavy contenders). Its Irish release took place on 23rd March 2007 and appeared in cinemas further afield later in the year. Glen's latest album, Rhythm and Repose, was released in June 2012.

Reviews

Glen Hansard: It Was Triumph We Once Proposed…Songs of Jason Molina | Album Reviews | Pitchfork

In 1996, a Midwesterner named Jason Molina released his debut seven-inch single, cryptically titled Nor Cease Thou Never Now, on Will Oldham's Palace Records. The most popular story about what happened next goes that some college kids in Indiana heard it and started a record label. Less well-known is the story of a young singer-songwriter halfway around the world: Irish Glen Hansard, then most notable for his role in the 1991 flick The Commitments, heard Cease and became obsessed... Read More »

Glen Hansard – Drive All Night EP | mxdwn.com Reviews

Tweet From Ballymun to Belfast and Asbury Park Okay, so it's not really surprising that this one's good. Glen Hansard is one of the most consistently impressive artists to come out of Ireland for many, many years. So yes, "surprising" isn't quite the word for the Drive All Night EP. Maybe "satisfying" is best. Whatever- it's a lovely album, let's get to it. The first song to show up is the title track... Read More »

Album Review: Glen Hansard - Drive All Night EP | Consequence of Sound

Covers have always been a part of Glen Hansard' s musical fabric. Earning his salt as a performer busking in the streets of Dublin, he had to build a solid repertoire of cover songs from artists like Van Morrison , Bob Dylan , and Elvis Presley to make some money. Through his two decade tenure with The Frames , his stint performing with Marketa Irglova as The Swell Season , and now his burgeoning solo career, the covers have never left his bag of tricks, and have continued to be a staple of... Read More »

Glen Hansard: Drive All Night | Music Review | Slant Magazine

The songs Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova crafted for Once resonated because they tapped into universal tropes of love and regret while sidestepping corny sentiment. They were simple without being dull, straightforward without being rote. The same can't be said for Hansard's new EP, Drive All Night, an unfortunately sleepy, forgettable release composed of songs featuring down-on-their-luck subjects hoping to find redemption in love... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose (from thephoenix)

The Frames' Glen Hansard releases Rhythm & Repose, his first solo album, having created an unusual juggernaut with Once. The indie movie was a box-office success and won an Oscar for Best Original Song with the hit "Falling Slowly." The musical, currently playing on Broadway, won eight Tony awards. This was all mostly due to Hansard's achingly romantic songwriting and his emotional performing style. He is a raw nerve, quivering to the frequency of love's last chance... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose (from absolutepunk)

It was hard not to love Once, the 2007 musical film that starred folk duo The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová) and spawned the massively popular, Oscar-winning theme song "Falling Slowly." For me, that film was the most personal piece of a tremendous year in film and music, and right from the first frame, I was enraptured... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose (from rollingstone)

Love = drama + melodrama on Glen Hansard's moonstruck solo debut, as it is in his songs for the breakout film-turned-musical Once, and for his bands The Frames and the Swell Season. "I want to do what's right," he sings on "Maybe Not Tonight," adorably ready not to, conjuring the Seventies country-pop vibe of Glen Campbell around stock images: pretty eyes, an August night, "the long grass where we lay... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose (from avclub)

& Despite a successful career that's stretched over 20 years, Rhythm & Repose is Glen Hansard's first solo album. Not that Hansard's been lazy: His C.V. includes fronting The Frames, his Swell Season project with Markéta Irglová, and the Oscar-winning film and now Tony Award-winning Broadway play Once... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose (from undertheradar)

In the six years since Irish indie film phenom Once was released, star Glen Hansard (already noted for his work with folk rock band The Frames) has racked up an Academy Award, a Grammy nomination, eight Tony Awards for the film's Broadway translation, and been handpicked for a number of national tours, including two with now good friend Eddie Vedder... Read More »

Glen Hansard - Rhythm and Repose (from exclaim)

Glen Hansard's music is best known for supporting Once, both the movie (2007) and the Broadway musical, which is currently running. Neither provides a totally accurate representation. The film's soundtrack is rawer and more intimate than the rest of his work, Hansard's character a street performer instead of a guy who'd been professionally recording his music for 15 years. As for the musical, I hear it has the artist's approval, but can only imagine how it dehumanizes his gentle, warm tunes... Read More »

News

All Star Lineup Pays Tribute to David Byrne, Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall

Arthur sang "This Must Be The Place," while live painting onstage during Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff's rendition of "Once In a Lifetime" turned the song into a piece of performance art--complete with lyrical cue cards, a dancer in Byrne's "big suit" and a cameo from <span>Glen Hansard</span>. The Frames frontman jetted back onstage after Palmer's bow to play "Girlfriend Is Better," earning the night's first standing ovation. Antibalas returned the stage for the evening's final segment, which focused on the rhythmic grooves so essential to Talking Heads' music. First, they collaborated with The Roots Read More »

Out This Week 3/17

albums come out this week. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield share a loving tribute to Elliott Smith. Yates says, "While many of their versions of Smith's songs are spare, intimate and haunting, there are also some jauntier pop-rock interpretations of Smith's comparatively more sprightly material." And <span>Glen Hansard</span> releases an EP of Jason Molina songs in tribute to the Songs:Ohia songwriter. Allison Moorer - "EPK" from Down to Believing on Entertainment One Connie Converse - "Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)" from How Sad, How Lovely on Squirrel Thing Game Theory from Real Nighttime [Deluxe Edition] on Omnivore <span>Glen Hansard</span> - "Being In Love" from It Was Triumph We Once Proposed... Songs of Jason Molina EP on Overcoat Recordings Inventions - "Springworlds" from Maze of Woods on Temporary Residence King Khan & BBQ Show - "Alone Again" from Bad News Boys on In the Red Records Lilacs & Champagne - "Made Flesh" from Midnight Features, Vol. 2: Made Flesh on Temporary Residence Modest Mouse - "Coyotes" from Strangers to Ourselves on Columbia The Monochrome Set - "Spaces Everywhere" from Spaces Everywhere on Tapete Records The Notations - "A New Day" from Still Here: 1967-1973 on Read More »

TV Eye: Week of 3/16

your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights: Monday, March 16th: Late Show with David Letterman: Matthew E. White The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Wiz Khalifa Last Call with Carson Daly: La Sera Ellen: Courtney Barnett Tuesday, March 17th: Late Show with David Letterman: <span>Glen Hansard</span> The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Modest Mouse Jimmy Kimmel Live: Spoon Last Call with Carson Daly: Tijuana Panthers Wednesday, March 18th: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Boots Thursday, March 19th: Late Show with David Letterman: Kishi Bashi (R) Friday, March 20th: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Willie Nelson The Read More »

Santigold, Thievery Corporation, Pete Molinari Added to David Byrne Tribute

have been added to the lineup of musicians slated to perform the music of David Byrne and Talking Heads at the 11th annual tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, scheduled for March 23. The three additions join a previously announced lineup that includes the likes of The Roots, Sharon Jones, O.A.R., <span>Glen Hansard</span>, Bill Gibbons and more. Tickets for the show are still available via the venue's website. Music of David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall Lineup: Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff Beth Orton Bebel Gilberto Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top CeeLo Green Cibo Matto with special guest Nels Cline Esperanza Spalding Forro in the Dark <span>Glen Hansard</span> O.A.R. Pete Molinari Santigold Sharon Jones Steve Earle The Roots Thievery Corporation Todd Snider w/House Band Antibalas Santigold, Thievery Corporation, Pete Molinari Added to David Byrne Tribute Read More »

Glen Hansard Announces New Tribute Album It Was Triumph We Once Proposed...Songs Of Jason Molina For March 2015 Release

Tweet <span>Glen Hansard</span> is releasing what may be the most moving record of his storied career this year. The record is a tribute to personal friend and key musical influence Jason Molina. When two recording artists get together and begin to hang out, wonderful and even miraculous things can happen. If they're in tune with each other, their musical tastes and styles will ultimately spark off of each other and lead into collaborations that may or may not reach above and beyond what they may have initially anticipated. The best example of this is Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Both artists had differing ... them together and intertwined their careers for a few short years. Once Jimi Hendrix died, Clapton was devastated and often released that turmoil into his records, such turmoil only adding to his cover version of "Little Wing" on the Layla album, a record which was completed mere weeks before Hendrix died. <span>Glen Hansard</span> found the same musical soul mate in Jason Molina the very second he heard the opening notes to Molina's Nor Cease Thou Never Nor EP back in 1996. He knew immediately that he had found that ideal musical counterpart. With Jason Molina passing away in March 2013, <span>Glen Hansard</span> will try ... and Rob Sullivan, each of which worked with Hansard and Molina in those far off days. Hansard will also be taking part in a small, intimate tour to promote the album and pay even further tribute to his friend. All of the profits from the record will be donated to a charity in honor of the memory of Jason Molina. It Was Triumph Track Listing 01. Being In Love 02. Hold On, Magnolia 03. Farewell Transmission 04. Vanquisher 05. White Sulfer Search for <span>Glen Hansard</span> albums on Amazon Tweet <span>Glen Hansard</span> Announces New Tribute Album It Was Triumph We Once Proposed...Songs Of Jason Molina For March 2015 Release Read More »

Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff Added to Talking Heads Tribute

The Roots, Todd Snider, Billy Gibbons, O.A.R., Perry Farrell, Steve Earle and more. Tickets to the show are available here. Talking Heads/David Byrne Tribute Concert Lineup: Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff Beth Orton Bebel Gilberto Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top CeeLo Green Cibo Matto with special guest Nels Cline Esperanza Spalding Forro in the Dark <span>Glen Hansard</span> O.A.R. Perry Farrell Rufus Wainwright Sharon Jones Steve Earle The Roots Todd Snider w/House Band Antibalas Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff Added to Talking Heads Tribute Read More »

Antibalas Tapped As House Band For Talking Heads Tribute

note. In looking at the event page,we noticed Brooklyn's own Antibalas have been tapped as the house band for theconcert. Antibalas held the same role for last year's Paul Simon Tribute and hit itout of the park. We can only imagine what they'll have in store for Byrne's music.Furthermore, <span>Glen Hansard</span> now appears on the bill. We also noticed PerryFarrell's name has been removed from the list of performers on the site. For now, here's the confirmed acts for the March 23rd show: Antibalas (house band), O.A.R., Steve Earle, Todd Snider, <span>Glen Hansard</span>, AlexisKrauss, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Beth Orton, Read More »

The Roots, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Rufus Wainright to Honor David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall

City's famed Carnegie Hall on March 23. The initial lineup for that event--a tribute to the music of David Byrne and Talking Heads--has finally been revealed. The Roots, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainright, Billy F Gibbons (of ZZ Top), Cibbo Matto with Nels Cline, Esperanza Spalding, Bebel Gilberto, <span>Glen Hansard</span>, Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells), Todd Snider and Beth Orton have been confirmed for the show, which will also feature Antibalas as the house band. The artists are among the at least 20 performers that will take the stage at the tribute, with many more to be annuonced in the ... Ritter, Heart and more. Tickets for The Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads are now on sale. 100% of the proceeds from the show will benefit music education programs for underprivileged youth. The Music of David Byrne & Talking Heads Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells Beth Orton Bebel Gilberto Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top Cibo Matto with special guest Nels Cline Esperanza Spalding Forro in the Dark <span>Glen Hansard</span> O.A.R. Perry Farrell Rufus Wainwright Steve Earle The Roots Todd Snider w/House Band Antibalas The Roots, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Rufus Wainright to Honor David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall Read More »

Video | Widespread Panic At Mavis Staples Tribute

Joan Osborne 2 Heavy Makes you Happy - Keb Mo 3 I Ain't Raisin' No Sand - Otis Clay 4 Woke Up this Morning (With My Mind on Jesus) - Buddy Miller 5 Waiting for My Child To Come Home - Patty Griffin 6 Far Celestial Shore - Emmylou Harris 7 Freedom Highway - Michael McDonald 8 People Get Ready - <span>Glen Hansard</span> 9 Respect Yourself - Aaron Neville with Mavis Staples Second set 10 Hope in a Hopeless World - Widespread Panic 11 For What It's Worth - Widespread Panic 12 If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - Ryan Bingham 13 Grandma's Hands - Grace Potter 14 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Bingham, Potter, Griffin, Harris 15 Eyes on the Prize Read More »

Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne Added to Mavis Staples Tribute

of her own "This Could Be the Last Time" as well as The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time." Watch the performance below. Butler and Chassagne will join the previously announced lineup of Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Church, Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, Widespread Panic, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, <span>Glen Hansard</span>, Grace Potter and more. Staples will also take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Don Was and Buddy Miller will serve as musical directors that will lead a house band comprised of longtime Mavis Staples guitarist Rick Holmstrom, guitarist George Marinelli Read More »

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