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Glen Hansard

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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 and A&R man who'd previously signed Tom Petty and Joe Cocker. 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. Rhythm and Repose, Hansard's solo debut released by Anti in 2012, 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 joined up with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder to record a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Drive All Night," which was included on an EP of the same name issued in November by Anti in support of music education charity Little Kids Rock. In 2015, Hansard released It Was Triumph We Once Proposed: Songs of Jason Molina, an EP in which Hansard presented reworked interpretations of five songs by his late friend Molina, best known for his work with Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. In September 2015, Hansard returned with a new album of original material, Didn't He Ramble, followed by an American concert tour. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Glen Hansard

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    1 song

    Folk

    Folk
    2 songs

Albums by
Glen Hansard

Top Songs by
Glen Hansard

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Falling Slowly
  3.   All The Way Down
  4.   High Hope
  5.   Winning Streak
  6.   Come Away To the Water
  7.   Drive All Night
  8.   Leave
  9.   Say It To Me Now
  10.   This Gift
  11.   You Will Become
  12.   Love Don't Leave Me Waiting
  13.   Talking with the Wolves
  14.   Bird of Sorrow
  15.   Fallen From The Sky
  16.   I Couldn't Say It to Your Face
  17.   Maybe Not Tonight
  18.   Lies
  19.   Trying To Pull Myself Away
  20.   Didn't He Ramble
  21.   Lay Me Down
  22.   Stay the Road
  23.   Just to Be the One
  24.   Grace Beneath the Pines
  25.   Vanquisher
  26.   Pressing On
  27.   Renata
  28.   Pennies in the Fountain
  29.   Rare Bird
  30.   The Song of Good Hope
  31.   Races
  32.   Falling Slowly
  33.   Take the Heartland
  34.   Wedding Ring
  35.   Hold on Magnolia
  36.   Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
  37.   Her Mercy
  38.   White Sulfer
  39.   Farewell Transmission
  40.   Being in Love
  41.   Step Out of the Shadows
  42.   Philander
  43.   What Are We Gonna Do
  44.   The Storm, It's Coming
  45.   Paying My Way
  46.   Lowly Deserter
  47.   McCormack's Wall
  48.   My Little Ruin
  49.   Lies
  50.   And the Healing Has Begun
  51.   Alone Apart by Markéta Irglová
  52.   Drown Out by Markéta Irglová
  53.   Sleeping
  54.   The Moon by Markéta Irglová
  55.   The Swell Season by Markéta Irglová
  56.   This Low by Markéta Irglová
  57.   Drive All Night
  58.   Way Back in the Way Back When
  59.   Let Me In
  60.   Return
  61.   Close the Coalhouse Door by The Unthanks
  62.   2000 Miles by The Unthanks
  63.   On a Monday Morning by The Unthanks
  64.   I Wish, I Wish by The Unthanks
  65.   Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk by The Unthanks
  66.   Alifib/Alifie by The Unthanks
  67.   The Gallowgate Lad by The Unthanks
  68.   Felton Lonnin by The Unthanks
  69.   Tar Barrel in Dale by The Unthanks
  70.   Queen of Hearts by The Unthanks
  71.   Sexy Sadie by The Unthanks
  72.   A Dream of a Tree in a Spanish Graveyard featuring Ian McMillan
  73.   Oak, Ash and Thorn by The Unthanks
  74.   The Unthank Family Band by The Unthanks

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