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Glen Hansard

Background information
Born 21 April 1970 (1970-04-21) (age 39)
Origin Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Years active 1983 - Present
Labels Plateau Records (Ireland)
Overcoat Recordings (International)
Associated acts The Frames, The Swell Season
Website Official Frames site
Glen Hansard, live at Vicar Street, Dublin, 31 December 2006
Hansard and Markéta Irglová playing at record store Cool Discs in Derry, Northern Ireland in April 2006

Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970 in Dublin, Ireland) is the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish rock group The Frames. He is also known for starring in the film Once and co-writing its Academy-Award-winning song, "Falling Slowly."

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Career

Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He formed The Frames in 1990, and they've been staples of the Irish music scene ever since. Their first album, Another Love Song, was released on Island Records in 1991, and their most recent, The Cost, was released in 2006.

Hansard first came to international attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments, after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He has often stated that he regretted taking the role, because he felt it distracted from his music career.

In 2003, he presented the television programme Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ.

On 22 April 2006, he released his first album without The Frames, The Swell Season, on Overcoat Recordings in collaboration with Czech singer and multi-instrumentalist Markéta Irglová, Marja Tuhkanen from Finland on violin and viola, and Bertrand Galen from France on cello. Hansard also spent part of 2006 in front of the cameras for a music-infused Irish film Once, in which Hansard plays a Dublin busker, and Irglová an immigrant street vendor. The film had its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received the Festival's World Cinema Audience Award. During the promotional tour, he and Irglová began dating.[1] Said Hansard about his relationship with Irglova: "I had been falling in love with her for a long time, but I kept telling myself she's just a kid".[2] One of the songs they wrote together for the film ("Falling Slowly") won an Oscar for Best Song in February 2008. Hansard became the first Irish-born person to win in that category. Hansard and Irglová also recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the film I'm Not There in 2007. In 2009, Hansard said that he and Irglova were no longer romantically linked, and that they are now "good friends."[3]

Aside from his projects with The Frames and Irglová, Hansard also appeared as part of the band on the 2006 Oxfam charity album, The Cake Sale. In addition, Hansard has recorded a few cover songs, both alone and with band member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, for the Today FM discs Even Better than the Real Thing. Songs that he has recorded include Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" on Vol. 1 and Britney Spears' "Everytime" on Vol. 2.

Outside music, he appeared on a Simpsons episode as a street musician in Ireland.

A new album of original songs recorded as The Swell Season with Markéta Irglová and entitled Strict Joy was released on October 27, 2009 on the ANTI- record label.[4]

On August 14, 2009, Hansard sang "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.


In December 2009, Glen was joined by Bono, Damien Rice and other Irish musicians on Grafton Street in Dublin, to busk in aid of the Simon Community.

In January 2010, Glen and fellow musician Mark Geary auctioned off a house concert on eBay in aid of Haiti Earthquake appeal. The pair would travel anywhere within a 2 hour drive of Dublin and play a private gig in the highest bidder's house. In the end the pair played for the highest bidder and a selection of other fans in a central Dublin cafe. The auction raised in the region of six thousand euro for charity.

Influences

Hansard has remarked about his musical influences: "In my house, when I was a kid, there was the holy trinity, which was Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan with Bob sitting center."[5] Hansard and The Frames toured as the support act for Bob Dylan in Australia and New Zealand in August 2007 and Hansard often performs Van Morrison's songs in concert. "Into the Mystic" and "And the Healing Has Begun" were included on the collector's edition of the soundtrack for the film Once.

Awards and nominations

Awards

Nominations

  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - "Falling Slowly" from Once
  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - Once

Discography

The Frames

Albums

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Singles & EPs

  • "The Dancer" (1991)
  • "Masquerade" (1992)
  • Turn On Your Record Player EP (1992)
  • Picture of Love (1993)
  • Angel at My Table (1994)
  • "Revelate" (1995)
  • "Monument" (1996)
  • I am the Magic Hand (February 15, 1999)
  • Pavement Tune (1999)
  • Rent Day Blues EP (1999)
  • Come On Up to the House (1999—Compilation featuring "Star Star" by The Frames)
  • Lay Me Down (2001)
  • Headlong (2002)
  • The Roads Outgrown EP (2003)
  • "Fake" (September 12, 2003)
  • "Finally" (August 20, 2004)
  • "Sideways Down" (January 28, 2005)
  • "Happy" (Radio Single Only – 2005)
  • "Falling Slowly/No More I Love Yous" (September 1, 2006)

The Swell Season

Films

Television

Hansard appears in The Simpsons episode In the Name of the Grandfather (2009).

See also

References

External links


Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|Glen Hansard]] Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970 in Dublin, Ireland) is the principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish rock group The Frames. He is also known for starring in the film Once and co-writing its Academy-Award-winning song, "Falling Slowly."

Career

Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He formed The Frames in 1990, and they've been staples of the Irish music scene ever since. Their first album, Another Love Song, was released on Island Records in 1991, and their most recent, The Cost, was released in 2006.

Hansard first came to international attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments, after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He has often stated that he regretted taking the role, because he felt it distracted from his music career.

In 2003, he presented the television programme Other Voices: Songs from a Room, which showcased Irish music talent on RTÉ.

On 22 April 2006, he released his first album without The Frames, The swell season, on Overcoat Recordings in collaboration with Czech singer and multi-instrumentalist Markéta Irglová, Marja Tuhkanen from Finland on violin and viola, and Bertrand Galen from France on cello. Hansard also spent part of 2006 in front of the cameras for a music-infused Irish film Once, in which Hansard plays a Dublin busker, and Irglová an immigrant street vendor. The film had its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received the Festival's World Cinema Audience Award. During the promotional tour, he and Irglová began dating.[1] Said Hansard about his relationship with Irglova: "I had been falling in love with her for a long time, but I kept telling myself she's just a kid"[2]. One of the songs they wrote together for the film ("Falling Slowly") won an Oscar for Best Song in February 2008. Hansard became the first Irish-born person to win in that category. Hansard and Irglová also recorded a version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the film I'm Not There in 2007. In 2009, Hansard said that he and Irglova were no longer romantically linked, and that they are now "good friends."[3]

Aside from his projects with The Frames and Irglová, Hansard also appeared as part of the band on the 2006 Oxfam charity album, The Cake Sale. In addition, Hansard has recorded a few cover songs, both alone and with band member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, for the Today FM discs Even Better than the Real Thing. Songs that he has recorded include Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" on Vol. 1 and Britney Spears' "Everytime" on Vol. 2.

Outside music, he appeared on a Simpsons episode as a street musician in Ireland.

Influences

Hansard has remarked about his musical influences: "In my house, when I was a kid, there was the holy trinity, which was Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan with Bob sitting center."[4] Hansard and The Frames toured as the support act for Bob Dylan in Australia and New Zealand in August 2007 and Hansard often performs Van Morrison's songs in concert. "Into the Mystic" and "And the Healing Has Begun" were included on the collector's edition of the soundtrack for the film Once.

References

  1. Jamie Diamond (2008-02-24). "Life imitating art". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/fashion/24nite.html?_r=1&em&ex=1203915600&en=3a6f7734786b5b19&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  2. 'Once' a Hero
  3. falling slowly ... out of love
  4. Dylan support slot a dream come true







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